lard ass parents "chaperoning" their kids on halloween

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    Nov 01, 2014 1:01 AM GMT
    Ever get those parents that are with their kids, but they're slowly following along in the car, typically some big 8 cylinder gas guzzling pickup truck or SUV, while the kids are walking from house to house?

    Only in the US.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 01, 2014 1:03 AM GMT

    Yeah it is such a massive effort for these parents to actually be with their children on Halloween by walking with them and not sitting in some fucking stupid automobile. How horribly sadicon_sad.gif
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    Nov 01, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    Kids don't trick or treat around my neighborhood. icon_neutral.gif
  • muscleboundfe...

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    Nov 01, 2014 2:32 AM GMT
    It could also be an attempt to give their kids some space while still being present.
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    Nov 01, 2014 3:57 AM GMT
    Back in the day (ahem, the 60's) I don't remember seeing a parent anywhere on the streets. I also remember that it was usually frosty and sometimes it was snowing. It just doesn't get that cold in October any more...

    Oh, one year some parents fixed up some old wagons and horses and made a hayride out of it. That was one of the years there was snow... early 70's.

    Now, my nieces and their friends aren't even allowed to walk anywhere on their own. They have to be driven everywhere icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Nov 01, 2014 4:43 AM GMT
    My father always took me in his car at some point. Because some of the neighborhoods I'd visit, in our sprawling suburbs, were too far for me to reach on foot. I went entirely by myself in our immediate small neighborhood, but Dad drove me to the others.

    But he didn't really shadow me. He'd park, and wait for me as I worked down one side of the street, and came back up the other.

    When my own boys were that trick-or-treat age we were living in Army Officer's housing, and I wouldn't take them off-post into civilian neighborhoods, just stayed in the Field Grade Housing area. So I merely walked along with them, no car needed, and stood back on the street while they went up to each door.

    They were still young when I retired, but even then I never drove them for Halloween, just walked along to keep on eye on them. Something my parents never did in our local neighborhood, where I was on my own. My father only drove me to a more distant suburb I couldn't reach on my own.

    It was a different world nearly 60 years ago, and parents felt their kids were a lot safer than parents should think they are today.
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    Nov 01, 2014 5:47 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidBack in the day (ahem, the 60's) I don't remember seeing a parent anywhere on the streets. I also remember that it was usually frosty and sometimes it was snowing. It just doesn't get that cold in October any more...

    Oh, one year some parents fixed up some old wagons and horses and made a hayride out of it. That was one of the years there was snow... early 70's.

    Now, my nieces and their friends aren't even allowed to walk anywhere on their own. They have to be driven everywhere icon_rolleyes.gif


    i started snowing here tonight sadly, halloween is always a shitty night in the last decade or so.
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    Nov 01, 2014 5:50 AM GMT
    Apparition said
    mindgarden saidBack in the day (ahem, the 60's) I don't remember seeing a parent anywhere on the streets. I also remember that it was usually frosty and sometimes it was snowing. It just doesn't get that cold in October any more...

    Oh, one year some parents fixed up some old wagons and horses and made a hayride out of it. That was one of the years there was snow... early 70's.

    Now, my nieces and their friends aren't even allowed to walk anywhere on their own. They have to be driven everywhere icon_rolleyes.gif


    i started snowing here tonight sadly, halloween is always a shitty night in the last decade or so.


    When it rains, it snows... icon_sad.gif
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    Nov 01, 2014 6:24 AM GMT
    I live in a very family oriented neighbourhood… My son went to the elementary school 7 house down the street. Well, now he is 20 and we spent the night hiding in the dark watching the hijinx from the darkened windows… I have to admit we had more fun that if we were to participate in giving candy. I gave him the $30 bucks i would have spent on candy and he bought wine for us to drink.. the fireworks were also great. Best Halloween ever!!… LOL
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    Nov 01, 2014 6:29 AM GMT
    hairyandym saidI live in a very family oriented neighbourhood… My son went to the elementary school 7 house down the street. Well, now he is 20 and we spent the night hiding in the dark watching the hijinx from the darkened windows… I have to admit we had more fun that if we were to participate in giving candy. I gave him the $30 bucks i would have spent on candy and he bought wine for us to drink.. the fireworks were also great. Best Halloween ever!!… LOL


    Sounds great. icon_smile.gif

    Did you see anything particularly crazy?
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    Nov 01, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    Three girls killed in hit and run tonight so far icon_sad.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/3-girls-trick-treating-killed-hit-run-032337006.html
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    Nov 01, 2014 7:54 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidThree girls killed in hit and run tonight so far icon_sad.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/3-girls-trick-treating-killed-hit-run-032337006.html

    Very sad.icon_sad.gif

    But Halloween is supposed to be for children - not teenagers.
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    Nov 01, 2014 8:00 AM GMT
    Puppenjunge said
    mindgarden saidThree girls killed in hit and run tonight so far icon_sad.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/3-girls-trick-treating-killed-hit-run-032337006.html

    Very sad.icon_sad.gif

    But Halloween is supposed to be for children - not teenagers.

