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Old October 10, 2012, 04:56 PM   #26
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I once saw a house had a box of candy outside note said please take one. Would be a good way to not have to answer the door.
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Old October 10, 2012, 06:17 PM   #27
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I once saw a house had a box of candy outside note said please take one. Would be a good way to not have to answer the door.
When I was young (back in the 60's) we went to the county fair once on Halloween. My father did what you described, put a box of candy in front of the door with a sign that said "Please take ONE".

Our neighbor told us that a little girl came by right after we left and emptied the box into her basket, one at a time!
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Old October 11, 2012, 08:17 AM   #28
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On a side note, i was just down at the Sheriff's picking up a purchase permit, and noticed that it is illegal for any sex offender in NC to hand out candy or decorate their house for Halloween.

As for me, my security plan is the same as any other night.
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Old October 11, 2012, 08:19 AM   #29
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As a further precaution I purchased three more bags of candy. It seems one bag has been mysteriously opened, and wrappers left radnomly about for several days. I blame the dogs.
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Old October 11, 2012, 05:50 PM   #30
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Turn out all the lights, close all the shades, and hide in the back room cleaning the guns.

On a much more serious note not very many children around here so I'm just going to ignore the door and watch a scary movie on the TV.
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Old October 12, 2012, 07:10 AM   #31
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I'd recommend bolting down your outhouse.
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Old October 12, 2012, 08:51 AM   #32
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Small neighborhood few kids

I do keep something loaded handy on a just-in-case basis, but the level of paranoia that I'm reading here just staggers me. We always keep some candy handy, sometimes we get kids most times not, and have always loved giving it out. I don't even mind the occasional enterprising teenagers. It's a lovely holiday, keep some perspective.
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Old October 12, 2012, 09:14 AM   #33
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Technically speaking, Halloween is a perfect opportunity for home invasion. However, I don't really prepare for it, just keep my normal CCW on me, and Claymores at the ready.
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Old October 12, 2012, 09:23 AM   #34
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I'd disagree with that. Its the one time thats guaranteed to have lots and lots of people about.

Besides BGs have kids too.
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Old October 12, 2012, 10:26 PM   #35
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Watch out for kids coming to your house asking for candy they could be casing your house for when they grow up. No need to really take an extra precautions. Just enjoy the night. Where i live parents pull trailers of kids behind their ATV's. Its a lot of fun
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Old October 14, 2012, 11:45 AM   #36
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Aren't all the parents too scared to let the kids go Trick-or-Treating any more?
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Old October 14, 2012, 12:19 PM   #37
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1. Load the candy into the bowl
2. Aim to please and be friendly
3. Squeeze out a genuine smile every time a child comes to your door.

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Old October 14, 2012, 05:21 PM   #38
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Trick or treaters do not scare me. Besides I have a way of seeing who is at the door. Now the two adorable little robbers that empty my wallet ever time they have Girl Scout cookies scare the heck out of me.
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Old October 14, 2012, 05:43 PM   #39
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one in the chamber(KIDDING)...I carry revolvers. have a safe&good Holiday Season
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Old October 14, 2012, 05:50 PM   #40
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Watch out for kids coming to your house asking for candy they could be casing your house for when they grow up
That one made me smile. The level of paranoia in some posts in this thread is amazing.

We wish we got some kids coming by on Halloween. We live on a street with no sidewalks and minimal streetlights, so parents take their kids elsewhere.
The first couple years we were here we bought lots of candy and ended up eating it all ourselves.
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Old October 17, 2012, 03:23 PM   #41
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It seems one bag has been mysteriously opened, and wrappers left radnomly about for several days.
Me too, kit kats they was..
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Old October 17, 2012, 04:12 PM   #42
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Halloween can be a mild holiday if you're at home or taking the kids out, but I've had some close calls. I like to go all out and dress to scare kids, call me mean but it's fun.

I've had cases of drunks getting in my face while wearing masks and trying to intimidate me, simply because they know I can't see them. I've been shoved by one out of a group of three because they didn't like how I was dressed. This year, I don't know what I'm doing. The day of Halloween isn't set up for a lot of fun.
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Old October 17, 2012, 04:36 PM   #43
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Watch out for kids coming to your house asking for candy they could be casing your house for when they grow up.
Very astute observation! I set up a pair of loudspeakers blasting Paul Anka, and I make sure all the tactical spotlights are set at full burn. (I'm told you can see the place from orbit.) The thing is, the children are often a distraction while Al Qaeda operatives sneak up from the back, so it's important to make sure you've got an eye out for tangos there as well. I cover my six by conducting bihourly perimeter searches in full ninja gear with an AR-15. The local HOA cries foul, but I won't be taken unawares.

Errrrm...really, it's Halloween. I give out candy to a few kids, and my dog gets to sniff new people. My biggest concern is people driving too fast down the road when there are children out.
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Old October 18, 2012, 11:38 AM   #44
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Eh, same thing I do every year...barricade myself in my half of the house (I rent the lower level of my friend's house) and watch Zombie movies all night while he and his fiance do the who candy giving-out thing.

I always have my CCW on me...in the house, going to work, etc. But Halloween is no different for me...unless I happen to draw some detail to babysit a road for the kiddies (it's happened, but honestly I like those details)
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Old October 19, 2012, 12:10 AM   #45
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unless I happen to draw some detail to babysit a road for the kiddies (it's happened, but honestly I like those details)
Really. That's very nice of you. I'd like to extend my thanks to you for helping out. Not everyone is willing to help out nowadays, and it's nice to hear of people who do.
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Old October 20, 2012, 09:06 PM   #46
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My preparations for Halloween consists of lots and lots of candy, and designing a new plan to scare the snot out of any child brave enough to venture onto our porch.
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Old October 21, 2012, 01:14 AM   #47
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We live in a semi-affluent development and our streets are swamped with kids driven in from other areas. We used to do the candy thing until in '10 when "kids" who were taller and had more facial hair than me started coming to the door as trick-or-treaters. That was the last year we did the candy thing. Now it's lights out and shades drawn.
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Old October 21, 2012, 08:20 AM   #48
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Im digging a hole out in the back yard in preparation for the bgs showing up, have a snub nosed .357mag at the bottom of each bowl of candy. And all that is just in case the wife tries to steal my peanut butter snickers. Most of the time shes a good girl but you never know.
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Old October 21, 2012, 09:19 AM   #49
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When I was growing up we had a kid who's dad was a mailman. This guy was well known through the neighborhood as a scarcastic-smart***-prankster. They lived by the school (K-8).

One October a couple of weeks before Halloween, they put a scarecrow out on their porch dressed up in the typical flannel shirt, jeans, gloves, hat...etc...etc...sitting on a lawn chair. The kids walking by the house would see it on a regular basis before that Halloween and got used to the decorations.

Yeah, so on Halloween night the kid's dad switched places with the scarecrow - clothes and all. Jumped up to offer the kids candy when they came on the property. Scared the bejesus out of the trick-or-treaters. Actually heard that some parents got really angry/upset at it. Scared the parents, too I think!
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Old October 21, 2012, 10:57 AM   #50
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Errrrm...really, it's Halloween. I give out candy to a few kids, and my dog gets to sniff new people. My biggest concern is people driving too fast down the road when there are children out.
Yup.

Closing this one, because I can see no serious purpose for it.

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