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Sun Oct 28, 2012, 04:40 PM

I think Halloween is a better measure of generosity than Christmas -

At Christmas, you generally exchange gifts of about the same value. At Halloween, you are expected to hand out candy to whomever rings your doorbell. That person may be the neighbor's cute 2 year old, some middle school kids from across the tracks or even some teenagers. I can't believe the annual complaints I hear from the nice people who live on the better side of our small town when kids from the country or across town show up at their door.

I can understand limiting trick or treat to say, 6PM-8PM. Complaining about spending $25 rather than $10 seems over the top for people who spend lavishly on several annual vacations! I'm not talking about people who have to watch every penny but about people who have the cash to spend.

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Response to hedgehog (Original post)

Sun Oct 28, 2012, 05:04 PM

1. First of all, I don't give out candy, but "stuff"

This year it is light sticks, , some year it is small yoyos or toy planes erasers. For little kids there is the nickle jar (used to be a penny jar).
As to what hours I do it, only until the big kids come out, they are way too old to trick or treat and I am afraid they will push in and rob me. I think once you are over 6 feet t all, it is time to stop.

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Sun Oct 28, 2012, 06:00 PM

2. I disagree

 

I think Christmas is a much better measure because you can give gifts that are targeted toward individuals. Halloween is just candy for everybody.

Well other than me. My dad wouldn't allow me to go trick or treating. While he didn't let me do the whole Santa Claus thing either, he at least did gifts.

Also I don't tend to like children and Halloween is a holiday for kids. So maybe I'm just a hum bug.

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Mon Oct 29, 2012, 10:51 AM

3. We lived on a 9-house cul-de-sac off of a back road in NH. Halloween was weird.

 

Many of the local kids went to the closest city so they could hit the apartment buildings and townhouses where they'd get one piece from each door. Our neighborhood and the surrounding houses got very few visitors, so EVERYBODY gave out handfuls of candy. Our kids would come home with loaded bags (sometimes more than one each) and it was enough to last them a year. The kids who went to the apartments came home with a fraction of that. I never understood why they would keep doing that year after year.

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