October 30th, 2014

Halloween Etiquette for Kids and Adults

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Halloween is right around the corner and that means dress up day at the office or in school, trick-or-treating with the kids, and of course lots and lots of candy. But what about Halloween etiquette? What are the dos and don’ts of the holiday?

Here are some etiquette tips to having a “spook”tacular time on Halloween:

Keep the corporate culture in mind: If your office or school is having a Halloween party, stay away from sexy bustiers, guns and other inappropriate outfits. If it’s questionable or possibly offensive to others, then don’t wear it.

Never come empty handed to a party: It can be a bottle of wine or a nice fall decoration, but always bring something for your hostess to show your appreciation.

To knock or not: When trick-or-treating, knock or ring the doorbell once and that’s it. If no answer, move on to the next house. Only knock if the lights are on. If the lights are off, move on to the next house.

Don’t leave a bowl of candy on the front porch: If you’re not going to be home, it’s best to not put anything on the front porch and just leave your lights off. Leaving a bowl of candy out front is old fashioned and all your candy will be gone in minutes. If you encounter this situation, use it as a teaching moment with your children to share and have them take only one piece of candy.

Stick to packaged candy: It’s best not to give out baked goods, candy apples or anything homemade. Stick to candy that is sealed in a wrapper or be unique and give something less traditional like a children’s book or a silver dollar.

Show your gratitude: Always say “thank you” when someone puts candy in your pumpkin or pillowcase.

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