This kind of attitude is what’s really scary.

November 4th, 2014 · 155 comments

Writes Derek from Ohio: “I found this on an anthropological blog I follow and thought it would fit great on your site.” I agree, Derek, I agree!

Due to the fact that people truck their kids in from other neighborhoods by the dozens, this house will no longer be handing out candy.   Thank you for ruining halloween for us and the children who ACTUALLY LIVE HERE.   Thanks for understanding.   Now, GO AWAY!

related: No candy go away!

extra credit: Do I have to give candy to poor kids? []

FILED UNDER: casual sexism · Halloween

155 responses so far ↓

  • #1   KaylaB

    If kids only stayed in their own neighborhoods, my kids wouldn’t have the opportunity to enjoy trick-or-treating. We have the only children in a neighborhood of mostly seniors and retirees, along with long driveways with lots of hills. So yes, we take our kids out of our neighborhood, and luckily not to the one this guy lives in!

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Alexis

      Our house is like that as well, we have the only kids in the entire neighborhood, everyone has acreage and driveway gates. If we didn’t come “into town” there’d be no trick-or-treating at all!

      Letter writer is a total Scrooge. It’s not like a huge bag of bite-sized candy isn’t incredibly cheap and in every single store.

      Nov 4, 2014 at 8:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.2   Annie

      Right? You can get bags of candy, and packs of the fun size candy bars at the 99cent store.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:01 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.3   Iwill FindU

      The town I grew up in those hard to get to houses gave out full sized candy bars, cans of pop, bags of chips, or one or two handfuls of candy. The streets that get hit hard because they were easy weren’t worth going to because you got the worlds cheapest candy and you only ever got one piece. Yet the whole town would flock there because they could drop their kids off at one end and then get into their cars drive to the other end and wait for their kids to show up.

      Nov 12, 2014 at 11:02 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.4   The Beast Among Us

      I’m not bothered by trucks full of kids coming to my neighborhood to gather candy. It’s fun. I am bothered by both mom and dad driving them, though. At least one parent should stay home and hand out candy to the kids that don’t leave their neighborhood, even if no one shows up. Taking without any regard to giving is a selfish attitude, and I for one don’t appreciate it.

      Nov 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #1.5   Cathy S

      That is such a valid point…if both parents come along, they aren’t taking care of kids in their own neighborhoods. If my granddaughter goes to their neighborhood, I don’t want her disappointed.

      Feb 6, 2015 at 11:57 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #2   Teri

    Really? My dad loves Halloween so much, he started packing away full size candy bars the first week of September so he could really give kids a nice Halloween. He was so disappointed that he had 25 of his 100 bars left. And that’s the way it should be. I can’t believe people get into such a tizzy about whether or not kids are “from OUR neighborhood.” My dad would’ve loved more trick-or-treaters, whether or not they lived nearby.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Michelle

      your dad sounds fantastic!

      Nov 4, 2014 at 8:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.2   The Elf

      Write this down, people. We’re all dressing up and going to Teri’s Dad’s house next Halloween.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:33 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.3   Brandon

      Tell your dad he is amazing! There should be more people like him. I agree, lets go to Terries house!!

      Nov 6, 2014 at 2:19 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #2.4   Heather

      Halloween is my favorite, too. The first three years in our house, I went all out decorating outside, got candy and stickers and pencils and little knick-knack toys to hand out…..and probably had 70% of the stuff left over at the end of the night. I WISH kids from other neighborhoods would come, because clearly there are not enough kids in mine.

      Nov 11, 2014 at 10:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #3   Jami

    Geez, Scrooge needs a visit from the ghosts of Halloween Past, Halloween Present, and Halloween Future.

    Or just a swift kick in the head.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #4   Trish

    We had dozens of trucks and cars lined up down our block with kids spilling out. I know I had at least 100, we give out whole bars and I bought about 30lbs of small candy. I have only small stuff left, even the cracker jack bags were snatched up. I don’t care if you’re from my neighborhood, old, young, in a costume, not in a costume. As long as you’re not a rude little rat I’ll give you candy. I’ve only ever denied 2 kids candy, and it was because they shoved some younger kids down my stairs after they saw whole bars trying to get to me first. Their parents didn’t like it, but oh well. I’ll never understand why people care that much. You buy what you’re willing to spend and turn off your light when it’s gone.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Iwill FindU

      Those parents suck. I’m a strict rule maker/ manners enforcer when it comes to trick or treating fail to follow my rules and Halloween is over. I don’t care if we’ve only just gotten started.
      They range from remembering to say please and thank you (I’ll give reminders at each house) To safety no running back and forth across the street, never thought I would have to add don’t accost small children to get to the candy. Their parents should have made them pack it up then and there.

      Nov 12, 2014 at 11:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #5   Lita bang

    Entitled bitchfaces like this make me very glad I live in an area where there’s no kids (we didn’t have a single trick-or-treater this year – much to my parents’ delight and my annoyance) so the poor little dears can’t be bitchfaced at by someone like THIS.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   Lita bang

      Alright, I should probably clarify this now that I’m not fighting off a three-day bad weather migraine. :P No kids around here (college town – seriously, it’s all students and old folks) and no kids that come truckin’ in either, presumably because lol college town. I am both glad, because I can personally verify at least one person who lives in this neighborhood is an entitled bitchface, and annoyed, because no kids to hand things out to.

      Although, when I think about the neurotic poodle who goes off like an air raid siren when a squirrel farts a block away, the lack of kids is probably a very good thing.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Raichu

      I’m sitting here giggling at your last paragraph of your second comment. XD

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #6   Traci

    Oh yes, one of THOSE people. I am in my 40′s and I LOVE trick-or-treaters (although I was sick on this Halloween and didn’t give out candy) and I love to talk to them and let them pick out their candy. My daughter and I drove around Monday to see who all got toilet papered. When I was a kid, it was like a badge of honor to get TP’d! Awesome times!!!! Some people just ruin it for everyone with their NASTY attitudes! I know who’s place needs to get toilet papered!

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #7   Ajax

    On Halloween, van-loads of kids and parents from out of the ‘hood descend on our neighborhood. Many of the trick-or-treaters who come to our door barely speak English. We welcome them all warmly. The extra expense on candy is worth it to show these individuals that, by and large, Americans care about kids, that our traditions are open to all and that we’re neighborly.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Danielle

      Good on you. The other reason some people “truck” their kids into other neighborhoods is because some neighborhoods are better lit, with less traffic and crime. But apparently, this grinch only cares about the safety of trick or treaters that she or he actually knows. I really don’t understand why people behave like that. You’re giving the candy away, why do you care that much which child gets it?

