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2009-10-31 09:18:32 PM
Very disappointing here tonight. Last year I had about 3 dozen kids and nearly ran out of stuff. This year the light went on at 3PM, I was ready for 30 kids with treat bags (and extra just in case), stuff in the window, mock graveyard, etc...

At 9:18 I've had a total of 9 kids. I'm really bummed right now... :(
 
2009-10-31 09:19:36 PM
dontpointthatthingatme: I got so many kids I felt like I was working at Taco Bell (speaking of which, you can get a free taco tonight after sunset, their new black taco or whatever).

Saw a boy dressed as Michael Myers. I told him I was watching on TV. He goes, "What channel?"

I give out fun size bags of chips and halloween pencils and they kids really like the pencils.

Why am I typing any of this...


Because we've got nothing better to do right now than shoot the bull on Fark and pass out candy.

Speaking of which - just got my first eight kids! And they were real kids, not teens.
 
2009-10-31 09:20:26 PM
you give the kids a set amount hte first hour (I tell them two pieces). then start randomly handing out large amounts for good costumes/cute kids, until by the end of the night you're gorging on all the leftover candy.

Holy crap. Is there a camera in my house?
 
2009-10-31 09:22:00 PM
Faux Shizzle: The next night we (and our neighbors) went door to door as normal. Honestly I can't understand why Farkers are getting their panties in a bunch about events like this.

1. It's Fark. If you're not getting your panties into a wad about the topic, you're not demonstrating how intelligent and reality-based an individual your righteous cynicism has made you.

2. People are ticked about replacing traditional trick-or-treating entirely with things like trunk-or-treat, not simply adding it as an additional event.
 
2009-10-31 09:23:05 PM
greentea1985: I have a feeling the dollar coins explain your problem. Kids want candy, full size or king size preferably and remember the houses that give out good candy. They also learn to avoid the houses with bad candy or no candy.

When I was a kid, one house gave out 50 cent coins along with the candy. Everyone thought that was cool, and I still remember it now.

Also, give me multiple fun size over one full size any day!
 
2009-10-31 09:25:02 PM
Awesome ToT. Scared tons of kids with our stuff, the cemetery setup in aour yard, the skeleton, the animatronics. Did a round with the kkids, then switche dout with wife..kids still coming after the siren, having fun and being kids.

Going to clean up, get the kids to bed, grab soem drinks, and get the wife on the couch for a scary movie.

Happy Halloween to all you Farkers out there!
 
2009-10-31 09:26:27 PM
Freak of Nurture: When I moved into my house ten years ago I was that house. I gave out handfuls of good candy and got a rep for being a good house to go to. Even had a bunch of hot high school chicks show up one year. But the trick or treating dropped off a cliff about 4 years ago. This year the city moved Halloween to Thursday and had some kind of event for it downtown. Apparently the local college controls the town (even using imminent domain to seize land around campus) and it was decided that a football game is more important or some shiat. I had a group of three kids show up Thursday and none tonight. Guess I'll just buy a little bag next year. Good to hear there's still places where the coolest holiday is still celebrated correctly.

I had to check your profile to make sure you weren't from my area. That sounded so much like Liberty University it's scary. The landgrab here has gotten out of hand.
 
2009-10-31 09:26:51 PM
ramblin: SuperNinjaToad: me neighborhood sux! it's almost 8 and not a single sole rang the doorbell. then again I sorta expected with a bunch or either geriatrics or college age kids living on my road!

Fish have a real hard time reaching the doorbell.


Ringing the doorbell with your foot is usually frowned upon.
 
2009-10-31 09:41:42 PM
Halloween is DEAD!

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Dia De Los Muertos is where it's at!!
 
2009-10-31 09:45:56 PM
We must live in a "traditional" neighborhood, because:
- We're having Halloween tonight, we didn't "move it"
- There are kids everywhere, lots of tiny ones this year (ages 2-4)
- No one started trick or treating until after dark
- No one gives a shiat about what you give out, they're just happy to get something
Kids are being walked by their parents but I wouldn't expect packs of four-year-olds to be roaming free-range.
I think in the newer upper-class neighborhoods they are more paranoid but our street is older, working-class, and people still love Halloween. As they should.
 
