Stapleton Residents to Add Supplementary Trick-or-Treating Sign

Old trick or treatersLong-time Stapleton residents are all too aware of the incredible wave of people coming into Stapleton on trick-or-treating night. The influx has mixed reviews from residents. Many residents are happy kids from neighborhoods less likely to offer candy are able to come to Stapleton and enjoy its bounties of candy. Other residents are frustrated they must spend over a hundred dollars in candy and often not get to give a way candy to their friends’ kids because the outsiders gobble it up so quickly. In fact, the through streets in Eastbridge will only continue to increase the number of trick-or-treaters flooding through the Stapleton borders. “It is pretty frustrating,” says resident Kate Haugen. “On one hand, I understand the draw. We are an amusement park of candy. But the other part of me thinks that there is something special about supporting your own community and trick-or-treating in your own community.” Over the years, Stapleton residents have charted out the number of trick-or-treaters, taken pictures of them, and have even used time-lapse photography to show them overtaking Stapleton neighborhoods. “It’s remarkable how quiet it can be, and then suddenly you are giving out candy as fast as you can get it out of your bucket,” says resident Adam Potter. Once you move past and accept the non-Stapleton kids trick-or-treating in Stapleton, there are still other issues. “I’ll get kids at my door at 9:30,” Says Scott Bauer. “And not just one. Several will come by, even after my light is off and the sign is up. It is really frustrating.” Residents have been encouraged to place a sign on their door letting people know they are no longer giving out candy. This sign has certainly helped, but residents will still get hassled for candy after 8:30. The other issue is the ‘overage’ trick-or-treaters. “We get adults and adolescents who are dressed up holding out a pillowcase,” says Tanya Asbee. “I’m not talking about 11 year olds, I’m talking about 17 year old kids and 40 year old plus parents who are with their kids. I never know what to say to them, but it is really annoying.” This year, resident Sean Becker created a sign stating, “You must be 13 & Under to Receive Candy from this residence.” “I just got annoyed with it in the past,” says Becker. “So, this year, instead of being frustrated with what to say, I am just going to point to the sign and kind of say, ‘sorry, check out the sign. Can’t help you.’ We will see how it goes. I am hoping if I can at least get rid of 70% of these 14 and over trick-or-treaters, it will be worth it.” Other residents are following Becker’s lead. “I hate giving candy to the older ‘kids,’” says Steve Sullivan. “I always end up bitter that I didn’t call them out. Well, this year, I have an easy way to do it. Don’t blame me, blame the sign.” The signs are available by creating a simple word document and printing them out yourself. *I am most certainly creating this sign, and encourage others to do so. If you have a driver’s permit or in many cases, a driver’s license, I am not giving you candy. Drive your butt to Sam’s and buy your own candy. ]]>

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