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My neighborhood has never had very many trick-or-treaters, but there were none at all this year, and I have no idea why. There was no pit of spikes in my yard! (Which, obviously, Minty did not clear with Kimono before digging.)



Nov. 2nd, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
This. This x 1,000,000.

Though I would add that there's this feeling amongst parents that trick-or-treating isn't safe anymore, so they don't let their kids do it. Like every person they encounter is giving their kids poisoned candy or is a pedophile. I know a lot of parents who take their kids to lame mall trick-or-treating or to church parties or insulated functions.

It's sad, because this world is absolutely no worse than it was back in those days. The only difference is that the media blasts our ears with every terrible story they find.

Hell, last year I tried to take cookies to all the senior citizens living in the senior apartments across the street? Some of them wouldn't even OPEN THEIR DOORS. I live in a tiny town with like 1000 people. That's just SAD.

Nov. 2nd, 2011 03:09 pm (UTC)

That IS sad, conjure_lass. In a small town no less! :/

I meant to imply the fear and paranoia of one another by mentioning the lack of trust and community ties; I don't think I made it obvious though. Thanks for clarifying. :) Media certainly reinforces those fears by normalizing events that are in fact quite rare; child abduction, for instance. And the whole "stranger danger" thing is a joke too, seeing as the vast majority of abductors are people the kid knows - usually a relative!

But again, that sort of paranoia is borne of a lack of social cohesion; of course people will be afraid/suspicious of their neighbors. They're perfect strangers! Our social isolation, especially from the people most approximate to us, is having very adverse and harmful effects on us, in ways large and small. We can't go on like this anymore...
Nov. 2nd, 2011 10:08 pm (UTC)
I think the fear-mongering is the biggest culprit. We're told about poison, pins and razor blades in candy, even though there are no documented cases of it ever happening. Parents worry about predators, which is a legitimate concern, but also easily avoidable. (There's an app for that.)

It's not new, though. I remember when I was a kid in the 80's, a police officer came to our school and warned us about Satanic cults. I had to wear a wig every Halloween, because they supposedly preferred blond children. This also turned out to be false.

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