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Monday questions: Halloween special

Posted by Robin Abrahams  October 24, 2011 06:08 AM

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Trick-or-treatiquette! Can I make that a thing? Probably not. Anyway, here are two questions about next Monday's festivities: 

I live in a nice neighborhood in a poor part of town, so our area has long been popular with local trick-or-treaters. One of my neighbors gives out full-size candy bars every year, and word gotten around. Now kids are showing up in large groups, piled into minivans, and even in school buses! I'm worried that so having so many youngsters in the neighborhood creates a safety hazard, because cars drive quite fast on my street, and I also fear that some of the teenagers will be disappointed at my "stinginess" compared to my neighbor and will egg my house. How can I politely ask my neighbor to scale back on the Halloween treats? 

 I'm considering joining in on #allhallows read this year, giving spooky books to trick or treaters, but the more I think of it, the trickier it seems, giving books to random children. If I offer the (in addition to candy, not instead of) how might I present them? Thanks!


What advice do you have, readers? I'll summarize your comments on Friday. Feel free to answer either question or both -- or just to post some of your own Halloween best practices. 

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