      Nov 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   ChrisBaker

      There are very few houses on my street which give out candy, so I can understand if parents want to go to a neighborhood where people actually give out candy. (I give out candy and had a lot left.)

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:08 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   Cheri

      We TRIED going trick or treating in our neighborhood this year. Walked three blocks with a four year old and two year old and me 8 months pregnant and got three houses actually participating before giving up. People in our neighborhood just don’t do trick or treat. Next year we’ll have to go to a nicer neighborhood where people actually participate so our kids have fun.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #8   Doug Pritchard

    Really…..thanks for proving to me how truly uncaring some people can be. Deny candy to the poor kids. WOW like they had a choice in being born into a poor family.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #9   ~Jenn

    White person here. Lived on a two-block all-white stretch in South Philly in the ’90s, not far from a majority African-American public housing highrise. One year a neighbor sent out a notice that “our” Halloween would be on the 30th, so we should give out candy then and turn off our lights on the 31st. That’s right, White Halloween. We did the opposite. Life in those towers was awful for kids. They scrounged up clothes that kind of added up to costumes, we gave them lots of candy.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 8:54 pm   rating: 91  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   The Elf

      Oh. My. God. Seriously? Seriously? Did they all dress up in white sheets as “ghosts” too?

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.2   K

      Ex-fucking-scuse me? At first I thought that it meant your neighborhood so the kids could have two Halloweens and I thought that was cool. Then I read the rest. :(

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:17 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.3   Wendy Jane

      I hope you turned off your lights on the 30th. Actually, I would have turned the light on so I can see which neighbors came to my door so I would know who never to associate with again.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #10   Cate

    That’s awful! We have kids from a few apartment complexes in town come to our neiborhood. I love it! It’s just like in the movies with hoards of kids walking around everywhere. What a Scrooge! But a bag of Dum Dum pops .

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:03 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #11   RedDelicious

    Playing Devil’s advocate, so to speak, so just because you live in a better off to do sort of neighborhood, you’re expected to buy twice the amount of candy because greedy kids, who’ve already been through their neighborhood, get trucked in by the bus and van load for round two? There’s a big difference between driving your own kids to a neighborhood with families because you don’t live in one, and bus loads of kids banging on your door demanding candy who have already cleaned out their own neighborhood.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   L

      So turn your lights off.

      Ooh. Kids want candy. Such greed. I hope you get eggs.

      Nov 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.2   iola

      What on earth are these fantasy kids you speak of doing, running an endurance race?? With the exception of teens, kids don’t have that sort of energy, parents don’t have the patience, and the fact that you think candy mastermind plans are common place enough to be a scrooge is just astounding!

      Nov 4, 2014 at 11:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.3   BethRD

      So you’re picturing literal buses full of kids being driven around in some sort of organized get-all-the-candy scam? How would this even work? Most people only leave their porch lights on for trick-or-treaters for a couple of hours at most, so how would kids have time to clean out their own hypothetical neighborhood full of candy and then travel en masse to another neighborhood? And how much could this possibly be worth? Frankly, if anyone is so desperate for candy as a food source (it’s the cheapest damn stuff in the universe, especially if you’re willing to wait until the morning after Halloween to buy it) that they’re willing to do that much work to get it, they probably need it more than the $5 I needed to spend to purchase it. Although I wish these starving candy-dependent ghetto kids would identify themselves, I’d give them meals instead.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:39 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.4   mcjunk

      I don’t know how you concocted this scenario, but more importantly, I don’t know why you would care even if your little “greedy kid” dream is true. Kids around here have two hours to trick or treat, once a year. If they can manage to clear more than one neighborhood during that period, more power to them.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.5   The Elf

      Am I the only one who finds that unlikely scenario freakin’ awesome? I think of the lost opportunity and weep.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:55 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.6   buni

      This scenario is all too real in the neighborhood I grew up in. We always trick-or-treated on “Beggars Night”, not on Halloween. When I was a kid I thought he entire city did this, not just our neighborhood. However, once I grew up and moved away, word got out to surrounding areas and yes, busloads of kids come from other neighborhoods to trick-or-treat in my old neighborhood on the 30th and then do their own neighborhoods on the 31st. The neighborhood coalition was trying to get the Halloween celebration changed to the 31st for this reason, but traditionalists resisted. I don’t live there anymore so it doesn’t affect me.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 12:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.7   pooham

      I never heard of Beggars Night.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.8   ChrisBaker

      You buy as much candy as you care to give out and when you are done, you turn off the lights. How difficult is that? Perhaps you should ask the kids for ID, and when you realize they don’t live in the neighborhood, have them prove to you that they haven’t already been collecting candy in another neighborhood.

      I am sure I am not the only one hear reading the undertones of the photo and several others that it’s the poor black/hispanic/asian kids coming into the white neighborhood.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.9   K

      Playing Devil’s Advocate, if your neighborhood is so fancy, why doesn’t it have just a gate?

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.10   labdude

      In my neighborhood, the city declared that Trick or Treat be confined to the last Saturday in October, between the hours of 6 & 8 PM.
      Once word got out to the surrounding communities, we got mobbed by double-dippers. And yes, there are traffic jams of mini-vans with out-of-state plates (we live in a border town).
      True, our kids get to double dip on Hallowe’en night, but there is a lack of parity.
      We still buy just what we can afford, and turn the lights off when the bowl is empty.
      What gets my goat are the teens that come by in ripped shirts, or sports jerseys, or hastily applied marker ‘make-up’ ie. no real effort at creating a costume, and then just open their pillowcases and expect you to put treats in.
      For those guys, I go Sam Kinnison on them: “SAY the WORDS! SAY IT!!!!!” until I get a sullen ‘trick or treat’ from them.
      They won’t let me hand out the treats any more.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.11   Tesselara

      That made me laugh!!! If they can’t even say the words, then they’re being…well, they’re being teenagers, but still. “SAY THE WORDS!!!!! SAY IT!!!!!!” LOLOLOLOLOLOL dying.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.12   kermit

      I am surprised that Labdude doesn’t put his candy on the end of a fishing pole and stand on the roof of his house to say that.

      Oh, you want this candy, do ya, punk? “SAY THE WORDS!!!!! SAY IT!!!!!! Jump for the candy!

