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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 37
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2012-10-07 10:22:07 PM  
4 votes:
Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts
2012-10-07 10:34:40 PM  
3 votes:
Um, I solve this problem very easily every year; turn off the dam outside lights. A light switch. It's not rocket science.
2012-10-08 08:09:52 AM  
2 votes:
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 06:47:42 AM  
2 votes:

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 06:37:09 AM  
2 votes:

Hack Patooey: Turn off your farking porch light, numbnuts


This. So much this.
2012-10-08 12:33:12 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:31:11 AM  
2 votes:
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 12:03:40 AM  
2 votes:
I just turn off the lights. Those kids wanna get REALLY scared, knock on my door when I'm napping.
2012-10-08 02:23:54 PM  
1 votes:
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 01:12:47 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:28:18 PM  
1 votes:

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 11:55:23 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:42:57 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:36:50 AM  
1 votes:
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 11:20:47 AM  
1 votes:

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 11:07:18 AM  
1 votes:
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 10:36:51 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:26:13 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:13:34 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:08:01 AM  
1 votes:

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 10:06:39 AM  
1 votes:
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 09:44:33 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:40:01 AM  
1 votes:

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 09:07:42 AM  
1 votes:

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 08:59:34 AM  
1 votes:
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 08:16:55 AM  
1 votes:
Try this. Word will get around.

www.wellpromo.com
2012-10-08 07:54:54 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:49:01 AM  
1 votes:
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 07:06:48 AM  
1 votes:

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 06:54:35 AM  
1 votes:
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 05:16:58 AM  
1 votes:

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 03:34:24 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:44:07 AM  
1 votes:
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 12:41:36 AM  
1 votes:

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 12:28:02 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2012-10-07 10:21:54 PM  
1 votes:
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 10:19:52 PM  
1 votes:
Surely, this problem can be solved with a few needles and razor blades.
 
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