My friend, Lisa, is guest posting today while we’re celebrating Halloween with The Mouse!
Lisa Richey is the modern day Miss Manners, and I can attest from knowing her in person that she is well deserving of that title. There is more about her at the end of this post, so without further ado, I give you Lisa! Please make her feel at home.
I love this time of year… the chill in the air, autumn along the countryside in Pennsylvania, orange and golden leaves fluttering around the yard and of course apple cider donuts. You can’t help but notice all the Halloween candy looming in the grocery store aisles.
Are you taking your family out for “Trick or Treat” this year? If so, I thought I would leave you with a few tips on Halloween Manners.
Ten Tips for Manners at Halloween
- Dress the part if you are going to “Trick or Treat”. Don’t show up in your street clothes and ask for candy. Join in on the fun. It’s Halloween!
- Ring the door bell only once.
- Reach for one piece of candy… unless the homeowner offers more. In that case, two is enough.
- Say “thank you” at every home you visit. This is also a great time to teach your children about eye contact, especially when expressing gratitude.
- If you are invited to someone’s home for a Halloween party, offer to bring something or take a hostess gift. Your favorite homemade sweet treat or a scented candles is a always appreciated.
- Children have a hard time with the masks that have small holes for eyes. Lead the way with a flashlight and help them up the steps or around landscaping to avoid tripping.
- If you are a homeowner giving out candy, turn on as many outside lights as possible (porch and spot lights) around your property.
- If you have dogs that bark, confine them to another room in your house. They might scare the “little ones”.
- As a home owner, if you choose not to give out candy, turn out your porch lights and dim the lights in your home. Head out to dinner for the evening.
- To avoid any late night visitors, turn off your lights around 9pm.
Lisa Taylor Richey is the creator of Manners To Go, a fun program and curriculum to build confidence. To learn more about manners classes and Princess-in-Training parties, visit her website. For more information about teaching manners at home, you may subscribe to the blog.