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.13   Cheri

      We TRIED going trick or treating in our neighborhood this year. Walked three blocks with a four year old and two year old and me 8 months pregnant and got three houses actually participating before giving up. People in our neighborhood just don’t do trick or treat. Next year we’ll have to go to a neighborhood where people actually participate so our kids have fun. It’s about the kids, isn’t it?

      Nov 7, 2014 at 9:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.14   RedDelicious

      Apparently you guys don’t understand the term “playing devil’s advocate.” It’s arguing a different point for the purpose of discussion. That doesn’t mean I believe in or take part in my view. However, like one other person who commented, I have lived in neighborhoods where the bussing in happens, and it’s not kids who are coming from poor neighborhoods, it’s teenagers who slap a plastic mask on and make the rounds, then go to the next neighborhood, rinse repeat. Yes, there are greedy kids that ruin a fun holiday for everyone. If you’re giving candy to the greedy teenagers, you don’t have enough for the kids who are young and have been looking forward to it for weeks. I’m just saying. No need to get offended over it.

      Nov 9, 2014 at 11:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.15   L

      Apparently you don’t understand that nobody cares when someone “plays devil’s advocate”. The devil doesn’t need an advocate. He’s the devil.

      Those teenagers want free candy. You’re giving free candy. Why do they not deserve free candy?

      Nov 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.16   Iwill FindU

      Except some kids have never been taught basic trick or treating manners. I have a friend who once she ran out of candy turned off all her lights and locked her gate. Not long after she had these kids banging on her door because they had climbed over the gate at 10pm. They banged on the door for a good 5 min before she opened it told them to get lost and shut the door in their faces.

      Nov 12, 2014 at 11:22 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #12   vablueeyedlady

    My kids are teens now, so no trick or treating. When they were younger, we HAD to go to other neighborhoods because trick or treating isn’t allowed in our apartment complex. It’s bad enough they restricted it to 12 and under only and between the hours of 6 and 8 pm.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #13   trick or treat

    Send those kids over here! I decorate the yard and add something every year! We by a good amount of candy, and if we run low, just give out smaller portions. We ran out once, and I shut off the lights. An occasional kids knocked anyway, and I gave them a hand full of pennies and told them I was sorry, but I was out of candy. If you’re worried about the neighborhood kids so much, reserve a bag of good candy for them, and buy cheapies for the hordes. Had a neighbor growing up that gave homemade popcorn balls to those on her block ONLY. This gets my vote for douchiness!

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   L

      I bought cheap stuff and chocolate and gave out the cheap stuff first because I like chocolate and I know I only get so many trick or treaters XD

      I got 12 this year and my last 2 got literally half a bowl of suckers and gumballs that look like eyeballs because god, i couldn’t eat those things.

      Nov 4, 2014 at 9:28 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.2   a*p

      Frankly, handmade things should only be given to people you know anyhow, so this isn’t really a douchy thing. Handmade things of unknown origin end up in the trash.

      I remember differently when I was a kid… before all the scares. Popcorn balls, homemade cookies, brownies. Heck, people used to give out apples, too.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.3   mutzali

      When I was a kid (and dinosaurs roamed the neighborhood) the lady next door gave out pomegranates. They were a wonderful treat!

      Nov 6, 2014 at 7:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.4   Jami

      There used to be a woman in my old neighborhood who’d give out homemade donut holes.

      In the neighborhood we moved to there was a woman who would give out boxes of raisins with a lecture about how we kids were getting too much candy and “needed something healthy.”

      I never went back to her house again. I hate raisins with the same passion that Garfield hates them.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 12:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.5   The Elf

      One year I had little packages of pretzels along with the candy. Seemed to be popular.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.6   Ahava

      Where I grew up, the lady across the street from us made AWESOME homemade popcorn balls. We’d trick or treat the rest of the neighborhood, then go to her house and then stand in her driveway and trade the kids who didn’t want the popcorn balls for other candy. I’d go home with like 2 dozen popcorn balls. It was awesome. :)

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:46 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #13.7   JoDa

      Were they only giving out popcorn balls, and then only to the neighborhood kids? I had neighbors who did much the same. They’d get wrapped candy and give it out to the kids they didn’t know. The neighborhood kids got homemade caramel popcorn balls (they were SOOOOO GOOOOOD) and a nickel (they were elderly and it was the ’80′s…they probably felt like that was a lot of money for a little kid). I feel like that was a special bonus for the kids they knew, as well as sharing the safety concerns mentioned above. When my parents saw the popcorn ball, they knew who it came from. If I had no idea who gave my (hypothetical) kid homemade food, I’d be skeptical of its safety.

      Nov 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #14   Michele

    This person should have shut their lights off and let that be that. To put this sign out for children to see is disgusting. I would have erased it.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Kattheryn

      I would have erased it and wrote:

      I’m a stuck up entitled jerk and think poor kids shouldn’t be allowed to have candy.

      Please egg my house.

      Nov 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.2   Tammy

      LOL Kattheryn, that’s perfect!

      I live in a neighborhood where kids get trucked in–you would not believe the amount of people who share this selfish sentiment. It’s once a year people, buy an extra bag or two, big effin deal…

      Nov 5, 2014 at 4:16 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.3   The Elf

      My previous address was a townhouse neighborhood with lots of kids. We always had trucked in kids too, because some neighborhoods just aren’t good for trick-or-treating (like my current one). It was a blast! I handed out so much candy I didn’t close the door sometimes. We decorated everything, dressed up, and scared the older ones. Almost as much fun as trick-or-treating ourselves.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.4   buni

      I used to live in a village surrounded by very rural areas, so all the kids from the surrounding area came to the village. I used to have fun sitting on the porch handing out candy all evening.
      Then, government took all the fun out by setting trick-or-treat hours from 5-7pm. I would barely get in the door, home from work and the doorbell would be ringing. I eventually got so annoyed not being able to eat dinner in peace that I just left a bowl of candy in the driveway for kids to help themselves.
      Now I live in the boonies and no kids come to my house at all.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.5   FeatherBlade


      Yay! incitement to vandalism!

      You’d have to make sure you copied their handwriting real well, or erased it before anyone noticed you alterations.

      Nov 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.6   Raichu

      5-7 is stupid early! :(

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.7   Kattheryn

      LOL @ FeatherBlade.

      Yeah, I’m sure that they would truck in someone from NCIS or something to do a handwriting analysis on a dry erase board when there are several years worth of rape kits that are still untested.


