While Halloween is a long-held tradition around the globe, it’s still only relatively new in the land down under. Like tipping, getting used to Halloween etiquette takes some getting used to – we’ve assembled some guidelines to make your Halloween day a treat!
Guidelines for Trick-or-Treaters:
- Get dressed up! If you’re going up to your neighbour’s door for candy, the least you can do is give them a show! Put on a mask, get your face painted for free at your local Drakes store or turn a sheet into a ghost costume – just make sure you have a story behind your costume!
- Look for a “Trick or Treaters welcome here” posters, or decorations that let you know that your neighbour is participating in Halloween. Respect your neighbours if the gate is locked or there is a “No thanks” poster on display.
- Wait for the previous group to finish. If there’s a group ahead of you, make sure you let them finish at the door. Give your neighbour the cursory “Trick or Treat” chant before grabbing your loot!
- Leave some treats for the next group. Don’t grab all the lollies – make sure you leave some candy behind for the next trick or treater. Besides, who knows what lollies are in store next door?
- Don’y forget your please and thank yous. If your neighbour is kind enough to participate in Halloween this year, make sure to thank them!
Guidelines for the Haunted House:
- It’s recommended that you hand out individually-wrapped lollies. For hygiene reasons, grab bags of individually-wrapped lollies such as Allen’s Fantales, Chew Mix or Kit Kats, available in family-sized bags at your local Drakes store.
- If you don’t have time to dress up your front yard but still want to participate in the festivities, pop up a poster letting trick or treaters know! SA Police and Queensland Police have posted fantastic posters available for you to print and display – click here for SA and here for QLD
- While home-made treats may seem like a good idea, the prevalence of allergies may mean that many kids won’t be able to consume them. Stick to store-bought treats, just in case.
- Fruit as treats is likely to get you tricked. You have been warned.
Have fun, stay safe and enjoy your loot!