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  #21  
October 17th, 2009, 09:24 AM
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In my city you aren't allowed to go past age 13. I thought that was kind of a rule everywhere, but apparently I was in the dark. I took DD trick or treating when she was 6 weeks old, but just to close family and friends houses, and you bet I got the candy and ate it! So, no teens around here, they just run around and cause trouble. Infants don't bother me at all. Those costumes are expensive!
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October 17th, 2009, 09:25 AM
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If you dress up and say "trick or treat" I don't care how old you are.

I hate the people that have two bags and say "this is for my baby brother" If he can't get out of the car he doesn't need candy.

I also hate the people that come in street clothes and just old their bag out like you owe them something. Say "trick or treat" you ungrateful brat.
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October 17th, 2009, 09:57 AM
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We have rules here. Trick of Treating is from 5 pm until 8 pm. You can not wear masks. You have to be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. It is a class four misdemeanor to break these rules.
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October 17th, 2009, 11:17 AM
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We have rules here. Trick of Treating is from 5 pm until 8 pm. You can not wear masks. You have to be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. It is a class four misdemeanor to break these rules.
wow... so what happens when Sadie is 12 and gabe is 6.. are you leave Sadie home alone (we'll assume your DH doesn't exist) so Gabe and Lilly can go out with you? That's kinda messed up.

Dunno, maybe it's cause my town is so small and we all know each other so well that no one cares. All I know is my favorite halloweens were the ones where I was old enough not to need the snow suit under the costume!
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October 17th, 2009, 11:39 AM
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We have rules here. Trick of Treating is from 5 pm until 8 pm. You can not wear masks. You have to be 12 and under and accompanied by an adult. It is a class four misdemeanor to break these rules.
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October 17th, 2009, 11:45 AM
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Anyone not in a costume is too old I also think 13 is too old, unless they are truly dressing up.
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October 17th, 2009, 12:36 PM
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YOU MAY ONLY HAVE FUN BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 AND 8 WITHIN THE REQUIRED PARAMETERS!!!! ANY FUN THAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE OF THESE REQUIRED PARAMETERS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AND WILL BE PUNISHED SEVERELY!!!! ALL FUN WITHIN REQUIRED PARAMETERS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 AND 8 MUST HAPPEN IN DESIGNATED FUN ZONES!!!! THESE ZONES ARE CLEARLY MARKED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE!!!! ALL FUN WITHIN REQUIRED PARAMETERS BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 5 AND 8 HAPPENING WITHIN DESIGNATED FUN ZONES MUST INCLUDE LAUGHTER THAT IS NO MORE THAN 110 DECIBELS OF VOLUME!!!! SQUEALING, OR OTHER EXPRESSIONS OF JOY STRICTLY PROHIBITED!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN MAKING THIS A MODERATELY ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY FOR ALL!!!!




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Do they only allow you to hand out celery and carrot sticks, too?
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October 17th, 2009, 01:28 PM
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My parents didn't allow us to go out past 5th grade. Some of my friends got to go for another year or two but I didn't know anybody who went past about 7th grade or 13ish. I think that 11-13 is a reasonable cut off age. No one is saying you can't have fun on halloween if you are over 12 - go to a party, host a party, go to a haunted house etc etc etc - there are usually tons of things going on for older kids.
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October 17th, 2009, 01:39 PM
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May I ask why you don't like it when teenagers come by? Not trying to be snarky, I just don't understand why there should be a cutoff.
You weren't asking me, but I also don't like it when teenagers come by. I had to really stop and think about it and I realize, for me, it is solely based on my experience with opening the door teenagers. In the 5 or 6 years that I have been at home ( three different homes in 3 different parts of the city) and handed out candy on halloween I have not encountered ANY polite respectful teens - except for the one young man who was taking his younger siblings around and didn't even have a bag for candy but I gave him a piece anyway.
My experience has been that teens
1. Don't say trick-or-treat
2. tend to come in large groups
3. aren't dressed up
4. don't say thank you
5. scare the younger kids
6. are not mindful of pumpkins, bushes, flowers and plants at their feet as they come to and leave the front door.

So, in all honesty, if a group of two or three teens came to my door dressed up, said trick-or-treat, and said thank you, I would not have any problem with it at all. For me, I have come to realize that it is not the age as much as my experience with teens coming to my door. We'll see what happens this year.
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October 18th, 2009, 08:02 PM
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I didn't trick or treat at all in high school because we always had cross country meets on Halloween, but I think trick or treating through high school years is perfectly acceptable. However, I think that the teenagers should be held to the same standards as the younger ones...dress up, say "trick or treat!" and "thank you!" and be respectful. If someone (any age) were to come to my door not in costume, I would probably not give them candy. But I'm mean like that.
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