Yesterday we published five Halloween tips and tricks.  Here are five more from Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide:

  • No Homemade Treats: While it’s a nice thought to want to bake homemade Halloween treats, don’t do it.  Parents have heightened safety concerns for good reason, and will discard these items.  Buy pre-packaged candy from trusted brands like Hershey, M&M, Skittles, Dove, Reece’s.
  • Teach Your Kids Manners: Halloween is a great opportunity to teach your kids manners, such as greeting and thanking each homeowner who gives them candy. Explain to older kids and teenagers that bullying and pushing smaller kids out of the way won’t be tolerated. When they encounter a bowl of candy at the door, make sure they are considerate and only take one or two pieces.  Be sure they respect private property, including homeowner decorations, and don’t leave unwanted candy or wrappers in lawns.
  • Never Arrive Empty Handed: Anyone invited to a Halloween party, does not arrive empty handed.  Bring a small hostess gift such as tea towels, diffuser, candle, coasters, fresh fruit, wine, packaged sweets, or children’s game.
  • Office & School Policies: Office culture varies, so be sure to research your workplace policy. Ask a trusted colleague about the ‘unwritten rules.’ Some offices encourage tasteful costumes, while others frown upon the practice.  Education policies vary, so don’t assume children may wear their costumes to school.  In many school districts across the nation, costumes are prohibited for safety reasons. Double check and don’t assume.
  • Stay Safe: Younger children should always be accompanied by parents or a designated chaperone. Older children and teens should trick or treat as part of a group.  Never enter someone’s home you don’t know, no matter how nice they seem.  Carry a flashlight and mobile phone.  Follow your intuition and if you have a bad feeling about something, avoid it.


  1. Avoid very dark outfits or either buy some reflective tape and stick on the costumes. It is dark and if the child is wearing a dark outfit they are too hard to see. Stay on streets that are lit. My street right now has absolutely no street lights as the power company has been out twice, and now one light pole has yellow tape wrapped around it, and that means they will have to come back again for further construction, to get all the lights up and down the street lit. And try to just go to streets that have sidewalks beside the roads, it is dangerous out there! And on the news, Markum Woods Road in Seminole County, is crawling with rattlesnakes at night! Be careful with the little kids trick o treating, don’t want to hear of a tragedy occurring.


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