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1 Decatur Deb  Oct 25, 2014 7:59:56am

She should hand out pocket versions of Atlas Shrugged. Eggs look good on Beemers.

2 calochortus  Oct 25, 2014 8:38:39am

I do somewhat sympathize with neighborhoods that are overrun with ‘imported’ kids on Halloween, however, since this person’s objection is apparently political and not financial, it is tacky to object to giving poor kids a 20 cent candy bar. We get very few trick-or-treaters here, but I have no objection to the obviously “not from around here” kids. They’re usually very young, very cute, and always with a parent or two in attendance. What more could anyone want?

I heard something on the radio the other day about apps to let kids know where the best candy was being given out. That seems to me to be a worse offense than people from poor, or perhaps unsafe, neighborhoods taking their kids somewhere to enjoy Trick-or-Treat.

3 wheat-dogghazi-bola  Oct 25, 2014 8:39:34am

I like her response. Starts off nice and gentle, then sticks the knife in 99’s gut.

Quit yer rich-girl whining and go buy some more effin’ candy, princess!

4 Decatur Deb  Oct 25, 2014 8:44:40am

For five years or so the preachers almost killed ToT in our neighborhood. It’s a delight to have the kids back. Our strategy is to stock fallback goodies that we can consume ourselves if we overestimate the turnout. The first kids get candy bars, the last few sots get nut and raisin packets.

(One of our kids, when of that age, did bring home a cold unopened Budweiser.)

5 Romantic Heretic  Oct 25, 2014 9:42:43am

I’d tell them they’re selfish, privileged twats who would probably score high on Hare Psychopathy Checklist.

6 EiMitch  Oct 25, 2014 9:54:11am

I’d tell that person: “Shut-up you pretentious self-centered twit, and stop projecting politics onto children. If thats asking too much, then don’t buy any candy at all, don’t put out decorations, turn off your lights, don’t answer the door, and tell yourself that Atlas has shrugged this halloween while you cry yourself to sleep on the couch with a half-finished pint of ice-cream on your lap.”

7 KerFuFFler  Oct 25, 2014 10:06:48am

I have often noticed the opposite trick-or-treat strategy in my town. The wealthier kids from the neighborhoods with BIG yards head to the middle class “downtown” district where the houses are close together because there are more treats for less walking. Nobody seems to begrudge them though and everyone realizes that this neighborhood is the hopping Halloween scene with throngs of kids, brightly lit streets and invitingly decorated porches. But we live in a small town with one public high school so in many ways we really are one extended community. Holidays should be pervaded by a feeling of good cheer and generosity.

(But now that I think of it, when my husband was in grad school, we lived in tightly packed university family housing and wealthy suburbanite kids would drive to our complex to maximize the number of doors they could visit in the least time. We could not afford to buy huge stores of candy on a doctoral student stipend. Fortunately the kids in our complex were young and finished up early. For the older visitors who stopped by later, they were welcome, but when the candy ran out we were done.)

8 Randall Gross  Oct 25, 2014 10:57:37am

re: #4 Decatur Deb

For five years or so the preachers almost killed ToT in our neighborhood. It’s a delight to have the kids back. Our strategy is to stock fallback goodies that we can consume ourselves if we overestimate the turnout. The first kids get candy bars, the last few sots get nut and raisin packets.

(One of our kids, when of that age, did bring home a cold unopened Budweiser.)

Exactly what we do.

9 nines09  Oct 25, 2014 11:43:36am

I guess folks like her Majesty have to remind us how very hard it is to be well off. the social pressures and the need to judge continually and let people know of their status or lack of it in ones eyes. Oh my. I simply must sit down.

10 shecky  Oct 25, 2014 11:54:35am

Trick-or-Treater ID laws would surely eliminate the problem.

11 Aunty Entity Dragon  Oct 25, 2014 1:28:55pm

I have no problem with driveing kids to ToT.

What I do have a problem with are really aggressive out of neighborhood kids (and parents) who damn near convinced us to not put on our light at all.

A large group of (I am horrified to admit…African American) kids and adults from out of neighborhood tried to shove my spouse off our porch and dump the entire candy bucket to run off with all the candy we bought two years ago. I was walking with our son while he was ToT at the time, so I heard about it as soon as I got back. At least one guy had appeared to be casing our townhouse(IE had got in back of my spouse while she was dealing with being knocked over by the others and was looking inside our front door…!). My spouse was frightened and angry and we shut off the lights and locked the door for the evening soon after.

I have no problem with kids coming to our neighborhood, which is safe, lit and friendly. In fact, I like having kids and I am dissapointed when we don’t have many.

That being said, unfortunately, some just have to ruin it for everybody, and I noticed many people who gave out candy have completely stopped after bad incidents like what we had. I still put our lights on, set out the pumpkins and candles etc…but I never, ever leave the front door alone now. Kids with manners are welcome. Thuggish behavior from anybody is NOT welcome.


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