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Should teens be scared away from trick-or-treating?

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NEW YORK — Patti Woods-LaVoie loves Halloween and all things candy, but she has a hard and fast rule when it comes to teens and trick-or-treating.

Show up at her door in Trumbull, Conn., with a costume — and she means something more than a baseball hat and jersey — and her candy bowl is your candy bowl.

Ring her bell in street clothes and you’ll get teabags, ramen noodles, shampoo samples or some other discard from her pantry or closets.

“Some come in cars,” she said. “They park and go from neighborhood to neighborhood. My husband is just waiting for the day our house gets egged by someone who got a teabag.”

When it comes to big kids with pillow cases begging for candy on Halloween, there seem to be three camps.

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