Trick-or-Treat Etiquette TipsJules Hirst
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. Participation 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!