Post # 1
I wonder if anyone else has ever thought about the less than adorable trick-or-treaters who we open our doors to. You know the ones, the teenagers who insist on wearing the full face masks. We have no way of knowing if this is the 14 year old paperboy from down the street or a complete psycho looking for an easy entrance to your home.
A few minutes ago our door bell rang and I went to the door with the bowl of candy in hand. I looked through the peep hole and saw a kid who was just as tall as the peep hole in head to toe “Scream” attire with some kind of realistic looking machete. I called FI to the door to handle this one. Turns out he was the paperboy but we had no way of knowing that before opening the door.
I would never think anything crazy like that would happen in my town but you never know. There are nut-jobs everywhere.
Am I crazy for thinking about this?
Post # 3
You aren’t crazy. I won’t open the door, if they are taller than me. You know never know who it will be, if they are all covered up and carrying what looks like a weapon. I think it is much better to be safe; rather than sorry or dead later…
Post # 4
dont worry, u’re not crazy
it’s kinda sad our society has become this way– you never know who u can trust and life is always in danger~ there are lots of crazies out there. better be safe than sorry! it’s good you’re more cautious
Post # 5
It’s a shame that we are in a day and age where we have to think twice about opening our doors on halloween night. There are crazy people out there and it’s better to trust your gut and play it safe than be in a bad situation.
@UpstateCait: I would be creepd out by some tall kid with a weapon-looking accesory standing at the door by himself too!
Post # 6
We don’t hand out candy for that reason. We’ve had bad experiences that have led to us completely abandoning the “tradition.”
Post # 7
This is the first year since living in our condo that we have decided to accept trick or treaters. The condo board sends us a pumpkin every year to hang on their door if they want trick or treaters. We knew we’d be home this year so we went for it. The pumpkin has already been taken down!
“Scream” was our first and last trick or treater of 2010.
Post # 8
That’s why you leave candy on the porch, LOL. Or in my case, I dress my dog up with fake blood on his mouth and toothpase “foam.” It’s not the people knocking on my door that scare me, it’s the people who don’t!
Post # 9
oh wow!! im glad that someone else had the “Scream” mask issue!!! luckily when the kid came up to the door…I couldnt see him through the peep hole too well so I went to the side window to take a better look. Kid was almost my height and I panicked for a second! his mask even had fake blood on it! Anywhoo…after me not answering the door his parents climbed up the stairs and I could see them…Thank God. So i knew it was ok. Yeah not a fan of anyone over 4 feet in masks.
Post # 10
After seeing The Strangers, I think I will be permanently freaked out by people wearing masks!
Post # 11
How old are the trick or treaters in your areas? I’ve seen 5 year olds and 6 year old, nobody even close to four feet!
Post # 12
@MightySapphire: I know I used to go trick or treating as a young teenager (maybe 14-15).
Post # 13
We just had two teenagers that weren’t dressed up at all. I think that’s pretty awful- atleast the kids in the masks are trying even if they are scary. Also I’ve seen posts on facebook from people that have had 40 yr olds trick or treating to their houses. I don’t understand people sometimes…
Post # 14
Yeah we had a scream guy who was even breathing heavy like the movies!
I also had two middle school age guys who really weren’t dressed up and didn’t have bags. I mean they could have been cowboys with the wranglers and flannel but really that’s the norm for this area. I didn’t know how to handle that though so just gave them candy even though I don’t think they were dressed up for it!
Post # 15
I was at a party last night, and one of the attendees was a 20-something guy in a full-body Gumby costume. At one point he said, “Maybe I’ll go trick-or-treating like this — no one can see me, so how will they know how old I am?” (He was fairly short as well.)
It was pretty funny, but the idea of giving out candy someday scares me a little because you never know who is behind a mask. The idea of sending my future children out to do it scares me as well. Halloween is a pretty strange tradition when you really think about it. “Here, kids. Go knock on strangers’ doors and let them give you candy.”
Post # 16
@windmills: I have to agree with you that it is pretty strange, especially in our world of don’t talk to strangers and don’t take candy from strangers.