To ask how you do you trick or treat?

(29 Posts)
Howlingowl Thu 30-Oct-14 13:16:54

Never done trick or treat as I'm from another country. How is it done? Dressing up in scary costumes I get but what else do the kids do, go round to neighbours houses, sing songs, what else? Also if I invite a couple of dc's classmates, should I bake something? Have party food / drinks? It's not a party really, more getting together to do a light weight trick or treat in our street.


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nappyaddict Mon 03-Nov-14 16:29:37

Lots of houses in our street didn't have decorations but had got treats in and were welcoming trick or treaters. If the hall light was on we knocked and also if they had pumpkins or decorations up.

Oriunda Sat 01-Nov-14 16:37:45

Where I live you only knock on houses that have a pumpkin/lantern outside, in other words visible Halloween decorations. I don't think it's fair knocking on doors that have just a light on - not everyone wants to be in the dark. I decorated the front of my house just before 6pm and once the candles were lit, we were open for business. Our busiest time was between 630-7pm; it was non-stop. I blew the candles out and took all the decorations in just before 8, when DS was going to bed, and no one else knocked.

DS went trick or treating last night for the first time (he is 2) and had a lovely time. I really enjoyed seeing all the children out and about.

TheHorseHasBolted Sat 01-Nov-14 16:26:49

I've always thought you only knock if there's a pumpkin too. Last night the callers were getting few and far between and we were nearly out of treats just before 8, so I brought the pumpkins inside and we didn't get any more callers, although i could hear that there were a few more groups of children outside.

SoleSource Fri 31-Oct-14 22:04:44

A shotgun in the face does the trick for treats around here.

Topseyt Fri 31-Oct-14 21:57:09

I've never really liked the trick or treat tradition of Halloween, and have to say that I am relieved my children have pretty much outgrown it now.

They did like going a few years back (against my better judgment) and we always said that they had to stay within our street, only visiting houses with clear signs of participation - i.e. a pumpkin or other Halloween decoration.

Left to myself I would deal with Halloween by just not bothering with it at all, especially now that mine are older. It can just be so irritating when the doorbell goes every couple of minutes and causes the dog to virtually blow a fuse.

This last two or three years I have not done pumpkins or anything, and we have barely had any callers. Just three or four really. Much more bearable.

Brassrubbing Fri 31-Oct-14 21:18:50

I think the 'only knock at decorated houses' rule emerged out of 'only knock at houses with the porch light on', as people who weren't playing would draw curtains, and leave porches and hallways dark. If someone also sticks a pumpkin or plastic bat outside, it's less ambiguous. I think it's quite useful as bits of etiquette go.


MsVestibule Fri 31-Oct-14 20:23:27

owl I get that, but as not a single house was decorated in any way, my young DCs would have walked forlornly home with a completely empty cup grin

OwlWearingSunglasses Fri 31-Oct-14 20:06:10

You do stand more chance of the door being opened if the house is decorated or at least there is pumpkin on the step. smile

We had no-one knock.

not bouncing off the walls because of the sugar rush from the sweeties, not me, no

MsVestibule Fri 31-Oct-14 19:56:06

I've never heard of the 'only knock at decorated houses' rule, either. If we'd stuck to that, we wouldn't have knocked at anybody's door at all! Most ignored the doorbell (their prerogative, I think I did the same pre-DCs), but I was extremely grateful when the 6th neighbour did answer and happily gave some sweets and money. Obviously the money was completely unnecessary but the DCs were delighted especially as I'm really tight.

Howlingowl Fri 31-Oct-14 19:41:45

Hello, thank you all for your thoughts. We had a fun time 'trick or treating', however we took on board some of the tips upthread and shouted 'happy hallwoen' instead of trick or treat and only knocked on houses with pumpkins (nots is many around).

On this note......
Happy Halloween folks. thlgrin

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nappyaddict Fri 31-Oct-14 19:11:07

Do you take your decorations down or bring your pumpkin in when it's too late to have any more trick or treaters? If not what's the latest you would be happy to receive trick or treaters?

LovleyRitaMeterMaid Thu 30-Oct-14 13:59:44

Then it gets,daft because everyone else is out guising at the same time and it's dad's left to dish out the sweeties!

