Is it OK to go trick or treating not on 31st?

(56 Posts)
nappyaddict Sat 27-Oct-12 18:09:12

We can go tonight, tomorrow night, Thursday night or Friday night.

Sirzy Sat 27-Oct-12 18:10:10

No. halloween is one day not whenever it fits in!

No. It's the 31st. People will think you are mad. And probably won't have anything to give you anyway.

Mutt Sat 27-Oct-12 18:11:58

No it isn't.

And don't come begging at my door on the 31st either

picturesinthefirelight Sat 27-Oct-12 18:12:32

No - people won't have any treats in. Only time it's acceptable is if you clear it in advance with one or two neighbours.

Whooooosualsuspect Sat 27-Oct-12 18:13:06


TheFarSide Sat 27-Oct-12 18:13:14

It is never OK.

IslaValargeone Sat 27-Oct-12 18:14:21

how utterly bonkers.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 27-Oct-12 18:14:30


MonthlyChangeling Sat 27-Oct-12 18:14:49

No, as people won't be expecting it and will not have anything to give you, unless you arrange it with the neighbours. They won't be halloween themed either

Panzee Sat 27-Oct-12 18:15:49

I only have sweets in on Wednesday. So dont bother, I'll have nothing to give you!

seeker Sat 27-Oct-12 18:17:32

Of course it isn't. Why not go on the night?

OddBoots Sat 27-Oct-12 18:18:32

Only if you have arranged it with the people you are visiting (although I think that applies to the 31st too).

picturesinthefirelight Sat 27-Oct-12 18:20:39

The sort of unwritten rule round here is that you only visit houses that have been decorated.

rainbowinthesky Sat 27-Oct-12 18:20:44

When ever you do go please don't come to my house and when I don't answer the door because I have a poorly child in the house please don't egg my house.

LeeCoakley Sat 27-Oct-12 18:21:23

I won't have the house decorated, sweets ready or pumpkin outside. It's unfair on unsuspecting neighbours as well.

LynetteScavo Sat 27-Oct-12 18:22:49


And only go to decorated houses who obviously expect you.

TidyGOLDDancer Sat 27-Oct-12 18:24:37

We will only have sweets in that night, as I have banned DP and DS from opening the bags until then and they will have been eaten by the next day once the masses have been at the door for them.

I would be annoyed to get repeated knocks at the door on other nights, It's only really okay on the one night.

TheProvincialLady Sat 27-Oct-12 18:25:10

Not acceptable. A lot of people dislike people knocking on their doors on hallowe'en itself, let alone for days before and after. If you can't celebrate on the day then either don't celebrate at all or don't celebrate in a way that will annoy everyone.

Schlock Sat 27-Oct-12 18:27:01

Absolutely not. Halloween is for halloween night only, if you knock on a door on the wrong night people will think you're nuts.

WereTricksPotter Sat 27-Oct-12 18:27:14

No, it's really annoying and i won't answer the door anyway.

vodkaanddietirnbru Sat 27-Oct-12 18:27:23

No, you only go out on halloween and only to houses that have a pumpkin/lights on, etc

Haha - I think it's a no then!

<removes batteries from doorbell and turns all lights off on 31st>

BackforGood Sat 27-Oct-12 18:35:18


Nor on the 31st IMO

ZombieArmsDragOnTheFloor Sat 27-Oct-12 18:39:14

Of course not.

changeforthebetter Sat 27-Oct-12 18:41:37

No. It is intimidating to have gangs of teens roaming round. I don't answer the door. It could be anyone. Awful grabby imported "tradition".

Beamur Sat 27-Oct-12 18:47:46

I'd say no, I will only have sweets etc for callers on Wednesday, no other nights.

Panzee Sat 27-Oct-12 19:04:51

Same here about decorations. I put out a lantern and a dish of sweets so they won't knock. So far has worked. Fingers crossed!

madwomanintheattic Sat 27-Oct-12 19:12:26

No. I would have nothing to give you, and you would have pissed me right off.

I have candy on the 31st to give out, which on the nit of the 31st I put into a bowl and get myself ready to be door answering.

You are not welcome to beg at any other time.

How weird!

No it's not ok! Halloween is the 31st!

NamingOfParts Sat 27-Oct-12 19:22:27

Thanks for the reminder, we have put our 'no thanks' sign up.

TheMummyLovesAScareFest Sat 27-Oct-12 19:26:59

nope sorry but lots of party poopers here! dh will be dishing out the goodies here for 1 night only while me and the dcs do the rounds smile

nappyaddict Tue 30-Oct-12 10:22:26

I have to work on 31st and he really wants to go. We were only going to go to houses with pumpkins/decorations. He's 6 and his friend who wanted to come with him is 4, so not intimidating teens.

