Both Hansel and Gretel bolt into the forest away from their parents.
"Well, that was easier than expected, let us return home now that we are rid of them," the woman said.
The woodcutter was sad but also perplexed why his children had run off into the woods. Well, we know for certain that they aren't coming back.
Unless Hansel dropped another path or rocks to return to this very spot. Wait, he had no more rocks.