“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

Location hidden

#93047 Oct 30, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. If you can't enjoy the holiday for what it is, turn off your lights and don't answer the door. No need to pass judgment.

People around here get bitchy when they see a van load of kids get dropped off on the corner to trick-or-treat "They're not neighborhood kids..." Yeah, well, maybe trick-or-treating sucks where they live. THEY'RE CHILDREN.
I was just talking about this yesterday! Community does not always mean your street. Sometimes it means your town, county or state. I would feel better knowing that I was providing a safe environment for children. You never know what act of kindness is going to stick with them.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#93048 Oct 30, 2013
And isn't trick or treating just as much a social activity as it is about the treats? if you're that type of parent that won't let the kids have the candy, make a thing out of donating it to the dentist or groups that take it for the military. or, if that's not your thing, tell the kids taht "they don't like" the stuff that you do (so you can get it) and leave them with the truly crappy stuff that no one really likes.

but let the kids go out...

my dad used to give complete whackadoodle stuff... one year it was dry oatmeal, the next broccoli. my mom drew the line on him after he gave out statistical tables... they were lcuky all he had to do was clean the front lawn of the paper, and not eggs. he was nice, thoguh. he gave the kids the option of the alternative treat or the truly crappy stuff my mom got.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#93049 Oct 30, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. If you can't enjoy the holiday for what it is, turn off your lights and don't answer the door. No need to pass judgment.
People around here get bitchy when they see a van load of kids get dropped off on the corner to trick-or-treat "They're not neighborhood kids..." Yeah, well, maybe trick-or-treating sucks where they live. THEY'RE CHILDREN.
Exactly. What difference does it make??? I am happy to give out candy to whatever kids comes to my house.

We lived in a condo for abotu 6 years and there wasn't any Trick or Treating there, so we went a couple times to my friend's neighborhood (one of the "go to" neighborhoods). She'd have several friends come over for it and it was great! Then, sometimes, we went to my ex's neighbiorhood because my daughter has friends there.

Now we're in a great Halloween neighborhood. So she'll goi around teh ex's 'hood with her friends there then we'll go around our own.

“A Programmer is not in IT!”

Since: Feb 09

Neda, stay with me! Charlie

#93050 Oct 30, 2013
No way that would fly in the neighborhood I grew up in. Your house would have had a bullseye painted on it for getting "creamed".
Aisle Sitter wrote:
And isn't trick or treating just as much a social activity as it is about the treats? if you're that type of parent that won't let the kids have the candy, make a thing out of donating it to the dentist or groups that take it for the military. or, if that's not your thing, tell the kids taht "they don't like" the stuff that you do (so you can get it) and leave them with the truly crappy stuff that no one really likes.
but let the kids go out...
my dad used to give complete whackadoodle stuff... one year it was dry oatmeal, the next broccoli. my mom drew the line on him after he gave out statistical tables... they were lcuky all he had to do was clean the front lawn of the paper, and not eggs. he was nice, thoguh. he gave the kids the option of the alternative treat or the truly crappy stuff my mom got.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#93051 Oct 30, 2013
Stina2 wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly. What difference does it make??? I am happy to give out candy to whatever kids comes to my house.
We lived in a condo for abotu 6 years and there wasn't any Trick or Treating there, so we went a couple times to my friend's neighborhood (one of the "go to" neighborhoods). She'd have several friends come over for it and it was great! Then, sometimes, we went to my ex's neighbiorhood because my daughter has friends there.
Now we're in a great Halloween neighborhood. So she'll goi around teh ex's 'hood with her friends there then we'll go around our own.
Ours is a pretty great neighborhood for trick-or-treating, if I do say so myself. We usually buy 3 Sam's Club sized bags of candy and random toys like vampire fangs and spider rings--those go over better than candy. And then glow stick necklaces. Pain in the ass to put on strings and crack all of them, but kids and parents like those a lot. We used to decorate the house, but little kids get freaked out by that.

Since: Jun 09

Saint Petersburg, FL

#93052 Oct 30, 2013
Matilda77 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ours is a pretty great neighborhood for trick-or-treating, if I do say so myself. We usually buy 3 Sam's Club sized bags of candy and random toys like vampire fangs and spider rings--those go over better than candy. And then glow stick necklaces. Pain in the ass to put on strings and crack all of them, but kids and parents like those a lot. We used to decorate the house, but little kids get freaked out by that.
I like the little toy idea! I may do that next year! This year, I got Cheese doodle balls that look like pumpkins and Halloween shortbread cookies. This way they won't melt in our midsummer heat!

Since: Mar 09

West Palm Beach, FL

#93053 Oct 30, 2013
I've heard that in the rich area by me, parents of trick-or-treaters are offered wine. Grown up trick-or-treating. I'm tempted to borrow some kids tomorrow night.

“Fort Kickass”

Since: Sep 09

Bloomington, IL

#93054 Oct 30, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
I've heard that in the rich area by me, parents of trick-or-treaters are offered wine. Grown up trick-or-treating. I'm tempted to borrow some kids tomorrow night.
I'm always amused by parents whining about going trick-or-treating. Or buying kids' fun gifts for Christmas. Those are like the two reasons I'd want to have a kid.
cheluzal

Plant City, FL

#93055 Oct 30, 2013
I'm like the commercial for the show "In the Middle"--hiding out, lights off, yelling at the moochers to go away, rofl.

