Trick, or Treat?
It's time once again for the annual Halloween primer, when we help out the newbies with what to expect October 31st (and also probably the 30th this year).
Q: I want to put out a pumpkin/jack-o-lantern, but won't someone smash it?
A: Actually, probably not. Though this was rampant where I grew up, it doesn't happen much around here.
Q: I don't really know if any kids will come around. Should I buy candy?
A: Yes. Halloween traffic can be hard to gauge, but it mostly seems to depend on whether you, and many of your neighbors, actually turn on porch lights that night.
Q: I've heard that old kids trick or treat here, and that many kids don't wear costumes. Is this true, and should I still give them candy?
A: Older kids do indeed trick or treat here (as in mid-teens, and yeah, they really do just want candy), and I've often had parents also want candy when they are out with the kids. Lots of kids don't bother with the costume. Despite what some say, it's not a money thing. There are lots of cheap/free ways to dress up for Halloween. So I find this annoying. But, I give the non-costumed candy anyway.
Q: Do kids egg houses on Halloween? Fireworks?
A: I've heard of Halloween eggings here, but they aren't common. Ditto for fireworks.
1. Try stocking something without peanuts, or nuts in it in case you find a kid with an allergy.
2. If you want trick-or-treaters you should turn your porch light on early.
3. A pumpkin, or jack-o-lantern, easily visible from the street (I like to put a decoration out in the yard that you can see from down the street) will decrease your chances of getting skipped.
4. If you offer kids the bowl and tell them to take two pieces it will not happen. That kid's going to grab a handful. If that's an issue for you then hand them the candy, or drop it into the kid's bag.
5. Don't leave out a bowl of candy. It will be empty after the first two kids.
6. this probably goes without saying, but no unprotected candles on the stairs due to long costumes, little kids, and visibility obscured by masks.
7. Keep pets inside. It's not a good night for them to be out.
8. Cabs are often in short supply on Halloween, and drinkers (and drunk drivers) are legion. Be safe.