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(Quad City Times)   Man is upset that he gets "vanloads" of trick or treaters looking for Halloween candy, demands the city change its Halloween trick or treating hours. Surely that's easier than just not handing out any candy at all   (qctimes.com) divider line 120
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2012-10-07 10:19:52 PM
Surely, this problem can be solved with a few needles and razor blades.
 
2012-10-07 10:21:54 PM
Anyone that tries to move Halloween from the evening of the 31st...for any reason...is an idiot.

/I realize this guy wants to move it back
 
2012-10-07 10:22:07 PM
Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts
 
2012-10-07 10:23:59 PM
He doesn't want to stop being inconvenienced. He wants other people to stop having fun.
 
2012-10-07 10:34:40 PM
Um, I solve this problem very easily every year; turn off the dam outside lights. A light switch. It's not rocket science.
 
2012-10-07 10:43:35 PM
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2012-10-07 11:53:43 PM
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch
 
2012-10-08 12:03:40 AM
I just turn off the lights. Those kids wanna get REALLY scared, knock on my door when I'm napping.
 
2012-10-08 12:08:08 AM
I get zero trick-or-treaters. Most kids know don't knock on old man Walker's door.
 
2012-10-08 12:14:08 AM

Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts


WorldCitizen: Um, I solve this problem very easily every year; turn off the dam outside lights. A light switch. It's not rocket science.


Confabulat: I just turn off the lights. Those kids wanna get REALLY scared, knock on my door when I'm napping.


These right here. Was that so hard?
 
2012-10-08 12:25:05 AM

Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts


Doesn't always work in my area. Kids will still knock.

Wife and I solve the problem by not being home during trick or treat hours.
 
2012-10-08 12:28:02 AM

SilentStrider: Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts

Doesn't always work in my area. Kids will still knock.

Wife and I solve the problem by not being home during trick or treat hours.


Yeah, I've got this silly little thing in life where someone knocking on my door (or calling me) doesn't mean I HAVE to respond to them. They can try even with my light out. I wish them all the luck with that.
 
2012-10-08 12:31:11 AM
The amusing thing is that kids in this area are now trained where to go for the best candy, so literally there are many, many neighborhoods who buy candy and basically get to eat it for themselves.
 
2012-10-08 12:33:12 AM
The odd thing is that if just ONE of these kids would go to to some of the places that aren't well known, they'd get more than they would know what to do with. Some of the people in houses where nobody goes literally dump their ENTIRE bowls of bullshiat fun-sized treats into the bags of the one group that will show up. Basically it acts as a neighborhood bribery so that the brats don't fark with your stuff when they get to the age of thievery.
 
2012-10-08 12:41:36 AM

WorldCitizen: Yeah, I've got this silly little thing in life where someone knocking on my door (or calling me) doesn't mean I HAVE to respond to them


I'm amazed at how many people don't understand this simple concept. I don't care if you hear that I'm home, I don't care that you can hear my TV, I don't care at all. If I'm not expecting you, I'm not answering the door. You can knock and knock and knock but if I didn't get a phone call or an appointment to see you, keep knocking cause I'm not getting up, weirdo.
 
2012-10-08 12:44:07 AM
I mean, even the damn police need a court order to get you to open the door. Why would anyone stress about some dumb kids?
 
2012-10-08 12:48:18 AM
I never get more than a handful of trick or treaters. More fun sized Take-5s and Skittles for me!
 
2012-10-08 01:05:07 AM
wish i had a vanload of trick or treaters :(
 
2012-10-08 01:20:54 AM

SpikeStrip: wish i had a vanload of trick or treaters :(


Me too. I'm lucky if I get a half dozen Trick or Treaters & that saddens me. I love seeing their costumes and nothing makes me smile bigger than a first time Trick or Treater. They're so cute.

When my son was a teenager we lived in a neighborhood that had lots of children. I generally got over 100 Trick or Treaters and sometimes came close to running out of candy. Those were the days.
 
2012-10-08 01:29:49 AM
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2012-10-08 01:48:13 AM

Walker: I get zero trick-or-treaters. Most kids know don't knock on old man Walker's door.


