Skip to comments.Halloween old man rant (shameless vanity)
Posted on 10/31/2009 3:54:02 PM PDT by sharkhawk
When did kids stop saying thank you for all the candy they're getting. I am running about 1 in 4 of the kids saying thank you, and I am not talking about the little ones either. Only about half are even saying trick or treat. I also saw some parents following the kids in their car, and I am on a small circle street. Are they just too lazy to walk with the kids?
Have had a high ratio of “thank you” so far. However, did notice that some folks are driving. Could be the low temps, or that they’re trying to scour the whole town for maximum candy! lol
I just had one - a girl about 12 or 13 - she just talkd on her cellphone and held out her bag.
It happened here about a decade ago then went to kids saying stuff like “is this all you are giving?” That was the year I decided it would be the last time we gave anything. :(
oh, that’s too bad. our trick or treaters are very polite and respectful this year.
Turn off your lights and don’t answer the door to this organized extortion “holiday”.
We had a very high percentage of thank yous from the kids. Almost 100% of the teenagers said thank you, about 95% of the 4 to 12 crowd. And an amazing percentage of the under 4 crowd too.
I’m really not even that old (45). My parents would have swatted us upside the head if we weren’t polite.
I’ve noticed the same things in years past. Out here in Cali we haven’t gotten any trick-or-treaters yet today, but I always make it a point to hold the bowl of candy out of their reach until they say “trick or treat” and then hook them up with their sugar fix. If they say “thank you” that’s great, but I totally get it if they don’t. They’re kids and probably want to hurry next door for more sweets.
One great way to put a smile on their faces is to let them grab their own candy and then tell them they can grab more if they want. It usually starts out with a kid choosing one piece and then they go in for a small handful. Totally cute.
My son and his friend and his snake are sitting out on the truck tailgate handing out candy. People have always been pleasant in our neighborhood.
Some people do drive along though, and that’s annoying. I guess they’re from outside the subdivision, which doesn’t bother me, but they could park someplace and walk around.
Maybe it’s the neighborhood. Fairly affluent kids don’t really appreciate things. Of course there’s also the little thugs coming over from the apartment buildings 1/2 mile or so away.
Lights off, Rob Zombie videos on, loud music so I wont hear the knocks. Obamanation kill capitalism kill holloween mmm mmmm mmmmm!
Right behind you at 43. You’re NOT old, because then I’d have to face reality myself. I’m too immature to do that (yet). Maybe when I turn 50.
Lights are out, doorways blocked, neighbor stray cats huddled in the garage, and heavy rain moving into the area. Neighbors spending evening in basement with upstairs lights out.
HANG ON THERE..I’m 56 but feel every bit of 55 1/2 (On a good day)..I ain’t old and if I had the ability to get out of this rockin chair and remember where I put my cane, I’d whack ya a few..:)
At least a half dozen times tonight, headlights from a mini-van pull into my driveway and kids pop out to run up to my doorstep to get their candy. Then it's right back in mommy's van and on to the next house. I'm not necessarily talking little kids either, some of them appear to be teenagers!
Also, the trick-or-treating starts earlier and earlier. Many of them were by my house before the sun even went down. Now it's 7PM (on a Saturday night!) and it's pretty much over.
When I was growing up in the 1970s, things were just getting started at 7PM. I remember being out until 9 or 9:30 at night hitting as many houses as I could. I would stop at home at least twice to dump my pillowcase of candy out on my bed and head right back out for another round.
Around here trick or treating is limited from 4:00 to 7:00
I don’t think I’ve ever had a kid come to our door who didn’t say thank you...we actually don’t have a lot of kids in our neighborhood, so Halloween’s a pretty slow night for us.
And as far as parents riding in the car, don’t judge too quickly. If it’s someone like me (who has MS) you wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun, but can’t do the walking, so you’d follow in the car.
First van dumped their load in my area at 4:10 p.m. You must be kidding...
Because the consensus is that is not safe to let the kids wander around on their own. And the older kids you probably don’t want wandering around.
Well, we decided not to “do” Halloween this year. I guess we should have left the house. When I was growing up, and as I taught our kids, if the outside lights are off on a particular house, don’t go up to it to trick or treat. Not working here, so far. Not only that, they are ringing the bell incessantly and yelling to their parents that they can see we’re inside watching football.
A pellet rifle has successfully kept them off my porch for the last few years..........I think they learned their lesson.
Oh yeah, the kids whose parents are driving them in the car are probably not from your neighborhood. At least that has been our experience in the past.
Besides, most kids dont want their parents following them to the door. I know I never did. ;-)
As with anything, the younger kids aren’t really too sure of what’s going on, so it helps to be friendly, complement them on their costumes, ask them if they are having fun, and things like that. The young ones get tired very quickly after 8pm.
I try to make it special by giving out thin glow sticks, which are about 10 for a dollar in addition to the candy. The parents like that too.
