10 Halloween Etiquette Tips And Tricks

10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

It’s time for scary costumes, carving pumpkins, candy and trick or treating.  As Halloween approaches, there are somethings parents and children need to remember.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks:

–        Select Appropriate Costumes: Costumes that represent a culture, race, ethnic or religious group or someone with a serious illness, poverty or other hardship, are inappropriate.  Sexually explicit costumes and those mocking LGBT or gender identity encourage negativity. During this election year, our public political figures are certainly on the table; expect to see Clinton and Trump.

 

–        Teach Your Kids Manners: Halloween is a great opportunity to teach your kids manners, such as greeting and thanking each homeowner who gives them candy. Explain to older kids and teenagers that bullying and pushing smaller kids out of the way won’t be tolerated. When they encounter a bowl of candy at the door, make sure they are considerate and only take one or two pieces.  Be sure they respect private property, including homeowner decorations, and don’t leave unwanted candy or wrappers in lawns.

 

–        Age Appropriateness: While many adults enjoy Halloween dress up, remember this is mostly a children’s holiday.  What your teenager might wear, is not a good fit for a first-grade Halloween party.  Gage the costume based on your child’s age, and the age of his or her peers. Even if you think your young child might be able to handle dressing up as Freddy Krueger, it might be too much for his or her friends.

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–         Candy Alternatives: Traditional chocolate or sugar-laced candy are always a hit. With more health conscious parents, consider sealed mini bottled water, pre-packaged popcorn, coloring books, pre-packaged healthy snacks, small inexpensive toys, or pens/pencils.

 

–        Respect Neighbors Who Aren’t Participating: By simply turning off the outside lights, this alerts trick or treaters to skip your house and go on to the next.  As an option, consider leaving a bowl of candy by the front door.  Putting the car in the garage may also remove the question of whether someone is home.

 

–        Knock One Time and One Time Only: If no one answers, move on to the next house.  There’s no need to be excessive and knock 10 times. The homeowner might be on an important call or trying to help a baby to sleep. On a related note: know when it’s appropriate to knock. Trick or treating generally starts just before sunset and ends by 9pm.  10 Halloween Etiquette Tips & Tricks - Ann Again and again Reviews

–        No Homemade Treats: While it’s a nice thought to want to bake homemade Halloween treats, don’t do it.  Parents have heightened safety concerns for good reason, and will discard these items.  Buy pre-packaged candy from trusted brands like Hershey, M&M, Skittles, Dove, Reese’s.

 

–        Never Arrive Empty Handed: Anyone invited to a Halloween party, does not arrive empty handed.  Bring a small hostess gift such as tea towels, diffuser, candle, coasters, fresh fruit, wine, packaged sweets, or children’s game.

 

–        Office & School Policies: Office culture varies, so be sure to research your workplace policy. Ask a trusted colleague about the ‘unwritten rules.’ Some offices encourage tasteful costumes, while others frown upon the practice.  Education policies vary, so don’t assume children may wear their costumes to school.  In many school districts across the nation, costumes are prohibited for safety reasons. Double check and don’t assume.

 

–         Stay Safe: Younger children should always be accompanied by parents or a designated chaperone. Older children and teens should trick or treat as part of a group.  Never enter someone’s home you don’t know, no matter how nice they seem.  Carry a flashlight and mobile phone.  Follow your intuition and if you have a bad feeling about something, avoid it.

 

(*These tips were shared, with permission, from Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide.)

Quick And Easy Halloween Fun!

Quick and Easy Halloween Fun! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Say your daughter plans months in advance for her Halloween costume but gives you a couple of hours to prepare for a party she’s planned … without telling you about it?! I’m happy that my girls like Halloween, I would just like to have a bit more time to prepare for a lively group of children converging on my home. (Maybe it’s better this way though ;-> ) So, while I run to the store for food to feed the little Spooks and Ghouls I tell my daughter to use items we have at home and come up with quick and easy Halloween fun.

I came home to find Pumpkin Bowling:

Quick and Easy Halloween Fun! - Ann Again and again Reviews

  • Pins made from Cottonelle Triple Roll tissue
  • Imitation pumpkin from craft store serves as the bowling ball
  • Objective: Stack Cottonelle 3 rolls high. Two tries to knock down “pins”. One point for every roll knocked down.

I thought I’d add to our decorations and create Candle Mummies:

Quick and Easy Halloween Fun! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

  • Take Bath Tissue and wrap around flame-less candles.
  • Add little googly eyes for a sweet effect

The girls had an idea to give our windows a bit more of an attitude for Halloween – eyes made with bath tissue help with the attitude!

Quick and Easy Halloween Fun! - Ann Again and again Reviews

These quick, easy decorations will help make the girls party more festive! Have you had your child spring a party on you? How did you prepare for your soiree on the fly? Any tips and tricks you care to share are greatly appreciated.

 

Quick and Easy Halloween Fun! - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

 

 

Trick or Treating Safety Tips!

 

For those of us who have quite a few All Hallows’ Eve spooky nights under our parent/guardian belt the following tips will seem obvious.  But, for those just starting out, or those that need reminders, the following should help you on your way to a safe – and fun! – night of Trick or Treating.

(A tip to add to this list:  Make sure your child’s costume is bathroom friendly.  If the costume takes a while to put on you can only imagine how much longer it feel when they have to go!)

Do you have some Trick or Treating Safety Tips to add? Please share in the comments!

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Trick or Treating Safety Tips - Ann Again and again Reviews

(*Disclosure: This infographic shared with permission by CostumeSuperCenter.com)

Quick And Easy Halloween Ideas!

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Say your daughter plans months in advance for her Halloween costume but gives you a couple of hours to prepare for a party she’s planned … without telling you about it?! I’m happy that my girls like Halloween, I would just like to have a bit more time to prepare for a lively group of children converging on my home. (Maybe it’s better this way though ;-> ) So, while I run to the store for food to feed the little Spooks and Ghouls I tell my daughter to use items we have at home and come up with quick and easy Halloween ideas and games. I came home to find Pumpkin Bowling:

Cottonelle Bowling PicMonkey Collage

  • Pins made from Cottonelle Triple Roll tissue
  • Imitation pumpkin from craft store serves as the bowling ball
  • Objective: Stack Cottonelle 3 rolls high. Two tries to knock down “pins”. One point for every roll knocked down.

I thought I’d add to our decorations and create Candle Mummies:

Cottonelle Mummy PicMonkey Collage

  • Take Cottonelle Triple Roll Tissue and wrap around flameless candles.
  • Add little googly eyes for a sweet effect

The girls had an idea to give our windows a bit more of an attitude for Halloween – eyes made with tissue help with the attitude!

Cottonelle Triple Roll - Halloween decorating ideas at Ann Again and again Reviews
Our dog Benny is ready to Trick-or-Treat

These quick, easy decorations will help make the girls party more festive! Have you had your child spring a party on you? How did you prepare for your soiree on the fly? Any tips and tricks you care to share are greatly appreciated.

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