People on the internet gave the man a privilege check for not wanting to indulge in trick-or-treating with kids from poor neighborhoods.
The season of celebration is upon us and ‘tis the time to trick and treat! The scariest time of the year is here and the kids are prepping to one-up their game from last year's using innovative costumes. The tradition of knocking on people's doors, scaring them and asking for candies is universal and the more it transcends neighborhoods, the more it becomes special. That's why, when a man from a privileged background expressed his annoyance over poor kids trick-or-treating in his "affluent" neighborhood, he got an honest reality check from other people on the internet. The Reddit user began by sharing that his girlfriend moved in with him "into my home in an affluent neighborhood." Ever since then, they have noticed a growing number of people approaching their neighborhood with their kids for trick-or-treating on Halloween.
He further explained that due to this surge of kids in the neighborhood, a lot of residents have chosen to “turn off” on the day that’s all about children’s smiles and candies. He added that despite people “turning off” on that day, there’s been no impact on the number of people coming to the neighborhood with their kids for candy. He then explained his girlfriend’s stance on the situation and said, “I was openly annoyed with this leading up to Halloween and my girlfriend would condemn it every time I brought it up because ‘Halloween's all about sharing’, saying it shouldn't matter whether the kids are from the neighborhood or not.”
He pointed out that his girlfriend mentioned that it’s a high probability that most of the kids who come to their neighborhood reside in inferior areas “where it's not possible to trick-or-treat”. He then reiterated that he wasn’t surprised by what she said because that year a lot of cars lined at “both entrances” and some of them had out-of-state plates. He concluded by asking other users if his annoyance with "parents who truck carloads full of kids to a neighborhood they don't live in” is justified.
People had a lot of input coming in for him. The comments section was in uproar about the “privilege” the man had. Reddit user u/Spectrum2081 explained in length that it is always a choice whether you want to indulge in trick or treating. If you choose not to, “you can hang a sign and turn off your porch light and go on with your night." However, choosing which kid deserves candy and which doesn’t is a hypocritical move. The user then explained a scenario from Halloween and said, “Imagine being a kid, dressing up, knocking on a door on Halloween and saying, trick-or-treat to someone visibly annoyed by your presence. Imagine it is because of something like the color of your skin or because you are overweight. That would feel pretty bad. Now imagine it's because you are too poor.”
Many other users highlighted the "privilege" that the man comes from and explained that if he did come from an affluent background, he could afford to buy tons of candy. A user said, “It's only money and you can always get more of it. Fun coupons, that's what I like to call them. What you can't get more of is TIME. So stop arguing with your girlfriend and enjoy handing out candy to her. Good luck!”
"I also live in a very affluent neighborhood. I grew up poor and I am more than happy to get candy for all of the kids who come. To me, it’s a compliment that they would want to come here and trick or treat with our neighborhood. I buy extra candy every year just to accommodate them. I hate to say it, but you may be an a***ole. They are just kids who want candy. Good candy. And their parents love them so much that they are willing to bring them wherever to make their Halloween a special one. Isn’t it awesome that you can be a part of that," commented u/StarBrite33.