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Posted: 10/25/2004 2:10:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:16:35 PM EST
If they make it up the hill, past the dog, and I'm not in the woods when they knock, I'll give them some candy.

No trick or treaters here in 14 years.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:18:22 PM EST
Couple of neighbor kids, but 90% is the black kids from the city come out to get (more) free stuff from the white man.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:22:22 PM EST
Yeah, the 'rents used to have us out as eight or nine year olds wandering around the neighborhood, alone and unescorted at night. None of that late afternoon, daylight trick or treating, with the parents standing next to them crap. Hard to imagine these days.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:34:00 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:35:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By Happyshooter:
Couple of neighbor kids, but 90% is the black kids from the city come out to get (more) free stuff from the white man.


I live in a neighborhood that is probably 99% white, yet when Halloween comes around, a shit load of black kids come to my house. I have no problem with that as long as they dress up. Putting on a basketball jersey doesn't hack it!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:35:59 PM EST

Originally Posted By tc6969:

No trick or treaters here in 14 years.


Or here. I'm also too far back in the woods.


+2
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:37:36 PM EST
I hate those damn kids. I try to scare them and make them cry, especially the little ones!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 2:42:12 PM EST
If I don't come up with $50-$60 worth of candy I will run out and I fear the little bastards will lynch me.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:33:50 PM EST
Lots of kids at my house. I do my part to scare them. I give a lot of candy. 4 wheelers pulling trailers full of kids. The whole street is one big party.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:37:34 PM EST

Originally Posted By USPC40:

Originally Posted By Happyshooter:
Couple of neighbor kids, but 90% is the black kids from the city come out to get (more) free stuff from the white man.


I live in a neighborhood that is probably 99% white, yet when Halloween comes around, a shit load of black kids come to my house. I have no problem with that as long as they dress up. Putting on a basketball jersey doesn't hack it!





We get the Mexicans that come by the van load or the pick up truck load,
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:43:05 PM EST
Only before dark.

After that it gets to dangerous.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:46:06 PM EST
Every damn kid in the neighbor hood, and almost as many other kids are driven into my neighborhood. I don't mind that. I wouldn't want my kid trick or treating at a crackhouse either.

The only part I don't like is the teenage morons who don't even bother putting on a costume, but still think I should give them some candy.

Last year we gave out 30 lbs of candy...
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:46:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By USPC40:

Originally Posted By Happyshooter:
Couple of neighbor kids, but 90% is the black kids from the city come out to get (more) free stuff from the white man.


I live in a neighborhood that is probably 99% white, yet when Halloween comes around, a shit load of black kids come to my house. I have no problem with that as long as they dress up. Putting on a basketball jersey doesn't hack it!



+2. Another tradition ruined.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:50:56 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 3:57:51 PM EST by LoginName]
No. At least not since I started answering the door in my Ron Jeremy "costume".
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 3:51:03 PM EST

Originally Posted By Happyshooter:
Couple of neighbor kids, but 90% is the black kids from the city come out to get (more) free stuff from the white man.



+2

For some reason the word got out, long before I moved here, that we give out the best candy. I live on a somewhat dimly lit street, so I get less traffic than a few blocks away. It is about 75% kids from less affluent areas (notice how I said that without racial profiling).

When I was a kid, it was a bonanza. We would start just after dark, and have to make several trips home to unload the loot. We would not stop until our feet gave out or the porch lights went off. Good times! Good Times!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:05:00 PM EST
There are only 8 houses on my road, about a mile long. When I first moved here a few kids from on the street would stop by (and I hooked them up good!). Now they're older and don't do it anymore. In town they are everywhere! It's easy to see who doesn't give out good candy the next day.

I had the same kind of experience as Steyr when I was a kid. We sometimes changed costumes and went back over the really good areas (and got payback on the cheapskates).

Good times!!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:08:09 PM EST
Small Community, yes they Trick or Treat.

No candy x-rays or other BS. Everyone knows everyone and is kin to everyone.

