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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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2012-10-08 08:25:02 AM

TheGreatGazoo: 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'.


Between Easter, Christmas, and Halloween, do the pagans actually own any holidays anymore, or have the Christians stolen them all?
 
2012-10-08 08:32:30 AM
Summer solstice when all the druids hippies congregate at Stonehenge. Not a holiday though...
 
2012-10-08 08:35:29 AM
I keep the little rugrats at bay by living in an apartment and being single in my 40s, and therefore massively creepy.
 
2012-10-08 08:35:53 AM
I used to love going to Dan Marinos house. They always gave out the king sized candies.

/he's a douche
//his son is worse
 
2012-10-08 08:37:59 AM

fusillade762: 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?


Probably because he wants to hand out candy to kids from his neighborhood, and not to the "imports" (as we used to call them).
 
2012-10-08 08:43:53 AM
We spent almost a hunnerd bucks on candy last year, And I swear, for a while, it looked like a scene from "Shaun of the Dead". I live south of Albuquerque (20 miles). Kids come in from all 'round. Belen, West Mesa, Meadow Lake ( "Ghetto Lake") even Soccoro(sp), and an hour way. this subdivison looks like a parking lot, I think because we have fairy large homes (2800-3800 sq. ft. ), it just goes nuts on Halloween. Some people even carpool out here.
Back whne I lived in Texas, 4 years ago, things were getting so bed, we started having cops out to, essentially to check some licenses, and run those off ,that were coming in with a suburban full of kids, from the West side (poor) part of town. That just meant they started coming out earlier.
While I not begrudge kids just trying to get some candy, it does torque me off a bit that some parents actually do this.
just getting mellower in my old age, I guess.
 
2012-10-08 08:48:03 AM
"A Davenport resident, tired of handing out hundreds of pieces of candy during trick-or-treat hours that differ from other cities, wants the Davenport City Council to consider a change.

Dale Gilmour, who has lived on Fairhaven Court for 20 years, asked the council at its meeting last week to change its trick-or-treat hours from Oct. 30 to Oct. 31 to match up with the rest of the Quad-Cities. Davenport's Halloween parade is on Oct. 31. The city coordinates the parade."


Isn't this more about the day that they celebrate Halloween, than the hours?

My vote is to keep it on the 31st.
 
2012-10-08 08:49:41 AM

Ex-Texan: We spent almost a hunnerd bucks on candy last year


WTF is wrong with you? Turn off the damn porch light!
 
2012-10-08 08:51:30 AM
Seriously, I cannot imagine what would drive someone to spend $100 on candy to give to strange kids knocking on their door.

What in the hell would make someone do that?

I love Halloween. I like the costumes, the scary movies, all that jazz. But you GOT to be kidding me that a grown adult would do that willingly.
 
2012-10-08 08:55:08 AM
I had no idea there were even government specified trick or treat hours. That's bullshiat. I thought every kid just knew you go trick or treating on Halloween. Head out around dusk and come back when you were tired. Granted my trick or treating days were in the 90's, but I didn't even have a parent most years. Just me and a few buddies. Getting to another neighborhood for more loot meant hopping on the Huffy 10 speeds and hauling our own asses someplace else.
 
2012-10-08 08:59:34 AM
Last year was our first Halloween in the neighborhood, the mrs and I actually had a great time handing out candy. We just brought out a cooler full of beer, a radio, and hung out all night.

My neighborhood is very low to mid income, so we did get your standard trashy kids/parents combo. My favorite visitors were the teen parents pushing strollers, smoking, and carrying 2 bags each (one being for the baby...of course).

Most of the neighborhood kids see us as the "cool neighbors" who dont call the cops on them. That protection and the fact that we're not a "marked house" is worth a few pieces of a candy every year.
 
2012-10-08 09:05:49 AM
Answer the door naked.

Problem solved.
 
2012-10-08 09:07:42 AM

AbbeySomeone: 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.


My rule is costume = candy. I don't care how old you are but if you can't be bothered to at least zombie walk up my sidewalk, you don't deserve crap.
 
2012-10-08 09:27:07 AM
I just hand out icecubes.
 
2012-10-08 09:32:50 AM

spyderqueen: AbbeySomeone: 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.