      Nov 23, 2014 at 9:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #15   Roto13

    I must have missed the official Halloween memo stating that kids have to stay in their own neighbourhoods when trick-or-treating.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   The Elf

      Yes, it counters the time-honored tradition of maximizing your candy-gathering efficiency.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #15.2   K

      Yep. And it they live in a rural area where there are no sidewalks on streets that semi trucks drive on and walking to ten houses would be a three-mile round trip, either they buck up or stay home!

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #16   catethulhu

    I would have liked to erase it and replace it with “I’m a douche, no candy”. I should start carrying a marker around. This probably made a bunch of kids feel bad who didn’t deserve it.
    Incidentally, we didn’t give out candy this year for various reasons. I wish we did though. I love Halloween.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:55 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #17   otisbright

    fuck that greedy piece of shit.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 9:58 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #18   iola

    In my neighborhood I see almost no kids who live here on Halloween. We see over 100 easy, and they are all welcome! If I were their parents and I lived where trick-or-treating was hard to do, I would do the same thing and take them to another neighborhood! Occasionally we get the rowdy teens, but mostly it’s just plan adorable kids and kind parents. Wouldn’t want to miss that!

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:09 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   JoDa

      I rented in a fairly affluent neighborhood in the city for a couple of years. We got tons of kids from the unsafe neighborhoods, even though only about 50-ish% of the neighborhood handed out candy because lots of people worked stupid long hours and didn’t get home until things were winding down. Nobody seemed to mind that our neighborhood was actually safe to walk around and knock on strangers doors, so they took advantage; and the kids didn’t seem to mind the number of dark porches/houses. I suppose they were “bused” in…on the city bus!

      Nov 15, 2014 at 3:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #19   Limey

    I love seeing the little kids, although the lazy teenagers who don’t ever bother trying to dress up bother me.

    However, since I don’t give out candy, I just turn off my light outside and leave it at that. Simple and far less rude.

    Nov 4, 2014 at 11:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #20   Sir Puke

    What a bitter person. This note writer’s lawn should be the target of neighborhood dog walkers.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:37 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #21   ParadigmParagon

    This person is an ass. Give out what you want to give out and when you’re done turn the lights off. Why make a bunch of kids feel crappy because you don’t like all the outsiders trick or treating in your neighborhood. It’s children in costumes, not roving street gangs. Geez. I live in a town with a lot of pretty rural areas and a lot of people aren’t located in places with very close neighbours so people bring their kids into the more dense neighborhoods like ours. We’ve always loved seeing all the creative costumes.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 5:42 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #22   vonH

    We used to sometimes go to other neighborhoods for one of two reasons:

    1) they were full of decorated houses, and houses with awesome decoration were way more fun to visit (gasp shock, not even about the candy here)
    2) I had friends. Not all of my friends lived in my neighborhood.

    Oh the horrors that I would go outside of my own area code to have some fun!

    Nov 5, 2014 at 6:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #23   TerriM

    “Dear Prudence” just had a letter exactly like this. Her response was awesome: “Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.” In other words, “Go to Costco, bitch!” Words to live by.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:11 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.1   FeatherBlade

      I think i saw this letter.

      Wasn’t it from a woman with mobility problems whose house kept getting vandalized because she wasn’t participating?

      Nov 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.2   LittleBirdy

      FeatherBlade, you must be thinking of something else. The letter TerriM is referencing literally says, “Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children.”

      I’m not sure if PAN’s commenting system allows links, so I’ll let you google it. The letter was posted on October 23.

      Nov 13, 2014 at 12:30 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.3   Feather Blade

      Oh, you’re right.

      The letter I’m thinking of is a Dear Abby one from October 19th, in which she advises a retired widow with rheumatoid arthritis to reward Halloween vandals by putting out candy for them.

      Nov 13, 2014 at 12:01 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #23.4   Raichu

      That letter blew my mind if only because the writer said they lived on the “more modest street” of “doctors and lawyers”, and then said they were part of the 99 percent.

      Talk about a complete lack of self-awareness and social reality.

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #24   Common Sense

    You know what’s funny? There’s no tangible proof that this was actually a sign someone put up. There’s nothing here that proves this wasn’t someone with a liberal agenda (much like the gay waitress with the stiffed tip that turned out to be a lie) and all you people are jumping right on the lynch mob bandwagon. Whatever happened to critical thinking skills?

    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   sunshynegrll

      ‘Liberal agenda’? Your crackpot conspiracy theory is showing.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.2   The Elf

      Uh, what’s liberal about participating in Halloween? Are you one of those people who think it’s the devil’s work?

      It’s the internet. There’s no tangible proof about anything here! Take your tinfoil hat and move along.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.3   Bretley

      Give me a break. There is no “tangible proof” that any of the notes shown on this site are “real”. A product of the liberal agenda, seriously? That’s what’s funny.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 7:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.4   ChrisBaker

      damn! you’ve figured us liberals out!

      But seriously, you have never met an old, cheap, racist, bitter person who would write something like this? They are all usually convervative too.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.5   hbc

      If this sign is so obviously fake, you really shouldn’t be worried about the “lynch mob bandwagon” since there will be no one to track down and lynch. At least, that’s what *my* critical thinking skills tell me.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 9:09 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.6   S.

      You forgot to take off your troll costume before posting.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 11:41 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.7   Poltergeist

      You’re a fucking moron. Go back to your conservative web forum. I’m sure their circle jerk hasn’t been as enjoyable ever since you wandered off.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 12:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.8   Tesselara

      @hbc– hee, critical thinking skills! What are those things?

      Speaking of mythological beasts, I just saw a unicorn, too.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #25   jUstPunkin

    We live in a neighborhood with LOTS of houses, close together and easy for kids to trick or treat; we expect lots of kids – and we get them. On occasion, my kids have gone with friends to other neighborhoods, similar to ours and have never had a problem.
    A friend of mine faced something similar this year, with the guy asking her, when he saw her park her car and get out with her four kids, if she was from the area. Very rude.
    There are kids who live in neighborhoods where it is not safe to trick or treat; I gladly welcome them – all kids deserve to have some fun.
    Eggs and TP for this guy!

    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #26   Whitley

    In my neighborhood we dont even trick or treat. My family hosts a small carnival. With games food a hayride and a haunted trail. Heres the best part.. its all FREE. We just want kids to have a fun and safe halloween.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 7:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #27   havingfitz

    We didn’t get as many kids this year because it was pretty bad weather, and have a lot of candy left over. It was disappointing: I love Halloween. Everyone who comes to our door gets candy, no matter where they live. This person really does deserve to get egged.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:36 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #28   ijterstellat

    the 9pposite note kids I bought tons of candy the good stuff why you no visit my house. I lovehhanding out candy but no one comes to my house .

