(Closed) Why do babies trick or treat?

posted 8 years ago in Parenting
  • poll: What would you do if a baby was trick or treating?
    Give the parent the candy with a smile : (103 votes)
    84 %
    Give the parent the candy with a dirty look : (14 votes)
    11 %
    Refuse to give the candy : (4 votes)
    3 %
    other (please explain) : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    1636 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @guitargirl: Well I mean its an experience for the family and the baby, I know I will do this but if the kid is bundled up whats the big deal? My parents did it and I will too.

    Post # 4
    1940 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    The kids in our neighborhood trick-or-treated last night and there were a few kids in the age group that we saw.  It seemed like most of the parents just took the child out in two situations – 1.  they have older siblings or 2.  they only went to a few houses (it was near the end of the night and one of the kids had like 3 pieces of candy in a tiny little bag).  I just told the parents to pick the candy that they would eat (:  

    My view is that as long as the parent isn’t harming their child, they can make whatever decision they want.

    Post # 5
    1955 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Babies look adorable in costumes and what’s the point of dressing them up if you aren’t going to show them off?

    Post # 6
    424 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think that it’s just exciting for the parents to dress their kids up for their ‘first halloween’.  I think it’s more about the experience and the pictures that come out of it than about getting candy for most anyway.  I’m sure there are parents out there who are just in it for the free stuff, but I would guess most don’t do it for that reason.  I’d rather give candy to the parents of the babies that are dressed up all cute than the high schoolers that aren’t even dressed up holding out their backpacks as a trick-or-treat bag.

    Post # 7
    711 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We took my son out when he was one. I loved it. We took him to 4 houses – all were family. I was so excited to take him this year but he has a fever – so it was inside and movie night. makes me super glad I took him last year. I was so psyched to see him in his nemo the fish costume.

    most parents that I know that take their young ones out usually only go to about 3 houses. It’s exciting for the parents. I dont think its about the candy at all – well it isnt for me or my friends which is probably why we just go to a couple family members houses. I just love Halloween and I wanted my son to experience it too even if it was just 3 or 4  houses for fun. He had a blast – he had big smiles and giggles at each house! to each their own.

    Post # 8
    46681 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I just admire their little cutie, praise the costume , wish them a Happy Hallowe’en and give the parents a little kit I got at the dollar store that has 5 bandaids in it with a Hallowe’en pattern. Sorry parents, you are too old for trick or treating.

    Post # 10
    711 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I like the bandaid idea – I think that is fantastic. I disagree wtih your comment about parents trick or treating because I think those parents are few and far between. Most parents only go to 5 houses. I dont think I have ever seen a baby with more than 5 pieces of candy. I think it is just exciting for the parents. Kids go out and they bring back candy. They are just introducing their baby to the Halloween tradition. Babies dont understand Christmas but parents still put Santa on the present!

    Post # 11
    6572 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 2010

    We had one baby come to our door. I’m glad they brought her, I love seeing costumes! She had a sibling, so we figured the candy would either go to the mom or the sibling. Either way I don’t care.

    Post # 12
    7975 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    Haha, we had a parent with a couple toddlers, and Mom also had a bag, which she explained as “for the baby” — but no baby in sight!

    I gave her a piece of candy. Why not? The point for me is that the whole Halloween experience is fun; since I don’t personally find refusing candy fun, I wouldn’t do that. I gave candy out to sulking teens and preteens too, at least the mom was smiling, hahaa…. 🙂

    Post # 13
    4546 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I agree with some of the other Bees that it’s more about dressing the child up and having the experience. Plus babies are so freaking cute!

    Post # 14
    753 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Honestly, I love it when parents bring their babies to our house trick-or-treating, I want to see their adorable costumes! I don’t care that they are not going to eat the candy…it’s all about the experience! I know that I will take my little one trick-or-treating too 🙂

    Post # 15
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee

    It’s a way to showcase the baby’s costume cuteness.  I’d give candy with a smile.

    Post # 16
    2373 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2008

    I get irritated when grown kids come to the house to trick or treat. We’ve had them in their 20’s (I am in my 20’s). I don’t want to be a jerk and say, “hey, we’re almost the same age- why don’t you go to the bar/party and hang out with people your own age if you really want to dress up?” but I don’t.

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