How To Deal with Trick or Treaters

How To Deal with Trick or Treaters

Grace Shu
Oct 30, 2007

We got into a heated discussion the other day about the etiquette of handing out candy. One camp is all for sticking out the bowl and letting the kids pick what they want (which we think inevitably leads to a shortage of candy very early on...and it kinda seems unsanitary); the other camp believes in chucking 2 pieces in each bag and calling it a night--even if it's something gross like Almond Joy or Mounds (sorry, we're not big fans of coconut flakes). But that's just the tip of the iceberg: What are some tips on how to deal with trick or treaters--especially the real smarmy kids who look a bit too old to be trick or treating? And how do you dole out the candy?

One of our friends offered up this bit of advice, "Pass out boxes of raisins, and no one will bug you for Halloweens to come." (He's not big on holidays that require dressing up). For a laugh, here's a list of 20 ways to Confuse Trick or Treaters.

Photo by Ron Chapple

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