Yes.A few years I've gotten college students, but instead of requesting candy, they were asking for canned goods for a local food pantry (and I knew this drive was going on). I was happy to help them out.But the teenager in street clothes who is just all "gimme," no. NO CANDY FOR YOU!
No. To me, these are kids who - despite their apparent obnoxious bravado - are clinging desperately to the last vestiges of childhood.
It bugs me when they come at all. I always want to ask them when they plan to start growing up.
Well, maybe slightly. "What are you supposed to be?" I ask them.
I don't get that many out here (horse farm country) but those who do show up are usually neighborhood kids -- not a lot for them to do on Halloween anyway. Same goes for the kids of migrant workers who come in for the picking season; I know they don't have the $$ for treats or good costimes. And sometimes we get special needs teens who attend a independence-training vocational school in the area, so I've learned never to assume anything, no matter how lame the costume. :)
It used to bug me but this week I read an article that said, basically, the same thing BuffaloPundit said, so... I don't know now. Maybe, still, but with perhaps a bit more understanding?It's only theoretical in my case. We absolutely never get trick-or-treaters here. (I always buy candy "just in case")
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