If you will be Trick or Treating with your kids this Halloween, set a good example by observing the following tips:
Skip the drink until later. Think twice before strolling through the neighborhood, carrying a can of beer or a 64 ounce travel mug filled with liquor. Keep the focus on your kids, not your “to go” cup. If someone offers you a drink, just say no!
Use your manners. Remind your kids to offer a loud and clear “Thank you” to those tossing chocolate treats in their bag…whether or not they like their Halloween loot. Your children should also be told to watch for cars, stay close to an adult and be polite to others. While it’s an expected gesture for your child to thank the person handing out candy, it’s also nice to hear it from a grateful parent and fellow neighbor.
Your two month old baby doesn’t count as a Trick-or-Treater. An adult, toting a large plastic pumpkin or over sized pillowcase, purporting they are collecting goodies for their toothless baby dressed as a hot dog, is not a convincing argument. Wait until your little angel can chew before collecting extra sweets.
Let the kids wear the costumes. Adults should refrain from wearing scary masks or costumes that will frighten the neighbors, young and old. You may get reported for being a “person of interest”.
Go home at an appropriate time. If the porch light is off, it’s your signal that the fun is over. The general consensus to go back inside is between 8:30 and 9:00 pm, earlier for very young children. Especially on a school night, it’s important to respect a decent “lights out”.
Check the candy before letting your kids indulge. Make sure all of the candy is in its original wrappers. Now that you are safely back home, the kids are bathed and fast asleep, you can enjoy your glass of wine!