    You touched a nerve there, of mine. Back when I was a kid only kids dressed up in costumes for Halloween trick or treating. Nowadays we have all these adults dressing up in costumes, going to work, etc. and it seems very weird to me. A generational thing no doubt.
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    Nov 01, 2014 8:01 AM GMT
    Halloween is foreign invasive event which is significant in USA but not so much in Europe and I do not celebrate it ( if there is anthing to celebrate )

    Can be fun, but not part of my culture in any way
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    Nov 01, 2014 10:51 AM GMT
    They eat all the sweets themselves and beat the children if they don't bring enough back.
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    Nov 01, 2014 11:56 AM GMT
    my 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 icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 01, 2014 1:35 PM GMT
    Ohno saidThey eat all the sweets themselves and beat the children if they don't bring enough back.

    Then how do you get your sweets?
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    Nov 01, 2014 1:42 PM GMT
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    Ohno saidThey eat all the sweets themselves and beat the children if they don't bring enough back.

    Then how do you get your sweets?


    I dress as a child and trick or treat for sweets. If any of them ask why I weigh 16 stone I say I have a pituary gland problem.
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    Nov 01, 2014 1:51 PM GMT
    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 icon_biggrin.gif

    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! icon_biggrin.gif

    (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 icon_cry.gif )
  • HndsmKansan

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    Nov 01, 2014 2:00 PM GMT
    Not much in my neighborhood, except maybe at the end of the night when some older kids came through that aren't from this neighborhood. Most of the parents walked around with their kids.

    But I know what you mean by the "car following" thing, I can remember that when I was a kid, you had to watch out for those cars when you were trick or treating...

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    Nov 01, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    For Halloween in my neighborhood it was considered by most people to be too far between houses for kids to walk. It is dark - no sidewalks or street lights. If you had tried to walk it, you wouldn't get to 'hit' many houses. So in most families the kids were driven from house to house in station wagons. My little buddies and I would have preferred to live in a neighborhood where the houses were closer together and kids could walk by themselves quickly from house to house without an adult watching us - like infants.
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    Nov 01, 2014 6:28 PM GMT
    Puppenjunge said
    mindgarden saidThree girls killed in hit and run tonight so far icon_sad.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/3-girls-trick-treating-killed-hit-run-032337006.html

    Very sad.icon_sad.gif

    But Halloween is supposed to be for children - not teenagers.


    Two of the kids in critical condition today are 6 and 7
    http://blog.oregonlive.com/my-vancouver/2014/11/driver_who_plowed_into_vancouv.html#incart_river

    There was another similar incident locally, earlier in the day, but no indication that it involved Halloween festivities directly.
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    Nov 01, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    Given the price of gas during the first oil embargo my parents weren't about to drive me around in our 20 year old Volvo - you don't get rich by frittering away your money on nonsense, and we were bred to set a better example for our lessers. Our estate was so big that instead, mummy would just allow me to fraternize with the kids of the live-in help. Aside from Christmas, it was the only day I could. And Christmas didn't really count because it was more about them and I was raised to do the Christian thing, so I had to make do - when the urchins lined up the ballroom to each receive one of my old toys I made sure I'd spat on it first. No such luck with Halloween; we only gave out wrapped penny candy and nana always kept a sharp eye on the caramel apples so I couldn't spit on those.
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    eagermuscle saidGiven the price of gas during the first oil embargo my parents weren't about to drive me around in our 20 year old Volvo - you don't get rich by frittering away your money on nonsense, and we were bred to set a better example for our lessers. Our estate was so big that instead, mummy would just allow me to fraternize with the kids of the live-in help. Aside from Christmas, it was the only day I could. And Christmas didn't really count because it was more about them and I was raised to do the Christian thing, so I had to make do - when the urchins lined up the ballroom to each receive one of my old toys I made sure I'd spat on it first. No such luck with Halloween; we only gave out wrapped penny candy and nana always kept a sharp eye on the caramel apples so I couldn't spit on those.

    Did you pee in the big wash tub where they were bobbing for apples?
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    Nov 02, 2014 10:55 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    Puppenjunge said
    mindgarden saidThree girls killed in hit and run tonight so far icon_sad.gif

    http://news.yahoo.com/3-girls-trick-treating-killed-hit-run-032337006.html

    Very sad.icon_sad.gif

    But Halloween is supposed to be for children - not teenagers.

    You touched a nerve there, of mine. Back when I was a kid only kids dressed up in costumes for Halloween trick or treating. Nowadays we have all these adults dressing up in costumes, going to work, etc. and it seems very weird to me. A generational thing no doubt.


    I'm sorry you're sad. But the world has moved on since the 1860's.

    What annoys me most is people who assume people who do this are 'lard asses'.

    Sort of like assuming that all gays are fa66ots.