Orange, brown and yellow leafed garlands with orange LED lights are hung, our life sized “Charlie” the skeleton takes his seat at the dining room table, ghouls are hung in the corners, huge black spiders and lighted pumpkins are staged all around the house and we begin our seasonal weekend traditions of decorating, caramel apple making, pumpkin carving and every Saturday we watch Halloween movies.
This year we added the tradition of teaching the kids how to make pumpkin pies!
Along with standard safety rules; when crossing a street walk side by side with an adult, no eating candy unless Moms have checked it, etc. One big deal with Andrea and I is that we expect our kids to be polite and thankful trick-or-treaters which comes with three rules.
Number one: The first house that we cannot hear you say “Thank You” is the last house you go to. This was tough lesson Jared and Jules learned on their first Halloween with me 5 years ago, but we haven’t had any repeats since then!
Number two: If the homeowner offers up a bowl for the kids to pick through, the kids are not allowed to grab handfuls. The kids are only allowed to pick one candy unless the homeowner offers more.
Number three: No running across lawns! We expect our kids to use the walkways, but with so many other kids are trampling over and across beautifully coiffed lawns, they do not think it is fair that they get cut in front of by other overzealous trick-or-treaters.
Andrea and I hope that having traditions and just plain common sense etiquette will help our kids to grow up to be more thoughtful and family oriented people.