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to think that trick or treating should be made illegal?

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Boogalooblue Mon 29-Oct-07 19:37:43

I am fed up with children coming round banging on front door, shouting 'trick or treat' and expecting vast quantities of sweets in return.angryangry

I really do not understand why parents think this is acceptable.angry

I would not send my dcs out begging either accompanied or on their own and cannot comprehend why other parents do.

Yes I have given up answering door after dark on Halloween.

If you feel you must take your little devils darlings out, could you please just go to houses where you are obviously welcome ie a pumpkin in window/on front doorstep.

Not where the curtains are all drawn and light out.

Thank yougrin

lapsedrunner Mon 29-Oct-07 19:38:15

I agree

themildmanneredaxemurderer Mon 29-Oct-07 19:38:48

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

brimfull Mon 29-Oct-07 19:41:11

lol at "expecting vast quantities of sweets"

Most people only go to houses with pumpkins.

Stop being so miserable.

Boogalooblue Mon 29-Oct-07 19:41:43

But they don't vixen.angry

Last Halloween I had 3 groups of very young children hammering on my door in the vain hope I would open it - not a chance. grin

Boogalooblue Mon 29-Oct-07 19:42:22

blush I meant axe murdererblush

VeniVidiVickiQV Mon 29-Oct-07 19:42:55

bah humbug.

You mizogs grin

brimfull Mon 29-Oct-07 19:43:28

maybe they saw you peeping at them through the window

ArmadilloDaMan Mon 29-Oct-07 19:43:50

I sympathise with you but I do think you are being unreasonable.

I hate trick or treaters, carol singers, in fact I hate people knocking on my door in general (except friends or family - you know the ones who are actually interested in seeing me not screwing me for money/sweets).

Dp doesn't see the problem (small children dressing up with cute smiles melt his heart - he's a soppy bastard) so we compromise and he hands out sweets and I ignore hte door.

Where we used to live, halloween was a case of locking door, turning out lights and staying away from the windows. It was fucking terrifying. (At fireworks night they had a fireworks fight up the road - throwing fireworks at each other, should give you some idea of what it was like hmm)

But banning it is going too far. Lots of people don't have a problem with it. Signs/pumpkins on the door as a national thing is a good idea though so not everyone has to participate.

TwigorTreat Mon 29-Oct-07 19:44:18

Pumkin rule rules IMHO

if there is no lit pumpkin /halloween decoration outside then trick or treating not allowed

bogie Mon 29-Oct-07 19:44:38

stick in the mud
i don't mind the younger ones coming round its only once a year and a few lolly pops.
Its when you get teenagers coming round dh tellls them to p* off

peanutbear Mon 29-Oct-07 19:45:50

I kind off agree with you I have no problem with younger children dressing up and coming round we carve pumpkins etc and have sweets

However (bah Humbug) I dont like it when older children come round expecting money or lots of sweets I find if you give them sweets one night they come back for three or four nights and have to be told to go away

this year I wont be answering the door how nasty am I !!!

Boogalooblue Mon 29-Oct-07 19:46:07

lol, I hid in the kitchen at back of housegrin.

Yes I am a mizgog, but I still don't agree with it.

we have a party at home where my dcs can gorge themselves on chocolates without having to menace the neighbourhood.

Althoughhmm, with our neighbours maybe I should let the dcs loose on them...........

Wallace Mon 29-Oct-07 19:56:08

We go guising here. Not trick or treating smile

MadamePlatypus Mon 29-Oct-07 19:58:02

Its teenagers in scream masks coming around expecting money ON THE WRONG DAY! that annoy me.

catsmother Mon 29-Oct-07 20:36:46

I made the mistake one year of actually answering the door having forgotten what day it was. When I explained I didn't have any sweets these cheeky little brats said "that's okay, we don't mind money instead" (.... and I do think it very brattish indeed to ask strangers for money). angry

I wouldn't ban it - providing the pumpkin thing is adhered to - but I won't be sending my daughter out to do it in years to come.

FrightOwl Mon 29-Oct-07 20:44:49

we do halloween. we have pumpkins on the porch.

we have a store of sweets for "trick or treaters".

some came around just now and i told them to come back on halloween.

i take my kids out on halloween, to houses where we know the occupants or we see they have decorations.

its ok when its a bit of fun for the little kids.

teenagers dressed in a bin bag demanding money are different however angry

Pannacotta Mon 29-Oct-07 20:47:53

Bah humbug!
But actually I do agree with you, I don't open the door either, find the whole Halloween thing a bit spooky and can't cope with maruading youngsters, all too much!

LyraSilvertongue Mon 29-Oct-07 21:02:02

I'll be taking my boys out trick or treating for the first time (they're 3 and 5) and they're very excited. We'll only go to houses with pumpkins on the windowsill/doorstep.
A lot depends on what kind of area you live in. We've never had teenagers in bin bags demanding money grin just cute little kiddies dressed up.

SueBarooeeooeeooooo Mon 29-Oct-07 21:34:10

We had two teenagers, dressed in sports gear and caps, knock on the door on September the 4th a couple of years ago and say 'Trick or Treat'. Dh just laughed like a drain and closed the door.

I'm not a big fan of door-knockers, be they selling, begging or evangelizing. But you can't really make it illegal.

mummyloveslucy Mon 29-Oct-07 21:56:57

I just think it's so dangerous as well, talk about a paeodaphile's paradise. I don't meen little kids accompanied by parents but older kids that go out alone.
It's also an excuse for little buggars to go terrarising the frail and elderly. I just don't agree with the whole idea of it. It pee's me off when they ring the bell and wake up my baby, even with a POLITE sign on the door.

madamez Mon 29-Oct-07 21:59:04

Is it Miserable Bastard week on MN or what? If you don't like something, you;re at liberty not to like it, but wanting stuff banned that other people enjoy is just being a self-obsessed pain in the bum.

magnolia74 Mon 29-Oct-07 22:01:12

I have no problem with it at all and my sister takes our older children for an hour on halloween to houses that are obviously welcoming.

I have sweets for trick or treaters until 7.30pm the a not goes on the door and any sweets that are left go in a bucket on the doorstep. Last year we had sweets left over shock

Lorayn Mon 29-Oct-07 22:02:23

Well said madamez.

spookykitty Mon 29-Oct-07 22:04:57

I took DD1 out for the first time last year we only went to about 6 houses and I agree only pumpkin houses, then we went a walk around looking at all the houses decorated and all the kids running around.

One little shitdarling told me he had filled up three carrier bags

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