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Old 11-02-2021, 09:40 AM   #9081
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Our town does this in the town square. A couple of churches do it, too. It's a kind of community event, so it's safer than going door to door, and kids get to dress up, go out, and have fun without having to do a lot of walking for possibly no reward. The kids are guaranteed a good haul, and parents can stand around and talk, while still keeping an eye on them.
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Old 11-05-2021, 06:06 PM   #9082
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From what I'd been reading Trunk or Treat may be partly to blame for the downfall of Halloween thanks to paranoid parents...who seem to think it's safer to take candy from the cars of strangers (well there's a great message!) than from the front porch of the people who actually live near them and, unlike the car people, might be found out if they tried to put a razor blade in there...

In some cases Trunk or Treat makes sense. As events set up for kids who come from areas that aren't safe and rural kids who can't easily visit homes in easy walking distance of each other... But for the average safe neighborhood where it is very easy to run from house to house... screw the people who ruined that. It used to be a safety rule to stick to the neighborhood you know.

It's not even so much that adults have stolen or whatever... it is, at least around here, certain neighborhoods get ALL of it while the rest remain dark.

As a kid, we used to get a good haul in our own neighborhood. There was one time years ago my mom counted over 100 kids! But nearly every neighbor has given up because no one comes anymore. We still put our light on, though we know it's generally pointless.

One of my sister's friends live in one of those neighborhoods that gets it all...so they trick or treat there now. Even heard that in a cul-de-sac a bunch of neighbors set up a bonfire and chair around it and whatever this year.

Sadly, by the time they finally came home, my nephew had fallen asleep in the car and even they didn't do an official trick or treat here like usual.

My sister said, at least to my mom, that we/she should go with them sometime... but what am I to do then other than stand around bored and cold. I can't participate in some other neighborhood's Halloween since I can't haul my own front yard along with me.


Anyway.... Tough work week (not even been online since Sunday), I could add in complaints about that, but this post is already long enough. At least all that is over.
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Old 11-05-2021, 06:27 PM   #9083
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I honestly don't even think Halloween will still be a thing in like 25 years. Like the grown-ups will still do costume parties but I think Trick Or Treat will definitely be gone and I think unless the house in question is having a party then they won't even bother decorating.

There's multiple reasons for it but it just doesn't seem to even matter anymore to most people. I can't see a big resurgence on the horizon, I think it's only going to become further diminished as time goes on.
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Old 11-05-2021, 06:50 PM   #9084
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Well, even if no one celebrated anymore, that won't stop those of us who enjoy the decorating part. No more than the end of Christmas as a celebration would stop that brand of decorating fanatics from doing their thing.

There's still props I'd always wanted to somehow make, it can't be over yet.


With some of the decorating I used to do years ago, still one of the biggest honors to me is that there are people out there whose family photos and memories of their kids when they were little (probably all in their 20s now) include my Halloween setup. Miss those days.

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Old 11-05-2021, 07:25 PM   #9085
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We did both with the boys. Trunk or Treated at my sister's church and then after walked around our neighborhood.
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Old 11-05-2021, 07:50 PM   #9086
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Is it typical of Trunk or Treat to charge people who want to hand out candy?

Sister took my nephew to one held on Saturday. She considered handing out candy too, but decided to pass this year after seeing it cost $10 to be allowed to hand out the candy you bought.
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Old 11-08-2021, 10:08 AM   #9087
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I've never heard of that. The trunk or treat events in our town are church sponsored and watched, so pretty safe, I assume. Basically it's members of those churches planning and holding the events in their church parking lot or in the town square where everyone knows who is who so nothing hinky can happen without it being immediately caught. I think they even have cops in attendanc, from what I understand of them. But it's a small town, and in a fairly rural area, so make of that what you will.
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Old 11-15-2021, 04:38 PM   #9088
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Assuming it was one or more kids... whoever did it and their parents who don't raise them better both/all need a sharp beating. People who think it's okay for them or their kid to purposely damage merchandise that doesn't belong to them shouldn't even be allowed out in public. Given the limited range of damage, I suspect it was all the same individual/group.

* Card that comes with a little gift pet tag... tear it off then bend up the card and stuff it into the side of the display as if it won't be noticed.

* Just throw two sound cards (both the same one) where ever... after sticking the pet tag to on of them, causing it to tear off a spot when I try to remove it.

* Take popup sound card out of its cardboard envelop. Nearly TEAR off the whole upper portion of said card. Throw it down anywhere.

* Tear another small card, which given the size of the tear and the bend in thick paper it was clearly with effort and on purpose.

So #&$* whatever human piece of garbage did this, I don't care if they're frigging 8. Definitely no toddler or 5-year-old though, a couple of the cards in question would have been out of reach for a young kid unless another was handing it to them.

People irk me now and then with crap they do and it's bad enough recent times kids have ruined cards or sticker books by stealing stickers out of them so now they'll never sell...but to this extent I just wish I could find out who it was and make them (or their crap parent) pay for all of it. And yell at their s*** kids if it was in fact a child.

