|Those 5 pieces on the lower right are my reward for the night :)|
Given my poor attitude right now, I would like to just put it out there the things that DO irritate me about Trick or Treating. I want to start a post about Etiquette of Passing Out Halloween Candy.
* Please have your bowl of candy by the door ready for trick or treaters. There is one night of the year that you can expect your door bell to ring non stop. It's October 31. Please do not come to the door without that bowl! Don't open the door and act surprised that someone is there, then tell them to wait while you walk all the way to the back of your house to get your bowl because you had no idea what those little door bell ringers wanted when they pushed that button.
* Your doughnut and popcorn makers are fabulous. This I can agree with since I love all those little doo dads in my kitchen too. However, Halloween is not the night to pull them out to show off to trick or treaters. The goal is to hit up as many houses as possible. Standing there waiting for you to fry up a doughnut wastes precious time. Then kids have to eat it then and there since they can't just put it in their candy bags without it turning into a crummy mess before the end of the night.
* If you don't have any fresh candy to pass out, that's ok. Just turn your light off and we'll move on. No hard feelings. I know that Christmas candy does not hit the shelves until the day after Halloween. So, when you throw a handful of Hershey Kisses in my kids bag that are wrapped in Christmas foil, I know that's some old stuff! Even worse, when you open it just to be sure, it is a crumbly white mess. Yuck.
* I know it's "trick" or treat, but fortune cookies from the restaurant up the street and soy sauce packets, candles (yes, a friend actually got some tea lights lol), and even used happy meal toys just aren't cool. Again, please just turn out your light and we'll move on. Kids really aren't out there for the "tricks" you know.
* Does it really matter is a child looks "too old" to be out collecting candy? If they are in costume, what's the big deal? Getting snotty with the kids is asking for trouble. I would rather pass out a 10¢ piece of candy to a teenager than clean egg yolk off my house the next day. Just a little food for thought there.
I am sure there are more grumpies I could point out, but I fear I am starting to sound like a real jerk myself :) The main thing was the girls had a great time, even if their mom was a complaining ninny.
How was your Halloween? Do you have any complaints to add to the list?