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When is Halloween?
What is going to happen on Halloween night in my neighbourhood?
When it gets dark outside, kids will dress up in costumes and knock on doors. They will ask for candy. If you don't want to hand out candy, turn your lights off on Halloween night. Don't answer the door.
How much candy do I need?
It depends on your neighbourhood. Ask your neighbours how many kids they usually get at the door. Say, "How many kids do you usually get for Halloween?".
What kind of candy should I buy?
Choose candy that is wrapped, such as chocolate bars. You can also buy boxes of mini bags of potato chips. Avoid loose candy. Most parents will throw it out. Your local grocery store will have lots to choose from.
How much candy do I give each child?
You can just put one item in each child's bag or bucket. If you have lots of candy near the end of the night, give out a few pieces to each child.
What do I do if I run out of candy?
Turn your light off. Most kids won't come to a house if there are no lights on.
I live in an apartment. Will I still get trick-or-treaters at my door?
Yes! If children live in your complex, you may get trick-or-treaters. Be prepared!
What should I say to trick-or-treaters?
Comment on their costume: Very scary! Such a pretty princess! I love your costume! Show some interest in the kids: What are you supposed to be?
How do I decorate for Halloween?
You can put a jack-o-lantern outside. You can also put out pictures or figurines of creepy characters to make your house look haunted.
I bought a pumpkin. Now what?
Carve it into a jack-o-lantern and put it outside on Halloween night. Follow these easy steps.
Do costumes have to be scary?
No! Children dress up as all sorts of things on Halloween. These include superheroes, pop stars, and cartoon characters. The most creative (handmade) costumes are the best.
Is dressing up only for kids?
No! Many adults dress up for Halloween. Some go to costume parties or dress up at work. Others dress up to take their kids trick-or-treating.
What time do I take my child out trick-or-treating?
Don't start until it's almost dark. Young children are usually the earliest to start. Older children wait until it's pitch dark out.
What does my child say when he/she knocks on a neighbour's door?
"Trick or treat!"
What is the "trick" for in trick-or-treat?
This was an old part of the tradition. These days most people just hand out candy.
How can I hand out candy if I'm out trick-or-treating with my child?
Ask a friend or family member to hand out candy at your place. If you don't have someone to ask, turn your light off until you get back.
Can I trust the candy my child receives?
This is up to you. Look through the candy carefully to make sure it's wrapped. Throw away any fruit or unwrapped treats.
We don't celebrate Halloween, but my child's school is having a party. What should I do?
Your child probably won't be the only one not celebrating. Explain to your child and his/her teacher that Halloween is not part of your family's tradition, and that you choose not to send your child in a costume.
Why did a child come to my door and ask me to smell his feet?
Some trick-or-treaters sing a rhyme that goes like this: "Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. Not too big. Not too small. Just the size of Montreal."
If you have any more questions, leave them in the comments! Happy Halloween.
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