Danny
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:08:27 PM EST
nope all the kids are too damn lazy to walk up the drive
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:10:05 PM EST
All eight of them, two are my own, two are my nephews. Small isolated neighborhood, and I like it that way.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:11:25 PM EST
The last fews years in my neighborhood about half of the kids had no costume at all. They just had their damn bag ans opened it up.

My response: "No costume, no candy."


CMOS
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:23:58 PM EST

Originally Posted By CMOS:
The last fews years in my neighborhood about half of the kids had no costume at all. They just had their damn bag ans opened it up.

My response: "No costume, no candy."


CMOS



Same here. Last year we had some drunk teenager stop by. I don't think I'll even bother giving out candy this year.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:27:35 PM EST
The one thing that I hate about Halloween now is the all the stupid decorations. It used to be that people would carve a pumpkin, put those paper witches in the windows and that would be it. Now you have every other house on the block decked out with a cemetary in the front yard, with those stupid blow ghosts that are 20 feet tall and that cotton cob web crap all over the place. There are people who decorate more for Haloween than they do for Christmas!

Other than that I like Halloween. This is my second year in my house, so I know I'm going to get some trick-or-treaters. Last year I passed out those little snickers bars and peanut butter cups. This year I am going to get a couple of cases of full size candy bars and pass those out.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:30:02 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:33:11 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:35:38 PM EST
I live a half mile off the road, I wonder if any kids will try that distance.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:40:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
I live a half mile off the road, I wonder if any kids will try that distance.



Leave a light on, put a carved pumpkin with a light in it at the driveway. Make them feel welcome.

Danny
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:48:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 4:50:48 PM EST by LoginName]
Is anyone else here old enough to remember when the burning dog shit in a paper bag trick actually worked? Pumpkin smashing? Egging houses?

I was an evil little shit back then. Glad I turned out to be a responsible productive member of the beehive.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:50:41 PM EST
We only get about 4-5 kids all night at our house. Kinda sucks, because its not due to lack of population in the city.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:50:49 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 4:51:27 PM EST
Much less than in years past.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:10:57 PM EST
I live on the beach. We never get trick-or-treaters and I've never seen any. I suspect there aren't enough kids in the proper age category to go out during Halloween. The city is populated mainly by rental properties, hotels, and retired people. A lot of our houses are up on stilts. Trick-or-treating at many houses would require one to climb a flight of stairs. It would get old fast- even for a hyperactive 9 year old.

I remember trick-or-treating very well. My mom usually drove us to a street, parked, and let us go up and down said street. She wasn't paranoid enough to follow us from house to house, but she still liked to keep an eye on us at that point. And yes, the poisoned candy and "razor apple" rumors were flying with full force in those days.

Galland
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:33:05 PM EST
I had over 200 hundred trick-or-treaters through my yard lats Halloween

It doesn't hurt that I have a giant fifteen foot spider in the front yard and a wicked haunted house each year. I usually have about fifteen friends and family members helping. Last years theme was 'psycho circus' with freaks, killer clowns, and me as a mad scientist.

This year's theme is 'What do you fear?' Spiders, snakes, clowns, the dark, dentists, etc...

Halloween is on a Sunday this year so I don't have to take the day off to setup

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:40:17 PM EST

My neighborhood has been full of kids trick-or-treating. But then, my neighborhood is full of kids of that age.

Last year, we both wanted to go out with the kids (9 mos. and 4 yrs. old then), so we left a bowl of candy on the front porch while we went around the neighborhood. Some of the neighbors had stuff set up in the driveway for adults, like hot cider. It was nice seeing all the neighborhood kids out and visiting with the parents.

Some of the neighbors don't participate because of their beliefs, and that's fine - I have several friends that fall into that category. We don't have a problem with trick-or-treating, but we avoid any occult themes like witches. My boy's gonna be Spider Man, and the girl a princess, I believe.

My parents live 10 minutes away, and rarely get trick-or-treators anymore. But then, their neighborhood no longer has a supply of kids of that age.