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Old 11-21-2021, 03:13 AM   #9089
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people need to mind their own damn business and stop shaming people who make different life choices than they do, especially if that choice is to not have children. One of my friends came to me for a shoulder to cry on when on her mother's birthday she got ganged up on by her two older sisters, her grandmother, Aunt and cousins about her choice not to ever become a mother. Last year after her family pestering her about when her and her husband are going to have kids (they have been married only a year, and they started up asking about kids after only three months after they got married). Everyone is her family has been so persistent that she and her husband felt they had to come clean about their mutual decision not to have kids. It didn't go over well.

Now every other time there is a get together with her family my friend gets crap (with the exception of her Mom) from pretty much all the women in her family. My friend says they have put her through hell. She knew that they would not take her and her husband being child free very well because her family are pretty child obsessed, but she didn't think they would be this nasty. She said she left her Mom's birthday party before it was over because the topic of her choice. Her two older sister's are particularly nasty saying that her husband is going to cheat on her and leave her for a woman who will give him a baby. Asking her if she is "in the closet" because a straight woman would never want to miss out having kids (her family are pretty religious and are pretty homophobic). So she got out of there. Her Mom, though sad with her choice respects it, and texted her an apology.

My friend said that her family shoving the glories of motherhood down her throat growing up was one of the reasons she eventually got turned off to being one. She also does not think she has it in her to be a a mother. She also has struggled in the past with depression and she honestly does not think she has it in her to be a mother. The way her family treat motherhood she finds it horrific and she really wants no part in it. She actually believes she would be a terrible Mother and doesn't want to mess up a vulnerable human being by not being entirely emotionally available for it. She says her cousin in particular probably should not have been a mother, or at the very least should not have has as many kids as she did. She says her cousin is always strained and sometimes takes it out on her 5 kids, she nearly had her kids taken from her and put into foster care because of her issues.

She showed me some Texts she has gotten from some of her family and they are disgusting. People need to just respect that parenthood isn't for everyone. In fact I really admire people who can say, "hey, kids are not for me, I am not going to do that." Because honestly nothing can screw up a human being more than a parent who doesn't really want them. Her family are acting like she is a bad person because she is married and doesn't want to have kids.
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Old 11-21-2021, 11:23 AM   #9090
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Wow, what gross people. I guess they don't value a woman for anything more than her uterus and would miss IT more than her should she have enough of it and walk out of their lives.

edit: Imagine having to have a hysterectomy for some reason. "Hey, Doc, can you bag it up so I can take it home? My family members might want to give it a funeral."


Makes me grateful that with the nonsense I deal with some of these people over here, it isn't that kind.
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Old 11-22-2021, 12:47 PM   #9091
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Yeah, that sh*t sucks. My wife gets SOME of that from her Mom but now that we're getting older it's less common. We're not rich, and also, we keep getting dogs. So the parenting issue's mostly gone away. She does whine about wanting grandkids, but some of my wife's cousins have kids so she can mess with them if she wants.

Very annoying, though. I'm sure it's much worse for women but I occasionally get some heat for it, too.
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Old 11-22-2021, 05:49 PM   #9092
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When you hear and feel the house jolt, not knowing what caused it, and then later other people in the county and even nearby states are reporting similar or hearing a loud boom and 7 hours later you still have no idea what the hell that was...
edit: Well I guess the mystery from yesterday has been solved.

Soo... it seams that some idiots were target practicing in a field. They set up an explosive, estimated at supposedly up to 100 pounds of Tannerite (2 lb is the recommended maximum??) next to an abandoned car and shot the target with a rifle, destroying the car and sending debris of it across 3 acres, resulting in a wide area of people feeling and/or hearing the explosion. It was about 20 or so miles from me and felt the jolt from it.

Supposedly the idiots have been identified and charges pending. It's people like this who can't be adults about it who should not be allowed to get their hands on guns. They did it on farm land, so assuming it is acres that are in use, someone is going to be real pleased with chunks of a car strewn across their property and what that could do to their equipment.... I think part of the punishment should be picking up every piece of it throughout the winter.



11/29 -- Stupid skunk strikes again. You'd think the damn thing exploded across the whole front half of our house WTF. It has been bad before and has one previously woken us up because the stench seeped in through the closed windows (guess they're a little drafty), but normally we don't still smell it out there the next day. Now it's almost 13 hours since that stench woke me up last night and it STILL strongly reeks outside when I got home.

I thought this damn thing was spraying between the houses near our bedroom windows, but when I checked I don't even smell it that much over there. So wtf with me even smelling it in my own room that is at the back of the house.

Normally I'd never condone wishing to harm anything, but this crap has happened enough times now, this being the worst time yet while previous times were also quite bad, I'm starting to wish to put on a hazmat suit and wait for it to show up and give it a good beating with a broom. I hate this stupid creature.

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