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5/31/15 8:28 P

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I stopped giving out candy last year (after decades of handing out candy) because they truck in kids from other parts or the county to our neighborhood (which causes major traffic jams and you can't drive ANYWHERE for at least 2-3 hours) and I usually run out of candy after two hours anyway (and that's after spending $30 or so on candy).

I detest teenagers trick-or-treating. They can't even bother to say "thank you." I used to hold the candy in my hand until they said it, and only then would I drop it in their bag.

As it is, I started telling teenagers where the local Wal-Mart was, and that they could buy Halloween candy for at least 50% of on 11/1, so bug them instead of me. Then I'd shut the door in their faces. (Hey, their weekly allowance is probably more than I make in a month!).

So they can BITE ME.

I go into my bedroom and watch "Rocky Horror Picture Show" and sing along with Frank 'n Furter.

It's all good.


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12/19/14 11:37 A

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Nope. We watch horror films in the dark to celebrate, assuming we're even home.
One year a bunch of kids came by, so I gave them each a couple of chocolate calcium chews. That's the only exception. I just don't see the point of giving out candy.

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1/5/14 7:13 P

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I used to...I am a former first and second grade teacher. I have had my share of Halloween parties and parades and then trick-or-treaters back at home! I used to have an annual tradition of taking my older nephew to the downtown Halloween parade in my 20's and 30's. In 2013 my husband and I threw a huge Halloween Party and Sleepover for my whole family. We decorated the entire "haunted mansion" top to bottom, had a talking witch, dry ice, games, etc.... That party officially burned me out on Halloween! I have done so much Halloween celebrating for other people's kids! I think I'm done with Halloween and I'm officially donating all of my old decorations!

I have not handed out candy to trick-or-treaters for two years because...
1) My two dogs BARK like crazy all night everytime the doorbell rings. So my husband and I now have a tradition of going out to dinner with another sans-child couple on Halloween. You should see how my friend and I race out of the neighborhood before the trick-or-treaters start coming!!
2) Sugar and candy is unhealthy for people. There are so many overweight kids and adults in America. I used to teach in a low income school district and many kids brought dorritos chips, cookie or candy as snacks or as their lunch.
3) The crime and violence in America is rising and I no longer feel comfortable opening the door to strangers. We have had several break-ins in the neighborhood.
4) Halloween costumes and decorations are often evil and gruesome and I don't feel like "celebrating" it.

Edited by: CD6892401 at: 1/5/2014 (19:21)
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10/30/13 8:11 P

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Yes! DH and I like to look at the costumes (we are costumers in generally so Halloween is just another dress up day). DH likes to give extra treats for the costumes he thinks are the coolest. :).


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10/30/13 2:54 P

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I do!

I purchase candy I do not like and hope that I don't eat what remains.

10/30/13 2:51 P

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I used to get aggravated by teenagers and adults (sometimes holding infants) trick-or-treating, but I got over it. Now, I just don't care. Anyone who comes to my door on Halloween between dusk and 9pm will be offered candy. I don't care who they are, how old they are, or what they are wearing. Keeping this attitude has streamlined the process and freed me from being a scrooge.
I trick-or-treated when I was a kid, and I depended on the kindness and generosity of strangers for candy. It was a bright spot in what was otherwise a really miserable childhood.

I don't have time, interest, or money to dress up or decorate, so I don't.
Halloween is already inconvenient and expensive enough. there's absolutely nothing in it for ME. But it's much more enjoyable since I decided that it is not about me, it's about giving away free candy and making other people happy.

EVERYONE knows EXACTLY what they NEED to do to be fit, healthy, and slim.
The problem is, nobody does it.

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10/30/13 2:19 P

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We don't get any trick or treaters where we live right now. But normally? I'll do candy early for the little ones......but stop after eight and not give to the big kids who usually can't even be bothered to wear a costume.

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10/30/13 1:48 P

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I dress up and hand out candy.

I loved trick or treating as a kid and am very happy to finally be in a position to participate from the other side of the candy bowl... I lived in many a top-floor apartment over the years and never had trick or treaters until the last few years. Maybe it will get old eventually, but for now it's still fun!

This is it, my only life. A work in progress.

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10/30/13 1:42 P

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I always move to the back of the house and turn out all the lights. I just don't get a big kick out of trick or treaters. (Plus as a nurse I wouldn't let kids eat candy from the general public.) I admit I don't answer the door under normal circumstances. It is doubly true on Halloween!!
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