Halloween is just around the corner! Before we dress up our superheros and princesses, check out these tips on trick or treat manners.
Tips For Parents
- This is a great opportunity to help your child practice good manners. Practice using kind words and phrases in advance.
- Teach your child to respect other people's property. Tell them not to cut through shrubbery and across your neighbors lawns. Use sidewalks and designated walking space.
- Practice ringing the doorbell and knocking on doors at thome. Tell your child to ring the doorbell or knock on the door just once. Ringing the bell several times or knocking insistently is rude and not very neighborly.
- Teach your child to say " Yes, Please " when verbally offered candy or treats. They should also know to say " Thank You" when they receive a treat or are complimented on their costume.
If You Are NOT Handing Out Candy:
- Leave your porch light OFF. During trick-or-treat hours this is an universal sign saying " There is no candy here". Also, most parents won't allow their children to approach a darkened home.
- Leave a sign on the door. If you live in an apartment building or complex and the hallway is lit, you can leave a friendly sign on the door stating that you are not handing out candy.
Treat Giving Do's and Dont's
- Home baked goods. You will be wasting your time and money. Parents will just throw these items out.
- Unwrapped treats. In order for parents to consider the treat safe, it must be sealed and wrapped from the manufacturer.
- Fruits. We've all heard the scary stories of razor blades in apples and such. I guarantee you, if you give out fruit, it will most likely be thrown away.
- "Healthy" snacks. Fiber bars and granola bars just don't go over well for kids as halloween treats.
- Candy(the good stuff). Kids like candy for kids. Stay away from grown up candies like Almond Roca and such.
- If you just can't bring yourself to hand out candy to the children, here are some suggestions:
- Temporary Tattoos
- Small toys such as rings, whistles etc. Generally, anything you would put into a goodie bag for a child's birthday party. ** This is also a great option if you want to have something to give the children who may have special dietary needs and can't eat candy**
I hope you all have a wonderful time trick-or- treating this year and be safe!