Trick or Treat Etiquette

Trick or Treat Etiquette for Parents and Kids

October 26, 2020

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Use this list of trick or treat etiquette for parents and kids to help your family enjoy a friendly, polite adventure on Halloween night as you go door to door for goodies. 

Halloween will be here before you know it and with that comes the need to discuss some trick or treating etiquette for parents and kids. There are some unspoken rules and manners that should be applied when you head out the door to knock on your neighbours’ doors to say trick or treat this year. 

Trick or Treat Etiquette for Parents and Kids

Trick or Treat Etiquette

Only Take One

It’s safe to assume that every house will offer only one piece of candy per child. Discuss this unspoken rule with your kids so that they know to only take one candy from the basket your neighbour holds out or leaves out on their porch during trick or treating night. 

Say Trick or Treat

I’ve noticed many kids neglect to say trick or treat during Halloween night and that’s not how this works! Make sure your kids know that they should always say trick or treat when someone opens their door on Halloween night to them. 

Don’t Knock if Porch Light is Off

The unspoken rule of thumb on Halloween night is that if the person has their porch light off then they’re not participating in trick or treating night. Respect this person’s privacy by educating your kids about leaving the neighbour’s with lights off alone on Halloween night. 

Always Say Thank You

When your kids walk up to a neighbour’s door, say trick or treat, and the person hands them a piece of candy, or they take a piece, it’s important that your kids say thank you. This is just good manners and helps your kids user their manners so that they’re more apt to be polite for the long term in life. 

Don’t Touch Decorations

While some homes may not have decorations up, others can get all into the Halloween decorations for trick or treating night. Remind your kids that the decorations are for show and entertainment purposes and not for touching or playing with. 

Trick or Treat Etiquette

These are just some of the rules and etiquette tips for parents and kids to enjoy a safe and fun Halloween night. I hope that you’ll sit down and discuss these tips with your kids so that they know what’s expected of them as you venture out there to walk around your community. 

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