My rule is costume = candy. I don't care how old you are but if you can't be bothered to at least zombie walk up my sidewalk, you don't deserve crap.



I'm Crazy Spoon-Head! And I want some candy! I don't have a normal head, I got a damn spoon growing out of it! Now, give me some crazy candy, dammit!
 
2012-10-08 09:33:32 AM
So wait a second, they trick or treat on the 30th in Davenport because of a parade, and then the kids from surrounding communities come for the bonus night of trick or treating?

Yeah yeah turn your light out etc, but having a city say they are going to trick or treat on a different night than the rest of the entire farking county is a just bit stupid
 
2012-10-08 09:40:01 AM

sodomizer: 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.


How the bell can you tell which masked children are "local" (people who live 15 min from me are still local, FYI) and which aren't?
 
2012-10-08 09:44:33 AM

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: fusillade762: 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?

Probably because he wants to hand out candy to kids from his neighborhood, and not to the "imports" (as we used to call them).


What the fark is up with all this "not from my neighborhood!" sentiment? Is this some new dog-whistle term for brown kids, or something?

"Sure, I'll give candy to little Tate and Hayden from 2 streets up, but Hector and Tamar from downtown are shiat outta luck!"

Disgusting
 
2012-10-08 09:45:44 AM
Next they'll be wanting me to open the door with pants on. What a bunch of jerks.
 
2012-10-08 09:49:29 AM
Was this the guy?

i.ytimg.com
 
2012-10-08 09:56:20 AM
We have this problem in my neighborhood. For a while there would be truck and vanloads of kids from, well, let's just say the poorer side of town, and hit the houses. We would literally get hit with 35 kids at a time. I'm not a scrooge, and I like giving out candy to kids, but it was getting ridiculous. The HOA solved that by hiring off-duty police officers to set up road blocks on Halloween night at the entrances to our neighborhood, requiring a password (sent out to the neighborhood earlier) to prove you lived there to drive in. Now we just get the neighborhood kids, which is more than enough! To everyone saying just turn out your lights - we didn't want to do that because we wanted the local kids to come by, just not the "imports"...
 
2012-10-08 10:00:45 AM
Where I live now, we get around 200 or so kids a year. There's an 8:30 curfew for trick or treating that night and the cops patrol the area. This will be our 5th Halloween here and we've yet to have a problem. In fact, we get off light. The next block over, the houses are much nicer and they get double the kids easily.

CSB/ about 40 years ago or so, my dad decided to scare the shiat out of our neighbor's kids. He wore an overcoat with the collar up with my mom's big purple floppy hat so you couldn't see his face and followed those kids up and down the street until they ran home in terror. Today, that would result in being tazed, pepper sprayed and shot.
 
2012-10-08 10:06:39 AM
I want to move Halloween to whatever is the last Friday or Saturday of the month. It's my favorite holiday but how much fun can you have on a Wednesday when you have to get up at 6am Thursday?
 
2012-10-08 10:08:01 AM

dcigary: We have this problem in my neighborhood. For a while there would be truck and vanloads of kids from, well, let's just say the poorer side of town, and hit the houses. We would literally get hit with 35 kids at a time. I'm not a scrooge, and I like giving out candy to kids, but it was getting ridiculous. The HOA solved that by hiring off-duty police officers to set up road blocks on Halloween night at the entrances to our neighborhood, requiring a password (sent out to the neighborhood earlier) to prove you lived there to drive in. Now we just get the neighborhood kids, which is more than enough! To everyone saying just turn out your lights - we didn't want to do that because we wanted the local kids to come by, just not the "imports"...


We get it, they're black
 
2012-10-08 10:13:34 AM

dcigary: We have this problem in my neighborhood. For a while there would be truck and vanloads of kids from, well, let's just say the poorer side of town, and hit the houses. We would literally get hit with 35 kids at a time. I'm not a scrooge, and I like giving out candy to kids, but it was getting ridiculous. The HOA solved that by hiring off-duty police officers to set up road blocks on Halloween night at the entrances to our neighborhood, requiring a password (sent out to the neighborhood earlier) to prove you lived there to drive in. Now we just get the neighborhood kids, which is more than enough! To everyone saying just turn out your lights - we didn't want to do that because we wanted the local kids to come by, just not the "imports"...