Weren't you on a episode of Scooby Doo?
Wearing a mask and chasing everyone away
from. the hidden. treasure .
 
2012-10-08 03:34:24 AM
Ok, I live in this area and we will go through $75-$100 in candy on Halloween. Sometimes the kids are queued up 10 deep on the sidewalk. And yes, many of them are dropped off by cars from across the river (Illinois plates).

But you know what? It's an absolute blast. We build a fire in the fire pit, have spiked cocoa, beer, and munchies for the grown ups, and generally have a great time.

Mr. Buzzkill should just pick up a shiat-ton of bulk candy from Sam's (save the good stuff for neighbor kids), put on a costume, and enjoy that fact that kids & their parents think his neighborhood is safe & friendly. Take it as a compliment.
 
2012-10-08 04:06:57 AM

Bladel: Ok, I live in this area and we will go through $75-$100 in candy on Halloween. Sometimes the kids are queued up 10 deep on the sidewalk. And yes, many of them are dropped off by cars from across the river (Illinois plates).

But you know what? It's an absolute blast. We build a fire in the fire pit, have spiked cocoa, beer, and munchies for the grown ups, and generally have a great time.

Mr. Buzzkill should just pick up a shiat-ton of bulk candy from Sam's (save the good stuff for neighbor kids), put on a costume, and enjoy that fact that kids & their parents think his neighborhood is safe & friendly. Take it as a compliment.


When I lived in Santa Monica, our neighborhood would be packed with people from all over LA, and most loved having so many people. We never had issues with gangs or any of that crap as there was always a police presence, just kids coming to a neighborhood where people could afford to go nuts on their decorations and candy. (we always got king size stuff for the neighbor kids)

/my favorite time was the year a friend and I painted my hand to make it a zombie hand, and then when a kid rang the doorbell, I would reach up through the mail slot with a handful of candy, and drop it in the kid's bag, and then my friend would open the door wearing a scary mask and roar at the kids, and they would scream.
//would probably be yelled at my the snowflakes parents these days.
///fark, that was 17 years ago.
 
2012-10-08 05:16:58 AM

Bathia_Mapes: SpikeStrip: wish i had a vanload of trick or treaters :(

Me too. I'm lucky if I get a half dozen Trick or Treaters & that saddens me. I love seeing their costumes and nothing makes me smile bigger than a first time Trick or Treater. They're so cute.

When my son was a teenager we lived in a neighborhood that had lots of children. I generally got over 100 Trick or Treaters and sometimes came close to running out of candy. Those were the days.


I enjoy seeing the little kids in their costumes but there were very few the last 2 years and Mr.S. ate all the candy. When we started seeing the roving teenagers in lame 'costumes' we turned the porch light off. If they are smoking they can buy their own candy IMHO.
Changing the date of the holiday is stupid.
 
2012-10-08 06:31:22 AM
It is and don't call me Shirley!
 
2012-10-08 06:34:55 AM

puffy999: The odd thing is that if just ONE of these kids would go to to some of the places that aren't well known, they'd get more than they would know what to do with. Some of the people in houses where nobody goes literally dump their ENTIRE bowls of bullshiat fun-sized treats into the bags of the one group that will show up. Basically it acts as a neighborhood bribery so that the brats don't fark with your stuff when they get to the age of thievery.


The places that aren't well known are the hood, and the semi-hood. The places that get all the trick or treaters are the well to do neighborhoods. Don't want trick or treaters and don't want to turn out your porch light, just move. Your post gave me a sad, though, thinking about folks who buy up all this candy to give to the little ones and the little ones never show up...
 
2012-10-08 06:37:09 AM

Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts


This. So much this.
 
2012-10-08 06:40:08 AM
Isn't his beef not with giving out shiat to child beggers, but by having 'Trick or Treating' on the 30th childs from other neighbo(u)rhoods come along so he ends up with many, many more than if it was the 31st so these childs would stay in their neighbo(u)hoods?

Sounds like greedy little farkers are trick and treating two nights running.

If you leave your lights off, or don't answer the door don't you end up getting 'tricked'?
 
