Slate Columnist Squares Off Against Halloween Meanie

ShutterstockHalloweenHouseWe’re not sure if Emily Yoffe, a.k.a. Dear Prudence, wrote the headline for her latest Slate advice column. But the top of this one leaves little to the imagination as far as where she stands on the opening missive: “Monster.”

The individual being referred to here is a resident of one of America’s richer neighborhoods, who wrote in to complain that kids from poorer areas invade their trick-or-treat stoop each Halloween. Replying to the reader, Yoffe comes as close as an advice columnist can to losing her cool:

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 one percent live.

There’s another layer to this annual phenomenon that is not addressed by Yoffe. One of the other reasons kids head to richer neighborhoods is that these areas have a higher density of houses-per-block participating in Halloween and thus, make walking around to trick or treat more feasible. Many less affluent neighborhoods are seeing an increasing number each year of houses on each block no longer participating in the October 31 holiday.

[H/T: Rosa Prince / The Telegraph]

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Previously on FishbowlNY:
There’s an Ira Glass Halloween Kids Costume

@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.