Trick-or-Treat Etiquette Tips

Halloween Etiquette_Tips for Trick or Treat

Grow­ing up, Hal­loween is one of the great­est days of the year.  You get to dress up and pre­tend to be some­one else and peo­ple give you candy for it.  Fol­low­ing sim­ple eti­quette tips can help make this a great day for everyone.

In terms of Hal­loween eti­quette, your porch light and the lights in the front of your house say a lot about you.  Lights sig­nify that some­one is home and on Hal­loween that sig­ni­fies that this house is pass­ing out treats.   Candy Corn_Halloween-EtiquettePar­tic­i­pa­tion in Hal­loween is vol­un­tary.  You don’t have to do it.  If you were raised in an iso­lated com­mu­nity and never expe­ri­enced the joy of Hal­loween, you may not under­stand or want kids com­ing to your door.  That’s fine, but let peo­ple know by turn­ing your lights off.  To a kid, a dark house has no candy.  How­ever, a lit house where no one answers the door is sus­cep­ti­ble to the trick part of Trick or Treat.

Hal­loween eti­quette also says that you should not pass out home­made treats or fruit.  You could be the world’s great­est baker, but no par­ent is going to spend the time try­ing to fig­ure out your inten­tions. A good par­ent will go through their child’s candy bag and throw away all the unwrapped items.  Why go to all the work of bak­ing to have your cre­ations thrown out.  If you do not believe in pass­ing out candy, a trip to your local dol­lar store will pro­vide a wide vari­ety of fun, non-edible treats to pass out, such as super balls, pen­cils, and glo-sticks.

Par­ents need to remind their trick-or-treaters that reg­u­lar rules of eti­quette still apply on Hal­loween.  Their chil­dren should always say, Trick or treat when the door opens and thank you after receiv­ing their treat.  Chil­dren should only take one to two pieces of candy from the candy dish, unless they are encour­aged to take more by the home­owner.  Par­ents should also stress to their chil­dren that it is polite to take what is offered even if they do not want it.  Remind them that they can always throw it away later.

Eti­quette should also be con­sid­ered when select­ing a cos­tume.  Every­one wants to have a fun cos­tume but con­sid­er­a­tion should be given to the loca­tion where the cos­tume will be shown off.  If you are attend­ing a Hal­loween party, your cos­tume may be more appro­pri­ate than if you are wear­ing it to school.  Peo­ple may be offended by your cos­tume, and this could lead to a visit to the principal’s office.  Of course, get­ting sent home early from school does allow more time for trick-or-treating!