How To Connect To the Ghosts and Goblins That Come to Your Door.
"Halloween seems to bring out the kid in people of all ages, making it the perfect opportunity to build positive connections in neighborhoods and communities."Search Institute
Halloween is the one night of the year where it is appropriate to wear a mask and hide who you really are. Children want to be recognized, they want to be known to the adults they encounter, even in costume.
Engaging with them:
Step #1 when children knock on your door react to their costumes.
- Princesses, “Your majesty” and give a little bow
- Ghost, pretend to be a little frightened
- A cartoon figure, ask for their autograph or
- Compliment them on their costume
Step #2 then ask their names and say hello.
Step #3 if there is a parent with them address the parent and complement them on having such well behaved children.
Step #4 give them their treat.
Step #5 thank them for coming to your home.
Prepare your home for Trick or Treaters:
- Ensure that the sidewalk to your front door is well lite.
- If you have a large enough front porch to greet trick or treaters there add extra light (a lamp) and step out onto the porch to hand out treats.
- If you see or hear of trick or treaters being bullied or breaking the law be prepared to call the police.
The Days Following Halloween:
- As you encounter children that you remember from Halloween night say hello to them and once again comment on their costume.