Wrong approach to Halloween. Opinion

I WRITE in relation to some of the events that I observed on Saturday evening, October 31, being Halloween evening.

Arriving home from work just after 7.15pm and well after dusk, I was confronted by two very young children on my front veranda asking me if I would give them some lollies

These two children would be aged no more than three or four. Somewhat surprised, I looked out towards the street and saw who I thought might have been the children’s parent or guardian.

I politely informed the children that I did not have any lollies for them and walked out and spoke to the adults.

I indicated to them that I thought it was wrong of them to let the children go and approach a complete stranger in darkness and ask for lollies.

Further, I told them that had I approached the children whether it be in daylight or darkness offering lollies… then all “hell would break loose with no doubt a visit by a member of the police force”.

Throughout Saturday evening, numerous children knocked on my door asking for treats and lollies even though I had my home in darkness.

Why is it so that parents and guardians allow their children (some very young) to go around knocking on complete strangers’ doors asking for treats and lollies when, at any other times, it is almost seen as a crime with one having to defend oneself if we were to be seen “offering lollies”’ to the same children.

KEN LITTLE, Willetton.