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Halloween thoughts

Posted Saturday, October 24, 2009, at 2:40 PM

What are your thoughts on Halloween?

Should there be some type unofficial limit, whatever unofficial even means, on what age a person becomes too old to go door-to-door with bag in hand trick-or-treating?

Does it bother you when you open your door looking for small kids and find someone six feet tall with a mask over their face?

I enjoy the kids except for that five or six spooks each year with two bags explaining a little brother or sister is sick so he or she is getting goodies for both of them. Are such cases a matter of greed or need?

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Does anyone remember the " door knockers"?

Where you tie a nut or bolt on the end of a heavey string then sneak and tie it on someones door knob, knock on the door and run and hide? When they open it to look out to see who knocked and close the door the nut will bounce on it making it sound like someone is still knocking??? NO WAY WOULD I SUGGEST DOING THIS IN THIS DAY AND AGE FOR LIFE AND DEATH SAFETY REASONS !!!! but it sure was fun 35 some odd years ago...............

Any one else have "devils night" harmless pranks they remember? The only one I see that remains is

T-P ing trees......

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 9:20 PM

when i was young, we would go around the neighborhood. but never saw older kids trick or treating....the older kids were the ones that were doing the passing out and such.

I think 12 is old enough.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 6:01 PM

I have a fond memory from the mid 1960's of my little brother and I touring the neighborhood on Halloween night, changing our costumes and hitting all those houses a second time. I guess it was a dirty trick but we thought that was part of the fun. I would't take anything for that memory. We hoodwinked the whole neighborhood that night.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 9:12 AM

Where has all the spam come from? I have seen several lately.

-- Posted by memyselfi on Wed, Oct 28, 2009, at 8:34 AM

We generally have about 180 to 225 trick-or-treaters on Halloween, sometimes as many as 15 or 20 at one time.

-- Posted by bomelson on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 2:28 PM

Thanks for that tip wonderwhy, I will pick up some coloring books & use that one!

We have NEVER gone door to door since my kids have been born, there are soooo many church & other organizations that offer things such as 'Trunk or Treat' etc... that give them opportunities to have fun & get candy in their bags that I can't figure why one would go to strangers for this anyway.

The last year I stayed home & gave out candy I had a knock at my door around 10:00 PM (way too late to trick or treat) & it was a mom with 2 small kids & they appeared to really need it just for survival reasons, so I dumped the rest of my candy in the bag & told her to hang on & then went & emptied all my 'work snacks' crackers etc...& my fruit bowl into a sack & gave her. The children were so young & the mom appeared to be as well, so maybe they didn't need it, but just in case. I never saw them again.

-- Posted by MS fighter on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 1:01 PM

Often the older kids are doing the littler ones and their parents a favor by going with them instead of out with their friends, To them I say great, and will be glad to pop some candy in the big guys bag. You know what the heck, it's just a bit of candy, your only kids once reward their good deed. For the older ones who are not with kids, the chances are they are some of the "tweens" they don;t exactly fit in the big kids world and are a little old for the littler ones, once again heck it;s just a bit of candy. chances are it is the last year of real childhood let them enjoy it. My last "trick or treat" year I think my friends and I were in the last year of middle school just old enough to go "on our own" (yea it was that long ago when it was still safe for 13 year old girls in a group to trick or treat). It was a full moon and even foggy, go figure. We went up to one house where adults having a party, ( decent average folks). Boy did they have fun scaring the shenanigans out of us girls. They finally had to let us in to call our parents to come get us they spooked us so bad. That was the same year my friend mother gave us permission to out on devils night to soap windows - under the condition we asked the people first if we could do it, yep we did, funny thing is the people let us, but made us promise to come clean it off the next day....yep we did.... wow how things have changed....

