Halloween is such a fun holiday to celebrate! From the creativity displayed through costumes and elaborately carved pumpkins to noshing on yummy treats like caramel apples and candy corn, there’s plenty to enjoy – even if you’re beyond the age of going door to door. In the event your plans are to participate in trick-or-treating either as a chaperone or homeowner, do observe these pieces of protocol:
Open for Business. Be certain that your home is brightly lit if you are welcoming Trick-or-Treaters. Take time prior to Halloween to clear your walkway and replace light bulbs, as necessary. However, the tried and true still holds: no light means no candy. If you’ve run out of candy or it is past 9pm (the typical time to cease trick-or-treating), feel free to turn off your light to discourage visitors still in search of sweets.
Control the Bowl. Though most children will be aware that they should only take one piece of candy per home (unless offered more), there are some that might grab a handful, should you present your bowl of goodies as a free for all. Manage expectations by selecting a few pieces for each child and place them into their bags yourself or simply advise your Trick-or-Treaters on how many pieces they’re allowed to take from the bowl.
No Scary Manners. Parents: Do encourage your children to use their manners, unless they’re too young, by saying an audible “Trick-or-Treat”, “Thank You” and cheerful “Happy Halloween” as proper payment for receiving free candy. This is also a perfect time for them to practice making eye contact with adults. Be certain that they remain on sidewalks and pathways when walking from door to door – no shortcuts across lawns.
As always, the rule of thumb is to be thoughtful. Have a safe and Happy Halloween full of charm and lots of candy!