    Nov 5, 2014 at 10:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   the cat

      I know how you feel. There were a couple of years after our kids left home when we had almost no trick or treaters. It felt really sad. This year was good though, we seem to have won the trust of the new young families and had around 50 cute little guys come by. By the way, both my daughters come to our neighbor hood to take their kids trick or treating. One lives in an apartment complex and the other on a no walk main road. So Halloween at Grandma’s it is.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 10:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #29   Christine

    While our neighborhood has kids, we’re on a cul de sac with a steep driveway. I love Halloween and always buy way too much candy. To the whopping 12 kids total (4 doorbell rings worth) who decided our driveway was worth it, they got handsomely rewarded with “take as big a handful as you can manage!”. Miserly letter writer can send the “poor kids” my way. I would have loved to see them.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 11:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #29.1   JoDa

      I don’t know how the weather is where you live, but, if it’s not terrible, have you considered setting up shop at the foot of the driveway? It’s not usually freakishly cold here, and because I’ve lived in condos for several years and my dog freaks out at ringing doorbells (but loves kids and isn’t bothered by their costumes), when I participate, I just sit outside and hand candy out over our short yard fence.

      A couple of years ago, the power was out on Halloween, meaning doorbells wouldn’t work and some people were a little scared of random door-knockers in the darkness (ugh…hurricane Sandy…2.5 days power-free). A neighbor got the AMAZING idea to set up tables in the small park in the neighborhood and have a halloween party instead of traditional trick-or-treat. She passed flyers around the neighborhood, and it was a smashing success. Neighbors hauled out card tables and picnic tables and all the candy and portable lanterns we had, and a generous neighbor even brought a portable generator and a gigantic coffee pot to keep the adults warm and caffeinated. :) Near the end of the festivities, we turned the lanterns down and taught the slightly older kids how to play flashlight tag (apparently a lost art).

      Nov 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #30   Ahava

    We had a ton of trick-or-treaters this year. Since our kids are grown and out of the house, folks other than our immediate neighbors wouldn’t know if it’s “okay” to knock on our door, so we go outside with a big basket of candy and hang out outdoors so the parents can check us out, and the kids can see what kind of candy we have. It’s fun – and as for kids from other areas of town coming to our neighborhood, good. The more kids, the merrier. And it makes me feel even more grateful that I guess I live in the “good” part of town.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 12:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   Jason

      Yeah, that’s what I’ve done some years. Until this year when I realized all the brats in my neighborhood bully my 10-year old son. No more candy for them!

      Nov 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #31   Kat

    Every Halloween, I hear the following complaints:

    ~Kids who aren’t from the neighborhood
    ~Kids who are too old
    ~Kids who aren’t wearing costumes
    ~Kids who take more than one piece of candy

    It’s Halloween! Yeah, I’ll give you that it is kind of sassy when kids take more candy. We generally have full-sized candy bars in one bowl and then another bowl with little bags of crackers and cookies, and we tell the kids they can have one from each bowl. Sometimes, kids will just grab two candy bars. Big whoop though. They’re kids, it’s candy, they’re excited, they’re having fun! You don’t have to participate, just turn off your porch light.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 1:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.1   Jason

      I’m reluctant to give out candy to teenagers who didn’t put any effort into their costume. You know, the ones who throw on a scream mask and a hoodie.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 2:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.2   K

      I try to give kids in crappy costumes a pass if they’re polite. Sometimes they were figuring that they’re too old for trick-or-treating and didn’t plan a costume until the last minute when they realized that growing up is a total bitch. Sometimes I just make them tell me a joke instead.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 3:12 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.3   L

      I actually only got 1 set of older kids. Almost all of my other ones were really little. Which means I couldn’t go “LOOK AT ALL THE SCARY STUFF” for them XD

      Nov 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.4   pooham

      Kids are, by nature, greedy. I think it’s kind of cute. But then again I think my pets are cute when they are greedy too. They just can’t control their desire for those treats!

      Nov 5, 2014 at 5:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.5   The Elf

      I do find it annoying when kids come to the house without a costume. There are ways to do a costume last minute and on the cheap, but it requires creativity. Even a scream mask and a hoodie is something. When you show up in your street clothes (and not even a good story to go with it), then you’re going to get a grudging pack of gummy worms. If you’re not trying, I won’t either.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 6:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.6   Tesselara

      Gummy worms!? Awesome. I’d give ‘em raisins. You are too good!

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.7   Iwill FindU

      I make kids not in costumes sing for me, I’m here handing out “free” candy the only cost is that I be kept amused that can be done with a costume or song. I’m also debating on next year buying the little boxes of Smarties, emptying the candy from them gluing the back shut and giving them to kids not in costume and unwilling to sing. Because tween boys hate having to sing.

      Nov 12, 2014 at 11:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #31.8   Feather Blade

      I can sympathize with the “kids are too old” objection.

      By the time they’re 16, they’re old enough to buy their own damn candy.

      Nov 13, 2014 at 12:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #32   Jason

    This year I decided I didn’t want to sit outside my house and hand out candy to all the little brats in my own neighborhood. So I took my ten year old son and 18 year old daughter to our church “trunk-or-treat” party. We had a lot of fun there and I didn’t have to spend any money on candy.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 2:30 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   Tesselara

      I’m so sorry that your son is being bullied. I hope your school is taking the bullying seriously.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 8:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.2   Jazzgirl205

      In other words, You begrudged other kids candy but made sure your kids got candy.

      Nov 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #32.3   Poltergeist

      Jazzgirl, if the story about his son being bullied by a lot of the neighborhood kids is true, then he is under no obligation to give out candy to the bullies. That doesn’t mean his kids should miss out on Halloween.

      Nov 8, 2014 at 8:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #33   kaetra

    This guy needs a good dose of Halloween cheer. The Halloween fairies should visit his house with a trebuchet and a giant sack of dirty diapers. Splat tastic!!

    Nov 5, 2014 at 2:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #33.1   labdude

      A trebuchet and dirty diapers – now *that’s* a visual I won’t soon forget.

