Omega_Einhorne saidmy god I love halloween I dont care if its an american tradition, halloween in australia is awesome because the nights are hot and dry and almost feels like hell on earth
I grew up near New York City, and you never knew what the Halloween weather would be - moderate temps or freezing. Cold was another reason parents would shadow their outdoor trick-or-treating children in cars. If they were wearing a light costume the kids would be shivering, and could warm up in the car before going out again. I know I did.
That's not being "lard ass parents" per the OP but demonstrating responsible parenthood. It's letting your kids have their Halloween fun while safeguarding them against harsh weather and the criminal threats kids face today on the streets. Same thing if it's a rainy Halloween, and I had a few of those when I was a kid, too. Thanks, Dad!
(Yah know, I don't think I've really dwelt on him following me in his car until this thread, in all these years since. We're talking 1950s, not today, all those decades ago. He was so patient & protective, and extremely generous. But not an outwardly warm or expressive father. The first and only time he ever touched me affectionately was a handshake in front of a US Federal Building, where he drove me to be inducted to begin my voluntary Army enlistment in 1969. We never once hugged during his lifetime. So now that I think about him shadowing me in his car for Halloween I'm literally shedding tears. Good tears. Miss yah, Dad