I've read where people are annoyed to find teenagers (or older) at their doors on Halloween night expecting free candy. I say you're never too old to go trick-or-treating. As long as you're not there to scope out my house for a burglary later on, you're welcome to a piece of candy. It's one of the few instances where it's ok to talk to strangers.
Nodogyet, I agree! Another peeve, is when my oldest was 1, we took her trick-or-treating, because we were excited to take her out for her very first Halloween - you would not believe the people that made comments about my husband and I wanting candy!! Come on!
I have no problem treating anybody who comes trick-or-treating as long as they're in costume. It's a pet peeve of mine. If you can't make the effort, neither can I. I'd make an exception for parents with little ones and give them a treat, too. Never thought of it.
Where I live the only people that come to your home to trick or treat are people I know. I always give the kids candy and the parents a beer. I have one person that brings me cookies when she brings her kids. Now that is a treat!!
I can understand the party-pooper aspect. In the middle of the afternoon yesterday, I was dreading having to deal with all the invaders. But once I heard the first few happy kids, my mood shifted 180 degrees.
Not everyone enjoys children, not everyone likes strangers. Not everyone likes strangers at their house, all night long. Not everyone likes the sound of perpetual barking dogs due to invading strangers at my door step.
I'm not a party pooper. Somethings I just like, and others I don't like. ;)
Something more Halloween patrons should keep in mind. I don't like the ones who assume that everyones home should be open to them, nor the ones who think I'm strange for not being gun-ho Halloween.
I'm a little late, but I'm going to apply the "No costume no treat" rule to my house from now on. I don't mind teenagers, but I do mind the lack of effort. I had crowds of older people at my door and not one of them came in costume. I found myself really annoyed. That's probably me being picky, but I purchased the treats so I can do what I want, lol.
I closed my door & t-off the light @ 8:15 and people still came to the door. So yes, I completely understand not following the lights on rule. Children will try anyone just to see. I now know how it felt when my cousins and I knocked on doors w/o lights.
Whew, that was longer than I expected...sorry about that!
I look at like this. Its ONE night out of the year that we have to put ourselve out a little. Also, although we may get some "older" trick-or-treaters, it is mostly kids and i do not have a problem putting myself out a little when it concerns children.
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I love Halloween and if you show up, ya get candy! We had quite a few older kids come by. Honestly, there's not a lot for kids still under 18 to do otherwise on Halloween. I would rather them out collecting candy than partying or destroying something...like my brothers did. I have no problem giving candy to older kids :)
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