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Remember as a kid at Halloween you knew what neighborhoods gave out the good candy? Those Trick-or-Treat neighborhoods were every house was jackpot and all the porch lights were on? And remember when you were Trick-or-Treating and there would be that one house, all dark, no lights on, and you knew no one was home… or you thought maybe they were just hiding out in the TV room being Halloween grinches, unwilling to come to the door to give you your well-deserved candy. After all, you were the one out there doing the hard work of getting ready, walking in the cold, and schlepping that BIG ol’ pillow case around, right?! What was wrong with THOSE people?! Now as an adult I have become THAT house on the block. With a Pastor for a husband we are gone on Halloween night, at the church Harvest Festival. I became “THOSE people.” *Young April is totally giving Adult Me the side eye. Adult Me hangs head in shame.* Over the years I have learned what to do when you’re not home for Halloween and I have some tricks for how to be an awesome Trick-or-Treat house even when you aren’t home for Halloween. Learn from me, friends. Your younger self with thank you.
Set-up your porch wisely
Leave the light on, light your Jack-o’-lanterns, and throw out some decorations. Be aware: some kids are hooligans. They take the Trick-or-Treat spirit to the next level and just trick… or in some cases destroy. So be wise in what you set out. Pumpkins might get smashed, tables could be broken, entire bowls of candy could go missing. I set out a $1 thrift sore side table and put my candy in inexpensive, easily replaceable buckets. I make sure not to set out anything ceramic or glass because I don’t mind driving over pumpkin guts in the street, but shards of grandmas punch bowl is another story. Ya know?
Buy the good stuff
You know what I’m talkin ’bout…. when you were a kid and you divved up your candy, those choice pieces that everyone wanted, “I will give you three of these fruit things for one Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup!” You want your candy to be the ones that mysteriously disappear after mom and dad “inspect” that candy. Other parents will silently thank you as they unwrap those goodies as quietly as possible as not to alert their children to the pilfering. These big bags of Hershey’s candies from Walmart are my go to, you get a LOT of good candy at a reasonable price.
Leave something for the kids with allergies
As the mom of a gluten-free kid it stinks when we go to a house and all they have is candy my child is allergic to. Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t upset with that family, but it’s a bummer for a young kid and as a family we can deal with this without any rudenss or tantrums, but it does make me aware that some kiddos can’t have certain things and that can run the gauntlet from gluten to dairy to dyes. So instead of getting “something for everyone” I just set out a second bucket with non-candy items it. Walmart has this great big bag of temporary tattoos and some glow sticks for good prices.
Signage is helpful
Help your small guests to know that the rules still apply even though that bucket of candy glory is self-serve. This really only work with those under 10, as they still have the fear of Mom. Jr Highers will probably ignore your cute lil sign and dump the whole bucket in their bag, but hey, you tried. But you are welcome to download this FREE PRINTABLE and see if the suggested serving sizeof “one” works in your neighborhoos. Plus theres a little sing for the allergy kiddos. My 6 year old thought it was funny… so ya know, I feel like a winner there.
Go and Enjoy your night
You’ve done your Halloween candy duty (by front porch proxy) so now you are free to go and enjoy time with your own little monsters. Happy Halloween!
Do you set out candy when you’re not home on Halloween? What are your tips and tricks?