2009-10-31 09:48:23 PM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: There isn't a soul around on my street aside from the guy who's been mowing his lawn for like 2 friggin hours. Also the pickings for cool Halloween movies on tv are slim this year. Next year I'm planning in advance. All the classics on dvd, yessir.

I remember all the premium channels (HBO, etc) running non-stop horror movies on Halloween. During the month of October, there was a classic on every night.

Even that is not the same anymore.

/Off my lawn, and all the stuff like that.
 
2009-10-31 09:48:47 PM
I've had 0 trick or treaters tonight, I live in a safe neighborhood, like 3 blocks from a school, so I bought like 10 lbs of candy. My 10 year old went out with his friends and a couple of their moms while I stayed with the toddler, came back with a decent haul, so dunno why the kids seem to be avoiding our place.
 
2009-10-31 09:56:41 PM
Yo yo homies! I'ma go busta cap in some mufukin trixntreetns an stealz dem candies boyyy!

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Happy Halloween, sheeples!
 
2009-10-31 10:07:30 PM
@ pocketninja: that there is the reason you are on my favorites list!!!
 
2009-10-31 10:18:52 PM
pd771: Alwaysus: Trunk or treat is popular where I live because we are so farking rural. Last year my kids got a ton of candy at our towns trunk or treat. My closest neighbor is quite a walk away and we have no side walks. None of my kids wanted to do it this year, even the little ones...

see that makes sense. Hopefully it's more of that.


No it doesn't. If your community is so rural, walking door to door is out of the question, have a big party in town, not a free for all in a parking lot. Yuk.
 
2009-10-31 10:24:21 PM
When I was a kid, my mom was the cheapest house in the neighborhood. When I was very young we lived in a solidly middle class neighborhood, but when I got older we moved to the "nice" part of town. Because of that, parents from the local poor area would come with minivans full of kids to trick-or-treat in our area.

Mom was unbelievably cheap and yet put ME in charge of candy. "TWO STARBURSTS!" She would say. "Two!!" I had to give out a pitiful amount of halloween candy to these kids who would look up at me like "You lives in this big fancy house and alls I gets is three Starbursts?" I felt bad for them, but at 15, what could I do?

But wait, there's more. Mom went to the local warehouse store and bought a metric-assload of candy one year. After Halloween she would freeze the remainder in a big top-loading freezer we had. 5 years she re-froze that candy. After 5 years a Starburst will shatter when thrown onto the ground with force. It ceases to be chewy and delicious.

To make up for this horror of my past, I got the assorted 30-pack of full-size candy bars from Costco. I've been stocking up on this stuff for the past 10 years. Every year. I've yet to see a single trick-or-treater since I've been living on my own. Come on, man...I got karma to make up for.
 
2009-10-31 10:26:14 PM
I guess we are lucky, especially since we are in the south where I think there are a lot more who take the "Satan's Holiday" stance. We usually get around 300 ToTs, it was a bit slim this year though, only about 220. Hope its not a trend.
 
2009-10-31 10:27:44 PM
Wrong_Intentions: Lirren: We've had two incidents in this area in the last six weeks of a kid getting approached by someone trying to lure them into the car - one in the morning at a school bus stop, and one at dusk with a small group of younger boys who were playing outside. I don't care if it makes me a helicopter parent worthy of your scorn, I'm not letting my 9 year old walk the streets after dark alone. He'll get to go trick-or-treating, but I'll be standing on the sidewalk going from house to house with him.

Send the lil' bugger out there TorTing with a concealed .38, he'll be safe.


First saw that as "tarting" and was wondering WTF...
 
2009-10-31 10:28:02 PM
I think some of the fear mongering is just an attempt to profit.

For a few bucks (or free) your kid can go "trick or treating" at one of many malls that feature safe Halloween activities.

And oh yea... captive audiences tend to spend.

Same asshats who convinced millions to buy duct tape and plastic in case of anthrax attack.
 
2009-10-31 10:29:48 PM
to keep the kiddies safe from all those roving sexual predators my hometown moved trick-or-treating to between 4pm and 6pm. i remember bugging people that forgot to turn their porch light off at like 11pm to give me candy when i was a kid. very lame now days.
 
2009-10-31 10:33:46 PM
Fark the helicopter/overprotective parents! Fark Trunk or Treat! Fark "Harvest Festivals"!