I can't imagine being so afraid of brown people that I hire cops to set up roadblocks to prevent them from coming near my shiatty subdivision. Good lord.
 
2012-10-08 10:16:16 AM
I save my Watermelon flavour dipping candy for the black kids. The whites get vanilla of course, as per the packaging.

clickypop
 
2012-10-08 10:17:21 AM
i live in a middle class neighborhood some Latino and blacks no bus ins and no trouble . All children come with costumes and 75% are escorted . I used to live in a totally white middle class area and after 800-1000pm the skels came out just to throw whiped cream and eggs at each other.
My favorite time was when my daughter got involved with trick or treating. I had a scarecrow with a speaker inside, I also used mono line to make the arms lift up over the head . I would work a CB miked inside the house and interact with the kids... great fun .
 
2012-10-08 10:26:13 AM

dcigary: We have this problem in my neighborhood. For a while there would be truck and vanloads of kids from, well, let's just say the poorer side of town, and hit the houses. We would literally get hit with 35 kids at a time. I'm not a scrooge, and I like giving out candy to kids, but it was getting ridiculous. The HOA solved that by hiring off-duty police officers to set up road blocks on Halloween night at the entrances to our neighborhood, requiring a password (sent out to the neighborhood earlier) to prove you lived there to drive in. Now we just get the neighborhood kids, which is more than enough! To everyone saying just turn out your lights - we didn't want to do that because we wanted the local kids to come by, just not the "imports"...


s/imports/darkies/g;
 
2012-10-08 10:28:53 AM

Swiss Colony: I save my Watermelon flavour dipping candy for the black kids. The whites get vanilla of course, as per the packaging.

clickypop


Apparently, as I've learned in this thread, the reasonable course of action is to set up a perimeter with armed guards to prevent the black children from getting near the houses in the first place.
 
2012-10-08 10:29:49 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: fusillade762: 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?

Probably because he wants to hand out candy to kids from his neighborhood, and not to the "imports" (as we used to call them).

What the fark is up with all this "not from my neighborhood!" sentiment? Is this some new dog-whistle term for brown kids, or something?

"Sure, I'll give candy to little Tate and Hayden from 2 streets up, but Hector and Tamar from downtown are shiat outta luck!"

Disgusting


Awe, it's so cute when you try to manufacture racial outrage! It can't possibly be that people tend to know the neighbors in their communities, or the hundreds of cars that suddenly turn up can't possibly be a clue (particularly as street parking is permit-only here, and whatdoyouknow, they don't have permits).

Or maybe you're right, and I consider the sweet brown kids next door to be "imports." They're from so far away! It may as well be Alaska- though I can see it from my house!

Halloween should be a neighborhood bonding experience, IMO, and this crap interferes with it. Also the helicopter parents that drive their kids to each house. This year I'm blocking the driveway so the lazy farks have to walk 30 feet. I'm betting many will then choose to skip us.
 
2012-10-08 10:35:06 AM
We had to stop giving out candy here. At first we were flooded by rowdy kids from dirt poor minority neighborhoods, and then we started getting adult gangbangers who wanted money. We threw in the towel after a bunch of drunk teenagers tore down our decorations and tried to push their way inside.

This was my favorite holiday.
 
2012-10-08 10:36:10 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


Yeah, as a Davenport resident it is irritating to me to not have Halloween on Halloween.
 
2012-10-08 10:36:51 AM

Typhoid: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: fusillade762: 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?

Probably because he wants to hand out candy to kids from his neighborhood, and not to the "imports" (as we used to call them).

What the fark is up with all this "not from my neighborhood!" sentiment? Is this some new dog-whistle term for brown kids, or something?

"Sure, I'll give candy to little Tate and Hayden from 2 streets up, but Hector and Tamar from downtown are shiat outta luck!"

Disgusting

Awe, it's so cute when you try to manufacture racial outrage! It can't possibly be that people tend to know the neighbors in their communities, or the hundreds of cars that suddenly turn up can't possibly be a clue (particularly as street parking is permit-only here, and whatdoyouknow, they don't have permits).

