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Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell?What kind of goodies do you give out?One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl?Do you answer the door in costume?What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)?
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? Ignore the doorbellWhat kind of goodies do you give out? N/AOne piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? N/ADo you answer the door in costume? If i were handing out candy I wouldn't be in costume.
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    edited December 2011
    We get no kids at our door-we live in an upstairs apartment. In previous years where I used to live, we would give out chocolate bars (fun size) and mix it with something like laffy taffy or skittles. I would let the kids take a couple, until they start getting greedy. Didn't usually answer in costume. If they're older and not in costume, I ask them where their costume is, if they can come up with something creative, I would give them something, otherwise their SOL-lol
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell?  Hand out candyWhat kind of goodies do you give out? We just get mixed bags of chocolatesOne piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? I usually give two or three to each kid (more to the little cute ones).  Do you answer the door in costume? NoWhat do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)? I just give them candy anyway. I'll give maybe one piece to the older ones and a few to the little ones.

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    mbcdefgmbcdefg member
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    edited December 2011
    We usually don't get trick-or-treaters. A lot of kids in our neighborhood don't dress up but ask for candy and it's frustrating, so we just ignore the bell.
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell?  Hand out CandyWhat kind of goodies do you give out?  Whatever I grab at the store, I think I have fun sized, 3 muskateers, reeses, kit kats, crunch bars, and a few other things for this yearOne piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl?  Usually 2 pieces per kid (unless really cute), and the babies just get 1, they don't eat it anyways.  Do you answer the door in costume?  Not really, sometimes i'll throw on a cute red top and my devil horns, but one year a father made a not very appropriate comment about me being a horny devil, so I stopped that. What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)?  Honestly, never had to deal with kids not in costume.  Guess I live in a good neighborhood.
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    uppereastgirluppereastgirl member
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    edited December 2011
    We lived in a big NYC apartment building for the last five years.   Now we live in an even bigger one.The way things worked at our last building is that you could sign up at the elevator downstairs if you were willing to hand out candy, with your desired times.  We were never home during decent hours, so we usually didn't do it.  Last year we decided to be nice and signed up to leave a bowl of candy out.  I have no idea who took it, but I would guess adults did too, and I would guess that people took lots of pieces.  And bizarrely, when we came home that night there was some candy in the bowl that wasn't ours -- I guess people traded it out to take more than one piece?Growing up, we would get between 2 - 10 trick-or-treaters, depending on the year.  My mom made up big bags with lots of stuff in them, and we'd still have a ton left over.  Kind of sad.  But we'd give those bags to anyone who wasted their time dealing with the long driveways -- adults, kids, whatever :)
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? Hand out candyWhat kind of goodies do you give out? I buy the bags with individual mini snickers, m&ms, butterfingers, etcOne piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? 2 or 3 piecesDo you answer the door in costume? NoWhat do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? I'll give them candy anyway
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? hand out candyWhat kind of goodies do you give out? chocolates and things that I'll eat if they are left over. One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? let them take out of the bowl unless they are being greedy then one per person.Do you answer the door in costume? no. What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)? 16 year olds, I'm sorry we're out of candy kid. Younger tag alongs, of course.
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    dianenjnjdianenjnj member
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    edited December 2011
    always have candy ready to hand out...we let them take a few out of the bowl...haven't had teeager's not in costume come calling.i aways try to buy candy i hate...but end up eating it anyway!
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    DS0305DS0305 member
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell?  Hand out candy.What kind of goodies do you give out?  This is the first year I have my own house so I'm excited to give out candy and bought lots of it.  I bought a lot of the big candy bars at Costco.  I also bought chips and some of the fun size candy bars for when I run out of the big ones.One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl?  I like to let them pick what they want.Do you answer the door in costume?  No.What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy?  I hate when they don't come in costume.  I live close to Passaic and I guess they prefer my town to Passaic and so they come in car loads.  Usually none of them wear costumes, so they get the small candy.
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? hand out till I can't deal anymore What kind of goodies do you give out? Mostly the fun size chocolates, try and keep the reese's for myself. One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? I give a couple Do you answer the door in costume? No, but I should, I think I'm having an I'm getting old crisis. What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)?
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell?  Hand out candy.What kind of goodies do you give out?  Mostly non-chocolate stuff cause I'm allergic.  Ok ok, maybe people think we're the lame house but growing up I couldn't eat most of my bounty, so now I'm the house with the best non-chocolate stuff.  LOLOne piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl?  Depends how many kids come.  If we're inundated with kids we'll hand out ourselves to make sure the candy lasts.  If it's slow, we'll let em pick.Do you answer the door in costume?  Depends on the year.  What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)?  Doesn't happen often, but like PP said... one piece/depends on the age.
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    FutureMrsF111FutureMrsF111 member
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? Hand out candy if Im home. Growing up we left a big bowl on our porch and if anyone showed up they took a piece or two. We just put it out with a sign that said help yourself, leave some for others. What kind of goodies do you give out? whatever is in the big bag of mixed goodies at costco or sams club. One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? Let them take it out (See above) but even if Im home we get so few people and have so much candy Id rather get rid of it all. Do you answer the door in costume? Never What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)? Under 12 they get, over 12 they would get mocked by my father. We will see what happens this year now that FI and I are in an apartment building.
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    kewltifkewltif member
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    edited December 2011
    Do you hand out candy or ignore the doorbell? Hand out candy! What kind of goodies do you give out? It depends on the year. I buy all different stuff. One piece per kid, or do you let them take it out of a bowl? Towards the beginning of the night I might put a few pieces in their bags, but towards the end if I have left overs I'll tell the kids to take as much as they want. Do you answer the door in costume? No. What do you do when a kid is clearly not in costume and is just looking for free candy? Does it depend on their age (like, a 5 year-old tagging along with other kids, versus a couple of 16 year-olds by themselves)? I really could care less how old the kid is or if they are in costume. Seriously, I have better things to worry about. I have to say, I don't get people who won't participate in Halloween candy giving or have some sort of rules for who they will and won't give candy to. If a 16 year old wants to go out trick or treating, then more power to you!
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    alliecarrie41alliecarrie41 member
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    edited December 2011
    yes, we participate.  it's horrible not to!  we had over 50 rings last year!everything you can imagine1 per kidnah, no costumei haven't had any of those brats, but i'd give them 1 piece
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    edited December 2011
    We hand out candy. Chocolate, usually, but last year I had fruit cups and applesauce cups on hand for those with peanut/tree nut/milk allergies, instead of doing bags of pretzels or something that could have wheat/corn/gluten. The parents really appreciated that. I let them pick out of the bowl. Last year, we had the dog dressed up like a bee, my H was dressed up like a cow and I had a Minnie Mouse headband (with ears) on. I give them candy. Last year, we didn't have a lot of trick-or-treaters b/c our development is new and maybe 10 houses were built at that point. Now there's nearly 50, and we're still the only house/family without kids. Anyway, last year we had a ton left over so towards the end of the night we were giving away handfuls at a time.
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    edited December 2011
    I give candy to all, no matter the age or costume. You only get to be a kid once. I trick or treated myself while still in college. I can't wait until I have kids so I can go again!
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