Guest Author - Christine Wong
In getting ready for Halloween, people focus their attention on creating elaborate costumes and creepy decorations. But what about passing out candy? For me, it’s always the best part. Giving to children who are filled with excitement is a unique opportunity. To give candy to an uneasy first time trick-or-treater is heart-warming and a real privilege. Here are some things to consider.
Alternatives to Candy
Children anticipate all sorts of candy. Surprise them with other treats that won’t send them to the dentist. Give them healthy snacks such as raisons, nuts or fruit roll-ups and you’ll make their parents especially happy. Pass out erasers, rulers and pencils that they can use for school. When you purchase these items in large quantities through the internet, they’re about the same price as candy. If you’re interested in getting your children involved, encourage them to identify gently used toys that they’re willing to give up. When a child shows up at your door who would be a good fit, your children will be able to give a unique treat and experience the joy of giving. Just make sure that their parent is agreeable beforehand and that the toy is safe. And don’t forget to turn on your porch light to let the kids know that they’re welcomed.
If you’re interested in putting in some extra effort, consider pre-packing an assortment of candy in small paper bags to make the treats look special. For about $2, you can purchase a package of 50 bags. The down-side is that you can’t easily adjust the amount of candy you give out to accommodate more or less trick-or-treaters.
For children you’re more familiar with, customize treats especially for them. Be ready to give out their favorite goodies that are appropriate for their age. You can contact their parents beforehand to confirm that they’ll be dropping by.
Serve candy from a Halloweeny bowl or any colorful container. Or, use a pillowcase and let each child dig deep to randomly get their treat themselves.
How Much Candy Should You Buy?
There is no way to anticipate how many kids will actually show up. The number of trick-or-treaters varies widely from year to year. Whatever you experienced last year may or may not happen. No need to fret. Buy as much candy as you feel comfortable with and be thankful you had the opportunity to give. And when the candy’s gone, let the children know by turning off your porch light.
Clear any items that block the entrance and pathway to your home to avoid safety hazards. If you have a gate, prop it open. Also, remove any cherished items such as your favorite potted plant. Children in their excitement may unintentionally cause damage. Consider moving your cars into the garage so that parents can easily keep an eye on their kids as they dart from house to house.
There’s probably not much you can to do to stop a dog from barking every time the door rings. But alleviate the disturbance and the possibility of a safety issue by restraining your pet. Consider isolating it in a back room, in the backyard or in the garage. Although it may not bother you, be considerate and avoid the possibility of intimating a child.
Passing out candy is part of the Halloween fun. Enjoy the opportunity and make it a treat for everyone!