Halloween Etiquette

October 30, 2010 by  
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Kids Are From Krypton Parents Are From Pluto radio series update Oct. 28:Are there really etiquette rules pertaining to Halloween? That sounds like an oxymoron! Actually, there are ways that kids need to conduct themselves, as well as things parents can do to be in the know. Kids’ behaviors have to do with courtesy and respect for others and the property of others, as well as safety. This doesn’t take the fun out of Halloween, it simply makes it pleasant for everyone! Here are some tips you may want to consider:

Some of the rules for kids:

* Wear a costume
* Say trick or treat
* Say thank you
* Don’t be greedy
* Ring or knock only once or twice
* Watch out for the flower beds
* Don’t scare the little ones
* Be respectful to others’ property—no smashing pumpkins, tearing down decorations, etc.
* Don’t do anything you don’t want to do; even if your friends are doing it
* Play it safe: don’t go into any houses; use a flashlight or glow band; stay in a group with your friends
* Lights out means no candy—respect the people’s wishes to not disturb
* Follow cut-off time to go door to door

And etiquette for parents:

* Allow your kids to choose their own costumes—please don’t insist your child be a cute ballerina when she wants to be a witch
* Please don’t give out ‘healthy or useful’ treats: no erasers, pencils, pennies, raisins, dum dums or that tacky orange and black crud that no one eats.
* Give out something the kids will like. If not sure, ask your kids what the flavor of the day is. Miniature chocolates are better than large undesirables.
* Kids like snickers, chocolate, gummie things, sunbursts, most kinds of candy bars.
* Don’t guess what a costume is unless sure. Many a kid has been deflated when you guess he’s a pirate when he’s really a ninja!
* Instead, ask what they are, or why they chose that costume.
* If you want to have fun with them, say trick
* Or—ask them where their costume is
* Dress up and act out your part
* Give your kids curfews of when they can start and have to end going to homes
* If you don’t participate in Halloween, do something else with your kids—take them for a pizza, go to a movie, and so forth. Let them know why you’re not participating, and express understanding if they are disappointed.

Top 5 Tips of the Week:

  1. It’s all about the candy; give out treats the kids like.
  2. Teach your kids Halloween etiquette, as well as safety.
  3. Establish rules: where your kids can go and when door-to-door ends.
  4. Remember: You were a costumed kid once—so, lighten up and enjoy!
  5. Show your kids you love them…through your words and your actions.

Enjoy your kids!

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