This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.
October 31 is coming along in no time! I always felt so challenged by this holiday. I am not especially creative or handy with a
d over a head) I managed to get my boys through many costume parties,
Grange events, and trick or treating. Now that they are adults I am freed from that parental duty – and I don’t really regret it. Although I do know that
for some, Halloween is anticipated with eagerness!
I am often asked about manners for this unique holiday. Last year we posted Halloween Manners on the Emily Post Website. Here they are:
1. Remind your little goblin not to be greedy; one piece of candy from each house is the general rule. And saying thank you is a must.
2. In terms of costumes, ghoulish makeup and army fatigues are acceptable. Guns and bustiers are better left at home.
3. If you don’t like Halloween, you don’t have to participate. Either go out for the night (and suffer the TP consequences) or turn off your front lights. Parents will get the message-but some older kids might, too, so be prepared for possible “tricks.”
4. If your area isn’t kid-friendly, it’s fine to pack up your brood and head to Grandma’s neighborhood or to your best friend’s block.
5. Dumping off a carload of kids in an area where you don’t know anyone or haven’t been invited is definitely impolite-and possibly dangerous.
Keep these 5 Halloween manners in mind this coming Sunday. Enjoy the parties and the trick or treating. Take pictures of your kids in their costumes. Have a great Halloween!