Halloween Etiquette

Etiquette and Advice from the Emily Post Institute
Halloween Etiquette Tips
Trick-or-Treating Etiquette for Kids of All Ages

It?s almost that time of year again, when ghosts, goblins, witches, and warlocks fly around our neighborhoods. But before you send your little tricksters out for some Halloween treats, consider these helpful trick-or-treating etiquette tips from Peggy Post, author of Emily Post?s ?Etiquette? and 1-800-FLOWERS.COM®?s etiquette expert:

  • Remind your little goblin not to be greedy?one piece of candy from each house is the general rule. Saying thank-you is a must.

  • Ghoulish make-up and face paint are acceptable, but keep it age appropriate.

  • If your neighborhood isn?t kid friendly, head to one that is. Never drop your kids off in an unknown neighborhood alone. Even if you think it?s safe, you should at least know a member of the neighborhood and stay with them.

  • If you have really young ones, try trick or treating earlier, around 4 or 4:30pm. Your kids will be less exhausted, and less likely to run into the really scary costumes and tricks of older kids.

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