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Thread: Trick or Treat

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    Living in Australia I have just been caught with Trick or Treat - a bit of a surprise as I wasnt expecting it. Has anyone else had them yet
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    I've had about 4 groups this evening.
    Was prepared as last year we had a note in our letterbox letting us know that kids would be coming, great idea as not really celebrated here.
    The kids have all been dressed up and look so cute!

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    not really into halloween as not something done here in Aussie land and as we live semi rural. Surprisingly we had one lot of door knockers tonight but by the time we realised it they were on their way out which is just as well as I had not had time to shop and had nothing for them..

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    We have had two groups and my hubby got up to both of them - we were not prepared but had bought some mentos as Chicken Feed yesterday so they got a packet each. Chicken Feed is a cheap shop like Crazy Clarks etc - have a great day

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    I live in America, but far out into the country, and I NEVR get them........sigh....I always loved seeing the kids dressed up!

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    We had out treating last night but I was not home I was out with my kids trick or treating.

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    Going to DS and DIL's. We live too far from the road, so no trick or treaters. Mailed cards to gs and 2 gds last week and will see our blue frog tonight.

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    Around our neighborhood we've all decided to be "Bah, Humbug" type of folks. Around here for blocks almost no one leaves the lights on during beggar's night.
    After having masses of kids dumped from big vans into the middle of crossroads, and having so many of them show up at once that we can NOT, LITERALLY see the lawn, and having to look UP at the beggars instead of down at 3 or 4 cute little guys, we decided we would donate to the local Boys and Girls' club here in town. And any extra bags of candy we had for our own families are going today or tomorrow to local nursing homes.

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    One other thing that my friends and I used to do many years ago when this neighborhood was swarming with little kids..was to put candy in zip loc bags and tape them shut. Included in each one was one of our envelope return address stickers. That was in the days when people were putting needles in candy and some hospitals were even offering to Xray candy for kids.

    And we made darn sure that kids only went to houses where we knew the people.

    Kids have to be reminded, time after time, NEVER to go into a house with anyone. I once saw a mother walking with her daughter who was selling some sort of school candy, and while Mom was leaning on a car chatting to the driver, her daughter, looked about 7 or 8, walked into a house when someone opened the screen door. But the driver alerted the mom who rushed over and the little girl came out safely.

    Scared the spit out of me..her too obviously. Too sad that you can't trust any stranger around kids.

    I would LOVE for all newspapers to run columns like my home town one does. The Cabell Standard from West Virginia runs a regular part with people's names and ADDRESSES and what they were arrested for..such as George Renolds (made up name) 1234 Clove Ave (made up address) Hurricane, WV.
    Failure to register as a sex offender.

    Now if I lived at 1235 Clove Ave I sure as heck would not allow my kids to play any where around that address at any time, no matter how nice dear old uncle George was when he gave candy to kids.

    But here in California, bleeding hearts do not allow that, they want all sex offenders to "have the chance to go straight".

    No comment I make about that will be allowed in this forum.....

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    I live on a private lane with 8 houses on it, one unoccupied. One neighbor has kids, so we get some. Our town is very small and has a community park accross from my house. They have a party for the whole township. I get about a dozen kids who come on their way to the party. Our trick or treating is from 4-6 today. Today is my son's birthday (49) so am taking a cake to him.

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    Well I guess I'm the odd one out here, I just love the trick-or-treaters & yes we live in a subdivision that has sidewalks and lights, so many people drive their kids in. As long as the older ones dress-up I think it's a fun way for them to be spending their time, instead of out doing something destructive. We don't buy candy at any other time of the year, so one big splurge to share with them, isn't going to break the bank at my end. Fireworks are another matter, they're illegal in our community, but the fire/police depts. aren't very successful at enforcing the bylaw.

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    I love tick or treating....I think it's a great for the kids to get out(as long as they are being watched carefully). We live in a very small town now and alot of the parents just "let their kids go". I think that's wrong, I don't care who you are, where you are, you need to be watching your kids at all times. My oldest daughter is in youth group and the church is against halloween so they take them every year on the weekend of halloween to a youth convention. They do projects and get a whole bunch of kids together and take them shopping afterwards. My daughter spends half the year earning and saving money for this and would never turn it down just to go trick or treating. My two smaller ones love going though.

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    I do love to see the kids all dressed up, and I don't care how old they are as long as they are in costume and polite. Unfortunately we don't usually get more than a dozen on our street. No sidewalks and no street lights.

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    We live in a fairly small town. Our neighborhood is well lit but most of the town is not. When we have good weather (like today), we average around 200 - 250 kids. Most people on the other side of town say they only get about a dozen kids at the most. If it is nice out, I just sit on the steps to pass out the candy so I don't have to worry about kids tripping on their costumes trying to get up and down the steps. They start about 5:00 and I usually turn my light out about 8:30.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loris
    Living in Australia I have just been caught with Trick or Treat - a bit of a surprise as I wasnt expecting it. Has anyone else had them yet
    :lol:
    That's strange...I would have thought you would have halloween night in Australia as it's 'history' and origination is England! So it seems logical that you'd have a version of it there as well. Next year you'll be better prepared.
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    MaryAnna

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    My SILs neighborhood did trick-or-treating last night. I guess the one good thing about it being on a Sunday night (and tomorrow being a school day) is that there will not be so much mayhem from the older kids tonight. Last year, we had trick-or-treaters (the older kind) still out past ten. I take my kids around 5:30PM and we are done by 6:30PM. I only go up the street and down the other side. That is IT! We will probably give out candy after that until about 8PM. I only give one piece to the older kids. I think there should be a "rule" about kids over the age of 13 still trick-or-treating. We get high schoolers all the time.

    Today, my dh is deploying. We are heading off to the airport in a few minutes to say good-bye. I am glad trick-or-treating will help to take the kids' minds off their daddy leaving.

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    We live in a neighbor hood of smaller houses, close together. Every Halloween we get carloads of kids dumped here to trick or treat while Mom or Dad drives the car slowly down the street as kids run back and forth across the street to grab treats. Just waiting for someone to be injured. If I know the kids they get a handful of candy - if they're one of the "outsiders", sorry, one piece of candy.

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    In 8 years I've had 2 lots. Some 7-9 year olds about 5 years ago, and last night four girls all in black, with black make-up and aged about 18-19 turned up just after 9.30 (the neighbourhood dogs had been going mad since 7.30). The 7-9 year olds got apples as I didn't have any sweets in the house (never had trick or treaters before),and the girls got nothing. Apart from coming after 9.30, and having "trick or treat" yelled in my face as soon as I opened the door, I felt they were too old to be going around. They didn't seem to have collected much either.

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    We had 3 or 4 lots of local kids last night. Last year we had none..the year before a couple of lots. We had a few lollies just in case. The first time we had nothing either as it just wasn't done here

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