How to Handle 8 Etiquette Situations on Halloween
It's no wonder that All Hallows' Eve poses a number of etiquette challenges: It's a holiday when overstimulated children dressed like zombies and other assorted menaces run from house to house in the dark demanding fistfuls of candy. Some people opt out of the festivities for religious or cultural reasons, but if you're willing to participate by handing out sweets at the door even if Halloween isn't your holiday of choice, you can avoid some common pitfalls by planning ahead (and maybe finding some other things to do on Halloween).
If Halloween makes you go, "Boo, humbug," try adopting a neutral, detached attitude. After all, many people adore this occasion; it's practically a national holiday for children. There are certain fundamentalist religions that don't observe it, but if you're not a member of one of them, you'll look like a crank if you complain too loudly. And unless you live alone in the middle of nowhere, you probably can't opt out entirely.
So: If your own kids plan to go up and down the street ringing doorbells, you must answer yours cheerfully when other Harrys and Hermiones come calling. If you don't have children or yours are grown, it still behooves you to fake Halloween cheer to keep the peace with your neighbors. Here's how to handle awkward Halloween etiquette snafus and scenarios with aplomb.
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