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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 12:28:18 PM

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.


Eh. Trunk or treat works if you are in an area that door to door doesn't. They get a dj and make it a party. I don't think a horrible death is needed.
 
2012-10-08 12:33:28 PM

rigmort: I imagine a lot of these kids don't have the money for a flashy costume


Money has nothing to do with it- imagination and initiative does. Even a freaking cardboard box and a magic marker can be used to make a passable "robot". An old bed sheet is an instant toga. It costs little in money and time to do something, anything. I don't care if it's as flashy as the hollywood-quality costumes, let me see a little bit of effort.

No costume, no candy. You have to at least try.
 
2012-10-08 12:45:10 PM
I get so few trick or treaters on my small back road(ie not a subdivision) that I actually buy the good shiat so I have whatever is left over for myself and not some bag of bite sized crap
 
2012-10-08 12:59:20 PM
Oldiron_79: I get so few trick or treaters on my small back road(ie not a subdivision) that I actually buy the good shiat so I have whatever is left over for myself and not some bag of bite sized crap

So any kids I do actually get get like a diabeetus sezed Snickers or Reese's
 
2012-10-08 01:12:47 PM
I don't get any trick or treaters because I live in poortown. And there are plenty of kids around here. I have to believe that their parents are shuttling them down the hill to the richer areas. That doesn't really seem right. And because it can be damn cold around here by Oct. 31, a lot of the trick or treaters nowadays are shuttled right from door to door. I give up--fark 'em. I don't even buy candy anymore.
 
2012-10-08 01:28:17 PM

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!
 
2012-10-08 02:14:27 PM
Send them my way. Halloween is the favorite holiday of both my wife and myself. She makes faerie skeletons out of little plastic skeletons and the wings of those glitter butterflies you find in craft stores and hangs them on all the shrubbery. We decorate the front tree with lights and ornaments, and I usually set up a large amount of webbing with spiders and all that jazz. Typically our house is done up like other houses are for Christmas. Sadly, we only had about 20 trick-or-treaters last year.

We also have a Day of the Dead party two days later and this year we're going with a Luau theme. Main reason for is when I lived in Hawaii as a little kid I once had a birthday where we handed out candy leis to all the other kids. Plan is to hand them out this Halloween (and at the DotD party). Since we usually give large handfuls of candy to each kid, given the lack of trick-or-treaters, I figure we might as well assemble them into leis and hand those out instead.
 
2012-10-08 02:23:54 PM
I don't get it. Since when does the city dictate when trick-or-treating is allowed? And when did giving away candy become mandatory? I must have been in a cave on Mars when that happened.

As for giving away candy, I love it. shiat, I'd stockpile $500 worth of the good stuff if I knew enough kids would show up to give it all away. But I live out in the sticks now where the walk between houses would be about 400 yards door to door minimum. I've only seen one kid out here ever. A friend brought his little brother on their way to more profitable treating grounds.
 
2012-10-08 02:40:21 PM
We live in a very family-friendly town and we get tons of kids in costumes. We're just not into kids though, so usually we just turn out the lights at the front of the house. People will only come to the door if you have lights on and/or decorations.
 
2012-10-08 02:50:40 PM
We live on edge of Kansas City and would receive school/church busses. At first we just kept buying more candy until one year we got $100 worth and it didn't even make it. I was passing out candy to literally a line of kids that went down my driveway, down the street and up my neighbors driveway. At that point I decided it was no longer fun for me and quit. My neighbor across the street decided they had enough too as the next year they just threw the bowel in the yard and said have at it.
 
2012-10-08 03:16:58 PM
I print out a sex offender registry notification, and slap it on my front door.
 
2012-10-08 03:21:45 PM

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, 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!


I've got an idea, why don't you and Dow Jones go fark yourselves? "Imports" was a term we used in our neighborhood for the truckloads and vanloads (10-15 at a shot) of late-teenagers would pull up at the end of the block and descend on the houses. We gave two shiats about what color they were. We cared that they weren't neighbors, were too old to be begging for candy, and were obviously just trying to grab as much candy as they could for the night.

Oh, and I NEVER used the terms "kids from the hood" and "people from, let's just say, the poor side of town" - so , yeah, go shove your "hidden racism" up you unbelievably tight ass.
 
2012-10-08 04:49:57 PM

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.


Yeah, he sounds like a real dick, decorating, dressing in a costume, handing out candy, and celebrating the holiday and all. Why can't he just hide in the basement like normal people?
 
2012-10-08 05:58:41 PM
I fantasize about giving out the Cthulu Chick Tract parodies on Halloween, but never get around to printing a bunch up and putting them all together. One year though.
 
2012-10-08 06:23:49 PM
My neighborhood is inundated by kids who are obviously from...let's say "elsewhere." And I don't care where they come from, really. I'm glad they feel safe in my neighborhood.

However, for the past few years they've decided that costumes are optional, there's no age ceiling, there's no need to say "trick-or-treat!" and "thank you!" and they're all entitled to collect candy for themselves and various others not in attendance.

That bullshiat put me out of the chocolate-giving business a couple years ago. Sucks.
 
2012-10-08 06:36:55 PM
In my neighborhood it's pretty typical to see 2-4 houses worth of neighbors sitting together in lawn chairs at one driveway, drinking beer, and each adult handing out candy from separate bowls.

The grown-ups get to hang out & drink beer. One of 'em will have one of those portable fire pit things to keep away the chill. Kids still get tons of candy. They just stop at every 3rd house instead.
 
2012-10-08 07:03:31 PM
We decorate all-out for Halloween. We live in a nice house on a nice street in a nice neighborhood, and we still only get about 20 ToTers. Man, kill a kid ONCE and the rest of 'em stay away in droves!
 
2012-10-09 04:38:06 AM

Yogimus: I print out a sex offender registry notification, and slap it on my front door.


That's perfect...

Just give them yet ANOTHER reason to destroy your yard/house/decorations...

Stupid usually doesn't need a reason to be hateful, but feel free to give them one...

At my place, I usually get about 10-15 little kids, plus about 5-10 teenagers who don't bother dressing up. I give a full handful to the kids in costumes, and 1 piece to the brat wearing a football/basketball/baseball jersey as their costume... And yes, I also am the one who won't hand out anything unless you say "Trick or treat", unless they're really little...
 
2012-10-09 06:40:47 AM

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.


Each one of those juveniles needs an ass beating.
Every last one.
If their parents can't or won't administer it,
throw the parents in jail for three days.
 
2012-10-09 08:23:04 PM

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!


Las Vegas. And I'm planning on moving somewhere where it's cooler and the gangbangers are fewer.
 
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