Dh gets left with the instructions not to eat everything and to be nice to any guisers!

OnIlkleyMoorBahTwat Thu 30-Oct-14 13:56:28

When did the 'only decorated houses' rule come in?

We have never decorated our house and going back a few years, we always had a few trick or treaters so usually bought a few packs of kitkats/penguins etc to give out.

But for the last couple of years we haven't had any and have had all the biscuits left over.

I don't plan to buy anything this year and won't be decorating the house, but that means that we'll get hordes of them and be either forced to run to the Co-op for supplies, or hand out random things like tins of beans or pieces of cheese won't we?

Venticoffeecup Thu 30-Oct-14 13:55:53


I'm going to be a wicked old witch here, but I don't do it and I don't like the custom. I will be closing my curtains and ignoring the door.

However I think your party OP will be a great idea. If I were in your place I would only knock on decorated houses.

mawbroon Thu 30-Oct-14 13:55:11

Depends where you live!

As others have said, in Scotland, guisers are expected to sing a song or tell a joke or poem or similar.

Round our bit, it tends to just be kids from around our street and they don't go out late either, they usually start around tea time.

Have plenty treats in for others coming round your door too!

Momagain1 Thu 30-Oct-14 13:51:35

Everyone at my kids school is talking of it, and the kids can dress up on Friday. I know there is a neighborhood parade, but I suspect it is for smaller children. We are American and he remembers Halloween there. Last year it was bucketing down, so I pulled out a little stash of treats and we stayed in. But this year, he really wants to go out. but I dont see a bit of decoration up on our street. I am going to ask some parents closer to the school if their neighborhood is trick or treat friendly, My plan is to go to the parade, and if that is lame, go over there?

Or else, give the neighbours we have met in our close some candy to give to him? We have

sashh Thu 30-Oct-14 13:40:09

You don't need to sing songs (you might if you are in Scotland), most of my neighbours are anti trick or treat, but a few years ago a friend's son was going to be on his own trick or treating (don't ask) so neighbours were asked in advance to answer the door to him and they also kept an eye on him crossing the street so he thought he was on his own.

Fudgeface123 Thu 30-Oct-14 13:36:59

I shut the blinds and ignore the door grin

skylark2 Thu 30-Oct-14 13:33:51

Only decorated houses unless you know 100% for sure that you will be welcome (dcs used to go to our elderly neighbour as he liked to see their costumes, but this was well before it was dark - bear in mind that even if you would be welcome normally, someone who isn't "joining in" may not want to answer the door on Halloween).

HighwayDragon Thu 30-Oct-14 13:33:42

whole block, decorated houses only

sillymillyb Thu 30-Oct-14 13:33:39

Ds is nearly 3 and is totally up for halloween this year. I'm dressing him up as a monster and then going to neighbours we know who have decorations up. I'm working on getting him to say "happy Halloween!" As he's quite shy so might just stand there, then I'm letting him have a late night and man the front door with sweeties for the other kids. Well, that's the plan. He might freak out and be in bed by 6pm in reality!

LovleyRitaMeterMaid Thu 30-Oct-14 13:29:33

Oh and any guisers have to sing a song or tell a joke or they get naff all. Shrieking 'trick or treat' and holding out a bucket doesn't cut it.

LovleyRitaMeterMaid Thu 30-Oct-14 13:26:51

Surrounding streets, people you know. That's how we've been guising since I was a lass!

WooWooOwl Thu 30-Oct-14 13:26:49

My dc usually have friends round before it gets dark for hot dogs and whatever novelty cupcakes I've made or bought, and I let them have fizzy water with Ribena or lemonade with green food colouring in it as a treat.

We've managed to collect quite a few decorations over the years, so they decorate the front porch and put pumpkins out so that other trick or treaters know I they can come to our house.

The unwritten rule around here is that children only knock on doors with pumpkins or decorations out, but plenty of people take part so it works well and people who don't want to participate dont get disturbed.

Then as soon as it's dark the dc go out, all dressed up, in a group, and they are told which areas they're allowed to go to. They don't have tricks planned or any sort of a gimmick, they just say thank you and happy Halloween to anyone that gives them a treat.

ghostyslovesheep Thu 30-Oct-14 13:25:41

only decorated houses smile

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