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When is Madison halloween for kids?

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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby gargantua » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:24 pm

jjoyce wrote:New move at the house this year: adults carrying multiple bags claiming to collect for "little ones in the car."

Uhh.....


I don't like that at all! Fortunately, my neighborhood customs haven't changed yet. Groups of 5-8 kids show up, with a couple of adults watching from the sidewalk, reminding them to say "thank you" on the few occasions they forget.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby Huckleby » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:36 pm

jjoyce wrote:New move at the house this year: adults carrying multiple bags claiming to collect for "little ones in the car."

Uhh.....

GET out your shutgun and tell them to get the hell off your property.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby green union terrace chair » Mon Oct 31, 2011 10:39 pm

Peanutbutter wrote:
jjoyce wrote:New move at the house this year: adults carrying multiple bags claiming to collect for "little ones in the car."


The kids are entitled to the candy, even if someone else does the work required to get it.

Sounds like typical Madison liberals to me.

Do you ever take a day off?
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby persia » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:26 am

We had a big party in our house saturday night, so we gave Monday a skip. Most times when we did turn the front light on we'd get one kid who wandered into our mostly dark neighbourhood by mistake, so it wasn't worth the effort.

We live in one of the few areas in Middleton that doesn't even have a name, just that area out back of Jiffy Lube....
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby Crockett » Tue Nov 01, 2011 7:29 am

persia wrote:Most times when we did turn the front light on we'd get one kid who wandered into our mostly dark neighbourhood by mistake, so it wasn't worth the effort.


Quite the effort. Good thing you rested up.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby rabble » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:05 am

We left the light on till about 8. Our street was mostly dark and all the real action was one block parallel to ours but we actually got more kids this year than last and in all but the last couple of groups, any teenagers we got were escorting cute little kids.

Sadly, no adults collecting for kids in the car. I would have had a few choice words.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby jman111 » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:47 am

I was enlisted to help hand out candy at a house in Maple Bluff, just off Sherman. Homeowner had tried to relate the overwhelming number of T-or-T'ers in years past. I was skeptical.
Ho-leee-shiite. It was, literally, nonstop for over an hour, with another two hours of "sporadic" acitivity. By 6:00, we were hearing comments like "Ohh, you still have candy?" and many of the neighbors' lights had been turned off.
Easily 200+ "kids" (some were pretty old). I'm guessing it was closer to 300 (possibly more). Some in groups of 20 or more. I was warned- but I still underestimated the onslaught.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby Maeve » Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:56 am

Visited some friends Saturday whose working-class Milwaukee neighborhood is one of the few that has trick or treating at night. It was like a flash mob –at 6 p.m. their side streets filled with cars and hordes of people from other neighborhoods descended upon them. My friend didn’t give out a single piece of candy to a child she knew, and they went through ten bags. Three different pregnant women trick or treated for their unborn babies (!). She told the last one she was almost out of candy and it was for already-born kids in costume. The woman grabbed a Snickers anyway. A trick for a treat maybe, but she was too old. Candy gone, lights off before 7.

Trick or treat should be a Halloween-only activity. Last night was fun – generous neighbors, good kids. Many thanks.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby jjoyce » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:08 am

A friend who lives in the Chicago suburbs reports handing out over 750 pieces.

Meanwhile, I drove past Nakoma on my way home last night (I like to drive through there partially because it allows me to avoid the Beltline at certain times and also because I imagine the Nakomans HATE it) and spotted a thoroughly charming little party complete with haybales and tents. I'm sure that allows the aging grumps to avoid having to deal with kids at all while the families can get together in a safe and controlled environment that also looked pretty fun.

Mostly it seems like adults have wrecked the holiday, as they have wrecked so many other cool things from my own childhood.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby snoqueen » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:15 am

jman111 wrote:I was enlisted to help hand out candy at a house in Maple Bluff...
Easily 200+ "kids" (some were pretty old). I'm guessing it was closer to 300 (possibly more). Some in groups of 20 or more. I was warned- but I still underestimated the onslaught.


I might be able to explain this. In years past, the rumor was people in Maple Bluff were extremely generous and handed out not only candy but hand-me-down childrens' clothes and even toys, big ones.

I don't know if this was true or not, but if it was it was a nice gesture.

Anyway, Maple Bluff became sort of a promised land for tricky-treat after that and apparently it still is.

Same with garage sale weekend, but the merchandise quality went way-way down after most of the old or original homeowners cycled off and today it's barely worth the trouble.

On my east side street we had maybe 20 neighborhood kids (and related parents) walking around, but no "foreigners" from other areas. I don't do the candy thing, but I went out and walked around too, greeted everybody and admired the costumes. We have this little fundamentalist church up the street that sometimes puts on an anti-halloween (why is that?) but this time they didn't get it together.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby rrnate » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:21 am

jjoyce wrote:Mostly it seems like adults have wrecked the holiday, as they have wrecked so many other cool things from my own childhood.


I'd like to see a full codger list generated when you have time. (I'm thinking it'll involve, hmm, "music, cars, radio, the economy, food, etc."?)

I would be totally game for some trick r' treat action at my house, but we're at the other end of a dead end street w/ no light, which has been known to creep out pizza delivery guys.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby persia » Tue Nov 15, 2011 9:42 am

Rather than an old codger list, I'd just say that times have changed. A lot of us lived through the period of rat poison & razor blades in halloween candy and want to protect our kids/grandkids from danger. Halloween parties, where the kids get dressed up are a good alternative. As long as their are treats and some good scary stuff there's really no reason they have to go ring some strangers doorbell to appreciate the holiday. It's evolving and that's just natural and good. Even back when trick or treating was popular the number of unlit houses out numbered the number of lit houses. It never was a "majority" thing.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby Stebben84 » Tue Nov 15, 2011 1:49 pm

persia wrote: A lot of us lived through the period of rat poison & razor blades in halloween candy and want to protect our kids/grandkids from danger.


Uh really?

Sociologist: Razor blades in Halloween candy is an urban myth


http://content.usatoday.com/communities ... ban-myth/1

And just google search razor blades in candy and you'll also find many more results on it being an urban myth.
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby pds » Tue Nov 15, 2011 2:27 pm

My brother was 7 or 8 when the tylenol scare happened and he never wanted to go trick or treating after that. He only would go to the organized trick or treat parties. I'm not sure if that was why the parties started, but in our community the 2 things seemed to happen at the same time. I was older, and evidently didn't give a shit that he was that petrified because I didn't remember this at all. I only learned about this recently as we've started to take our kids trick or treating.

My kids are too young to have the stranger danger talks yet, but I can see where Halloween is a tough one. Do you tell your kids that if someone comes up to you with candy, you run - but it's ok to knock on their door and ask for candy?
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Re: When is Madison halloween for kids?

Postby Ned Flanders » Tue Nov 15, 2011 5:07 pm

Stebben84 wrote:
persia wrote: A lot of us lived through the period of rat poison & razor blades in halloween candy and want to protect our kids/grandkids from danger.


Uh really?

Sociologist: Razor blades in Halloween candy is an urban myth


http://content.usatoday.com/communities ... ban-myth/1

And just google search razor blades in candy and you'll also find many more results on it being an urban myth.


Shhh, don't tell! Stebbins family put that shit in his candy.
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