Should you let your children go trick or treating?

It may have escaped your notice, but today is Halloween!

Last year was the first year that my husband and I allowed our children to go trick or treating. They were five years old and it was a very spur of the moment decision. I bought some sweets in case we had any trick or treaters, and to my surprise we did. These were our first trick or treaters since our girls were born!

The girls were so excited by the idea of handing out sweets to the children on our doorstep! After seeing their excitement, I decided to take the girls for a walk up the street. We called round some of the girls school friends who live nearby, and the girls really enjoyed their first trick or treating experience.

This year I’m a bit more prepared as I have actually bought the girls a small halloween bucket from ASDA each to use to collect their sweets, but we will have some rules in place.

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For starters, we will only knock the doors of the people we know. I mean, we can hardly tell our children not to take sweets from strangers and then make an exception on Halloween by knocking on strangers doors in the hopes that they’ll hand out some sweets! So, that’s rule number one – we’ll only visit people we know.

Rule number two is to be polite and say thank you to those who do hand them some sweets, and rule number three is not to be greedy by taking handfuls of sweets or by eating as many sweets as possible in one go!

I always remember going trick or treating when I was little and although I enjoyed receiving sweets, I think I just enjoyed being out in the dark more! I mean it’s not often that I would be outside in the dark as I’d usually be in bed, and I always remember how different everything looked at night time. It fascinated me! Of course, it was also lots of fun seeing all these children dressed up.

Although I will say, I’m not keen on some of the costumes I see young children wearing. In particular, I really dislike it when parents smear fake blood on their children’s costumes. I don’t see any need for that, but each to their own I guess.

Will you take your children trick or treating? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment below.

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