I Have Some Questions About Halloween

First of all, is it weird if the adult accompanying the child holds out a trick-or-treating bag too? That's kind of weird, right? Is it? I don't even know. I was just pretty excited that we even got some trick-or-treaters after the unintentionally creepy note I had to leave on the front gate.  

Come on, children, walk into my vestibule and knock on my door! I'm not a serial killer! Would a serial killer draw you such an adorable pumpkin? 

The adult trick-or-treater was a little bizarre, I have to say. His tiny Spiderman accomplice was adorable and held out his Halloween bucket for me to drop a few fun-sized bags of Skittles into, and I thought that was the end of it, but then the adult trick-or-treater held out HIS OWN Halloween bucket—which wasn't even a bucket, just a blue plastic bag—and, even more weirdly, was silent about it. At least the tiny Spiderman said trick or treat! The adult just kind of held out his bag and stood there! I was so flummoxed—really, dude? Does your wife not let you have candy or something?—that I had to try not to do a double-take, but what the hell, I threw a bunch in there anyway. Okay, adult trick-or-treater. Better on your hips than mine, I guess.

(Was he collecting for another child? Maybe? But wouldn't he have said something?) 

Anyway, I guess that was actually my only question about Halloween, come to think of it, but I do hope you enjoyed yours all the same. I realized today that the last time I dressed up was 2002 (Bonnie; Sean was Clyde) and before that 1999 (a punk, which was just an excuse to wear a lot of eyeliner and rip a pair of my tights.) I really need to step up my game for 2013, I think. And also get that doorbell fixed. 

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Amanda
Nov 01, 2012

That does sound weird. Really weird. But maybe he was collecting for another kid?

I'm surprised to hear that you haven't dressed up for Halloween in so long. A costume is a great opportunity to get all crafty and you love being crafty! (At least, I get the vibe that you love being crafty from your beautifully wrapped gifts and adorably wrapped salted caramels.)

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Maryse
Nov 01, 2012

Whoa very weird. I had an older kid who sound like he was at least 16 or 17 ( but he claimed he was not) come with 2 little kids. But at least he talked.

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Shelly
Nov 01, 2012

I had a 35 year old coworker tell me yesterday without prompting that he couldnt wait to go trick-or-treating. I know he does not have any kids. Added to the fact that this is the man who sings to himself all day, overshares about his divorce to people he just met, and regularly imitates disney characters in day to day conversations, I'd say adult trick-or-treaters are an unusual set.

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Danielle
Nov 01, 2012

I would assume that he was collecting for another kid, but it does seem weird that he didn't say anything.

The idea of adult trick or treaters is so wrong, but I do love it when the parents bringing their little kids to the door are dressed up too. Candy is for the kids though. Grownups can get their candy on sale the next day.

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Ris
Nov 01, 2012

Ooh I don't think I would have liked that very much. What are you dressed as sir, a deafmute creepster? No thanks.

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Sandra
Nov 01, 2012

My favorite Halloween story this year: The teenage son of my friend actually said to a trick-or-treater, "I'll give you candy, but you have to put out the cigarette first."

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Heather
Nov 01, 2012

My husband once refused to give candy to a "kid" who had driven himself to our block. We watched him get out of the driver's side of the car, barely in costume. When he got to our steps and held out his book bag, he was asked if he had just driven himself to our block. His response: "Yes." My husband's response, "Well, then drive yourself to the corner store and buy some candy. This stuff is for actual children."

That does sound odd. We had an adult trick-or-treater at our door yesterday, but she was in costume with a toddler, and as I told my Mr, if they show up in costume or with soemthing to carry candy in, it's COLD and we have seven pounds of candy so they can have CANDY.

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Jan Ross
Nov 01, 2012

Definitely weird.I WISHED I had my own Trick or Treat bag last night as I watched my grandson's bag fill up with yummy treats, but I would never actually offer one up to be filled. That is just too strange.

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ChrisinNY
Nov 01, 2012

Hmm- Well when my daughter was about 13, she took a little kid trick or treating. And most folks "stiffed" her re candy because we think they thought she was the mom (although in a cute costume). She felt funny saying that she was trick or treating too. So maybe the guy was younger than he looked?

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Angela
Nov 01, 2012

We ALWAYS have a ton of adults trick-or-treating with their kids, particularly "trick-or-treating for my baby" in a stroller, which I've always found to be worse.

