Most people will agree that Halloween is a fun holiday. It’s a great excuse to eat lots of candy, dress up in your favorite costume and enjoy a few hours of life out of your normal routine. But in all honesty, not every adult enjoys playing dress up or handing out candy bars to little Disney princesses or 3 foot tall monsters. For parents with young kids, October 31 can be a fun experience; but for the rest of us it can be just one more drain on the budget or an interruption in our busy lives. Here are some things my husband and I have done when we just didn’t feel like answering the door for trick-or-treaters.
Turn off the porch light
Most parents with kids will look for the porch light. If the light is OFF, then that house is off limits. So if you don’t have a desire to hand out candy to little munchkins on October 31, make sure your doors are closed, your porch light is off and the blinds are shut. We’ve even watched television in our bedroom instead of the living room so it was very clear to those on the street that we weren’t available.
Consider doing something for the neighbors
Maybe you really like your neighbors kids but you don’t want to entertain the whole community. You might want to pick up a bag of candy or make a special treat and drop by the neighbor’s house earlier in the day to give those special kids a treat. This is a great idea if you are friends with your neighbors and feel the Halloween spirit but just don’t want to spend an entire evening sitting on the front porch.
Leave home for the night
Neighborhoods and downtown streets are typically going to be very busy on Halloween night. But the normal businesses can be nice and empty. This might be a great time to hit up your favorite restaurant, go see a movie or get your grocery shopping done on a night when most of the community will be out Trick or Treating. In the past, we have seen a kid’s movie (with no kids in the theater) and gone to favorite restaurants with no wait… win-win!
Just because the kids in the community are celebrating Halloween doesn’t mean you have to participate. There’s no reason that every house in the neighborhood has to hand out candy. Be creative and do something different this year!
How will you celebrate October 31? Will you hand out candy or will you be hiding in your bedroom watching TV like us?