1-Percenter: Poor Kids Keep Coming To My Neighborhood-- "Slate's "Dear Prudence" on Thursday ran a letter from an advice-seeker identified as a whiny suburban homeowner who is incredibly concerned that poor kids are going to ruin Halloween in the cul-de-sac."
Uh, pardon me but I can relate to that living here in Allentown's West End. We gave up handing out candy years ago. The reason is we bought over 7lbs of candy every year and it was all gone in far less then an hour!
Seven kids live in this block. Yet literally hundreds show up every Halloween. I personally witnessed two passenger vans showing up with about 10 kids in each pull up out front more then once over the years.
I can understand why there may be some reluctance for parents downtown in the inner city to have their kids go door to door, but Halloween isn't supposed to be about teaching your kids how to scam others by exploiting them. Hence we go to either my daughter's or son's up in Whitehall where they are more respectful of their neighbors.