Happy Halloween!  Here at How To Learn, we want to wish all our readers a happy and safe Halloween, full of treats and not too many tricks.

Halloween is a time when many misunderstandings can happen, and a fun time can be ruined with behavior meltdowns or disappointments. Tricks can go awry, and treats can prove to be a bit too much!  Here are some tips from etiquette expert Jacqueline Whitmore for enjoying all the festivities:

Keep the corporate culture in mind: If your office or school is having a Halloween party, stay away from guns and inappropriate outfits. If it’s questionable or possibly offensive to others, then don’t wear it.

Never come empty handed to a party: It can be a bottle of wine or a nice fall decoration, but always bring something for your hostess to show your appreciation.

To knock or not: When trick-or-treating, knock or ring the doorbell once and that’s it. If no answer, move on to the next house. Only knock if the lights are on. If the lights are off, move on to the next house.

Don’t leave a bowl of candy on the front porch: If you’re not going to be home, it’s best to not put anything on the front porch and just leave your lights off. Leaving a bowl of candy out front is old fashioned and all your candy will be gone in minutes. If you encounter this situation, use it as a teaching moment with your children to share and have them take only one piece of candy.

Stick to packaged candy: It’s best not to give out baked goods, candy apples or anything homemade. Stick to candy that is sealed in a wrapper or be unique and give something less traditional like a children’s book or a silver dollar.

Show your gratitude: Always say “thank you” when someone puts candy in your pumpkin or pillowcase

Have a great time, and enjoy!

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