Or maybe you're right, and I consider the sweet brown kids next door to be "imports." They're from so far away! It may as well be Alaska- though I can see it from my house!

Halloween should be a neighborhood bonding experience, IMO, and this crap interferes with it. Also the helicopter parents that drive their kids to each house. This year I'm blocking the driveway so the lazy farks have to walk 30 feet. I'm betting many will then choose to skip us.


Yeah, I'm sure the references to "kids from the hood" and "people from, let's just say, the poor side of town" have no racial undertones.
 
2012-10-08 10:48:30 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Typhoid: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: DontMakeMeComeBackThere: fusillade762: 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?

Probably because he wants to hand out candy to kids from his neighborhood, and not to the "imports" (as we used to call them).

What the fark is up with all this "not from my neighborhood!" sentiment? Is this some new dog-whistle term for brown kids, or something?

"Sure, I'll give candy to little Tate and Hayden from 2 streets up, but Hector and Tamar from downtown are shiat outta luck!"

Disgusting

Awe, it's so cute when you try to manufacture racial outrage! It can't possibly be that people tend to know the neighbors in their communities, or the hundreds of cars that suddenly turn up can't possibly be a clue (particularly as street parking is permit-only here, and whatdoyouknow, they don't have permits).

Or maybe you're right, and I consider the sweet brown kids next door to be "imports." They're from so far away! It may as well be Alaska- though I can see it from my house!

Halloween should be a neighborhood bonding experience, IMO, and this crap interferes with it. Also the helicopter parents that drive their kids to each house. This year I'm blocking the driveway so the lazy farks have to walk 30 feet. I'm betting many will then choose to skip us.

Yeah, I'm sure the references to "kids from the hood" and "people from, let's just say, the poor side of town" have no racial undertones.


No no, see, he's being sensitive to the plight of the less fortunate. If they know they wont get candy at his house, then they wont bother spending money on gas instead of buying themselves food. See? He's concerned!
 
2012-10-08 10:49:46 AM
cause we don't need no "spooks" nahhhhh nahhhhh ahhhhhh
 
2012-10-08 10:54:37 AM

Typhoid: Halloween should be a neighborhood bonding experience, IMO


Your opinion is retarded. What the hell world do you live in? Jesus Christ, I'd go TP your house just for saying such nonsense.
 
2012-10-08 10:56:16 AM
Seriously, if you think "Halloween should be a neighborhood bonding experience", you have utterly failed at Halloween and you should move out of that place, OMG WTF
 
2012-10-08 10:58:43 AM
Acorn busses them in.
 
2012-10-08 10:59:15 AM
Get a kid hating wiener dog.
 
2012-10-08 11:07:18 AM
My new neighborhood sucks for Halloween. We live in a shore town with about 10 percent full time residents and the rest are summer homes that are empty fall winter and spring. Don't get me wrong i love the lack of people every other day, but last year i had 1 trick or treater. I was thinking of trying to organize a trunk or treat at a community parking lot this year. That was we could get all the kids in a safe (traffic free) area and hand out the candy to all of them.

/never got around to it
//too busy but it is on my list for next year.
 
2012-10-08 11:09:32 AM

WorldCitizen: 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.


My game plan most years was when the wife took the kids to grandmas & on the candy walk, I would turn off all the lights in the house, no TV, just sit on the computer net surfing. However, I would still get a couple that would come up and knock...guess they figured since there was a car outside someone must be home.

On the times we did give out candy I got really annoyed by the teenagers...they would come by 2 or 3 hours after all the little kids were gone (like 9pm-ish) and knock, rarely even wearing costumes. After a few rude greetings, they learned to skip my place.
 
2012-10-08 11:16:09 AM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom
I can't imagine being so afraid of brown people that I hire cops to set up roadblocks
to prevent them from coming near my shiatty subdivision. Good lord.


It's not fear, it's annoyance that once again, "brown" people fark up a good thing.
 
2012-10-08 11:20:47 AM

sodomizer: 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.


Heaven forbid that kids living in apartments experience walking outside in a neighborhood to trick or treat.

