After my first ever grown-up Halloween (where I'm actually the one handing out the candy), I must say that I was really disappointed by the lack of courtesy displayed by many of the children as well as their parents.
Not knowing what to expect, I bought 3 huge bags of candy, thinking that I'd rather have too much than not enough to go around, as I'd hate to disappoint. Those little devils cleaned me out before 8:30!
Time was, you always said "trick or treat", told a terrible joke, took one piece of candy (or a few more if they TOLD you it was alright), and then said "thanks." These kids just showed up, didn't acknowledge me, and either held up their bag expecting it to be filled or grabbed as much candy as they can fit in their grubby little paws before they ran off without so much as a "hello." One or two sets of parents scolded their children for doing so, but a surprising number let it slip by.
I even had one mother get indignant because I didn't have the forethought to buy candy that was peanut-free and several children respond with, "I don't like any of these." For God sake, just take a Snickers, Reeses Cup, or Kit Kat, and move on. I'm giving away free candy here!
Has anyone else also noticed that Halloween is completely supervised now? The best part of trick-or-treating was getting dressed up and leaving your parents at home to stroll around the neighborhood with your friends. Where's the fun in being driven house to house by mommy and daddy?
Now, get off my lawn!