It’s the fall, which means the Halloween decorations have been on sale for a month already.
If you’re planning on engaging in some Halloween activities this October, consider this list of Dos and Don’ts for maximum Halloween enjoyment.
DO: Check for Halloween Events in your area.
Doesn’t matter if it’s a fall festival or a daytime trick-or-treat event, any Halloween-themed events can provide a fantastic costume-and-candy experience.
DON’T: Leave the porch lights on if you’re not handing out candy.
It’s false advertisement. Lights out, no worries. Lights on, expect company. This rule does not apply in apartments or condominiums.
DO: Have fun with costuming.
First of all, costuming has never been an official requirement for participation in Halloween. That being said, if you’re going to dress up, have some fun with it and don’t be afraid to get creative. Mix and match themes, like Star Wars and the Nightmare Before Christmas. Go classic, like a hockey mask and a fake butcher knife. Shoot, take an old bed sheet, cut a bunch of holes in it, and go as Charlie Brown.
DON’T: Wear a mask to work unless you’ve got permission.
Speaking from personal experience on this one. You might be enjoying the spirit of the season when you roll up to work in a devil mask, but the armed guard might not be amused.
DO: Give out good candy.
If you’ve going to hand out candy, invest in the good stuff. Yes, the off-brand chocolates might be cheaper in bulk and those grab bags with the lollipops and jawbreakers will always be acceptable, but nothing beats the screams of delight when the kids realize you’re giving out fun-sized KitKats and Twix bars.
DON’T: Leave good candy in a bowl on your patio with a note that says “Take One Only”
The first trick-or-treaters to arrive will take the whole dang bowl, no question.
DO: Hand out compliments.
If it’s a good costume, let the person know it’s a good costume. If they’re sporting a homemade costume, compliment their handiwork. Sometimes a good compliment can be just as exciting as getting a full-sized Snickers bar.
And if you don’t recognize the costume, just ask. Odds will be good the child will happily explain their costume to you.
We’re not just talking about the Halloween-themed adult beverages here, either. Don’t eat all the good candy the first night, and don’t overuse the “parent tax” to take the good stuff. Kids have long memories for thievery.
DO: Search for decorating ideas.
Floating Halloween candles made out of paper towel rolls? Hanging cages made from two laundry baskets and a fake skeleton? A Grim Reaper costume on a flying drone?
Halloween decorating ideas span everything from spooky lanterns to giant lawn spiders. Take a few minutes and see what you can find online. Even on a shoestring budget, it’s possible to create a spooky home for the spookiest night of the year.
DON’T: Overdo it with the lawn inflatables.
A scary inflatable lawn ornament? Great. 15 scary inflatable lawn ornaments? That’s an HOA violation waiting to happen.
Happy Halloween! You’ve got one month to eat the candy before the holiday sweets arrive.