2012-10-08 06:47:38 AM

Swiss Colony: If you leave your lights off, or don't answer the door don't you end up getting 'tricked'?


Leave the light on, but leave a massive colon tearing shiat on your doorstep,

Tricks on you biatches.
 
2012-10-08 06:47:42 AM

Swiss Colony: Isn't his beef not with giving out shiat to child beggers, but by having 'Trick or Treating' on the 30th childs from other neighbo(u)rhoods come along so he ends up with many, many more than if it was the 31st so these childs would stay in their neighbo(u)hoods?

Sounds like greedy little farkers are trick and treating two nights running.

If you leave your lights off, or don't answer the door don't you end up getting 'tricked'?


I always keep a bunch of terrible candy on hand for the teenagers who trick-or-treat past 9pm.

Take the time to shop around, and get a few pounds of butterscotch candies, peppermints, and licorace drops. Also, stuff like Good&Plenty and Necco wafers, which will last for several years.

When the teenagers come by (the little bastards don't even bother to dress up), I just shovel the crap into their open pillowcases. I do it fast, so they can feel the weight, but won't realize until later that it is just a bunch of store-brand jawbreakers and tooth-rotters. With any luck they won't remember which house gave them the chewing gum.

Or maybe they like gum. It isn't my place to judge.
 
2012-10-08 06:49:45 AM
"I think the city needs to coordinate. It is a matter of logic to me."

Apparently not.
 
2012-10-08 06:54:35 AM
I found out that leaving the lights off does the trick. Well, that and making a few neighborhood kids "disappear". The rest took the hint.
 
2012-10-08 06:59:17 AM
Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts

That doesn't work. I used to decorate the crap out of my yard, dress up, the whole nine yards. I stopped doing all that when for 5 years in a row I got only 3 kids coming to my door. Last year, even though there wasn't one decoration and my lights were off, my door bell rang quite a few times.
 
2012-10-08 07:05:51 AM

Bladel: Ok, I live in this area and we will go through $75-$100 in candy on Halloween. Sometimes the kids are queued up 10 deep on the sidewalk. And yes, many of them are dropped off by cars from across the river (Illinois plates).

But you know what? It's an absolute blast. We build a fire in the fire pit, have spiked cocoa, beer, and munchies for the grown ups, and generally have a great time.

Mr. Buzzkill should just pick up a shiat-ton of bulk candy from Sam's (save the good stuff for neighbor kids), put on a costume, and enjoy that fact that kids & their parents think his neighborhood is safe & friendly. Take it as a compliment.


bless your heart for being a human being that knows how to live and love. i wish more were just like you.

the fella in that article, and those like him...i pity them. they are dead inside. the joy of life is gone for them. they should suicide and save themselves the inconvenience and expense of every holiday, celebration and birthday. debby downers and sad sacks should either seek the counseling they need or just suicide.
 
2012-10-08 07:06:48 AM

Krieghund: Anyone that tries to move Halloween from the evening of the 31st...for any reason...is an idiot.

/I realize this guy wants to move it back


ExperianScaresCthulhu: puffy999: The odd thing is that if just ONE of these kids would go to to some of the places that aren't well known, they'd get more than they would know what to do with. Some of the people in houses where nobody goes literally dump their ENTIRE bowls of bullshiat fun-sized treats into the bags of the one group that will show up. Basically it acts as a neighborhood bribery so that the brats don't fark with your stuff when they get to the age of thievery.

The places that aren't well known are the hood, and the semi-hood. The places that get all the trick or treaters are the well to do neighborhoods. Don't want trick or treaters and don't want to turn out your porch light, just move. Your post gave me a sad, though, thinking about folks who buy up all this candy to give to the little ones and the little ones never show up...


I got the same feeling too. Halloween has always been by far my favorite holiday, and not just because it's my birthday. I love the spooky atmosphere, the cold chilling air, the smell of dead leaves and pumpkins, scary movies, etc. I used to look forward to Halloween as a kid even more than Christmas. I'm in my late 20's now but I still try to go all out on Halloween. Back when I was engaged, my gf and I had both of our birthdays in October, and our anniversary. So we pretty much spent the entire month visiting dozens of haunted houses, watching scary movies almost every night, going on night time adventures, and spending most of October 1st starting at midnight putting up decorations. I still love watching scary movies and decorating, but I haven't been to a haunted house in 3 years or a party, movie theater, etc. Being alone during the fall sucks =/

Damn I just bummed myself out even more.
 