BTW, about half the candy in the bowl on our porch was left when we got back home.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 5:57:23 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 6:05:16 PM EST by Synister1]
When I was a kid, Man the candy was everythere.

Our neiborhood was packed with kids. We had a buy down the street who went all out. He hung and zombie from the light pole in front of his house (used a cherry picker), the walk up he had things that moved and made noises.

Then when you got upto the steps there was a real coffin. A zombie was in it covered with candy.

It just layed there for you to take a few pieces, but once in awhile the guy would suddenly grab your hand and do a scare that you could never forget.

It was a damned cool place to go, and as a teen to sit back and watch. He made a lady to pass out one year. She wasn't from the area and hadn't heard about that house.


This will be the first halloween I've not had to work in 4 years. But alas not enough leaves yet for my restless ghoul hiding the a leaves pile scare.

I got my hand stomped on by a screaming 3 year old girl about 7 years ago. I missed, hand landed on the ground her foot started stomping like a jackrabbit thumping.

Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:00:49 PM EST
In my niegbhorhood, we don't have too many young families, which means I don't get very many kids that live in my 'hood, most of the kids that come to my house are from outside of my neighorhood. I uusally give about 10lbs of soft candies, the good stuff.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:02:16 PM EST
Not around here, but I leave off the light, I quess I'll be at work anyway this year.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:11:02 PM EST
Steyr I think part of our problem has to do with where we live. I grew up in Tallahassee and I guarantee you it's just like you describe still today in my old neighborhood. Down here people are just shitty, no other way to describe them. I don't honestly remember how it was last year, so I guess I'll stock up on some candy just in case and see what happens. Worse case I'll eat it myself.

I wonder how the Trick or Treating is out in Weston. All the rich folks out there it might not be too bad.

I had a friend with an older brother that made up this great harness and "hung" himself from an oak tree in the front yard. When that "dummy" hanging in the tree started moving people really freaked. I think there were more little kids (and adults) going home with shit in their drawers from their house that year than candy in their bags.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:17:34 PM EST
It's not the same anymore. Kids come by after school, but after 5:30 pm, it's over. Kids are never without their parents.

I was out there in the late '60s and through part of the 70's. Some people even invited us into their homes. It was so much fun. This was way before the "fun size" candy bars were made. If Haloween landed on a Saturday, we would hit the homes and also the businesses...what a haul!

Now my nieces and nephews trick or treat in their block only and attend the village Halloween party.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:19:59 PM EST
We'll see if they do or not. This will be my first halloween ever in a "neighborhood". Not many people ever trick-or-treated on country roads.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:26:20 PM EST
Trick or Treat in the 70's was great. Go late and split up the spoils later. Even took my black lab out with me (dressed up as a ghost - white tee shirt and flour), and the dog got more than I did.

Got lots of little kids in our area so it goes until about 730 and then it's over.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:30:27 PM EST

Originally Posted By Roadhawk:
It's not the same anymore. Kids come by after school, but after 5:30 pm, it's over. Kids are never without their parents.

I was out there in the late '60s and through part of the 70's. Some people even invited us into their homes. It was so much fun. This was way before the "fun size" candy bars were made. If Haloween landed on a Saturday, we would hit the homes and also the businesses...what a haul!

Now my nieces and nephews trick or treat in their block only and attend the village Halloween party.



My friend and I go parentless all the time. It's fun. We got to one house where this guy sets out a bowl of candy that says 'take a few' and he is really sitting behind the bush in a werewolf costume and you can't see him and don't always remember which house it is with the "guy dressed as a werewolf behind the bush" so he'll reach his hand out for the bowl as you do then jump out at you and scare you...Quite fun :)

The guy has bats and spiders (fake) hanging from his tree with motion detectors on them so they drop down when you walk near or under them too, it's really fun.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 6:41:29 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:01:09 PM EST
Well, the last few years, I've lived in student apartment complexes. I think I've gotten one or two knocks from trick or treaters the whole time. It just isn't the same as it was when I was a kid. Sigh...
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:11:47 PM EST
I told this story last year (has it been a year already?) but I think its funny so guess what? I'm telling it again.

