Halloween can be a confusing time in Australia. We don’t traditionally celebrate the holiday here but in recent years American culture has become more prevalent on our Aussie shores, so we’ve had to start seriously considering the concept of trick or treating. And what’s not to love! Neighbours out saying hi. Candy. Permission to dress up. Candy.
Letting people know that you don’t want to participate in trick or treating requires a simple and friendly note on the door but there are several things you can do to let your neighbours know that you are keen to get spooky instead.
Decorate your house
Hang a skeleton on the door, play some eerie music outside or pop a few cobwebs and pumpkins on your porch. Most supermarkets and discounts stores stock inexpensive Halloween decorations so it’s easy to create a scary little landscape out the front of your house to let trick-or-treaters know they’re welcome.
Wear a costume
If other kids in the street see a scary witch or The Hulk open the front door they’ll know immediately that your house is open for Halloween business.
Start a trick-or-treating group in your area
Why not get a group of parents from school or neighbours together and organize a group trick-or-treating event. It’s a perfect way for kids to experience trick or treating safely and for families to opt in to activities.
Put a sign up
If putting up decorations is too time consuming then simply place a sign on your door or in your front yard that says ‘Trick-or-Treaters Welcome’. Easy.
Do your research
Individually wrapped treats are best so try not to give away lollies without wrappers or loose handfuls of things like Skittles or M&Ms. Anything home made, however lovely, probably won’t get eaten so it’s best to avoid baked cookies and cakes as well.