2012-10-08 07:13:02 AM
My aunt and uncle were like this guy and used to despise Halloween. They lived beside that one guy in the neighbourhood who'd just go all out for Halloween; every year he'd convert his lawn into a haunted graveyard, complete with smoke machines, stuffed mannequins and scary music. Kids from all over would come just to see it and would, of course, try knocking on the adjacent houses to try their luck. Both of them would turn off all the lights, hunker down in the basement and basically sit in the dark while the doorbell rang all night. It was like they were riding out a nuclear war or something.

Finally they just ended up staying at friends places on Halloween just to avoid it, but they'd always come home to trampled flowers and a rotten egg or two on their property.

I miss trick or treating. Given the choice I'd rather go door-to-door or hand out candy rather than partake in the raging slutathon Halloween has slowly become.
 
2012-10-08 07:25:00 AM

miss diminutive: My aunt and uncle were like this guy and used to despise Halloween. They lived beside that one guy in the neighbourhood who'd just go all out for Halloween; every year he'd convert his lawn into a haunted graveyard, complete with smoke machines, stuffed mannequins and scary music. Kids from all over would come just to see it and would, of course, try knocking on the adjacent houses to try their luck. Both of them would turn off all the lights, hunker down in the basement and basically sit in the dark while the doorbell rang all night. It was like they were riding out a nuclear war or something.

Finally they just ended up staying at friends places on Halloween just to avoid it, but they'd always come home to trampled flowers and a rotten egg or two on their property.

I miss trick or treating. Given the choice I'd rather go door-to-door or hand out candy rather than partake in the raging slutathon Halloween has slowly become.


sounded kind of fat at the end there
 
2012-10-08 07:41:28 AM

JackalRabbit: miss diminutive: My aunt and uncle were like this guy and used to despise Halloween. They lived beside that one guy in the neighbourhood who'd just go all out for Halloween; every year he'd convert his lawn into a haunted graveyard, complete with smoke machines, stuffed mannequins and scary music. Kids from all over would come just to see it and would, of course, try knocking on the adjacent houses to try their luck. Both of them would turn off all the lights, hunker down in the basement and basically sit in the dark while the doorbell rang all night. It was like they were riding out a nuclear war or something.

Finally they just ended up staying at friends places on Halloween just to avoid it, but they'd always come home to trampled flowers and a rotten egg or two on their property.

I miss trick or treating. Given the choice I'd rather go door-to-door or hand out candy rather than partake in the raging slutathon Halloween has slowly become.

sounded kind of fat at the end there


Just how I like my candy.
 
2012-10-08 07:47:53 AM
I understand the guys beef. We have the same problem where I live, differing beggars nights in different (nearby) locales. We get kids from everywhere, being vanned in all night. I don't want to turn off my lights, as I enjoy Halloween and don't want to dissapoint the neighborhood kids. If all the areas had trick or treating on the same night, at the same time, this problem wouldn't happen, and kids would stay closer to their own homes. Instead they get to double up.
 
2012-10-08 07:49:01 AM
I don't think it's that he has a problem with giving out candy. It's the amount of candy he has to give out.

My mother loves Halloween, but at 67 she's on limited income. She can't afford to give out as much candy as she used to. She loves seeing the babies in costumes even the older kids. This year she wants to use my Darth Vader helmet (with voice changer) and dress in all black. In about an hour she goes through roughly 200 kids. Then sadly turns out the light and goes inside. It didn't used to be like this but some asshole a couple of doors down has to set up a Halloween display that brings in people from all over.
 
2012-10-08 07:49:42 AM

miss diminutive: the raging slutathon Halloween has slowly become.


Last year we were in a Halloween store and saw thigh-highs with little felt arrow signs on the tops saying "this way" and "that way." We spent the next five minutes talking about the type of girls who'd put them on pointing at each other.
 
