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"One-Percenter" Wants The Poor Folk To Stay Away This Halloween

Margie Patton | PopWrapped Author

Margie Patton

10/29/2014 9:17 am
PopWrapped | Current Events
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One of the many great things about Halloween is how it's for everybody. Anybody can throw on a costume and have as much spooky-filled fun as they want. Trick-or-treating is a long-standing tradition that is still beloved by kids of all races and economic levels. It's a great equalizer. Once you put on that Batman costume, no one knows if your family drives a Lexus or takes the bus. It looks like at least one wealthy citizen, however, would prefer that the poorer ghouls not come haunting in their neighborhood. A disgruntled Halloween party-pooper recently wrote to Slate's "Dear Prudence" column complaining about children from poorer areas showing up in ritzy neighborhoods with bags in hand. A reader calling themselves "Halloween for the 99 percent" wrote:
I live in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country, but on one of the more “modest” streets—mostly doctors and lawyers and family business owners. (A few blocks away are billionaires, families with famous last names, media moguls, etc.) I have noticed that on Halloween, what seems like 75 percent of the trick-or-treaters are clearly not from this neighborhood. Kids arrive in overflowing cars from less fortunate areas. I feel this is inappropriate. Halloween isn’t a social service or a charity in which I have to buy candy for less fortunate children. Obviously this makes me feel like a terrible person, because what’s the big deal about making less fortunate kids happy on a holiday? But it just bugs me, because we already pay more than enough taxes toward actual social services. Should Halloween be a neighborhood activity, or is it legitimately a free-for-all in which people hunt down the best candy grounds for their kids?
Fortunately Prudence's response called out the complainer for the real-life monster he or she clearly is.
Dear 99, In the urban neighborhood where I used to live, families who were not from the immediate area would come in fairly large groups to trick-or-treat on our streets, which were safe, well-lit, and full of people overstocked with candy. It was delightful to see the little mermaids, spider-men, ghosts, and the occasional axe murderer excitedly run up and down our front steps, having the time of their lives. So we’d spend an extra $20 to make sure we had enough candy for kids who weren’t as fortunate as ours. There you are, 99, on the impoverished side of Greenwich or Beverly Hills, with the other struggling lawyers, doctors, and business owners. Your whine makes me kind of wish that people from the actual poor side of town come this year not with scary costumes but with real pitchforks. Stop being callous and miserly and go to Costco, you cheapskate, and get enough candy to fill the bags of the kids who come one day a year to marvel at how the 1 percent live.
I couldn't agree more. Even if you're an entitled snob 364 other nights of the year, at least be nice and make with the candy on Halloween. It's the right thing to do, plus the kindness and generosity you show this Halloween may save you from the dreaded flaming bag of poop on your doorstep next year.

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