Rant Time

I’ve decided to start a new thing on my blog I am going to call Rant Time.  I’m going to say my opinion on a topic, you may love it, you may hate it.  I’m going to rant about whatever I want, take what I say with a grain of salt – I am only one person in this big giant world.  Feel free to comment.  I’m not looking for an argument, I will respect your opinion.  🙂

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Am I the only one who is applauding the writer of the Halloween Candy letter?   I’m going to say it, hate me if you will – but it’s Halloween!  So maybe the letter was going too far – but even if there was no the letter, this guy is just being a douche in my opinion.  Go to walmart, buy a box of $8.97 mini chocolate bars and give it out to kids.  If you aren’t going to be home, hand the box to your neighbours and have them give it out for you while you go play darts.  People gave you candy when you were a kid, it’s time to pass on the favour.  We had several neighbours this year who weren’t home and instead left their candy next door.  When kids came buy, they were told “and these are from the people next door who couldn’t be home tonight”.  Honestly, it’s supposed to be a fun night.  I’ve heard people talk about how mad they are when kids don’t say thank you for the candy or aren’t using the words “trick or treat”.  Who said Halloween was a rehersal in manners??   It should be a fun night, the kids eat a crap load of candy, run and scream for an hour and then crash comfortably in their little beds.  There’s no special meaning for Halloween – it’s stuck right between Thanksgiving & Christmas, two holidays where our little rugrats are forced to be at their very best behaviours.  Let kids be kids gosh darnit!!  lol

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check it out here:

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/11/09/oshawa-man-gets-apology-for-halloween-letter

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Rant Time

  1. Hmmm interesting. I hadn’t heard of this until now but after reading it and your post I’m going to have to say I’m on the other side of the fence. I mean yea I do agree he should pay it forward from his own childhood and shell out but really there are TONS of people in my neighbourhood that don’t do Halloween and we just wander on to the next door. Whoever wrote that letter has balls and quite frankly is rude. It is sad that his excuse was he was playing darts but still…his choice and the letter is too much.

  2. Wow. I also had not heard of this story. While I agree that it should be a fun night and it kinda sucks when some people don’t participate, I find that letter to be incredibly discusting. Kids need to be thankful for the FREE candy they receive. DEMANDING that a stranger give them candy is so incredibly rude. And since the parents are clearly behind the letter, that’s sooo much worse.

  3. I am complimented on my kids manners by so many, that it makes me proud. I expect my kids to say please and thank you, they shouldn’t just EXPECT candy, its a sign of respect. Halloween is a privledge not a right. I notice and respect those kids that have manners. As for the letter, its rude, I dont care if people don’t hand out candy, its their perogative. Again, we look badly on those that don’t, teaching out kids that they should expect everyone to do it. I personally would be very disappointed in my kids if they wrote such a letter, it is a reflection on their upbringing. My kids aren’t angels, but I’ve never spoiled them, and I know they value things like halloween, and are thankful to just get out and get candy. Not to expect it.

  4. I’m enjoying reading these opinions. 🙂

    My kids are very polite as well, I love that about them. However, that is because I have drilled it into their brains from a very young age. If a kid at a suitable age for participating in Halloween comes to you door and doesn’t seem to have manners, do you blame the kid? At that age, I say no. I say that’s the parents doing and as a neighbour, I’m going to smile and hand out the candy. Not make comments or snear at them or even judge them. It’s not their fault.

    Teenagers are another story but they are too old to be going out in my opinion anyway.

  5. I’m also on the other side of the fence. Many people do not participate in Halloween, and it’s their right not to. Not everyone has the money to spend on candy, or perhaps the day goes against their beliefs. Believe it or not, Halloween, or Samhain originally had meaning. The last day that souls who departed that year could take vengeance on those still living before crossing over, and a day that the poor could go door to door soliciting for food for their families. It’s where the whole candy giving process came from.
    It is a PRIVILEGE to get candy on Halloween, not a right. And as someone who shells out $50/yr on candy that is getting smaller and smaller (did anyone else notice how much the candy was cut back in a package this year?) I think I have a right to ask for the etiquette to be followed. I don’t blame the kids for their parents not teaching them manners, but it takes a village right? I have the right to say “What do you say?” and prompt for a “trick or treat” or a “thank-you”. Then maybe the kid will remember when they go to the next house.
    For the record, I LOVE Halloween – I love getting dressed up, I love meeting my neighbours out on the street, and my favourite part is seeing all the little kidlets dressed up in their costumes. I decorate my porch like crazy with “bright and cheerful” decorations so the kids are comfortable coming to my door, and I budget Halloween a year in advance because I am far from rich, and candy is expensive. Back in the day you could give away apples or home made goodies, but any parent these days who doesn’t toss a home made treat right into the trash is rather negligent.
    So I love participating in Halloween, but that doesn’t mean my neighbour is obligated to participate too!

  6. I think that the person who wrote the letter was extremely rude to 1) say anything in the first place, and 2) to suggest that next year he step it up even higher to make up for it. Like others said, Halloween is supposed to be fun and if some young guy would rather be playing darts with his buddies than handing out candy to little kids, then that is his right. Some people just aren’t into Halloween and I get that, if someone doesn’t have decorations and their lights on, we just move on to the next house, no questions asked. BUT if your kid is out trick-or-treating, there damned well better be someone at your house handing out candy too.

    As for the manners, I expect a trick-or-treat and thank-you’s from all kids no matter what their parents expect. Luckily, we had a good bunch of kids this year, and even the older ones were very polite (as they should be or they won’t get anything). Sometimes kids get a bit excited and forget, but a quick reminder is usually all they need to bring them back. If their parents aren’t teaching them manners then I will because if we don’t all expect it, then they will never, ever learn and will become rude, ignorant adults and I think the world has enough of them already. Okay, that was my rant. Sorry.

  7. I have to say, as a parent of a toddler to whom I was having to teach the conventions of Hallowe’en and it’s rituals this year – I too think the letter was out of line.

    Based on the language used (and I say this as a teacher – so it’s an educated guess), I think the letter was penned by kids in at least Grade 4 or 5 (age 8-10). Either that or they got help from an adult. Either way, by that age respect for individual rights should be well ingrained – making this whole thing really inappropriate. Whether or not someone chooses to hand out candy on Hallowe’en is really up to them. And really, I am flabbergasted that the incident got any press at all. It’s just another example of a generation of children being raised with a sense of entitlement that grates on my nerves like fingernails on a chalkboard.

  8. You’re definitely not the only one – I had at least one person on my FB who posted the same opinion – but I can’t say I agree.

    The letter sounds much too advanced to be a young child (I’d honestly be surprised to hear most 15-year olds use the word ‘rectify’); and I’m guessing that a parent was helping them, which says to me that they’ve just taught their child or children that it’s okay to criticize others, with no details on why that person wasn’t there. These children have learned that they are entitled to candy and treats, and can hide behind anonymity to complain about it when they don’t get what they want. My opinion is that there is enough of a sense of entitlement out there – we don’t need any more.

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