I have my own personal opinions about how Halloween should be handled. I am not from VS and things are done a little differently around here.
So I have (begrudgingly) adapted to Halloween in Valley Stream start times.
In Toledo, we did not start until 6 p.m. and were at home by 9 p.m. at the latest. There was none of this 3 p.m. stuff. Most kids are not home from school yet, let alone their parents.
I get annoyed when you come over early. I am not ready, we are doing homework, eating dinner, etc. I am not answering the door.
If you knock on my door late, I am more sympathetic because I know all parents cannot get home early to take the kids out.
But chances are the candy is gone. I will try my best to save you some.
Here are some tips from VS Moms I collected who have advice on how they want us to behave on Halloween.
Trick or Treating Advice from Moms
Try not to trick or treat after 9pm. Be respectful of bedtimes when ringing doorbells. My husband pointed out that some parents may work late and only be able to take their kids trick or treating that late but it’s hard enough getting kids to bed on time on Halloween night. I don’t want the doorbell ringing while my youngest is finally falling asleep.
Don’t go to houses that are not decorated or don’t have lights on at night. They are not interested.
If people leave out a bowl of candy please do not be greedy and take all or half of it…….. take a couple of pieces.
Trick or Treating before 5pm is tough. I’ve found that the best time to start is 6pm. This gives people enough time to get home from work, as well as a chance to buy some last minute candy. To the kind people giving out the candy, please DON’T give out unsealed candy with paper wrappers that expose the candy. I’d rather not waste your money because that candy will be the first to be thrown out.
Be respectful of people’s property.
Dont trample grass and flower beds. Use the walkways.
If you are eating candy along the way, don’t throw the wrapper on the ground.
Don’t sit outside in a car. It creeps people out. 🤡
More for groups with the youngest over 8 years old, if you see another group near by, join or tailgate. I’d rather stand to hand out to 20 kids at once than 4 groups of 3-6 kids a minute or two apart.
Don’t touch the candy until you get home.
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