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When it comes to trick or treaters, every neighborhood is different. Especially when moving into a new neighborhood, you may not know how much candy to purchase or whether your house will be the only one with the light on. Asking neighbors ahead of time is always a great idea. On the night of Halloween, our current neighborhood is filled with trick-or-treaters. The main street looks like Mardi Gras with all the lights and costumes on display. We have welcomed trick-or-treaters for several years and in several different settings. Over the years, we have learned many hilarious lessons and this is how we are preparing for the onslaught of ghouls on the prowl for their tricky sweets.
Put Some Halloween Decorations Up
Now I can’t compete with some of our neighbors. There is a man a few blocks away who broadcasts a pre-set music recording that his lights are timed to. Who can compete with that?! This is only our second year in the neighborhood so I haven’t gone all out just yet.
Simple decorations like these stacked jack-o-lantern heads will welcome any guests or would-be tricksters. They light up the night but if your area is uncovered like ours is, remove the lights for wet weather. They are super simple to make and if you want to learn more, watch my instagram video below!
Drill and 3/4 inch bit
plastic pumpkin heads (I got mine at Lowes)
something to cut the dowel rod if necessary
Use Your Manners
Every year, my husband and I dress up along with our son. One year, I warned him that his zombie/reaper costume might be a bit much for the kiddies. I left him home alone to hand out the candy while we went trick or treating. When I returned home, he was completely out of costume and rather sullen looking. Apparently, he had tried his boogie man act on an unsuspecting kid and Momma got angry. Yeah… he got whacked up-side his head with an old lady purse.
The point is to be enthusiastic but also know your audience. If you want to go all out with scary or gore, have an alternative for those who can’t handle it. This can be a second entrance if your yard is seriously spooked out or a second, less creepy candy giver.
Also, if you have steps, be mindful of small children or anyone who may have trouble with them. Consider greeting them at the bottom of the steps. Many young children want to partake in all that is Halloween but the guide has to lug the stroller for them. If you have a very long driveway, consider setting up your candy station at the end of your driveway.
Leave the Lights On
Turn the porch light on. If, for some reason, you can’t leave the light on or don’t have one, put a sign out that says “trick or treaters welcome!”
Have a Designated Candy Dish Spot
When garish ghouls clamoring for candy are ringing your door bell, the last thing you want is to misplace the candy bowl. Awkward.
Quality Treats for Handing out
Always use wrapped treats. Homemade treats are nice if you know each and every person who stops by your door. Chances are, you won’t. And that candy is more than likely to be thrown away by parents. Don’t go to all the trouble only to have your treats thrown away.
I usually buy 2-3 huge bags of candy like these large variety bags of Hershey’s Candy. I buy candy that I would to eat because there is always a bit leftover (or, rather, never makes it to the trick-or treating event).
HAPPY TRICK OR TREATING!!! Let me know how you make your house the most popular on the block! Someday I hope to be able to deck our house out too.