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Hannah
Nov 01, 2012

Our old neighborhood had a lot of adult trick or treaters, both in and out of costume. The weirdest was a woman in nurse's scrubs who held out a plastic bag and asked for candy for her baby who was at home sick. 1) Why can't you just buy candy for your child and 2) why aren't you at home with the sick baby?!?!

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Ami
Nov 01, 2012

We have a scrooge-esque policy for the old, uncostumed, or rude people who come to our door -- the young, costumed, and speaking kids get two or three pieces each; anybody else gets a single piece, and usually lame, candy. That way we don't get TPd, but we don't actually reward their behavior either.

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Heather
Nov 01, 2012

That IS weird. One of my trick-or-treating rules is the kidlet has to go to the door, ring/knock, and say trick or treat by themselves. I don't want to participate, because... it's weird.

I would have given him bad candy. Something gross. Or an apple.

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Drusilla
Nov 01, 2012

We had a "Trick or Treat on Main Street" event here last night. None of us minded the hordes of small children, and I don't have a problem with the teens either. There were a bunch of adults who came in and wanted candy too, though. The one who really got to me was the woman who stomped in the door, looked around, walked up to the staff and stuck her hand out, and waited. Then when we gave her a piece of candy she looked at it, scowled, and stomped out. Without ever saying a word.

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Kristen
Nov 01, 2012

I think I've heard more about that happening this year than ever before. IN FACT, a friend of mine posted that she had two middle-aged folks come up to her, no child with them, no costume on, and demanded candy be dumped into their pillowcases.

(I believe she smiled politely and told them to fuck themselves.)

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cec
Nov 01, 2012

This happened twice to me last night! The first was an adult woman with no costume, pushing a stroller with an infant in it, also without costume. The women kind of mumbled "hey" under her breath and grabbed a large handful of candy.

The next time I opened the door it was a couple of teenagers, also without costume.

I told my husband to turn the porch light off if we didn't hear actually children yelling trick-or-treat the next time. Obviously, I am not ballsy enough to just say no to these folks.

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kimba
Nov 01, 2012

that happened to me too! one of the adults slyly made his way to our door and reach in FOR A HANDFUL while saying, as if this made it totally excusable, "i'll just take some since i lived on this street for 32 years."

might i add, our little cul de sac was a pumpkin patch / barn 6 years ago.

isn't it easier and less, um, humiliating, to just run to your local target today and pick up half off candy?

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kimba
Nov 01, 2012

that happened to me too! one of the adults slyly made his way to our door and reach in FOR A HANDFUL while saying, as if this made it totally excusable, "i'll just take some since i lived on this street for 32 years."

might i add, our little cul de sac was a pumpkin patch / barn 6 years ago.

isn't it easier and less, um, humiliating, to just run to your local target today and pick up half off candy?

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Lacey
Nov 01, 2012

What about dogs dressed in costume? What is the proper response when the adult with the dog holds out a bag for candy??? I mean, we all know Dogs can't have chocolate, so what happens to the m&ms that you gave to the dog???? Seriously.

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Ryan
Nov 01, 2012

I was only home for 20 minutes last night so I kept the porch light off, but still had one kid walk up to the dark porch. He didn't ring the bell (but the dogs let me know he was there). he was all by himself, but in costume so I ran to the kitchen to grab some candy for him. Previous years I've had adults carry costumed toddlers around collecting candy - I really hope they didn't let the tiny kids eat any of it.

However, when I was in high school, I would accompany my sister around the neighborhood. People would give her extra candy for me (I waited on the sidewalk).

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Carol
Nov 01, 2012

I have said this many, many times here lately: "What is wrong with people?" I know that puts me in the "get off my lawn" category, but still. If you can drive, you're too old to trick or treat. Like Heather said above, drive yourself to the store...

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Julie
Nov 01, 2012

My coworker told me that the first trick or treater at his house last night was a man in an Elvis costume. A man in his 40's. Alone.

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Serror
Nov 01, 2012

We had several adults that were trick or treating with their children, which I thought was odd, but at least they were totally dressed up too. Then we had at about 9pm, two late thirty somethings trick or treating alone, with no kids. And costumed, but kinda in the way that it looked like they had just emphasized the way they dressed on a normal basis? A little weird? A little off mainstream, but not really quite costumes. ODD. If I were trick or treating as an adult, I would have a kick ass costume.

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Serror
Nov 01, 2012

We had several adults that were trick or treating with their children, which I thought was odd, but at least they were totally dressed up too. Then we had at about 9pm, two late thirty somethings trick or treating alone, with no kids. And costumed, but kinda in the way that it looked like they had just emphasized the way they dressed on a normal basis? A little weird? A little off mainstream, but not really quite costumes. ODD. If I were trick or treating as an adult, I would have a kick ass costume.