I never give candy. Luckily, no one really comes through my neighborhood. We have a huge snotty neighborhood that the town goes through.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#93056 Oct 30, 2013
RACE wrote:
No way that would fly in the neighborhood I grew up in. Your house would have had a bullseye painted on it for getting "creamed".
<quoted text>
i;m really surprised they ahven't gotten egged or TP'ed. for years, my mom gave out pencils, stickers and crap "toys" instead of candy.

i just read a story on teh Chicago Trib website that there hasn't been a case of tampered candy in like 50 years of newspaper research. the only 2 cases reported were for "real" drugs taht people laced in hte candy and gave it to their own kids...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-hallow...

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#93057 Oct 30, 2013
Aisle Sitter wrote:
i just read a story on teh Chicago Trib website that there hasn't been a case of tampered candy in like 50 years of newspaper research.
Exactly! "Tampered" candy is always the greatest scare every Halloween. And the fact is: IT'S NEVER HAPPENED!

Last year, small girl came to my door, her helicopter parents stood three feet back, she held out an EMPTY basket. After I put the candy in they started to walk away. Before they even made it to the sidewalk, parents inspected the candy before dropping it into ANOTHER bag!

My theory was they wanted to inspect the candy immediately. If you wait until you get home and inspect it all at once, and find something tampered with, you have no idea where it came from. This way, they know right away!

I was SOOOOO tempted to make some kind of snide remark. If it happens again this year, I think I will....

Oh, and just for Squishy, I'm only handing out treats filled with nuts or peanut butter!!

“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

Location hidden

#93058 Oct 30, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly! "Tampered" candy is always the greatest scare every Halloween. And the fact is: IT'S NEVER HAPPENED!

Last year, small girl came to my door, her helicopter parents stood three feet back, she held out an EMPTY basket. After I put the candy in they started to walk away. Before they even made it to the sidewalk, parents inspected the candy before dropping it into ANOTHER bag!

My theory was they wanted to inspect the candy immediately. If you wait until you get home and inspect it all at once, and find something tampered with, you have no idea where it came from. This way, they know right away!

I was SOOOOO tempted to make some kind of snide remark. If it happens again this year, I think I will....

Oh, and just for Squishy, I'm only handing out treats filled with nuts or peanut butter!!
Or maybe she does have allergies and they want to let her enjoy trick or treating, but have to be extra cautious about cross contamination.

Lots if tootsie rolls being given out around here. They are made in a nut -free facility. Good thing I like them :)

“Checks and Balances”

Since: Apr 13

Location hidden

#93059 Oct 30, 2013
'Selfies at Funerals' on Tumblr must die
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/living/selfies-...

I don't care who she is related to, Lizzie Post is an airhead.

“reign in blood”

Since: May 09

Wilmington, IL

#93060 Oct 30, 2013
ScarletandOlive wrote:
<quoted text>
Or maybe she does have allergies and they want to let her enjoy trick or treating, but have to be extra cautious about cross contamination.
Lots if tootsie rolls being given out around here. They are made in a nut -free facility. Good thing I like them :)
Number one, if your kid has peanut allergies, they don't get to go door to door of random strangers and accept candy. Sorry.

Number two, KIDS HATE GETTING TOOTSIE ROLLS! Who the hell wants to put something in their mouth that looks like a cat turd??! It's almost as bad as getting candy corn!

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#93061 Oct 30, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>
Exactly! "Tampered" candy is always the greatest scare every Halloween. And the fact is: IT'S NEVER HAPPENED!

Oh, and just for Squishy, I'm only handing out treats filled with nuts or peanut butter!!
Yup. Candy tampering is total be.

And that's cool by me. Either I'll eat or the girls can trade since Nunu is not allergic.

“The two baby belly, please!”

Since: Sep 09

Evanston IL

#93062 Oct 30, 2013
edogxxx wrote:
<quoted text>

Number two, KIDS HATE GETTING TOOTSIE ROLLS! Who the hell wants to put something in their mouth that looks like a cat turd??! It's almost as bad as getting candy corn!
My kids love tootsie rolls.

“I Am Mine”

Since: Dec 08

Location hidden

#93063 Oct 30, 2013
edogxxx wrote:

Number one, if your kid has peanut allergies, they don't get to go door to door of random strangers and accept candy.
Why not? If the parents are checking to make sure each piece is ok, wtf do you care?
edogxxx wrote:
Number two, KIDS HATE GETTING TOOTSIE ROLLS!
Not if its one of the only candy they can have that won't kill them.

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#93064 Oct 30, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
I've heard that in the rich area by me, parents of trick-or-treaters are offered wine. Grown up trick-or-treating. I'm tempted to borrow some kids tomorrow night.
Halloween functions as an end of year for event for parents being outside so it may be the last time you informally see the neighbors before spring. Some people have a thermos of hot cider for te dda's who accompany the little kids

“...,to wit”

Since: Jun 09

Location hidden

#93065 Oct 30, 2013
In grade school the teachers usually gave the 3rd grade kids an assignment to sort, count and graph their Halloween candy. It distracts them from eating it.

We live in a good candy area. It was a tradition to have out-of-neighborhood friends over to trick or treat and then have dinner. My traditional Halloween meal is Chicken Cacciatore- really fragrant. Best compliment I ever got was some kid who had just gotten his candy who sniffed and said longingly that my house smelled real good.

Might just do that tomorrow night although the girls are now 27.

“It made sense at the time....”

Since: May 09

Des Plaines, IL

#93066 Oct 30, 2013
j_m_w wrote:
I've heard that in the rich area by me, parents of trick-or-treaters are offered wine. Grown up trick-or-treating. I'm tempted to borrow some kids tomorrow night.
a guy i used to work with would do that in his neighborhood. he also liked taking the dog for a walk the night before garbage day; he'd take a beer and leave the empty in someone else's recycle bin.

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