So here we go again, October 31st 2015 it’s the time of year when kids are encouraged to beg total strangers for candy in an increasingly more untrustworthy society, great idea folks. With all the pedophiles and just malicious people out there dropping razor blades into candy etc. yea this pagan tradition is an excellent idea.
Now I’m not really a doom and gloom kinda person, I know there are positives out there, I know there are great neighborhoods with good people. But I do know this, a lot of kids nowadays don’t have basic manners, for 364 days out the year, many of these very kids will walk right past you in the same streets you live on without as much a hi, hello, good morning/evening, not even a negro-head nod. Yet on this day these same kids seem to think it is totally acceptable to step foot on the property, ring the doorbell and be rewarded. When I lived on the south side of Atlanta, my home was across the street from the school bus pick up, everyday I’d hear these little bastards cussing and being not very respectful of adults or their community on a whole. The mere fact that they used to trample the lawn of that poor African family who used to work so hard to make it beautiful was humorous to me. I remember one kid from the neighborhood once saw a street sign fall off and his brought tools from his house to fix it, a group of 15 kids gathered sat on the sidewalk and just ridiculed him, calling him white boy wannabe etc, he yelled at them that keeping up their community the place where they lived was important, the knuckle heads just laughed a continued to insult him. This same teen used to speak to everyone in the community if their eyes met, pleasant guy, easily destined to be a leader, unless one of these crabs get to him.
Anyway long story short, I have to blame the parents if you don’t teach your kids manners even on a basic level why would you then think it’s cool to send them to the houses or apartments in your vicinity to ask for Happy Halloween handouts. I get the whole don’t speak to strangers, but that is not hi, hello, good morning/evening, not speaking to strangers is holding entire conversations. On this day I will be turning off my porch light, I won’t be buying or giving out any candy, on the chance I am actually in my home and answer a door to an uninvited guest, I’ll be answering my door and giving out Tricks not Treats. The Trick or trivia will be “what do you say to someone child to adult when your eyes meet?” dunno? get off my property.
Sadly living in a country that supports a sense of self entitlement, I am not surprised these kids have zero social awareness of their actions, because they’ll be rewarded in their minimal efforts while displaying zero manners towards adults. Many will go up to houses and get treats and not even say thank you. Maybe I am just judging this on my own experiences, maybe I need to go to some of those prestigious organized neighborhood and see how they operate and maybe then my mindset towards this day will change. I wonder how this goes in Barbados since it seems to be growing in popularity there, but I think it’s still more of a costume and party thing than begging.
Happy Halloween to all, keep your kids safe, check their candy and remind them to have manners and not to walk directly in the streets since the days of the designated “car yeller” are clearly over.