Internet Backs Couple Who Received Heat From Neighbors for 'Reverse Trick-or-Treating'

The internet has offered its support to one Redditor who claimed that they and their wife received heat from their neighbors for "reverse trick-or-treating."

They shared their story on Thursday in Reddit's "Am I The A**hole" forum under the username u/AFTER_THAT_LION_DUDE. Already, the post has received more than 9,500 votes and over 1,600 comments.

According to the post, the couple moved into their home several weeks ago. Being that they were new to the area, they decided to use the Halloween weekend as an opportunity to introduce themselves to their neighbors.

"We know there aren't any kids in the neighborhood, and were told to expect no trick-or-treaters," the Redditor said.

"So, my wife and I dressed up in costumes we had easy access to, nothing controversial or inappropriate, and stocked up on candy. We made little baggies for each house in our neighborhood with about a dozen fun-sized pieces of candy in each," the Redditor continued.

On Saturday night—the night before Halloween—the couple went door-to-door to pass out candy and say hello to their new neighbors. They referred to this as "reverse trick-or-treating."

Despite two neighbors commenting that "people don't do that kind of thing in [their] neighborhood," and another stating that they'd "burn in hell for celebrating a satanic holiday," they didn't think much of their gesture.

That is, until Thursday, when the Redditor's wife overheard a group talking about how "weird" it was.

"[W]hile getting the mail, my wife overheard a group of people talking about the new, weird, neighbors, who decided to take up a chunk of everyone's evening on a Saturday night," the Redditor said.

Those comments, coupled with the others that were made on Saturday night, caused them to worry that they were "out of line" to reverse trick-or-treat. So, the Redditor asked: "Are we the a**holes?"

The Redditor and their wife are not the first to reverse trick-or-treat. In fact, the unique tradition was widely encouraged last year to keep kids safe during the pandemic.

Dean Blumberg, chief of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children's Hospital, recommended the practice on the hospital's website.

"Instead of having the kids go door to door, let the candy come to you! Kids can stand in their front yard showing off their cool costumes, while adults drive by and throw candy into their yard," he said.

One group in Sacramento, California last year built a "candy catapult," which they used in their reverse trick-or-treating experience.

Commenters on the Reddit post were quick to defend the couple, who they felt did a really kind thing for their neighbors.

"NTA [not the a**hole], of course. We also don't get trick-or-treaters where I live, and I would have been utterly charmed by new people to the neighborhood introducing themselves this way," said u/MuchTooBusy.

"NTA. I'm sure some people appreciated you introducing yourself. Some people will always be overly sensitive and unpredictable," added u/mt_guyot.

Redditor u/0biterdicta said: "NTA. I'd be absolutely delighted if a new neighbor decided to do that. It seems like a really nice way to introduce yourselves to the neighbors and it's only like 2 minutes of their time."

Commenter u/wispybubble replied: "NTA. You literally just...gave them something? They didn't have to answer the door if they 'weren't expecting visitors.'"

Newsweek reached out to u/AFTER_THAT_LION_DUDE for comment.

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The internet has offered its support to one Redditor who claimed that they and their wife received heat from their neighbors for “reverse trick-or-treating.” After moving into a new home, the couple used the Halloween weekend to introduce themselves to their new neighbors. AnnaStills/istock