I sent my kids out and told them not to come back without Big Mama's chocolate. They worked the 'hoods for two hours -- in the pouring rain. (What? Don't judge me! Hard work builds character.)

/Reeses Cups Dark
//Om nom nom
 
2009-10-31 10:34:47 PM
annoyed_grunt: When I was a kid, my mom was the cheapest house in the neighborhood. When I was very young we lived in a solidly middle class neighborhood, but when I got older we moved to the "nice" part of town. Because of that, parents from the local poor area would come with minivans full of kids to trick-or-treat in our area.

Mom was unbelievably cheap and yet put ME in charge of candy. "TWO STARBURSTS!" She would say. "Two!!" I had to give out a pitiful amount of halloween candy to these kids who would look up at me like "You lives in this big fancy house and alls I gets is three Starbursts?" I felt bad for them, but at 15, what could I do?

But wait, there's more. Mom went to the local warehouse store and bought a metric-assload of candy one year. After Halloween she would freeze the remainder in a big top-loading freezer we had. 5 years she re-froze that candy. After 5 years a Starburst will shatter when thrown onto the ground with force. It ceases to be chewy and delicious.

To make up for this horror of my past, I got the assorted 30-pack of full-size candy bars from Costco. I've been stocking up on this stuff for the past 10 years. Every year. I've yet to see a single trick-or-treater since I've been living on my own. Come on, man...I got karma to make up for.


Earl... is that you..?
 
2009-10-31 10:36:03 PM
Moving Halloween? That's just stupid. Trunk-or-treat? Farking retarded. Halloween parties to keep kids off the streets?? Oh, shoot me now...

Its always been a pretty active day/evening in my neighborhood - 150 homes, lots of kids of all ages. last year we went through 7 bags of candy.

But this year we bought 4 and have 2 left... the fact that it started raining about 7.30 might have a lot to do with that. But we did see a good lot of kids this year, very refreshing.

Also, who the f&rk goes out at 1:30 in the afternoon? We had our first trick-or-treater at 1:30. I was out raking the leaves when that dang storm trooper trudged across my lawn. Midget storm trooper I might add.

I took the kids out at 4pm because they couldn't wait anymore. All the kids coming to the door made them eager and get their loot before it was all gone. Generally the parents pulled wagons down the street (filled with coolers of beer, they do this every year, trick-0r-treating at everyone else's wagon exchanging different beers.. the sucky ones give out the bud light). And we just chatted and drank while the mob of about 15 kids ran from house to house to house. Its generally a fun 2 hours.

And I don't care much about partially wrapped stuff, etc. My wife throws away the crap that's made in China (citing quality control issues, like lead/cadmium/fertilzer in the manufacturing process... whatever). My kids can eat it all.

The other thing I hate are the blow-up ghouls and orange Christmas...er...halloween lights in teh trees. Your house is NOT supposed to look "neat-o"!! Its supposed to scare the living shiat out of little kids!! The inflated smiling ghost popping up out of the lit up revolving 5 foot high pumpkin just doesn't cut it!

So all in all its been whimpified a bit but most of us are dealing and adapting.
 
2009-10-31 10:36:11 PM
Holy shiat! I agree with Huffington Post? Something creepy is going on.

/it really is Halloween...
 
2009-10-31 10:39:37 PM
I actually did take my 14 month old daughter to a trunk or treat tonight. I got enoug... I mean she got enough candy to last a little while. The only reason I did this though is for one, rain. And two, I didn't feel like running around the neighborhood to find the 1 house out of 8 or 10 that was giving out candy.

When I was a kid, almost every house gave out candy AND decorated. The one's that didn't got TP'd. Now people are too damned lazy to get their ass on a ladder and put up some spider webs or stupid plastic pumpkins.

That's another thing. When the fark did people quit carving pumpkins?
 
2009-10-31 10:40:39 PM
7:40 and still nary a soul out on my lawn. :(

Twenty five bucks worth of candy down the drain.

I'll ship it to my nephews...that should count right?
 
2009-10-31 10:43:37 PM
Hooray! We got 3 trick or treaters. So they all got 10 candy bars.
 
2009-10-31 10:43:40 PM
Mr. Breeze:

That's another thing. When the fark did people quit carving pumpkins?


Yes! To me that's the best part of halloween, the pumpkin carving (and roasting and eating the seeds)!

