Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
Yes, it’s a perennial problem.
The car or van pulls up in front of your house. Out jump several kids who make a beeline for your front door.
They’re not from your neighborhood, or the next neighborhood. Heck, they’re not even from your zip code.
Generally I have found this bunch to be mute and unappreciative.
Is this a big deal on Trick or Treat? To some, you bet who have complained to their suburban mayors and village presidents.
Last fall, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, residents in Hales Corners got slammed by these outsiders.
The problem was that Hales Corners was among a handful of municipalities that held Trick or Treat hours on an off day or time, in this case, October 25, 2009. Just about everyone else held their begging time on October 31, 2009.
That set off the light bulb in a lot of sly, and yes, greedy parents and kids who saw the wonderful opportunity to have not one but TWO Trick or Treat days, not in their own backyards, but in the more affluent neighborhoods. So they come by the car and vanloads. And I’m sorry, the words, “Thank you” never pass their Milky Way-eating lips.
While this practice has become common and quite noticeable, mark me down as one who does not get his nose bent out of shape. On my list of priorities, I can’t begin to pinpoint how low this is on the ledger.
But having licked all our tax, spending and unemployment problems, area officials plan to meet today to discuss a uniform Trick or Treat day/time.
Ideally, each municipality should, as it has in the past, be able to choose its own Trick or Treat hours that best suit the community.
I empathize with the elderly woman referred to in the Journal Sentinel that had to run out and buy more candy last year, but the solution is not to call the city or village hall and complain. The answer is buy more candy next time, and when you run out, you run out, and just stop answering the doorbell. The youngins from the big city will survive.
Finally, if suburban officials must come to an agreement on this most pressing issue, let’s hope they get it right and select the only true, appropriate time for Trick or Treat…… at night, October 31, every year.
UPDATE from jsonline