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Halloween Etiquette

Good manners are important, even on Halloween!

Halloween: First celebrated by the Celts in Ireland in the fifth century B.C.  They believed that on October 31, everyone who had died during that year would assemble to select the person or animal whose body they would inhabit for the next twelve months, before passing into the afterlife. (source: Panati's Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things, Charles Panati)

We adhere to guidelines of behavior when we attend parties, well, Halloween is one big party, with rules that are designed primarily for everyone's safety.

Timely Tips for Trick or Treaters

  • If the porch light is off, do not approach.
  • Say "trick or treat" when they open the door.
  • Always say, "Thank you", even if you receive something you don't like!
  • Please keep off the grass.
  • Carefully cross the street.  Consider carrying a flash light or wear a flashing necklace.
  • Do not block the sidewalk.
  • Wait for your group to cross the street together. Always, look both ways before crossing.
  • If you get lost, stay where you are and wait.  Do not go into anyone's home or car.  Remain on the sidewalk.
  • Do not intentionally scare younger children (too much). Remember when it happened to you?
  • After 9:00 PM, you will find that most people turn off their lights; especially on a school/work night.
  • If it is a self-serve bowl, do not take more than two pieces.
  • Do not enter anyone's home or yard unless your parents approve.
  • Do not eat a treat from your bag until your parents review it. (It's okay if it's from someone you know.)
  • If the house looks too scary, don't go.
  • Don't make fun of someone who does not participate in the Halloween festivities.
  • Don't make fun of someone's costume.
  • Thank your parent, friend, or older brother for taking you "trick or treating".

Be safe, have fun, and let your good manners shine through!

Happy Halloween!

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Rosalinda Randall is an etiquette consultant and owner of Your Relationship Edge.  She has been spreading civility throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for over fourteen years.

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The Garzas November 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Yesterday we had adults come to our door. Adults meaning the were about 35-40 year old women. They were non-English speakers when I asked them about age. One had no costume and talking on a cell phone holding out Safeway type plastic bag. What gives?
Rosalinda Oropeza Randall November 02, 2012 at 05:28 AM
The Garzas, Oh my, never ask a lady her age...all kidding aside, when you look like you can be someone's mother, I draw the line; no candy for you!
Will Stevens November 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Speaking of Mothers, every year I seem to get one or two (this year it was two) Moms holding out their own bags for candy. No costume, just an escort with a walgreens bag looking to add some heft to the family loot. Not cool, Moms. My rule for teenagers trick-or-treating is that it is much easier to give them a piece of candy now than it is to clean TP out of my trees or eggs off my car later.
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