The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Letters to the Editor

November 3, 2011

Halloween Disgust

TARBORO —     Hello fine citizens of Tarboro, NC. I'm writing today to provide my worthless point of view on a topic that's really been annoying me for the last several years and since Halloween 2011 has just passed, I figured now would be a good time.  I guess we all have things that "bug" us from time to time.  For me, well, there are a number of things that just "eat at me" on a daily basis.  What can I say?  It is comforting, however, through everday conversations, to realize that I do not stand alone in many of my viewpoints.  So, let's get back to the reason for this letter.

    Yes, Halloween has come and gone again.  Time flies doesn't it?  Was there anything diffferent this year about this great event here in our hometown, other than the cold, rainy weather?  I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary.  We took the kids downtown for the usual "Main Street Festivities" and, of course, still took them for a short while Trick or Treating in the rain.  We tried to make things fun, but even the kids said, "Let's go home."  I couldn't have agreed more.  At some point you just have to say "It's not worth it."  But hey, next year will be here before you know it.  So, we headed home to get warm and give the kids, who are 5 and 9, a well deserved warm bath.  After all, bed time was approaching and they did have school the next day.  

    Since we were participating in the usual Halloween fun, we had skipped dinner and we were all hungry.  I needed to make a quick trip to Lowe's and told everyone that I'd stop and pick up a pizza.  They thought that sounded great, as did I.  So, while the wife assisted the children with their baths, I drove to Lowe's, picked up the pizza, and was headed home.  By now, it is already 8:30 in the evening, and do you know what I saw?  Let me tell you.  There were still kids out Trick or Treating.  Folks, as I said, it is 8:30.  First of all, why would anyone still have their light on that late, and secondly, who in their right mind would still have their kids out in that weather at that late of an hour Trick or Treating?  I can assure you, it wasn't parents like us, who  better understand parenting.  We aren't perfect, but come on now.  Oh yeah, did I mention that most of what I saw (yes, I was looking hard now) wasn't the normal mom and dad with their little ones, but instead were kids in their teens with no costume holding what appeared to be a food lion bag while they ran from door to door with the bag wide open!  Enough is enough.  I'm not going to get into who's to blame, that's another topic all together.  I'm just saying it's time for it to stop.  You see this year after year.  All you have to do is watch and listen.  Look at what's taking place and hear the language being used.  At some point, the real Trick or Treaters will not get to enjoy the spirit of Halloween, either because they too see what's going on around them or their parents will just give up.  I'm hear to say, "Don't give up parents.  Fight back against this tyranny occuring in our streets." 

    Now, don't jump to conclusions and think I don't have supporting documentation for my claims.  Once I was back at home trying to eat, my doorbell started ringing.  I was thinking, "You have got to be kidding me."  By now, it's about 8:45 pm, but sure enough, there he stood, nearly 6 feet tall with no costume or anything, attempting to Trick or Treat.  I was all but infuriated.  Remember, I'd been out earlier as well with my own children, so we weren't at home with our light on waiting for kids to come to our house.  Doesn't it drive you crazy?  Furthermore, the walk down Main Street was anything but enjoyable, although I didn't expect it to be.  Kids all up and down Main were running around acting like complete idiots with no costume and no Halloween bucket or bag. There was one group in particular in which it appeared their young mother had her own bag.  Now, I can't say for sure whether she was the kids mother or not, like I said, that is the way it appeared.  Exactly what is the deal here?  Parents, would you please at least make at attempt to control your obviously misguided children.  Although there is no real clear age defining who should and should not go Trick or Treating, once they hit puberty, it's about time to give it up.  Teenagers, if you are going to be determined to do all you can to ruin the spirit of Halloween for the excited little ones and frustrate parents like me, how about at least throw on a little face paint and pick yourself up a little .50 plastic pumpkin to use for your bucket. The football jersey you got for your birthday or Christmas just doesn't cut it anymore.

    In conclusion, I ask, no, I plead with all of the downtown merchants and all others who participate in the distribution of treats to the Trick or Treaters, to simply say "No."  Don't be afraid, and don't continue to give to these parasites only to complain about it later.  I for one will stand behind you.  Trust me, you will not be alone.  It has long been time to take a stand and now is as good a time as any. 

Frank Perkins

Tarboro, NC

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