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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'.
 
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?

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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.
 
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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