Now I'm afraid to even let the grand kids walk from the road to the door by themselves ( they are smaller - but still) SO i dress up with them and go to the door (without a candy bag )

One last thing, I know a Mom who has a great way to limit the candy consumption of her kids after the trick or treating. She gives them the option of keeping their candy, or picking out some of their favorite and leaving the rest for the "great pumpkin" who will come after they goes to sleep and trade them for a surprise. She then exchanges the bag of goodies for a toy or special book they can enjoy.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 2:05 AM

I remember the grown folks used to forbid our shaving until we were in high school.

Some of us hit puberty in grade school and had hair poking through our socks and honest-to-goodness facial hair.

We were told to use lemon juice to make it all less noticible but it didn't work if one had cheek fuzz like General Burnside.

The boys rather liked looking like Sgt.Pepper's band or Quentin Collins.

The girls who had their face powder turn mustaches and mutton chops bright orange were less than thrilled.

I guess now the early maturers would be allowed to wax or "sugar" off whiskers and let clothing cover the rest.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 12:34 AM

Come on! Get your Halloween gifts here!


Halloween is coming, during the most "haunted" days of the year, kids, friends, colleagues, classmates, acquaintances and all people around you have suddenly been demonized and turned into witches, zombies, ghosts, devils, skeletons, monsters, Spider-Man, aliens... Everyone to experience terror, to experience stimulation, along with shouting and screaming...

-- Posted by neal2324 on Mon, Oct 26, 2009, at 12:22 AM

I think shaving gets you disqualified for collecting candy. It's in a rule book somewhere I'm sure of it.

-- Posted by Tim Baker on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 10:51 PM

I don't personally dress up anymore, but I find nothing wrong with the adults dressing up and going. Why is it only for children? If it is fun then it is fun. Is there such a thing as a Halloween Scrooge?

-- Posted by Average_Joe on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 7:42 PM

I still trick or treat, sorry I just love this time of the year. I just get sick of getting rocks.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 6:52 PM


-- Posted by nanax5 on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 5:51 PM

My question is, is it considered rude if you don't put candy in the 2nd, or "sick child's" bag? There were a couple of years that I missed walking the neighborhood for being sick, but no one collected candy on my behalf. Sorry if I'm just not the trusting type, but I often feel like ppl are scamming for twice the amount of what is already free candy.

As for the older spooks.. I don't say much, just limit how much candy I put in per bag.. I save the goods for the younger crowds. Also, I tend to give better candy, full size bars even, to those with creative costumes. Not just the generic stuff you see at Wallyworld... home made costumes with original ideas win big on my porch. But, that's how I do Halloween at my house.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 3:41 PM

Some of the older trick-or-treaters may well be acting on behalf of younger spooks who are ill,asleep or refusing to approach these strange houses.

The overage bunch may be the designated drivers or have gotten drafted to ride herd on the little goblins.

If they get done taking all of the family and neighborhood youngsters around before ten p.m.,there might be a place for them at a church's Harvest Party or some community shindig.

I guess the older folk without younger charges might prefer parties,haunted houses,scary film marathons,gaming lock-ins or just staying home to dispense candy rather than collect junk food and Chick tracts.

It is legal for grown-ups to dress up,sip cider and ignore any hint of nutritional common sense.

(It's just better if they do so in a way that doesn't look as if they're exploiting a children's holiday.)

For those too old for Spongebob Squarepants and too young for serial killer films,there should be some way to get in touch with the frivolous and uncanny.

Trick-or-treat alternatives and Fall Festivals might be the way to go.

They could be linked to various good works like blood drives,food banks,UNICEF and the like.

Whether the days when the barrier between worlds grows thin are associated with Samhain,tributes to deceased loved ones,Martin Luther's birthday or Great Pumpkins,we might try to make fun and interaction with our neighbors be a safe,innocent and constructive celebration for persons of every age,gender,creed,and ethnic group - no matter what their planet of origin might be or whether they are living,dead or something in-between.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Sun, Oct 25, 2009, at 3:19 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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