Use some proper trick or treat etiquette

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Dear Liz,

We live in a fairly nice and large subdivision in Mount Pleasant. Trick or treating is very popular. But there is an annoying trend of increasing numbers of large groups of kids from other neighborhoods including teenagers who have been crowding out the neighborhood kids where we are literally running out of candy.

We buy beyond our budget too. We don’t want revenge tricks if we have to turn people away.


Dear “Tricked,”

I see the dilemma and remember this happening back when my kids were young on the Isle of Palms and in Mount Pleasant. My husband says this has been going on since Noah’s Ark.

Anyhow, he said no one should be turned away or discriminated against and I agree to a point. Please, no busloads.

I do not give out candy or treats to especially older kids not in costume or repeaters who return because they like the full-size chocolate bars. If you are running out or past your budget give out less, and save a little extra for your friend’s kids.

Keep an eye out for troublemakers who are out for some (technically) vandalism “fun.” Egging a house or toilet papering is actually a nuisance and a form of illegal activity. To prevent such tricks leave lights on outside around your house. If you run out of candy, maybe just turn out a small porch light as a signal.

This should be a parent-supervised event that is fun and safe.

Courtesy and appropriate behavior should be expected and exercised by all. If we don’t all follow common courtesy, trick or treating (which I greatly enjoyed as a kid) will become a thing of the past. How sad.

Behave, be safe and parents - please inspect your child’s loot, freeze part, donate part and dole it out as a treat after a good meal and teeth brushing afterwards. Bah humbug.

Contact Liz via asksharpliz@gmail.com. Liz Brisacher Sharp is a Master degree level Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice with 35 years experience in mental health.

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