Witchy Woman Doesn't Want Poor Kids Trick-or-Treating in Her Wealthy Neighborhood

Trick or TreatingOne woman who recently asked "Dear Prudence" a Halloween etiquette question should dust off her pointy hat and broomstick, because clearly she is a witch. A hoity-toity snob from the right side of the tracks, who has a big problem with kids being driven in from poorer parts of town to (gasp!) trick-or-treat in her upscale neighborhood.

This Halloween grinch writes, "[Trick-or-treating] isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children ... it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?"


Well then. Fittingly, she signs off, "Halloween for the 99 Percent." Have I mentioned snob?

Anyway, Prudence has the best response for this person, who would probably steal candy from a baby if she didn't think its parents lived in the right ZIP code.

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She explains that she lives in such a neighborhood where "little mermaids, spider-men, ghosts, and the occasional axe murderer" come in from other areas to trick-or-treat on her "safe, well-lit" streets, and she loves it.

She then rips into the snobbery exhibited by the letter-writer.

There you are, 99, on the impoverished side of Greenwich or Beverly Hills, with the other struggling lawyers, doctors, and business owners. Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.

Ha! Perfect. The fact of the matter is that not every kid who wants to go out collecting candy from strangers on October 31 lives in an area conducive to such activities. Heck, some of them might even be from well-to-do neighborhoods themselves, but spacing between homes might be too much to handle for little kids. Is this Halloween one-percenter going to check if mom has big enough diamonds in order to qualify her children worthy of candy?

Geez Louise. It seems like some people just like to have a reason to complain about anything -- even cute kids asking for fun-sized candy bars and lollipops.

Do you think it's acceptable for kids to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods other than their own?


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