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Thread: halloween, once again, stained by some little hoodlums

  1. #1
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    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs

    halloween, once again, stained by some little hoodlums

    every year, Halloween is a pretty big event near me. A lot of kids do the trick/treating thing.
    We only saw maybe 400 kids this year, very suprising, but it was a cold damp day here, so maybe a lot of them and the parents didn't go out.

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    toys, costume jewelry, light up yoyos, the works.

    anyway, we get a kick out of all the cutie pie kiddies and their costumes, we get to meet and talk with all our neighborhood kids and parents, its nice.I like when the kids say, hey, my dad used to play tennis in the park when you did, or my older sister knows your son from high school........and a lot of the parents say hello also.

    My new neighbors, the 30ish year old couple who purchased the house next to mine, has 2 small children.
    They decided to go out with their kids dressed up, everyone goes, the uncles, the aunts, the grandparents, like I said, everyone has fun for a few hours.

    they didn't want to disappoint the other kids, so they put a small tray table outside their front door and put a huge bowl with bags of candies and sign that said please take one, happy Halloween. something like that.

    ofcourse, not 5 minutes after they left, some bigger kids, maybe 14 y/os, not only took every bag, they even took the bowl.

    another neighbor saw them walking down the street with the bowl.

    I don't understand why just for some candy, which they could have gotten all they wanted from anyone, since I let them take as much as they want, especially the ones who don't want anything else. We all get stuck with pounds of candy every year, and none of us care how much the kids take, it makes them happy, why not.

    The wife came in to me, asked me if I saw them, the husband was furious and out driving around looking for them.
    I told her to call him and tell him forget it. its not worth it.
    what will he do? smash their heads for them? Yes, most of us would like to give them a whack since its obvious their parents never taught them anything, but really, its only candy and a bowl, but every year we hear of another snot nose 13 or 14 y/0 that does something stupid on this day and ruins it for so many other kids, discouraging other parents from partaking with their children.

    when I was a child and went out, I used to get fresh baked cookies, cupcakes, home made candies, Id walk into peoples homes, and admire the decorations, theyd give us milk, wed have Halloween cakes they made, me, my brother, my 3 sisters, we never ever heard of problems when we were growing up, what has happened to kids today?
    my kids would never ever do anything like that when they were young, not out of fear of the person they were robbing, out of fear of me finding out.
    what is wrong with todays parents?
    its sad.
    These aren't 28 y/o criminals, but 14 y/o snot noses who need to be taught some kind of lesson. I don't have a clue as to what needs to be done.

    Im going off and making too much of stink about this, its onlyl a bowl of candy, but the point is discipline is not a part of so many kids upbringing today and it has nothing to do with child abuse issues or tighter laws, it all falls on the parents, and the parents are failing in my book.
    Im sorry if this has nothing at all related to woodworking, its just something that bothers me constantly.
    Last edited by allen levine; 11-01-2014 at 06:45 PM.
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  2. #2
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    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    Allen - I understand your sentiment.

    When I was young like was like you described - a bit more honest and ?pure?.

    We had our days also - but maybe not like this.

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    Feb 2012
    St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
    Why are you surprised? Hoodlumism was rampant 50 years ago when I was trick or treating (something entirely new to me, as we didn't do it in England in those days.) If it is going to change, Hallowe'en will ahve to change, as people won't. I have often wondered why more places don't arrange neighbourhood parties for small kids, with a big bag of treats as they leave, and have no door to door trick or treat. Safer and more civilized.

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    Dec 2006
    Yorktown, Virginia
    Our county trick or treat hours and ages are limited: Dusk to 8pm and ages 12 and under. The last year we turned our light on we had four visitors from nearby, all in cute costumes with parents close by. When I see a convoy of vans pull up and gangs of kids start working the street, the light goes off. Most of the kids go to school or church functions where it's safer. We went shopping at the big outlet mall in Williamsburg where each store had a costumed person at the door to hand out candy and there were lots and lots of small kids in costume there. It was very cool.

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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    Growing up in a rural area, we had a long ways between houses, so didn't do much trick or treating. I had a couple of years where a friend's mom would take my friend and I to town and we'd come home with an entire grocery bag (each) of candy. In later years our 4H sponsors would offer their farm to the 4H club for a haunted trail/fund raiser. The 4H members would decorate the barns and dress up to spook patrons. It was a tour type of event, so every 15 minutes a new group would come through and at the end there were refreshments/snacks by the bonfire at the pond. Looking back it was some of the best Halloweens ever. Unknowingly it keep me from doing stupid stuff, the sponsors got their barns cleaned out every fall for free, and the 4H club made money for events throughout the!

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    Jan 2011
    Hudson Valley NY
    Only 400 kids this year?? 400?? Wow, we had our usual , 0, but thats what we get for living in farm country. My granddaughter loved the treats you sent for her. Thanks again.

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    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    Halloween started changing when I was a kid... sicko's putting stuff in the candies and stuff.... I only got to go a couple of times because we also lived in the country and it was often miles between houses... I'm not a fan of Halloween anyway.... agree that if we are going to celebrate the day, then we need controlled parties for the little kids... we live out in the country again and had zero kids... now I have to eat all that candy as my wife's diabetic and isn't supposed to... darn.
    Tellico Plains, TN
    My parents taught me to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder to find any.
    If you go looking for trouble, it will usually find you.

  8. #8
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    Mar 2014
    Humid Gulf Coast
    400 kids, wow, but such a small amount of troublemakers comparitivly.

    400 kids, just wow.
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

  9. #9
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    Apr 2010
    North of Reno, NV...middle of the desert
    When I grew up, our town did trick or treating on the Thursday before Halloween so it wouldn't interfere with the annual Halloween parade, which a lot of us kids participated in (either in the school band or on one float or another). It was a big deal for our town. I doubt they do it anymore.

    No parent gave a second thought of letting their kids head out on their own with a pillow case to bring home candy and other treats. We didn't dress up as sexy nurses or other elaborate costumes you can buy now days. Usually we put charcoal on our faces and went has hobos (is that politically incorrect anymore?) The older kids looked out for the younger rarely saw a parent out...they were home giving out candy.

    When I bought my first house, the standard suburban neighborhood was young and I finally got to be the one dressed up as a ghost, giving out treats to the kids. As they grew older and the world grew scarier, we got to where no one would knock on the door. Now, out in the country, we obviously don't get any. Occasionally someone will host a hay ride for the area, but that hasn't happened for a while.

    Guess I'm being nostalgic, but makes me sad for this new world of ours...what will be the new traditions?

    400 must be an awesome neighbor

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    East Freeetown, Massachusetts
    We get zero kids every year - just not enough houses where I live to warrant any of that activity.

    When I was a kid I lived in the city and the houses were close together and most houses had 2 or 3 families.

    We filled shopping bags full of candy, cookies, apples.

    My daughter now lives in a neighborhood with houses a bit close together and all single family. She takes the grand kiddies out for trick or treat. The grand kids get too much candy - but no where near what I got when I was a kid in the early 60's

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