The reward for most adults handing out treats to the "Trick or Treaters" are the delightful and colorful costumes that appear at their door.
However, many people also enjoy enhancing the candy giving process by animating the experience with some interactive fun.
FACT: Trick-or-treating or Guising, is a customary practice for children on Halloween in many countries. Children in costumes travel from house to house in order to ask for treats such as candy (or, in some cultures, money) with the question "Trick or treat?". The "trick" is a (usually idle) threat to perform mischief on the homeowners or their property if no treat is given.
Here are a few novel tricks you can do
when the "Trick or Treaters" come calling:
- Wear a "creepy" costume hand and when the door bell rings, slowly open your door and expose the hand only...as the suspense builds, rapidly swing the door open and yell "BOO"!
- Working the door in any scary costume is always a good thing.
- When the kiddies yell "Trick or Treat", reply back "Trick" and insist that someone in the group either tell a joke, sing a song, do a candy dance, or some other task. And definitely insist that those individuals (usually the older kids) not wearing a costume perform for their Treat.
- Rapidly swing the door open with your best (loud) horror scream...Then quickly shut the door. After a brief pause, reopen the door and say " Oh sorry, you frightened me".
- Dress as the Easter Bunny and answer your door " Sorry, I only hand out candy at Easter".
- Get a recording a vicious dog growling and barking. When the door bell rings, crank up the volume. Crack the door open and pretend you are struggling to keep the dog from charging out.
- Dress as a police officer and ask to see their I.D.
- Rig a simple pully-system in the ceiling just inside the front door and out of view. Suspend a large spider attached to fish line. Engage the children in conversation then suddenly drop the spider and scream!
Fun Fact:Many years ago, the Irish carved Turnips and put coals or small candles inside. They were placed outside their homes on All Hallow's Eve to ward off evil spirits. They were also known to use potatoes and Rutabagas.
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