LETTERS: Halloween tourists taking the candy at Raceview

ON Saturday night we involved ourselves again in Halloween.

We spent many dollars on treats, joining neighbours in enjoying the way many children were dressed up and the look on their faces when receiving treats.

Although All Hallows is more of an American tradition, we are embracing it, especially for the little ones.

On thing that we found, however, was that many children were being driven to our small neighbourhood and then dropped off at each door so they could collect treats.

At one stage about six cars were parked near the entrance to our small neighbourhood, only to leave after the kids did their rounds. The number of children who trick or treated far outweighed the number who live in the area.

I have heard our area is popular with people because we are giving treats, the only problem is our popularity appears to be spreading and we are now getting 'Halloween Tourists'.

Where does it stop? People may argue that we can afford to provide to the community of Ipswich, all 170,000. People may say you should be happy to give to the little ones.

Well in some respects these arguments are valid, but should we be spending on treats only to have them run out because the 'Halloween Tourists' arrive before the local kids? Are we going to have to stop because we cannot afford it any longer?

G SMITH, Raceview

 

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