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  1. #1
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    Default Weekly Poll: Do you trick or treat?

    Not everyone is a fan of Halloween or even participates in it.

    At my house, we do.
    I grew up in a house where my Dad would not allow trick or treating. He considered it begging. Which was awful as a kid. I didn't actually get to go trick-or-treating until I was in 7th grade and ironically, it was HIS parents aka my paternal grandparents that took me!

    When my boys were little, I made their costumes. As they got older, I still made them but they had more say so and one year they wanted store bought costumes. UGH. I agreed but it was not a fun year for me.

    We also have handed out candy every year.
    If we couldn't be at home to do so, we left a bowl and a note.
    Now that the boys are teens, they do not trick or treat. We have a homeschool Halloween Dance they attend every year. But they do still usually dress up and answer the door to hand out the goodies.

    And right now, this Mom is busy wrapping up their costume choices for this year. I am just thankful that they are able and willing to help get them ready

    So, that said. Do you participate in trick or treat at your house? Could be your kids head out to do it OR you hand out goodies at your house OR both!
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    We drive to my grandparents neighborhood to trick or treat. They live in a pretty good neighborhood lots of people hand out candy, lots of kids are out, they don't get a lot of kids coming to the house though because the at right on the big road at the front of the neighborhood. Last year I threw a bit of left over birthday candy in a bowl and left it on the porch. I did buy some candy this year to put on the porch, we did eat all the candy we liked out of the bags though. It'll still make up a nice bowl. Even if just one kid gets it. My grandmother usually gives out candy every year, but she has a lot going on this year so she's not going to hand any out. We're still going to trick or treat there though.
    I always buy costumes, I try to make sure they get more than one time wear out of them because we spend a bit more. At the least we now get comic con and Halloween. Last year Teemie was able to wear her Star Butterfly dress as a regular dress, until the fabric ripped in the back. She still wants me to see if I can fix it.
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    I didn't start trick-or-treating until I was about 12, since I didn't live in the US in my early years. When DS was little, we lived on a major street with no sidewalks, so we would go to a small neighbor up the street to do our trick-or-treating. Since DS was 4, we have lived in a kid-friendly neighborhood, so one of us stays home to give out candy and the other goes with the kids. Many people just leave out bowls on their front steps, though.

    In terms of costumes, in the preschool years, I bought those cute animal ones with the face in the hood and stuffed bellies. We are now cycling through them again with DD. Then, DS started wanting obscure characters that I had to make. Twice, I have sewed whole suits. Other years, it was just crafting together clothing pieces and accessories.
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    - We live way off any road, so no one would ever even think of coming to our house to trick-or-treat.....and....
    - We do not eat the types of candy usually handed out, so there is no motivation for the kids, they do not get all of the hype about getting that colored hard stuff...and....
    - They dress up so much during our regular days that wearing costumes is not a big deal either.
    The kids will dress up if there is a party or a class do go to on Halloween and would politely accept candy if someone insists, but it is not a big deal at all.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Yes, halloween is a big deal in our house. DS will dress-up and we go to a friend's neighborhood to go trick-or-treating. In our neighborhood, the houses are pretty far apart. We will also take advantage of other opportunities. The Saturday before, our downtown area is blocked off to cars and they have a fair and give away candy.

    Through there are quite a few people here who do not celebrate Halloween and they make sure to put signs on their lawn turning people away because it is devil worship.
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    Fall is my favorite season but Halloween is not one of my favorite holidays. My kids like it.
    When they were little, I bought their costumes. But since they were able, they've made their own.

    We pass out treats - a choice between a candy bar or a couple of mini play-dohs. We don't have a lot of houses in our neighborhood but we get a lot of drop-offs and drive-alongs so we sometimes have hundreds of trick-or-treaters. It is difficult to plan because the numbers can vary a lot year-to-year. Last year, a lot of my neighbors kept their lights off and chose not to hand out treats. I wonder if this year we will have fewer kids as a result.
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    We don't hand out treats - our houses are far apart on my street, so we don't get many kids (maybe 5 a year).

    We do drive to a neighborhood (about 5 minute drive) where the people go BONKERS for Halloween. Drones dressed as ghosts flying, people on stilts, decked out houses - really just neat people and neat neighborhood. Everyone trick-or-treating is happy and friendly.

    @ Mariam - signs!?!?

    I never will understand how Halloween is devil worship, but Easter and Christmas are apparently, completely Christian .
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    I was never allowed to do Halloween as a child because "it was evil" according to my parent's church. The first couple years we did it with Tech was to get him used to crowds so we went to trunk or treats, and downtown to the local halloween thing. This year I am giving out glow sticks instead of candy. It helps kids be more visible after dark, it doesn't add to their insane amount of calories, and, I don't have to worry about food allergies. Plus, Tech LOVES glow sticks, so whatever we don't hand out we'll have fun with. Win/win all around.

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    Yes, signs. I don't remember them overtly stating devil worship, but we all knew what was implied. Also, since last year Halloween fell on Sunday, it was doubly so.
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    Every year! I use to spend a lot more time making their costumes, but not it's pretty easy-peasy stuff. Well, my 13 year old is going to be a bush this year. I think that will be easy, but knowing him, it might be some big production.

    My favorite Halloweens were in my old town. We (meaning the town itself) was so small, so rural, and so very isolated (no going to the next town for trick-or-treating), that it had it's own crazy tradition. Every year, people go to the post office to sign up to pass out candy. Then, a couple days before Halloween, you go pick up a map of the trick-or-treating houses. And the post mistress (who makes up the map) stresses that you have to visit every house! With so few kids, people notice if you don't come. Then comes the FOUR HOURS of trick-or-treating. People have bonfires and parties, there is good conversation at each stop, real food at a halfway stop. A bunch of us would get together and put all of our kids in the back of a truck and caravan from one house to the next. It was so wonderful--Halloween will never be the same again!

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