|It sometimes seems like even the
really don't get the holiday. As such, I'm going to offer some
in guiding you through the core tradition of Halloween that we call
Wait until dark.
You don't start Trick or Treating until the sun goes down. Dusk
pushing it. It's like being the first guest to show up at the
It's just not cool. Most houses aren't ready yet, and how are you
going to tell if their porch night is on?
Go toward the light.
I alluded to above, this is the universal symbol that the house is not
populated by Jesus freaks who have sequestered themselves away at a
lock-in to burn Harry Potter books. No, the light says,
"Come on over. Show us your costume and we'll give you
It's that simple.
Learn your lines.
is built around little scripts. The one for Halloween is hardly a
satanic ritual. Just follow the sequence:
Trick or Treater:
Trick or Treat!
That's it. Nothing is more
folks (and annoying to me) than kids coming up to the door and just
there looking blankly at you. Kid, all we need to hear is your
and a bit of gratitude.
Candy dispenser: Happy
out a piece or two of candy.]
Trick or Treater: Thank
Exploring the other
of the equation for a minute, it seems that some people are missing the
point of the tradition as well and won't give out candy for
poorly-reasoned motivations. Let me knock those down for you:
Teenagers need candy
While some have the attitude that teens are too old to go trick or
explicitly barring them from participating sends the message that
too old for Halloween. This? Is bullshit. No one is
too old for Halloween, and in fact, teens are actually one of the best
groups to keep the holiday alive, even if they are at an awkward
stage between kid activities and grown-up parties.
It's not a black tie affair.
Inevitably some kids show up not dressed in a costume. My
is one of those that's decent but not so snooty that we don't get a
of kids trucked in from poorer areas not so far away. I realize
of these kids can't afford costumes, but you know what? If you
up, you deserve points for participation.
Best in show.
when you see costumes that raise the bar by showing creativity or skill
in design, then those kids (and their parents) deserve compliments and
more candy for going the extra mile. They're an inspiration to
peers and are the core group that keep the ball rolling for the next