Last year I take my kids to the local retirement home for Trick or Treat..My youngest (1 at the time) was tired so I stayed in the van with him. My wife and daughter go on in the old folks home while I wait outside. A little while later a large SUV pulls up and out pops this 3-4 year old dressed up as the Grim Reaper (the robe, hood, and the aluminum foil scythe)

For the rest of the night I had this mental picture of 90 year old Mr Rabinowitz hanging on for dear life as a 3 foot tall Grim Reaper comes shuffling past his door.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:14:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By Troy:
Steyr,

You're a few years older than me, but DAMN, everytime you post one of these history lessons, you really take me back...

Your description of Halloween is spot-on to how it was when I was a kid. Once I turned 12 or so, I could go out with my friends, and we were out at 12:30 looking for places that still had lights on (only a few by then), and often we'd get lucky, and they'd give us the rest of their candy bowl, since they hadn't seen any kids in an hour.

Of course, we spent weeks making (not buying; we couldn't afford to buy) our costumes, and they were pretty damn cool.

A couple years ago, I got 9 Asian kids, between 14-18 years old or so, who showed up at my door in sweatshirts and jeans, claiming "we're all Jackie Chan." They nearly got the garden hose.

-Troy



Most fun I ever had was when my buddy and I tossed on our Kendo uniforms (keikogi, hakama and tabi), painted our faces white with evil Kabuki theater eyebrows and dyed our hair black and pulled it into a ponytail, tucked live katana into our belts and went out as Samurai.

Some older kids were jacking little kids for their candy. One of them made a run for us and I drew and sliced his bag open with one clean effortless movement and spilled candy everywhere. He kinda shit his pants. My buddy then drew and we chased them for about 3 blocks. They hauled ass despite being about 4 years older than us (quite the mean feat for 12 year olds).




WTF??!!!!!!!!
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:21:09 PM EST

Originally Posted By lvgunner777:

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:

Originally Posted By Troy:
Steyr,

You're a few years older than me, but DAMN, everytime you post one of these history lessons, you really take me back...

Your description of Halloween is spot-on to how it was when I was a kid. Once I turned 12 or so, I could go out with my friends, and we were out at 12:30 looking for places that still had lights on (only a few by then), and often we'd get lucky, and they'd give us the rest of their candy bowl, since they hadn't seen any kids in an hour.

Of course, we spent weeks making (not buying; we couldn't afford to buy) our costumes, and they were pretty damn cool.

A couple years ago, I got 9 Asian kids, between 14-18 years old or so, who showed up at my door in sweatshirts and jeans, claiming "we're all Jackie Chan." They nearly got the garden hose.

-Troy



Most fun I ever had was when my buddy and I tossed on our Kendo uniforms (keikogi, hakama and tabi), painted our faces white with evil Kabuki theater eyebrows and dyed our hair black and pulled it into a ponytail, tucked live katana into our belts and went out as Samurai.

Some older kids were jacking little kids for their candy. One of them made a run for us and I drew and sliced his bag open with one clean effortless movement and spilled candy everywhere. He kinda shit his pants. My buddy then drew and we chased them for about 3 blocks. They hauled ass despite being about 4 years older than us (quite the mean feat for 12 year olds).




WTF??!!!!!!!!



Most of it makes sense, some of it doesn't...The things red...Your buddy drew what? I don't get the first thing in red...at all....
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:30:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:32:21 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/25/2004 7:33:38 PM EST by SteyrAUG]
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 7:37:56 PM EST

Originally Posted By MrClean4Hire:
I live a half mile off the road, I wonder if any kids will try that distance.



Same here, who wants to walk 1/2 mile for a snickers. If some kid did ring the gate I would probably give them the whole bag of candy and a ride back to the road.
Link Posted: 10/25/2004 8:03:54 PM EST
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