Beggar's Night Question

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Susan1, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. milanessa

    milanessa engaged to dupa

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    Yeah, a lot of people here seem to like it that way. When I was a kid (way back when) times were sort of understood - dusk until a few hours later. No city council, town council, mayors, HOA's, laying down the law. Maybe over the years that got out of hand and the need for set times became necessary. Doesn't mean I have to like it. What do I know, though? I don't get trick or treaters. :wuzrobbed:
     
  2. Garden Kitty

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    No set time here, but when I lived in NYC, the building established a time for kids to trick or treat.
     
  3. KikiSashaFan

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    I've never heard of set times, but it seems like 5-6 for little kids and 6-8 for older kids is the norm around here. Not that it matters to me, my two dogs are trained to be guard dogs and they get extremely antsy with too many strangers on our property (off our property they're fine), so we turn off all the lights, lock everything up and go out for a nice longer dinner until Trick or Treat time is over :slinkaway
     
  4. BaileyCatts

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    All my growing up it was always 6-8p (and a few years it was 6p-9p). All the kids would hang out in a driveway until 6p when a parent would tell them its time to start. The kids do that in my neighborhood now, and the set time is 6-8p in my neighborhood now too. And the rule always was if no porch light on, then don't go there. That has worked for me the years I could not give out (or didn't want to ... like this year will be :shuffle:).
     
  5. Susan1

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    Speaking of trick or treat - we're supposed to have rain/snow showers on Tuesday, high of 38. Yeah, I remember sometimes having to wear a coat over or under my costume back in the day! It was still 70 at 9:00 last night.
     
  6. Aceon6

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    Towns in my area are in the process of cancelling trick or treat for the 2nd year in a row. In our town, if a child's school has power on Wednesday, the schools will be open in the evening and folks in the school district will be invited to bring their candy and hand it out there as the children do "room to room" trick or treating. I think it's a good solution to a tricky problem.
     
  7. screech

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    In my hometown in Canada we never had a set time - it was always whenever you were ready (after school) until you got tired or lights turned off. As a kid we started going out at about 4-5ish. But when we grew out of trick-or-treating, my parents started waiting until a bit after 5 to turn on the light. And the rule of porch light on/off was always in play. We never had any issue. We just stopped answering the door if anyone knocked once it was off.
     
  8. Susan1

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    You'd think kids would be familiar with the porch light idea, huh? A couple years ago, some kid rang the doorbell a couple times, pounded on the storm door and then tried to yank it open (it was locked). I had to go out and check to make sure he didn't tear it off the hinges or break the handle. Must have really needed chocolate.
     
  9. talulabell

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    Growing up, we never had a set time. It was just understood that you could expect trick-or-treaters starting just after dinner-time (6:00, for most, we always ate late). If they came while we were eating, we would stop and take care of the kiddies. Again, the light on/off rule was always respected, and most ToTers were done by 9:00/9:30. When I moved in to my condo, they had suggested times, and since we dont have lights we can control, we had Ghost posters to put on our doors. No Ghost, no candy. I gave out candy for my first year or two here, but when I started to get 18 year olds at 9:30 wearing nothing but a rubber mast, I started to question whether I was getting trick-or-treaters or was getting a shake-down. I havent given out in years.
     
  10. Christina

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    So how many beggars did you have tonight?

    It's almost 8pm, it has been dark for quite some time, and I have had four. Count 'em, four. Aren't you jealous? We have years where we get about fifty, and years we get almost none - it's so hard to determine what it's going to be like.

    I have approximately five bags of candy sitting in my living room, taunting me. (It is day 6 of cutting out processed sugars, pasta, rice and all the other "white stuff" that tastes so good.) Those last minute teenagers are going to make out like bandits!!!
     
  11. PDilemma

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    I've had seven. Which is three more than last year.

    Good thing my husband bought candy that we really like to eat.
     
  12. Lacey

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    We had over 200 by 7:30, and they kept coming until 8:30, will get final talley from neighbor.

    Our township recommended that people postpone until Sunday because some were still without power. We had power, so, instead of our usual 150, I bet we had 250 with people texting and FBing that our road was doing it tonight, they might even be double dipping and doing it in their neighborhoods on Sunday.
     
  13. agalisgv

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    Don't know how many, but a good number (somewhere between 60-100 I'd say). They're still trick-or-treating, but fewer of them. It's amazing how polite they all are :shuffle:
     
  14. MacMadame

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    I have had zero. BUt it's only 6:15 here. :D I only bought 3 bags this year. One year we gave out 10 but usually I buy 5 and end up giving out handfuls near the end to get rid of it.
     
  15. PDilemma

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    Mine were not polite. I had one little girl that managed to speak and seem pleasant. The others all stood silently waiting for the loot. Two came later, bringing the total to nine. They were middle school age and not even in costume. Nor did they bother to say "trick or treat" or "thank you". My nephew (age 17) is home alone giving out candy and told me one kid needed a shave. His response to that: "geesh...I'd might as well be out getting candy instead of passing it out".
     
  16. agalisgv

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    One little girl complimented me on the glaze of the glass bowl I used to hold the candy :shuffle:.
     
  17. MacMadame

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    I don't have any problem with older kids trick or treating in theory. But in real life, sometimes I snark about it especially if they don't put a lot of effort into it. But the thing is, growing up can be hard and Halloween is fun for adults too so I think they are caught in the middle between wanting to have the fun but being afraid to look uncool (which is why they sometimes minimize the costumes).

