Trick-or-treat etiquette is rarely agreed upon and pushed boundaries can crack even the most harmonious neighborhoods. We are all guilty of forgetting our manners amid the frenzy that surrounds free candy and fun costumes. Be on your best behaviour this Halloween with these trick-or-treat dos and don’ts.
DO: Remember trick-or-treating is for kids
While there’s nothing wrong with throwing a Halloween party for you and your wine-loving friends, bear in mind that you shouldn’t go around asking for candy above the age of 12 unless you’re accompanied by a minor.
DON’T: Harrass your neighbors
If a neighbor hasn’t turned their porch light on, or if you knock on the door and nobody answers, the resident is either not at home, or deliberately avoiding you. Don’t try to shake the candy out of an unwilling participant.
DO: Be prepared
It’s tough having to tell wanting witches and baby vampires that you’re all out of candy. Stock up and pace yourself. If you’re all out of the good stuff, turn your outside lights off or put a sign on your door telling the kiddies to try the next house.
DON’T: Be a grouch
You’re not a bad person for loathing the idea of local cherubs knocking on your door all night. But remember it is only one night of the year, and a festive one at that. Don’t let your sourpuss ruin little Sally’s night.
Always remember to accompany your kids or know their whereabouts, and check their loot when they return home to ensure there aren’t any nasty surprises in the haul. It always helps to just go through a few pedestrian safety or stranger danger rules.
DON’T: Ask for seconds
Giving candy to one of the greedy brats from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a sure way to guarantee that neighbour won’t be participating next year. Sharing is caring, there should be plenty to go around.
DO: Be polite
This is the most important rule of Trick-or-Treating. Remind your kids of their manners and that saying “thank you” is non-negotiable in the trick-or-treat contract. If you’re with your kids, throw in a thank you on your behalf to show your appreciation.