Trick or Treat Tips:
- Stay off the grass and out of the flowerbeds.
- If the porch light is off, pass up the house and go only to well-lit doors.
- Don’t block the door once you have received your treat.
- Don’t ask for more candy or another type of candy.
- Only ring the doorbell one time. Don’t knock after the ring.
- Don’t ask for water or a restroom at anyone’s house.
- Keep your hands off of anything on the front porch.
- Be respectful of other trick-or-treaters by waiting your turn.
- Wear reflective clothing and tennis shoes.
- Carry a flashlight and don’t point it at oncoming traffic.
- Stay close to a parent or trusted adult.
- Always say, “thank you”, even if you don’t like chocolate-covered raisins.
Tips for the Parents:
- If you are walking with your 6 year-old, holding your 4 month-old and chasing your toddler, consider taking a friend to assist you.
- Don’t send the toddler or 6 year-old with and extra bucket “for the 3 month-old baby.”
- Follow closely behind your child and don’t allow him or her to wander off from house to house without supervision.
- A parent should also acknowledge the person handing out the candy with a smile and a “thank you.”
- Don’t put your child in a mask that blocks his or her vision. Opt for costume face paint instead.
- Make sure your child’s costume is not too hot or too light for the weather.
- Discourage your older teen from trick or treating. Expect raised eyebrows from the neighbors if your teen is carrying a trash bag or pillowcase for a treat bag.
- Teens should never wear a heavy mask or carry weapon-like gear.
- Inspect all treats before letting your children eat them.
- If you do not want to participate in the Halloween ritual, make it clear by turning off your front porch light. Better yet, go out for a nice dinner and return after all of the little goblins are tucked into bed.