25 Oct
What’s with the Old People Begging for Candy on Halloween?

Dear Mouthy Housewives,

Every year on Halloween, we notice something very obnoxious in our neighborhood. In addition to the many children and teenagers in costume, we also get a handful of older women pushing around strollers and asking for candy. Last year, it was a grandmother and her grandson. She came to the door, leaving the stroller with a friend at the end of our driveway, and asked for candy for the infant. WTF?! I wanted to say no, but in the moment I just kind of looked at her, flabbergasted, and handed her the damn candy.

Should I speak up this year or will my house get egged?


Halloween is Not for the Elderly


Dear Halloween is Not for the Elderly,

Apparently, Halloween seems to be the one day that you can show up at stranger’s houses and demand free food. Well, I also do it on Arbor Day, but take it from me, it’s far less successful.

My feeling is – No Costume, No Candy!  Say it with me! I mean, even those hoodlum teenagers manage to throw a pillow case over their heads and pretend to be ghosts for some free Snicker bars. You gotta put a little effort in! Even when my daughter was just 2 months old, I stuffed her into a super lame ear of corn costume. It wasn’t my first choice but it was the last remaining crumpled costume lying on the floor at Buy Buy Baby. But as far as I was concerned, that costume earned me some free candy corns.

So has the grandmother stuck her grandson in a cute little Pumpkin outfit? Well, then hand over the goods. But if he’s dressed as a baby, then no luck.

I understand why you fear being egged if you hold your ground. Those trick or treaters are a rowdy bunch and I once had a 4 foot Dracula aggressively insist I was dressed as Amy Winehouse when I was so obviously Priscilla Presley. What is wrong with 3rd graders anyway?!

But just put up a cute sign by your doorbell that says, “No Costume, No Candy” and if someone still has the audacity to demand candy without even a hint of dress up effort, let them know that you are running low and would love to save it for the kids in the neighborhood.

Or even better, just have some boxes of craisins nearby that you can throw in their bag. Trust me, they will never come back. Not even on Arbor Day.

Good luck,

Kelcey, TMH


12 Responses to “What’s with the Old People Begging for Candy on Halloween?”


Comment by Tina Shea.



Comment by Bill.

When that happens in our neighborhood, I think it’s usually people who are less well off from the apartments in surrounding neighborhoods. I wish I knew for sure, because I’d also give them grocery store gift cards. Anyway, they bother me far less than the high schoolers who wear a $1 mask and ask for candy. Get off my lawn, hooligans.


Comment by Jesabes.

I love the idea of handing out less desirable things. Craisins are a start, sure, but maybe clean out your pantry and give them old canned goods or something:)


Comment by suburbancorrespondent.

Slightly off-topic, but one person in our neighborhood insists – every year – on handing out apples.

Hello? 1922 called, it wants its Halloween treats back.

rojopaul Reply:

My girls STILL talk about the neighbor who passed out 1 walnut to each kid a few years back. I think it was a couple guys renting a house who were just unprepared and they came up with SOMEthing. ha


Comment by sue diamond-phillips.

AGREED! And if they can’t walk to the door (with help is fine, but WALKING and holding a bag), they don’t need candy. Just go buy yo-dayum self a bag of discounted Halloween candy at CVS if you want it that bad, Mommy. I know i do. Then i play my favorite game called, “hide and go eat”.

Danielle Reply:

So honest question about this then. I’ve got a 2 year old, he can obviously walk. He’s really not “in” to strangers though. So, while I imagine we’ll just hit a few houses for the experience I really don’t want to be judged negatively for carrying my kid up to the doors.
So, in your opinion what age would be acceptable? This introvertedness seems to be in his genes so there is the distinct possibility I’ll be walking with a 10 yo to trick or treat.

Sue Diamond-Phillips Reply:

Personally…my husband or i ALWAYS walk up to the door with our kids until they are 6 or so – and our kids don’t go out alone ever. My kids have never been stranger people either! People can tell if it’s an “older” but shy little one! I just think it’s dumb when it’s literally an infant with a bag orrrr a slutty teen/teen boy with a mask. You’re old enough to get a job and buy some discount candy 😉 P.S. don’t you think it’s odd how people expect kids to WANT to be friendly to, or go to strangers? When we are kind of teaching them the exact opposite for safety. But for some reason if, God forbid, your toddler doesn’t like some creepy stranger (or overenthusiastic person) coming up and getting in their face, they aren’t friendly children? Sorta related. Sorta not.

Danielle Reply:

I do think it’s strange how strangers expect to be instantly liked. Unfortunately my son doesn’t like much of anyone so he’s an equality hater. Plus he’s scared of pretty much everything so I figure we’ll do a couple houses and then he’ll just start crying and at least we can say we went and have a few pictures.


Comment by Erin@MommyontheSpot.

Craisins?! Brilliant!


Comment by HellTygr.

I really want to hang a sign on my door: “If you’re (A) Over 15, (B) have no costume, [dressed in black with smudgy eye makeup counts as no costume} and (C) are NOT escorting a toddler; you will be given a ball-point-pen and a job application in lieu of candy.”


Comment by lrgreene.

Personally I give to whoever shows up at my door. If people are so cheap they can’t spare a piece of candy for a parent who is outside in the cold with a bunch of annoying kids they deserve a treat to. Really if you don’t want to give stuff out close your door and turn off your light. Jeez.

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