I had said we could maybe go tonight, but I'm thinking now that we shouldn't go.

seeker Tue 30-Oct-12 10:49:02

Why not ask a few neighbours if they'll play along?

Can't you go before/after work?

Do you have friends nearby who you could prearrange something with?

Loshad Tue 30-Oct-12 11:01:10

Can't who ever is looking after him tomorrow take him?

StrangeGlue Tue 30-Oct-12 11:05:12

No, you need to either: take him before work, get someone else to take him, or not go.

Personally I dislike trick or treating but DH has convinced me to get some sweets in for Wednesday as we now live in a child full area. And then he's gone and bought two small boxes of quality streets to give out?? I said "why didn't you get a bag of cadbury/haribo minis" and he said "oh yeah, that would have been better". Doh! I might pop out tomorrow and buy haribo and keep the quality streets (which won't go far anyway).


CrunchyFrog Tue 30-Oct-12 11:05:49

OFGS it's fine.

People can say no.

Fully expecting most of ours on Saturday, as that is when the town is having our Hallowe'en celebration, I don't think people are going to dress up twice!

seeker Tue 30-Oct-12 13:22:54

But I would feel so sad if a hopeful ghost knocked on my door and I had nothing to give it....

Prime the neighbours.

titchy Tue 30-Oct-12 13:32:31

Well if you were only going to where there are decorations up I suspect there wouldn't be any tonight!

Pagwatch Tue 30-Oct-12 13:35:19

Either warn your neighbours or don't do it.
Turning up loads of houses to be greeted with'but it's tomorrow - I don't have anything!' is worse than not going at all

Bunbaker Tue 30-Oct-12 13:39:45

"Fully expecting most of ours on Saturday, as that is when the town is having our Hallowe'en celebration, I don't think people are going to dress up twice!"

I think you are being a tad over optimistic there. It is half term right now and our village will be full of kids trick or treating tomorrow evening.

Can't your son's friend's mum take them instead?

TheFarSide Tue 30-Oct-12 15:38:41

CrunchyFrog - last time I said no I had an egg thrown at my window.

cathpip Tue 30-Oct-12 15:41:20

Not really, however i am overnighting at work with my children on the 31st so have cleared it with my two friends to come and knock tonight, poor ds is only 3.5 and is so excited about wearing his princess dress?!?

MayTheOddsBeEverInYourFavour Tue 30-Oct-12 15:55:52

No unless you ask someone before hand if they would mind

I know how much kids love trick or treating at halloween and always buy in a ton of sweets to give out but I would be very hmm if someone knocked on a day other than Halloween, it's can get annoying enough on one night let alone extending it grin

nappyaddict Tue 30-Oct-12 21:12:49

We always have the odd multipack of crisps, mini rolls, jaffa cakes etc so wouldn't be the end of the world if we had trick or treaters before/after 31st. Half term here was last week so I expected some at the weekend, but we didn't get any, although we were out Saturday and Sunday night. We've not long moved in, so don't really know the neighbours. DS' friend's mum is also at work tomorrow night. About 6 houses had the halloween decorations up already, but we decided not to go after seeing everyone's responses here.

But why can't you go after work? I'm a bit sad for your DS and you!

Sulfur Tue 30-Oct-12 21:29:07

It's a nuisance on the 31st, and off the scale any other time.

I think I would turn the tables and do the tricks if called upon on the wrong day.

nappyaddict Tue 30-Oct-12 21:29:37

I have to leave for work at 4:30pm and DS gets back from school at 4:10pm.

Ah ok. That's too bad. Can't his childminder take him?

Or, if they are dressing up for school he could stop at some houses on the way home?

ginmakesitallok Tue 30-Oct-12 21:33:24

Can whoever looks after him not take him?

nappyaddict Wed 31-Oct-12 10:35:02

He's not dressing up for school and the person who looks after him has arthritis so can't walk very far.

Could she perhaps stand at your front gate and watch him go to your neigbours? No more than say 2 doors down on each side? Could she even go to the top of your road?

nappyaddict Thu 01-Nov-12 09:45:53

No one in our road has decorations up. We were going to go to the next estate if went. We had bad rain yesterday so they couldn't have gone anyway and it looks like the same's headed for tonight.

TheFallenMadonna Thu 01-Nov-12 09:50:36

Do something halloweeny at home. One of mine couldn't't go one year because they were infectious with something (I think) and we bobbed for apples and carved pepper lanterns (easier for small children to stab!).

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