      Nov 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #34   K

    I wish they trucked them into our neighborhood! We only had about 15 this year because of the composition of our neighborhood (not lots of kids, houses are on about .3 acre each, people across the street from us and next door don’t give out candy…). I was super bummed and have a boatload of extra candy. I love it. It’s fun to see what they dress up as, talk to them about favorite candy, and basically just watch them enjoy everything that Halloween is about. Kids are hilarious. Makes me remember my days as a kid on Halloween. Lots of people gave me lots of candy and made my Halloween. Now I get to pay the universe back.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   magicdomino

      I’ll take some too. I’m in an older neighborhood with few children, and few houses with the Halloween spirit. I’ve been told that I have the best-decorated house in the neighborhood, but would love to have some competition. Normal TOT count is 25 to 30. This year, the older children must have gone to parties, because, despite a beautiful night, I had less than 15, almost all under 6 years old.

      I’ll give candy to anyone in a costume. I give twice as much to anyone who says something nice about my display. I’m considering offering adult beverages to grown-ups in costume.

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #34.2   JoDa

      It’s always fun talking to the kids in creative costumes. Many moons ago when I was in grad school, but lived in a more family-oriented neighborhood (I was old enough to be over people throwing up on my doorstep every day, and willing to suffer the longer walk to class), I bought two types of candy: stuff kids love, and stuff I loved as a kid, and still do. My roommate was all over me that “no kid wants caramel chews and Dots!” Lo and behold, a kid shows up dressed as a box of Dots! I asked him if he liked Dots, and he confirmed that they were his favorite candy, enthusiastically. You should have seen his face light up when I told him that I had Dots, and he could have a handful of boxes for such a great costume (he was SCREAMING (with joy) at his mom as he retreated from our house that I had Dots). Apparently word got around, because I had several kids after that ask me for the Dots, over the mini-chocolates/Smarties/etc. I also got to throw major shade at my roommate, who begrudgingly admitted she liked Dots, too, but just didn’t think kids liked them anymore (the caramel chews were less of a hit, but more leftovers for me!).

      Nov 15, 2014 at 3:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #34.3   The Elf

      My favorite candy as a child – and as an adult – are Mary Janes.

      Nov 17, 2014 at 12:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #35   DasUmilaut

    I live in a college town in the middle of nowhere and it’s not safe for the kids to trick-or-treat around town. So my college decided to have them come around to the dorms to get candy. It’s the BEST idea. Since I live off-campus, my roommates and I will head over to an on-campus friend’s dorm and sit outside handing out candy from two bowls, one for their room and one for our apartment. The kids love it because college students are super generous with candy, the parents love it because it’s indoors, it’s safe and well-lit, and it helps bring the community together.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   LittleBirdy

      What an fabulous idea! I wish we had done that at my school. Halloween there was basically just another excuse for people to get drunk.

      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #35.2   DasUmilaut

      It’s so much fun. I don’t drink and neither do my friends, so it’s as close as we get to Halloween parties. One of my friends gets SUPER into it and this year we built a mini haunted house in the hallway of the dorm she lived in and joked with the little kids who came by.

      Sure, people party and get drunk, but we’re TECHNICALLY a dry campus, so the university likes to hold events so that not EVERYONE is out getting smashed.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #36   Rjb37066

    I have no children but still Purchase chocolate bars, twizzlers and the like for the munchkins that find their way into my neighborhood. Even have dog treats for 4 legged ones.

    I don’t really consider myself someone who likes kids even, but it’s once a year, hand out candy.

    It’s not about who lives in your neighborhood, a religious cause or greed. It’s costumes + kids =candy.

    Nov 5, 2014 at 9:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #37   N_V

    Due to weather, our house got out the BBQ and made hotdogs to go with the candy. We don’t get a lotta kids, but on that cold night we totally rocked it.

    Plus, I got to be part of my neighbour Leo’s entourage. He’s five, and went as Spider-Man. Sometimes, I got some candy, too! As long as he’s around, I have a great excuse for dressing up and touring my neighbourhood other than “It’s for a con” and “I let loose a fire hazard, has anyone seen it?”

    Nov 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #38   gb

    Why do Americans celebrate this again? I don’t understand. And slowly the infection is spreading here too… Christmas is annoying enough as it is.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 1:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   sunshynegrll

      We celebrate Halloween because threatening to pull pranks and begging for candy in the dark are honored traditions of some of our ancestors. But mostly because people need to show their true monster form once a year or become stuck in a permanent state of No Fun.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 5:49 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.2   The Elf

      Because it is fun. Oh, you can get into the history of it, but really the uniquely American version is all about good old fashioned over the top fun.

      And that’s why it is my favorite holiday. Other holidays are about something else – giving thanks, a religious event, the turning of the calendar, memorializing wars, celebrating important people and events in history. Halloween is pure 100% fun.

      I’m not a Christmas fan. Part of the reason is because I’m not Christian. But the other reason is because it starts in August. By the time I get to Dec 25, I just want it to freakin’ end already. All the fun of the holiday has been diluted over time to an endurance match.

      Nov 6, 2014 at 6:52 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.3   Jazzgirl205

      I really don’t understand people who are allergic to fun (isn’t there a shot for that?). Now only do I go all out for Halloween, but I was also a member of a Mardi Gras organization that spent lots of money building floats on which we would ride while throwing hundreds of $ worth of trinkets and candy to crowds of people. After that, we spent the rest of the evening dancing with our husbands at a white-tie ball. If I didn’t move away, I’d still be doing it.

      Nov 8, 2014 at 5:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #38.4   Raichu

      bah humbug, amirite?

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #39   ballz

    I live in a tightly packed military neighborhood in the nicer side of a town with a lot of rough areas. We had hundreds of trick or treaters prowling the streets in their costumes. Judging by the dozens of extra cars I’m guessing most of them weren’t from our street but you know what? It was awesome. Everyone was having a great time, commenting on eachother’s costumes, admiring decorations, all that. I think spending a COUPLE DOLLARS more on candy was worth helping make a great memory for a lot of kids.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:51 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #40   Roxy Random

    My mom loves Halloween. She loves seeing all the kids in their costumes, and she always buys plenty of candy. I had to work this Halloween night, but I gave out candy anyway.
    Our mall, after years of trick or treating, decided to cancel it this year (too bad they didn’t tell anyone beyond a tiny notice on the corner of a sign everyone walks past). We got some kids anyway, and since a lot of the stores brought candy in that they had bought themselves, Halloween was saved! And we didn’t ask where the kids were from. Everyone was welcome.

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #40.1   Raichu

      I had to work too! I bought a couple of bags of candy and put it in a bucket on our counter (I work at a fast-food restaurant) to hand out to kids who showed up, and asked parents’ permission to give out candy in the drive thru. We had very little traffic though, so I ended up also giving it away to adults, and eating a bunch of it myself. No regrets.

