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I think the same sentiments should be extended to adults in everyday life. Because you never really know do you?

For example, the other day this lady leaned out of her car and screamed "HONK IT OUT B****!!!" because someone beeped their horn at her.

Clearly, she must have a terrible case of smelly feet, or unsightly green warts, or... Maybe I'm not doing this right....?


Jenn&Matt - I loved that article!! It reminded me of the awkwardness and disapproval of my mother at first when I got older and after a few sad Halloweens spent handing out candy alone (or not out of bitterness lol) I just said what the heck I'm going out!

I am absolutely ashamed to say that one Halloween I ALMOST said "Aren't you kind of old to Trick or Treat?" To these 2 girls who looked to be about 15 - and were clearly having the night of their lives! Smiles from ear to ear - no costumes. Now, I can clearly see I was just projecting my own Halloween bitterness onto them.

So, If someone is grumpy to you or your kids on Halloween - give them the benefit of the doubt as well!

I still feel bad that I almost said that to them! Yikes! :(
 

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can't say that I've ever passed judgement on any kids on Halloween.....their parents are a different story
I hear you on that one. Fun times involving drunks, especially:rolleyes:

Despite my overall dislike regarding humanity, I try not to judge people too harshly until they give me a good reason (the sad part is that it generally does not take long to be given one). The only way that I would look down on a ToTer would be if they were rude, which there is no call for. I wonder how many kids are now going to use a supposed 'lack of motor skills' to excuse their grabbing for five pieces of candy instead of one:D The safest bet is to pass out bags, avoiding at least two points made on the list.
 

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I barely have a chance to look up at the one holding the bag or bucket, let alone "pass judgement". Frankly, I'm getting a little tired of all these instructions as to how I must behave and what I should or should not say in every situation in order to keep from offending someone. I'm not blaming the poster of this thread, I'm sure you meant well, but it's getting ridiculous. People are going to think whatever they think and I'm just going to hand out the candy. Ok, rant over.
 

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i admit, I am a judger....until the past couple of years. since i came on here, i realized everyone should be allowed to have fun on halloween.

and you never know but that kid without a costume might go to bed hungry many nights...or cannot afford a costume...or 100 other reasons.

I realized i have to give with a glad heart and let everyone have their own fun.
 

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i admit, I am a judger....until the past couple of years. since i came on here, i realized everyone should be allowed to have fun on halloween.

and you never know but that kid without a costume might go to bed hungry many nights...or cannot afford a costume...or 100 other reasons.

I realized i have to give with a glad heart and let everyone have their own fun.
Same here. When I was younger, and Miss Perfect, I was a jerk. I am thankful now that I have grown up and learned about life. You said it well.
 

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All are welcome as far as I'm concerned... That anyone actually takes the time to get out and have some fun is the whole point. I remember one Halloween night as a kid seeing some sour old hag come to her door and mouth, "too old" with a look of disgust on her face. Honestly, if one is so stodgy and miserable that he/she can't participate with a spirit of kindness, no matter who comes calling, it's time to leave the candy at the store, shut off the lights and leave Halloween to those of us who keep it well- just my 2 cents.
 
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I try to never judge, and everyone receives a treat - I will admit, however, that I do all I can to get the "magic words" out of every trick-or-treater (Trick Or Treat!! of course).
 

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my friend used to make un-costumed folks do a trick--tell a joke, sing a song--a little something to get their treat. that was sorta fun.
 

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Lovely sentiment! Totally agree - we do this in celebration of fun & friendship and anyone coming to our door (whether in costume or not) is welcomed warmly.
 
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