Trick or treat is just greed

Sir,

Trick or Treat – that is what it is meant to be, not ‘gimme, gimme, gimme’.

My wife and I have lived in various parts of the UK, including Aberdeen, Edinburgh, North Yorkshire, Staffordshire and now Ilkeston.

We have always prepared for the event and opened our doors to the children. Everywhere we have been, the doorbell rings and when answered, the normal chant is “trick or treat” and whatever the reply at least one or two of the children would tell a joke, sing a song or recite a poem.

The children that came to our door last night, rang the bell and when we opened the door hands were thrust forwards or a bag was offered to have something put in it. When asked what they were going to do to receive their treat, they looked at us as though we were from another planet. One young girl aged about fourteen, did sing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, maybe she forgot what month it was.

It seems they think it is a given that they get something for nothing. It is of course the parents that are most certainly to blame for this sorry state of affairs.

It makes me think it is all just greed. I will not be opening my door next year, or at any time in the future.

A very dismayed John

Ilkeston