2012-10-08 07:54:54 AM
I used to hand out candy and go all out for Halloween. About 7 years ago, I went out to have dinner, visit some haunted houses and play ridiculous old board games with some friends instead of handing out candy, and I've either done that or stayed at home with the porch light off since. I just couldn't stand another year of handing out candy to teenagers, in "costumes" that looked pretty much like what they'd wear every day, who were driven around by their parents in SUVs.

If their parents can afford to ferry their teenaged asses around in an SUV from door to door resulting in a huge pillow case full of candy, they could surely afford to actually wear a costume, the little shiats.

miss diminutive: Finally they just ended up staying at friends places on Halloween just to avoid it, but they'd always come home to trampled flowers and a rotten egg or two on their property.


I've never had any property damage/eggs/etc., thankfully. I feel sorry for your aunt and uncle.

I miss trick or treating. Given the choice I'd rather go door-to-door or hand out candy rather than partake in the raging slutathon Halloween has slowly become.

Same here. Trick or treating (walking) on that cool night and seeing everyone else, from young kids to teenagers and even some parents, really decked out (cheap costumes or otherwise) was pretty great. I remember a few years where I walked so long - hours - getting candy that I got blisters on my feet. But now, kids just seem to wear a slightly shorter shorts, a little extra make up and maybe a pimp hat. One girl actually said to me, "I'm dressed as an adult." Ugh.

And what is up with adults - both men and women - dressing like prostitutes? I don't mind seeing some hot ass guy being all scantily clad, don't get me wrong - eye candy is fantastic, but it sort of loses the cool scary/spooky Halloween thing and just becomes any other night at a club, except they're not in a club.
 
2012-10-08 07:58:03 AM
We don't get any kids. My neighbors don't either. I think it's because we live on a busy street.
 
2012-10-08 08:06:36 AM
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2012-10-08 08:07:36 AM
Turn out the lights, leave the Dog of Peace inside the door. A freaked out snarling pittie leaving frothy spittle all over the inside of the windows does the trick.
 
2012-10-08 08:09:52 AM
Around here, the people driving fifteen minutes from their apartments to the suburban neighborhoods killed trick-or-treating. The suburbanites quickly realized that no one coming to their door was local, and stopped handing out candy entirely. "Greed is good," said the renters, until they realized that their prey had loosened itself of a parasite.
 
2012-10-08 08:11:36 AM
About twenty years ago, the wife and I would set up the house for Halloween. The decoration, webs on the bushes and all the lights. I put on a ghoul mask and sat in a chair like a decoration. When a kid walked up, I'd move and scare them to death.

I scared this little kid so much, he dropped his candy and ran. I thought it was pretty funny. Then, last year, I got jumped by a guy in my driveway. Just beat the crap out of me. All he said was "Not so mean now, mister scary mask, are you?" The cops caught him. Turns out he'd been through juvie and the Illinois prison system since we last met. He's going to do life for beating up an Illinois Taxpayer. Turns out we're the California Condors of the state finances. Not a lot of us left.

We won't be handing out candy this year. I can't take a beating like I used to. We get a lot of cars in the neighborhood but we also get a lot of teens. They don't even wear costumes. That's probably the biggest reason we don't hand out the candy anymore.
 
2012-10-08 08:11:42 AM
We get the vanloads here, driven in from the hood. I estimate that in the 400 kids we see in one night, MAYBE 10 are from my neighborhood, and MAYBE a quarter of them are wearing costumes. Turning off the porchlight doesn't work when they're hoodlums who feel that since they drove here, you OWE them candy. The neighborhood is always a mess afterwards, from litter and vandals. In my last place I rented, same thing but added that the parents used their kids trick or treating to case houses for burglary.

We still give out candy, but now it's kind of a protection racket.

/at my old house, I never had trick or treaters. It made me sad.
 
2012-10-08 08:16:55 AM
Try this. Word will get around.

www.wellpromo.com
 
2012-10-08 08:21:49 AM
I live in the back of a hilly neighborhood with no sidewalks. We don't get many kids if any.

Though around here it is amusing watching all of the churches celebrate the pagan holiday 'Harvest Festival'.
 
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