Older kids who know what is going on, are generally more polite, especially if you encourage them to get a lot of candy instead of just a piece or two. I don’t even object to older teenagers trick or treating, because it means that they don’t have a party to look forward to, so are getting one last taste of childhood.
(And their parents have supplied the thank you.)
We'll see how long it lasts, but so far, so good.
We have yet to have a single trick-or-treater. Maybe it’s the weather. I hope all the gloom-and-doom swine flu tactics didn’t keep them all at home.
Small group this year, but terrific costumes and lots of thank-yous!
But I am the neighborhood BIKER, so they are a little skeered of me. LOL
Every child in my neighborhood is saying “thank you.” There was only one exception, a high school kid who was too old for this and knew it. He said thanks when I reminded him.
I am not in a small town, but in a suburb of Washington DC.
Everybody has been pretty adorable tonight. We’re winding down, now; the rush is over by 7:45 and the door closes for the night at 8.
You should have stuck your hand in her bag and taken a Reese cup and given her a big old thank you.
They’re all saying thank you here.
Is that really a conservative point of view? I'm in a pretty upscale community and every child here is polite, within the usual limits for kids of a particular age group. The mini-thugs from the next neighborhood sometimes need to be reminded to say please and thank you, but generally they too have been kind and there have been many smiles.
I think that more than the degree of affluence in a household, the degree of faith is what determines whether a child will be nice or not.
We had a few more kids than last year. Almost all of them little kids with mom and dad in tow. They all said ‘’thank you’’. Bought too much candy however. (’’burp’’) Sorry. Well, that was the last of the M&Ms..now on the the Reeses PeanutButter Cups....
So far all the kids have said thank you, some after being reminded by their parents but, they were really small. It’s hard to hear anything over the barking of my two dogs. They don’t understand Halloween at all, and they are not amused.
As for me, I can’t wait for it to be over so I can put my pjs on and relax.
I've been in my house since 11/2001 and every year I have decorated the outside of my house to the max and have purchased candy for the kids.
Last year I gave up on the decorations and the candy and guess what, I had one little kid show up. Not thinking, I had to tell the kid that I had no candy for him when I could have maybe dropped a dollar or something in his bag.
Well, this year I have my lights on and two bags of Reeses Peanutbutter cups for anyone who shows up but as of this writing (7:41 p.m.) I haven't had a one........
They’re all saying thank you here.
Seems like earlier in the evening you get the kids dressed like kittens, bunnies, Bob the Builder, etc.....the evening progresses to Hannah Montana, and Harry Potter.........until you get the older kids with missing limbs or hatchets stuck in their skulls.
We live on a small farm, and the houses are not very close together. The parents hook up wagons to ATVs and drive the kids around in a caravan. Kind of like a hayride for junior panhandlers!
So far, every child has said “thank you.”
However, we also give out little plastic toys with the candy since those “fun size” candies are pretty lame...they really seem to like the toys. Especially the “stretchable rats.”
I just had a gang of zombies (parents and kids). They appreciated the marshmallow brains we’re giving out!
My 3-year-old is bouncing around shouting, “I ate my brain!”
“I just had one - a girl about 12 or 13 - she just talkd on her cellphone and held out her bag.”
I hope you didn’t give her anything.
I don’t get excited if they don’t say thanks or trick or treat. I just enjoy having them come by.
Brains are good for zombies, right? I never saw “Night of the Living Dead” but seems that’s what someone told me the movie was about. If so, good job..........I’m sure my brains are similar to marshmellows. :)
Ask their parents!
I don’t have any singing skeletons but Pirate Pete is laying in the flower garden missing an eyeball and his poor ol heart is blinking thru his ribs. We also do the cobwebs on the porch and some little boy asked me if they were for real. I told him yeah and then his big sister butted in and said they were fake. LOL
I’ve heard most of the kids either say thank you or just be too excited to remember to say it (the little ones). We live in a neighborhood with lots of young families and most people sit out in their front porches or yards to give out candy. About 20 houses had “honor bowls” and those still had candy left at 7:30 tonight. Nobody stole the whole bowl... Trick or treating ends at 8 here, by custom and by police safety recommendation.
In the different places I have lived, it seems the ones with a higher percentage of families who have been American for longer seem to overall know the “rules” of Halloween a lot better. New immigrants and newish immigrant-descended families just haven’t been socialized into properly, so if that’s the bulk of the neighborhood they just don’t know or don’t care what to do. In one neighborhood almost NONE of the people even said trick or treat, and GROWN MEN were trick or treating without even having costumes on. I would answer the door and they would wave their pillow cases at me with a scowl on their faces. It was so weird. And then you just have the bratty kids with absent parents.
My son is two, and I said “thank you” for him most of the time. He mostly whispered “trick or treat” and then yelled “ThankYouByeGoodNight, don’t let the bed bugs bite!” after he got his candy.
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