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #41   Jami

    When my best friend, Erin, was alive I’d go celebrate Halloween with her and her mom. We’d do a whole Hogwarts set up complete with a “sorting hat.” The kids would put the hat on and they’d reach into a caldron to pull out a slip of paper with their house name on it.

    After she died (she had cystic fibrosis) I didn’t celebrate for several years. Then one day someone gave my mom this really ugly house dress and I was inspired to turn it into a hippie costume.

    While remodeling our house at the rental we were in we didn’t get any trick or treaters. When back in our home our yard was too unsafe. So we took our treats and went to Balboa Island and handed them out as we walked around. Basically, instead of the kids coming to us, we went to them. My dog, Minnie, also was pulled into this. She was very popular when I dressed her as The Doctor and myself as the TARDIS. People always noticed her first. I made a little pouch that I tied to her harness to hold a toy sonic screwdriver, she wore a white shirt and a black cape – and I even found a tiny fez. So I kind of mixed up a bunch of different Doctors to make her an “unofficial regeneration.”

    Without fail someone would say, “Oh my God, look at the dog! It’s The Doctor!” Then they’d notice me and said, “OH MY GOD YOU’RE THE TARDIS!”

    It was damn fun, being a mobile treat unit.

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:20 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   The Elf

      That sounds like an amazingly fun time!

      Nov 7, 2014 at 7:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #41.2   Lita bang

      Jami, that sounds flippin awesome. :D

      Nov 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #41.3   KarateLady

      I’m with y’all – that’s a terrific idea, Jami! :-) If ever I’m in a non-celebratory neighborhood, I will do the same, though since I have no dogs (and I don’t think it would be a good idea to take my cats), being the 4th Doctor (sans Tardis) will have to do… :-)

      Nov 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #41.4   Jami

      You could always dress as the 3rd Doctor and dress your car up as Bessie, KL.

      For those who don’t know, Bessie is a canary yellow Edwardian Roadster that the 3rd Doctor used a lot cause he was kind of stuck on Earth for awhile. Other Doctors used her too, of course, and Ten even got to see her again and got all excited.

      Nov 9, 2014 at 5:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #42   DLW

    Man, what a miser.
    I’ve rarely had trick-or-treaters, living out in the country. I just moved to a larger city and live in a big apartment complex with lots of kids (I have no kids myself) so I thought I’d get a bunch! I guess not many wanted to trek all the way up to the third floor though, which is a pity as I was giving out handfuls of fun-size chocolate bars with plastic skeleton hands stuck on ‘em. At least the ones who did come had fun.
    As to the whole trucking kids around…no duh, some neighborhoods just aren’t for trick-0r-treating! If you don’t want to have to buy more candy, give out what you’ve got and turn off the light! Why make a production out of it, good god. When I grew up on an AFB we were able to walk door to door, but when we moved out to the rural NC countryside my parents had to drive us around. No one seemed to mind.

    Nov 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #43   Corviddreams

    For those complaining about teenagers, my youngest trick-or-treated right into high school. He didn’t want to do what his friends were doing, which was hang out at an alcohol and drug fueled party. Please, let them be kids a little while longer, even if they are sullen and have crappy costumes! The sullen ones needs the candy-love the most!

    Nov 7, 2014 at 4:48 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   Poltergeist

      I agree. Teenagers are allowed to have fun too. I don’t see what the big deal is if a few show up at your door for candy.

      Nov 8, 2014 at 8:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.2   KarateLady

      My oldest is 15 and went as Black Widow this year. Her summer camp also has costume days – and they take kids up to age 16. So yeah, let the teens dress up & enjoy. As for the “non-native/ neighborhood kids”, STFU. We get almost no kids @ our house – maybe because we’re in the back and about half the street does not celebrate for various reasons. So for the last 5 years or so, we’ve gone to friends’ neighborhoods where the spirit of the holiday was much more copious – houses decked to the gills in spider webs and skeletons, cul-de-sacs filled with tables of goodies, and even mini-trailers piled with hay for neighborhood hay rides. Adults dressed up as well, and at least one house offered Jello-shots for the over 21 crowd! No one ever said anything to me or my group (kids & their friends) about not living there. All I heard was admiring comments on the costumes and words of appreciation when I reminded my kids to say “Thank You”.
      My childhood was very different. I lived near the site of the poisoned Pixie-Stix that were given out one year in the early 70s. Halloween all but vanished after that for a long time. No costumes for sale in the stores that I saw, no decorations, no trick or treating (though school carnivals flourished in its absence), etc. Finally I’m seeing something that resembles the Halloween I saw before that terrible incident. Long Live Halloween! :-)

      Nov 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.3   Jami

      The teens in my neighborhood used to be the ones who’d try and grab the bowl out of your hands so they could get all the candy. :-(

      I stopped TOT after my first Halloween after my 16th birthday. I took my niece and nephew with me so we could TOT together and everyone thought they were my kids! To which I’d have to constantly say, “I’m 16! I’m too young to have kids! This is my niece and nephew!”

      For that I’d get a pat on the head with a “What a good girl you are!” and no candy. And I was all dressed up too with a poodle skirt and saddleback shoes.

      Would’ve rather had some candy for not being a teenage mother than a pat on the head messing up my cute little bow.

      Nov 9, 2014 at 5:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #43.4   Raichu

      I feel middle school is a good upper limit. I trick-or-treated through 8th grade. A couple of years after that I took my little sister so my parents didn’t have to (she was 9 or 10 at the time). It was fun, and I felt more grown-up.

      If I handed out candy and teens showed up with no costume, I’d make them sing or tell a joke or something. It’s lazy and once you’re in your upper teens, you’re too old to go around looking for handouts.

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #44   KristyLane

    For the most part, I don’t mind the teenagers as long as they are still having fun and dressing up – you know, in the spirit of the holiday. But there comes a point when they really are too old. And that’s why God gave us individually wrapped cough drops to hand out.

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #45   EpicBoxx

    Wow. This is just wrong man. Halloween is for everyone. No matter where you live or where you are from.

    Nov 12, 2014 at 3:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #46   oi

    Where are all these kids? We had none.
    I was so eager to hand out candies to all Elsas.:(

    Nov 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #46.1   magicdomino

      I didn’t have a single Elsa. Not even an Anna or Olaf. I did have a Transformer and a Ninja Turtle, though. And I’m proud to say that every one braved the Sidewalk of Skulls to get their candy. Mind you, a couple had daddy standing right behind them, just in case. :-)

      Nov 14, 2014 at 11:56 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #47   oi

    Where are all these kids? We had none.
    I was so ready to hand out candies to all Elsas.:(

    Nov 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #48   G. Jay

    People like these are so annoying, and by being like this we can only concur that they probably are jerks about most things. It’s one day out of the whole year, suck it up and give kids candy because no matter what “neighborhood” they’re from, they still deserve to have a happy childhood experience on Halloween. I gave handfuls of candy to kids and the looks on their faces are priceless. This person (and people like him/her) needs to stop acting like a child and stop hogging candy from actual children. Scrooge!