We carved three pumpkins this year, one for each of my kids and one for me. They drew their "faces" (my son's had 3 eyes, two noses, and giant teeth) and I carved them - they are still a bit young to wield 6" kitchen knives. But that's the best!

Only me and one of my neighbors did it this year. A dying art.
 
2009-10-31 10:46:49 PM
I live on a main street in an older neighborhood and 10 years ago, had to sit on the porch and hand out 20+ pounds of candy to 200-300 kids. Now I've had one group of little kids w/parents, several niece/nephews and grandkids and that's it. The church on the corner is having "Trunk or Treat" plus a hayride around the parking lot. When I was a kid, we started at dark and ran all over town until 11pm or until you had too much candy to drag around. People actually gave away apples, cookies and popcorn balls they made themselves and nobody got sick or poisoned. We used to hit the houses having parties and see how much beer we could collect. Now everyone goes into lock down at 7pm. Times have changed. 9:42p I did just now have a 3 year old with no front teeth screaming "Tick or Teet" and her older sister and their cat came with them. Cute
 
2009-10-31 10:51:02 PM
When I buy my first house one of the main request I'm bringing to the Realtor is

"find me a neighborhood that's Halloween friendly"
 
2009-10-31 10:52:30 PM
santadog: Halloween is DEAD!

Dia De Los Muertos is where it's at!!


You think the Right is giving Halloween a hard time? Try telling them we are bringing in the holiday celebrated by the "undocumented".

No seriously, do it! I want tickets!
 
2009-10-31 10:54:13 PM
The Right: Is there anything Farkers won't blindly blame them for?
 
2009-10-31 10:54:15 PM
My neighbors hate me, 'cause I give out the best shiat:

www.instructables.com
 
2009-10-31 10:56:39 PM
santadog: Dia De Los Muertos is where it's at!!

Yeah, but nobody "got" my farking Beastmaster costume.
 
2009-10-31 10:57:13 PM
Mr. Breeze:
That's another thing. When the fark did people quit carving pumpkins?


When they started going for $10 an ounce at the "Pumpkin Patch" with the fifteen inflatable bouncy houses and the pony ride and the haunted maze six weeks before Halloween.

My sister bought her pumpkins almost a month ago when they were on sale at the grocery store. The Halloween sales are getting almost as out of hand as the Xmas-thingy.
 
2009-10-31 10:58:50 PM
Took my toddler for the first time this year. It took one house before he realized they were handing out free candy. Kid's never seen a bag of M&M's yet somehow he knew it was candy.

Where I'm at we get almost no trick or treater's. We were in my mother in law's neighborhood and there were packs of kids. Yeah, I walked him to the doors but at not even two it would have been rather awkward for him to ring the doorbells. They're too high.

Sadly, when I was a kid we went from noon to three on Sunday's. You know right during the Packer games? Yeah, that was really fun. Now at least they're moving it back in most areas so the little ones get daylight and the older kids can get the holy crap scared out of 'em.
 
2009-10-31 10:59:32 PM
Gyrfalcon: Mr. Breeze:
That's another thing. When the fark did people quit carving pumpkins?

When they started going for $10 an ounce at the "Pumpkin Patch" with the fifteen inflatable bouncy houses and the pony ride and the haunted maze six weeks before Halloween.

My sister bought her pumpkins almost a month ago when they were on sale at the grocery store. The Halloween sales are getting almost as out of hand as the Xmas-thingy.


Yup, our mall has it's Christmas tree up already.
 
2009-10-31 11:01:14 PM
RoxtarRyan: Gyrfalcon: FarkinNortherner: RoxtarRyan: Since when did kids stop trick or treating after dark?

Do you want paedophiles to snatch children from the streets?

Oh, no, because it's happened so goddamn often around here. You can't go five minutes without a kid being snatched, it's a wonder the schools manage to stay open a week with all these kids getting pulled willy-nilly off the sidewalks and into black windowless vans.

It's shocking, there are probably more pedophiles around here than normal people, I've seen three or four sexual predators in knife fights over who gets to take one of the few remaining kids home to molest him first.

Do they have Thunderdome-esque fights? That would really take the cake!

TWO PEDOS ENTER
ONE PEDO LEAVES


I'm always up for Thunderdome. And kid toucher fights.
 
