Trick or treating – do you let your kids beg for lollies

by Cellobella on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We don’t normally do the Halloween thing apart from making sure there are some lollies in the house just in case kids come a knocking.

Our kids don’t really do it mainly because of the apathy of their parents who frankly could care less…

The only ‘encounter’ we’ve really had is when Groover hit the security panic button (which called the cops) when he saw some teenage youths lurking around his car out the front.

Turned out they were trick and treaters throwing eggs at each other.

He was impressed with the quick attention of the police officers though rather embarrassed when they arrived. Teehee.

This year Junior Poshi is very keen to dress up and pester the neighbour for sweets. Her friend’s mum has offered to take her with them and well… okay then. Not that we need the hyper-results of all that sugar not to mention the dental bills (bah humbug!).

And this year our street has become organised… this arrived yesterday for our consideration:

Dear Neighbour,

As I’m sure you are aware Halloween is upon us once again much to the lolly-makers delight…

In order to bring some semblance of order to the ritual begging that takes place on this most auspicious of occasions, we thought it might be an idea to give everyone an option ot opt-in or opt-out of being disturbed on All Hallows Eve…

So, if you are up for being hassled, doling out goodies and generally being visited by lots of children dressed to thrill then please put this ballon on your door or gate…

—if you’d prefer the quiet life, then just don’t put anything balloon shaped outside!!!

We’ll tell the kids to just hunt selectively… at balloon marked houses…

Thanks in advance, etc

How good is that?!

I think it might be the product of quite a young suburb – the average age is 39 where we live – quite a few families living in our street so lots of kids. And the parents, on the whole (apart from us) are pretty much over-protective… which is interesting because we’re the ones who don’t let our kids out.

What do you do on Halloween – is your street as organised?


M October 31, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Our street does the same thing – letter, balloon, invitation for your child to meet at ONE designated house and all trick&treat together. It becomes a neighbourhood meet and greet and is a great evening.

Just off to trick or treat now…

Megan over at Imaginif October 31, 2007 at 6:14 pm

That’s really interesting. I have never been exposed to that level of Halloween organisation. I guess the tradition is so firmly established in the US that they do not need to send letters around…but…I like it. It warns neighbours to be on the look out for neighbourhood kids and that there are also other parents with the kids on the lookout for neighbourhood perverts and freaks.

We’ve been hounded by kids tonight. We live in a well leafed, green area: an area considered safer than other areas. I think every kid in Cairns has arrived at our doorstep. No lollies from this house though and the only begging that’s going down is the kids begging to get away from the crazy lady that’s talking about safety!!!!

I gave out Smencils, glow sticks, sticky hands, magnets and child protection book marks. Everything was clearly marked with Imaginif branding around child protection.

One big girl asked me if I belonged to a weird religion!!!!! She thought it her right to have lollies. I’m on a diet and health kick, so, “suffer the little children.”

Cellobella October 31, 2007 at 9:07 pm

Well the Halloween thing seemed to go well. Poshi Jr came back tired and with a big stash of lollies while the Orchid Hunter had been kept busy handing out Kit Kats and Freddos to about 12 groups of kids.

There were certainly a lot of kids roaming the streets dressed up and I spied a few parents waiting patiently on the footpath as their darlings begged for more loot.

My neighbour came by at one point on his scooter – apparently his kids had started without him. Luckily they came by my house about two minutes later and I kept them waiting on the corner with me until he came by.

Meg November 1, 2007 at 9:40 am

Impressive to see that level of organisation – if you’re going to do it, at least it’s on an “opt in” basis. We were prepared, but “opted out” by mistake (had our front gate locked d’oh)

Kelley November 1, 2007 at 10:40 am

What fantastic neighbours! My kids gave up because of the abuse ‘We are not American’ sigh.

One year I went with them and they came back with $4 in change, an orange and a can of baked beans.

adla November 2, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Your street seems very organized, are you in Perth? Well where I am , there were no trick or treaters this year …heheh its perhaps because I live in Rapunzels tower and the bells are bit to high for the little tots to reach. Anyway love your blog and enjoyed the reads. Do visit my blog at I shall be back to visit
Ta for now, Adla

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