Yesterday my neighbor was complaining about the kids being "dumped off" in our neighborhood by the van load. He also biatched about the older kids coming out.... so he said that he has separate crappy treats for those kids (plain chips, apparently kids hate them).

Its sad that he has such bitterness towards certain kids and begrudgingly gives them the "crappy stuff" ... I'm just happy to see them in their cute outfits... hell, even the teenagers showing up without a costume cracks me up. All that the extra kids means for me is that I give out just individual treats (like candy necklaces and ring pops... still epic shiat) instead of treat bags.
 
2012-10-08 11:22:24 AM

hariseldon: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom
I can't imagine being so afraid of brown people that I hire cops to set up roadblocks
to prevent them from coming near my shiatty subdivision. Good lord.

It's not fear, it's annoyance that once again, "brown" people fark up a good thing.


At least you're honest about it.
 
2012-10-08 11:28:05 AM
I'll just do what I've been doing for the last 10 years. On Oct 31st the light goes on at 3pm and off at 9pm. In that time frame I'll get maybe as many as 35 kids total. Whoever came up with the idea of having everyone park their cars in a parking lot, just having the kids go car-to-car, and calling it Trunk-or-Treat needs to die a horrible death.

csb:
One year I went all out. Built decorations, had the music going, did the dress up thing, and had the good candy. I got 5 kids that year. FIVE. This town sucks. Ok, maybe not such a csb after all.
 
2012-10-08 11:36:50 AM
We get the vanloads of less-fortunate kids, and a lot of them don't have costumes. I have no ill will toward them... why not turn it into a positive thing and have fun with it? I imagine a lot of these kids don't have the money for a flashy costume. I also get a lot of them coming around in the winter wanting to shovel the driveway. I clear my own snow, but if a kid shows up in a light jacket and basketball shoes, I'll give away my old boots and jackets.

As long as they're not causing trouble, who cares?
 
2012-10-08 11:42:57 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: hariseldon: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom
I can't imagine being so afraid of brown people that I hire cops to set up roadblocks
to prevent them from coming near my shiatty subdivision. Good lord.

It's not fear, it's annoyance that once again, "brown" people fark up a good thing.

At least you're honest about it.


If you want good candy, you better be a kid, polite, in costume, and be from within 5 blocks of my house.

Those rules have nothing to do with race, but at my house it tends to feel like it.
 
2012-10-08 11:55:23 AM

rigmort: We get the vanloads of less-fortunate kids, and a lot of them don't have costumes. I have no ill will toward them... why not turn it into a positive thing and have fun with it? I imagine a lot of these kids don't have the money for a flashy costume. I also get a lot of them coming around in the winter wanting to shovel the driveway. I clear my own snow, but if a kid shows up in a light jacket and basketball shoes, I'll give away my old boots and jackets.

As long as they're not causing trouble, who cares?


I grew up in a poor town. (Per capita income is less than 15k)

The only ones who didn't have costumes were the same 15yr+ assholes who would toss your decorations through your window if they felt that your donation to the 'we have no costumes give us candy anyway' club was insufficient.

It got so bad that maybe 30% of the kids were the ones in costume and 12 or younger that we told them to go to the back door for real candy and we gave them a ton.

The rest (Teenagers with no costume) got popcorn in easter egg shells. now that Youtube exists I think Ill post the videos of the shiats flailing their arms as they try to toss a nearly weightless orb at my house. The next day we collect the shells and rearm for next year.

(I paneled my windows with a bunch of scrap lexan, and IR security cameras catch numerous dumbasses who dont think to cover their faces until they are within 5' of my house.)

Funny how the idiots will bring a mask to vandalize but don't for halloween.
 
2012-10-08 12:08:15 PM

Mock26: Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts

This. So much this.


i think that's the universal rule... somehow he never got the memo...
 
2012-10-08 12:12:47 PM

Bladel: 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.


You just know his house is going to get egged. I have always wondered why Davenport holds trick or treating on a different day than the rest of the QC, but it seems to work. Last year, we had six groups of kids show up; I live in an apartment complex, and they always do a costume parade for residents' kids and anyone else who wants to come. There were about 50 kids that came through last year. I don't know what this year'll be like; no one goes to downtown Moline for candy.
 
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