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edj
Nov 01, 2012

I saw a kid with a moustache out trick-or-treating. I felt that was a little old. On the other hand, I don't mind teens still going out, as long as they're in costume and enter into the spirit of the thing. This change of mind is not due to any real softening of the heart, but more to my own kids being teenagers now and still wanting to go out. Since they grew up in Africa, and at 15 just celebrated their 3rd Halloween, I am just happy they get to have fun with other kid their own age, going door to door in zany costumes.

The adult though? No. Just no.

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Erin
Nov 02, 2012

What's really bizarre is having PREGNANT adult trick-or-treaters come to your door. We had a few of those last year, I kid you not. None this year, but probably only because they had their babies and just went out trick-or-treating as regular adults.

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Julie
Nov 02, 2012

The adult thing was really weird (happened to us too), but my faith in humanity was restored by a tiny Katy Perry who showed up after we ran out of candy...and decided that she'd give us some of hers instead. Cutest kid ever.

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Lori
Nov 02, 2012

@Heather - hysterical. Last year we had a @13 year old whose costume I couldn't figure out. A pimp, she told me. To the horror of my husband, I yelled to the parents in the street "you dressed your kid as a pimp?" I don't recall seeming them this year.

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Audrey
Nov 02, 2012

After spending a week instilling in my children that we DO NOT sing the "trick or treat, smell my feet" song (thank you older daycare child who taught them that!) or they would lose their trick-or-treating privilege, two of the first kids that came to my door - much older than mine and of the age to know better - and sang that as I was giving them candy. If they had done it before, you can bet they wouldn't have received any. And worse - their parents were at the bottom of our stairs, laughing. (If it had been kids that I knew well, totally fine - I have a sense of humor. Otherwise, I think it's rude and distasteful.)

When I lived near a college campus, the adults would bring around a cup and we learned to keep a bottle of something by the door for a little adult treat. That's a tradition I can get behind! ;)

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Meghan
Nov 02, 2012

I have a 2 yr old I took out while my husband stayed home with our almost 1 yr old. I breifly thought about taking a bucket for the 1 yr old then was all "I'm eating all the 2yr olds candy anyway, why do I need more?!"
Seriously though I'm amazed at how old some of the kids are. And how few costumes I could identify. And by how rude some of the kids were. In summary, I'm a grumpy old person now.

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Kristina
Nov 03, 2012

When I was in graduate school, I lived in Baton Rouge, LA. Uncostumed trick-or-treaters, about equally adults and children, was the norm. They said "trick-or-treat" about 50% of the time, and the rest of the time, just mutely held out (usually) a pillowcase. It's worth noting, though, that I was once offered a mai-tai in Hawaii when I was only 11, so it is possible to look way too old to be trick-or-treating and still be young enough. It's a cruel fate to be in 6th grade and have everyone expect you to act like a college freshman.....

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Marcheline
Nov 04, 2012

Probably best to just rig up a remotely operated super-soaker, or an air horn from a big rig, and let everyone have it when they come to your door. I mean, what happened to the TRICK in trick-or-treat, people? If there was a real possibility of getting tricked, people wouldn't be so damn rude about getting a treat. Maybe if they knew they'd escaped being sucker punched in the tenders, the Bit-O-Honey would seem sweeter. Just sayin'.

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Kristina
Nov 04, 2012

When I was in graduate school, I lived in Baton Rouge, LA. Uncostumed trick-or-treaters, about equally adults and children, was the norm. They said "trick-or-treat" about 50% of the time, and the rest of the time, just mutely held out (usually) a pillowcase. It's worth noting, though, that I was once offered a mai-tai in Hawaii when I was only 11, so it is possible to look way too old to be trick-or-treating and still be young enough. It's a cruel fate to be in 6th grade and have everyone expect you to act like a college freshman.....

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Sass
Nov 17, 2012

This totally cracked me up! I want you to know that you are yet another blogger I stumbled upon quite by accident after pinning an idea of yours on Pinterest months back (and only realizing it was you when I happened to come across said pin on this very blog!). I just read your "about" section and find it fascinating that you lived in Charleston, SC - I grew up there and only moved from there with my husband, kids, and dog this past March to Denver, CO. We too have great travel aspirations. May I ask what you did in Charleston, etc? It is such a small town in truth and it's very likely we have mutual friends!

Best,

Sass

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Anna
Dec 13, 2012

What if he had autism?

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