DigitalCoffee: 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.
rigmort: I imagine a lot of these kids don't have the money for a flashy costume
Coelacanth: 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.
Hack Patooey: 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, numbnutsWorldCitizen: 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!"DisgustingAwe, 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!
phed: 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.
Yogimus: I print out a sex offender registry notification, and slap it on my front door.
kim jong-un: 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.
LibbyLuWho: Coelacanth: 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.Holy shiat! Where do you live? If I had gone through the things you described I think I would have to move. That is enough to make anybody hate Halloween. It is my favorite holiday, too, but we never get any trick or treaters. I live in a nice neighborhood full of townhomes and half milliion dollar homes (I'm a townhouse), but we still don't have anyone. I wouldn't care either way, because I always have some candy on hand just in case, but when it falls on the weekend, we are usually out or at a costume party anyway. Since it is on a Wednesday this year, who knows, but we still may not be home. The local pub does trivia on Wednesdays, and are having a costume thing that night. Dressing up isn't just for the kids!
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