Here is my Ultimate Guide to Halloween Tips for Great Etiquette:
Please and Thank You
Crossing Neighbors Yards
If you don’t know the neighbors or the people you are visiting while trick or treating and you don’t feel comfortable sharing your name, I think that is fine too. We live in interesting times and you might not want to share your child’s name with some on you don’t know.
Butting in the Candy Line
We go trick or treating with our next door neighbors. That means there are three boys rushing to get from door to door. I really don’t want JDaniel pushing to the front of the line to be first. The truth is the neighbors are probably going to give the same candy and in the same amount to each of the children. Being first isn’t really going to benefit JDaniel and will just make him seem pushy. This is one of those Halloween tips that will make your neighbors smile.
Going to the Door, But Not in the House
As I mentioned we have met many of our neighbors, but I can’t say I really know each of them well. We will be going to their doors and if we get asked to come in we might. If someone asked JDaniel to come into see how their house was decorated or to see their cute pet on his own, I will be having him say “No”. There are just too many things that are happening to children these days.Each family will need to decide how to handle this. I tend to be a helicopter mom and watch my son closely.
Candy at Home
The First W is Who
Who will have access to the candy is the first W? Do mom and dad get a cut of the candy or is it all the child’s? The candy bag at my house is a universal bag. We can all take candy from it. If you have more than one child, you may want a universal bag or bowl or each child could have their own bowl.
The Second W is What
What will happen to the load of candy the child has brought home? Will some of it be donated to a charity that will send it to the troop overseas or another charity? Will some be left out to eat and some be put away later.
The Third W is Where
Where will the candy be stored? Is it going to be left out in a bowl on the kitchen table to take from at a approved time? ( It would be dipped into often that way at my house by all of us.) Will the candy be placed in a container in the pantry or on top of the fridge to be doled out when they parents think it is the right time.
The Final W is When
When will the candy be given out? Will it be a piece or two after dinner? Can they take a couple piece in their lunch? Deciding when to give the candy out is up to each family. Some families may decide it is two pieces a day when the child chooses to have it.
If you end up with candy you don’t want, you can give it to a charity or take it to work to place near the community coffee pot. In homes with more than one child you can have them trade candy. I decided when JDaniel was little to put together treat bags to give to neighbors as we trick or treat.