    Anyway, all my trick-or-treaters said "Thank you" except two shy brothers who looked like identical twins except one was 6 and one was 12. I think they should have worn identical costumes so the little one would have been Mini-Me to the older one. Anyway, they did shyly say "Happy Halloween" as they left so I was okay with them. :cool:
     
  18. suep1963

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    We had 42 kids--mostly little ones, but some middle schoolers. Our neighbor had his grandkids over raking leaves, and he sent the two boys over for some candy--they came every year when they were little. The one said "Hi--we're dressed up as high school kids who are working as leaf rakers!" :rofl: I said they needed chocolate so they could get energy to finish! The last batch was a group of 7 boys, middle school age. They were all dressed up, they all said Happy Halloween and thank you. Nice night. :)
     
  19. BaileyCatts

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    :shuffle: I had none cause I didn't give out this year. I try to go on an every other year cycle, because I spend too much damn money on candy for the 10 bazillion kids that come thru my neighborhood. Last year I made a trip to buy just candy for Trick or Treat night, and it was over $250! And I still ran out before the end of the night. So it don't happen every year at my house.

    Although I'm glad I didn't buy up this year. It was like 38 degrees tonight, spitting rain and cold cold cold all night long. I'm guessing that cut down on a lot of kids this year, so I would have been stuck with a ton 'o candy that kinda might have found its way into my tummy. :rofl:
     
  20. Sarah

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    No trick or treaters this year. First Halloween in the new house so... We have a super long driveway and haven't figured out how to turn on the garage lights yet so despite the porch lights, we may not have looked home. That said, husband and I wen out jogging early as trick or treating was starting in the nearby development. As we were finishing up, some parent glare at us, muttered some stuff, and said "really???" a few times. Is it breaking some law to jog on Halloween? I was inside for 3.5 days thanks to the hurricane and now have lots of candy in the house. I'm glad I went out!
     
  21. Aceon6

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    We had about 20 starting at dusk, all accompanied by adults. Part of our street is still without power which might explain the low turnout. The last kidlets stopped by about 7:00.
     
  22. agalisgv

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    No, but it's not the wisest thing to do either. If you decide to go jogging where a lot of children are trick-or-treating, then you know you'll be running into small kids out and about walking in the streets and sidewalks who may not be able to see well or move quickly because of their costumes. It's not a very safe or considerate thing to do, and I'm not sure why anyone would purposely pick that time to go out and run because of that (which it sounds like you did).
     
  23. snowbird

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    It also tells parents that you're not where you should be, at home handing out candy.
     
  24. Sarah

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    In my defense, I got home from work early to jog and when I set out before trick or treating appeared to start (people appeared to still be coming home from work and it was daylight). The kids (there were maybe 6 or 7 kids I passed when I got the comment) walk through yards and avoid the street all together. The only people on the street were actually the adults going with the kids and they were standing smack in the middle of the road.

    Oh well, I'll make sure I don't jog next year. And if it weren't for going stir crazy from the hurricane, I probably wouldn't have, but...

    Yes, but unfortunately no children came by my house at all. In the 15 minutes that my jogging and trick or treating coincided, maybe I missed someone, but to be honest, I doubt it. Kids went from one neighbor on one side directly the neighbor on the other side. Skipping my super long driveway... Now I have 5 bags on candy sitting around. Oh well...
     
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    Somehow I suspect if they had chosen to go for a walk rather than a run at that time, they wouldn't have received any comments. IOW, it's a safety issue.
     
  26. Badams

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    Exactly. I never mind if the older kids trick or treat. I only mind if they show up drunk. :lol: Every single trick or treater I have ever had has said "trick or treat" and "thank you" though...even the drunks.

    One year I took my then 3 year old out to trick or treat, and I was pregnant for my second baby at the time. 5 months pregnant on my 5 foot frame is VERY noticeable. Some of the people thought I was dressed up as a pregnant teenager and they kept giving me candy. :lol: I told every single one that I was a married ADULT, actually pregnant, and that the kid I was with was my daughter, not my sister. They still let me keep the candy though. :)
     
  27. aliceanne

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    Surprisingly (because of the cold) there were a lot of kids out in my neighborhood this year. I think it was because the usual organized activities didn't happen due to Sandy prep/cleanup. Normally we only get the pre-school kids who go out early (6:30ish). My neighbor across the street normally does a haunted house in an old carriage house out back and hosts a block party, but he didn't do that this year. A lot of the adults hung out along the sidewalk with gas fires and oil lamps. Kids were trick or treating until 9pm.

    The porch light rule is the norm in my area as well. Trick or treat always happens on Halloween no matter what day of the week it falls on.
     
  28. milanessa

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    As it should, IMO. :)
     
  29. sap5

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    I've never had a set time, and have never had a problem with it. I just give out candy from the time I turn my light on til I run out of candy and turn the light off.

    This year, I went through 10 pounds of candy in an hour! Husband didn't believe me when I said I needed more than 10 pounds of candy. Next year, I'll be doing the Halloween shopping. ;)
     
  30. suep1963

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    Friend of mine posted on fb that her 2nd grader went with his big sister (6th grade) without Mom this year for the first time. He said at every house "trick or treat--I need two--one for my Mom who had to stay home. She likes Almond Joy best" And he did share with her. :)