The Halloween Danger Zone
If you are a couple, and you don't have kids, take a note from this married-with-kids guy when it comes to Halloween. Don't screw with the older trick-or-treaters.
At the age of 12, 13, 14, kids are at a crossroads: Too old to Trick-or-Treat, too young to riot. But they are able to intimidate. They know your address, they see the candy...they have access to eggs and T.P., and they have free time.
So you have to play the game, give them a hearty handful, or risk the 'Trick'. That is, unless you have a young couple at your Halloween night party. They don't get it, or remember their own vandalism. Case in point--One guy, we'll call him "Greg", decided that the older kids needed to earn their candy, so rather than just hand over the extortion booty and live another day without eggs splattering on the wall he determined that if they wanted "good candy" he was going to need to see some push-ups. Push-ups? My God man, what are you DOING!?
But to my dismay, these kids dropped to the driveway like bootcamp soldiers--and pushed-up until told to stop. All for a Hershey bar. They actually seemed to like the challenge! Maybe a new tradition has started? Sugar-buzzed kids doing some yard work or light maintenance in exchange for more candy...this "greg" fella is a genius.