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #49   D. Sloan

    Heaven forbid people should drive their kids into neighborhoods that are safe, well-lit and actually have candy. That note is code for “keep your brown children out of our white neighborhood.” Personally, we have a lot of kids driven into our neighborhood for Halloween. I don’t participate when Halloween is on a work night, but this year I went through 15 bags of candy, and had a drink for every “Elsa” who came to my door. It was fun until the hangover.

    Nov 14, 2014 at 5:32 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #50   Kate

    Wow, amazed that was standing long enough to take a photo of considering all the “thugs” coming into the neighborhood. If you can’t afford to give out candy, just turn out your lights. If you’re a racist, just burn a cross in the yard… Jeezzz….

    Nov 15, 2014 at 9:21 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #51   GenuineNerd

    I remember trick-or-treat well. As a child growing up on the east side of Cleveland, OH, one year I remember my mother taking me to a street in Shaker Heights (one of the “rich” parts of town), because some of the homes were giving out full-size 5-cent candy bars (this was around 1962 or 1963), instead of the usual “fun size” bars or penny candy. I did make out like a bandit that year candy-wise…but I do see the point where some residents living in more well-to-do areas are reluctant to hand out candy to youngsters from other parts of town. I stopped trick-or-treating when I was 12, when at least one person denied me candy, saying “candy for the little kids only.” As an adult, I have lived in areas where there was little or no trick=or-treat activity, mainly due to either living in apartment buildings or upstairs of duplexes, or where there were few houses on the street. I have given out candy every year at one place where I lived for 18 years…but the crowds dwindled year after year as the neighborhood changed for the worse. Where I used to have almost 100 or so kids come over went down to only about a dozen or so…and I end up sugar rushed for several days from the candy I wasn’t able to give out. However, Halloween does being back some childhood memories for me.

    Nov 16, 2014 at 5:29 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #51.1   GenuineNerd

      To add, I also remember going to a dentist’s house for trick-or-treat, and he was handing out toothbrushes and small tubes of toothpaste instead of candy…to me, a good way to take care of your teeth after eating your candy.

      Nov 16, 2014 at 5:33 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #51.2   Goldie

      Small world! I’ve lived on the east side of Cleveland OH for almost eighteen years now. My current house is on a small dead-end street that is next to a (rather low-income) apartment complex and I would’ve LOVED to get trick-or-treaters from there – but no one ever comes, because everyone on my street has their lights off for some reason. I had my light on for the first couple of years I’ve lived here, but no one’s going to come all the way to our street for just one or two houses – I only got about half a dozen kids each year… this saddens me. And yes, if a swarm of East Cleveland kids somehow descended on my street, I’d happily give candy to all of them. Hell if I knew they were coming, I’d actually stock up on candy and stay home to pass it out, instead of working late, as I did this Halloween night! At least I’d know that these kids would be genuinely happy to get my candy, unlike the upper-middle-class kids, with whom you never know whether your fun-sized Snickers bar is good enough for them! I never took my kids to Shaker, but I did drive them to another part of our own city, to a street where the residents decorate the hell out of it every year, and sit outside in costumes, scaring children. It’s like a giant block party there every year! It’s a lower-middle-class street, and the candy they give out might not be all that spectacular, but to my kids it was a great Halloween experience. We lived on a street full of “doctors and lawyers” at that time and we’d ditch our street, leave my husband or my mom to pass out candy, and drive to the cool street where all the festivities were. I honestly think that the “residents living in more well-to-do areas are reluctant to hand out candy to youngsters from other parts of town” are missing the point of Halloween by so much, they should probably turn their lights off altogether and spare everyone else their company on that night.

      Nov 17, 2014 at 10:28 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #52   humoradda

    Halloween always gets ruined by these kinds of people who just want to hoard chocolates

    Nov 18, 2014 at 10:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #53   LudditeProgrammer

    We had two buckets of Haribo left after Halloween. :( Partly poor turnout (Kent weather) and partly us both getting stuck with overtime so only the stragglers caught us at home.

    I’da given – well – two buckets of Haribo to have seen more trick or treaters. They’re just so great when they still think £2′s worth of acetate actually makes them look like witches and vampires and Spiderman. You can kind of see what _they_ think they look like in their costumes and it’s awesome.

    Nov 21, 2014 at 10:13 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #54   Amanda

    In my hometown there is this one street where an awesome resident began carving lots of pumpkins and the neighbors kicked in and helped. It was a safe street for kids so after awhile police blocked off road traffic and the kids went wild. The community would pitch in with jackolanterns and candy donations to help. This became so well known it was tradition and the street was renamed “Pumpkin Alley.” The original awesome homeowner unfortunately passed and everybody on the street now refuses to continue the tradition which took place for over 40 years. It’s really sad to see. I get it really but everyone of these people bought houses on Pumpkin Alley well aware of how important it was to the community. I’m just glad my children got to go when they were little.

    Nov 24, 2014 at 3:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #55   Theorangemenace

    I am totally with this person. Where we live the houses are close together and its flat. We buy good candy and I know who lives in the neighborhood and surrounding streets. I don’t appreciate people leaving their cars in front of my house to come back and be noisy and inconsiderate when my small child is trying to sleep. I don’t appreciate parents sending their kids up to the house a third time because they think I won’trecognize them. I spent $60 on candy to only have enough to hand out for an hour and a half only to be told I am cheap for turning out the light at 7:30. I had two kids open my front door and walk in that I didn’t know with no parent in sight, I am just grateful I got to the dog before he got to them. A big part of bad behavior is the I don’t live here who cares if I behave poorly attitude from the kids and parents alike.

    Nov 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

  • #56   Sarah

    These people are asshats! When I was a kid our neighborhood was swarming with kids and they weren’t all from our neighborhood. Now my parents get depressed because they hardly have any kids come to the door. Most of their candy goes to my kids. I didn’t realize there were people out there who got upset by kids coming from other neighborhoods…People get pissed by the weirdest things.

    Dec 20, 2014 at 6:02 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up


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