If you are at home giving out candy:
- Turn your porch light on when you want visitors, off when you don't
- Keep pets under control. Your dog might not like this holiday.
- If you like to dress up yourself, control your frightful impulses around the younger children.
- Compliment costumes especially creative ones.
- Decide what you are going to say if someone shows up without a costume. I usually make a snarky comment and give them the candy anyway.
If you are escorting children:
- Let older children approach the door themselves. If you have children younger than 7 or so, escort them to the door unless there is an older child to do it.
- Emphasize the rules: Ring once, say "trick or treat", say "thank you", don't step on the flowers.
- If the porch light is off, skip the house.
- Make sure to visit friends' houses since they will want to see your children.
- A polite wave to the neighbors when they give your children candy always works well.
- Depending on the neighborhood and neighbors, parents might be offered treats of a stronger nature.
- Children like to carry flashlights with them and it helps prevent accidents.
- If you have more candy than you can carry, it's probably time to stop.