Trick or treating isn’t an official town activity. So last year, when I called the police department to find out times and rules, they pretty much told me to go scratch. Itching for info, I asked parents for their Halloween night input.
So here it is, The Unofficial Guide to Trick or Treating in Baristaville
1. Little kids (age 4 and under) start at 5 p.m.
2. Bigger kids start around 6 p.m.
3. Trick or treating is generally over by 8 p.m.
4. If you’re staying home to give out candy, be prepared for snarky teenagers not in costume. Some–of course, not all–will tell you that you’re the Bride of Chucky if you don’t give them candy. If you don’t want to deal, don’t answer the door. Or be prepared with a speech.
5. If you run out of candy, put a sign on the door: NO MORE CANDY. Certain streets like Montclair Avenue are heavy-traffic areas for trick-or-treaters. (Though I hear the lady who gives out Scholastic books is done.)
6. If you don’t want trick or treaters, put a sign on the door or turn your lights out on the first floor of your house.
7. People who come after 8 p.m. can be scary and bratty–not all, but many.
Have any wise tips to add to this list?