2009-10-31 11:04:42 PM
MPOM: Parents walking with their kids and standing on the sidewalk as they go up to the house is perfectly fine, reasonable, and traditional. No one is griping about that.

Agreed. I go up to the door with my 5 year old, but that's to keep *HER* from doing something disrespectful, inconsiderate, or rude to our neighbors. My 8 year old I practically let go anywhere.
 
2009-10-31 11:06:51 PM
This thread is already huge and I'm already depressed.
We went down to grandma's house to let our 4 year old trick or treat. There were so many people (even in a poor economy, in MICHIGAN!) who'd bought candy and put up decorations, in short knocked themselves out to do something individual and fun for kids, and... It was practically deserted.
It just makes me want to khitbash a bunch of helicopter moms.
*sniffle*
I need a Snickers now.
 
2009-10-31 11:06:55 PM
Our neighborhood rocked this year. Almost every house giving out candy (after dark), tons of kids all dressed-up, parents staying at the sidewalk, teenagers (also dressed up) helping younger siblings rather than taking candy, and scary decorations. The boys (4 and 2) had an absolute blast saying "trick or treat", showing off their costumes, and even getting scared at a few houses. The rest of America may be a bunch of pussies, but Halloween is alive and well in Austin, TX.
 
2009-10-31 11:11:24 PM
rollersnake: When a murderer was arrested two doors down from my house a few months back, the obvious thing to do was decorate my house like a murder scene, with caution tape on the front railings and bloody body parts everywhere.

I have a great time at halloween. Anyone who doesn't like it can just take a walk.


That is *AWESOME*. I want to party at your place!
 
2009-10-31 11:16:58 PM
What creeps me out is the parents too lazy to walk with the kids, yet not willing to let them even go down the block and back alone. So you see them driving a minivan or SUV by stopping at a curb, then pulling ahead a couple of houses and stopping again.

I'm not kidding. I saw a farking parade of these cars. At one point there were 3 cars doing it down the street at once. And they're creepy because they totally look like they're stalking the kids.
 
2009-10-31 11:26:36 PM
I used to decorate my house, going all out for halloween. Untill one year no trick-or-treaters showed up. I found out later that they were all too scared to come to the door because of the decorations (Whimps).

Since then I've gone with creativity over scary creating elaborate jack-o-lantern setups which go over better with the neighbors.

This year I have the grim reaper stalking my lawn collecting the severed heads of scarecrows which are jack-o-lanterns. He is carrying them in a bag slung over one shoulder. So far people seem to like it.
 
2009-10-31 11:29:43 PM
FunkOut: Everyone who's showed up at my house tonight are teenagers. Bah.

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2009-10-31 11:30:04 PM
Oznog: What creeps me out is the parents too lazy to walk with the kids, yet not willing to let them even go down the block and back alone. So you see them driving a minivan or SUV by stopping at a curb, then pulling ahead a couple of houses and stopping again.

I'm not kidding. I saw a farking parade of these cars. At one point there were 3 cars doing it down the street at once. And they're creepy because they totally look like they're stalking the kids.


Bonus asshat points for those parents: The DST change was done to cut down on the number of trick-or-treaters hit by cars every year.
 
2009-10-31 11:30:44 PM
Just gave out the last of the candy, 2hrs and 100+ kids after starting. Hubby (GI Slow) is giving out coins now, but hopefully the traffic will slow. Not a lot of parents driving while their kids walked, either - most find a parking space, walk their kids up and down the block, then drive and park on the next block. Probably keeps outsiders from getting lost (we have some crazy, curvy streets around here).
 
2009-10-31 11:31:48 PM
And here I bought about 10 pounds of assorted candy. I only had 2 trick-or-treaters. One was my nephew, and the other was a little girl whose mother watched her like a hawk just coming to the door. Sad thing is I now am stuck with a bunch of candy I can't eat. 2 years ago I actually had to go out and buy 2 extra bags just to keep up with the crowds.
 
2009-10-31 11:36:20 PM
95+ kids here, and I took my 4 year old (yeah I went to the door with her).

Halloween is alive and well here :)
 
2009-10-31 11:36:21 PM
Mr. Breeze: Holy shiat! I agree with Huffington Post? Something creepy is going on.

/it really is Halloween...


Kinda how I feel, but I've liked that lady since I saw her on the Bullshiat episode last year where she talked about letting her kid ride the subway alone.
 
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