Halloween 's not really a formal affair where not following the strictest etiquette and fashion rules can lead to your social down fall. But there are some general guidelines to follow to make sure you and the people around you get the most enjoyment out of it as possible. Most of it is common sense. Still, common sense can get away from the best of us sometimes. Here are some things to consider before carving up the pumpkin.
Don’t Get Political, Especially with the Kids
The US is more divided politically than it has been for a long time, and passions have reached a boiling point for some people. For some, it’s all consuming. That is fine for adults. It’s their life, and they are free to do what they want. However, they shouldn’t bring their politics into Halloween. Let kids be kids and have fun. Don’t use them as political props, and don’t into political discussions with other parents.
Don’t Get Healthy
Every single year, some doctor gets on TV in a horribly misguided attempt to ruin everyone’s fun by suggesting we do something besides candy this year. Forget Dr. No-Fun. Get candy for the kids (and yourself) and enjoy it. Save healthy for another day. The only caveat, if you know of a kid who can’t have sweets, pick something up special for them.
Know Who’s Doing What
Halloween has gone from a holiday for kids to a holiday for the family. This means that some people go for more of The Walking Dead side of Halloween while others choose the classic monsters and cute race car driver costumes.
Don't take your kids to places where they could see costumes and decorations that aren't age appropriate. If your little one is boasting her toddler princess costume, don't take her to the land of zombies unless she is dragging you there.
And if you are throwing one of the more adult themed Halloween parties, remind parents to leave their kids and the baby Halloween costumes at home.
Keep the front door G/PG enough for those parents who have the little ones. The last thing you want to do to a parent after she's spent hours combing the internet for the best baby girl Halloween costume ideas is scare her kid away. Keep the intense stuff for the rest of the house.
Keep Costumes Appropriate
There is a fine line between fun and something that could be considered inappropriate. The “sexy” version of any costume for an office party or school event isn’t the best idea, and costumes that might be considered culturally insensitive should be avoided. Great baby costume ideas should be kept baby appropriate.
Give and Take
Split the Halloween fun up into trick or treating, and handing out candy to trick or treaters--if you can do that. Not everyone lives somewhere with a high degree of Halloween foot traffic. Handing out candy is almost as much fun for the kids as trick or treating, and teaches them that doing something for others can be fun and fulfilling.
Most of All, Have Fun
One of the worst things about modern holidays is how often we get so wrapped up in their trappings and doing what we think we are supposed to do that we forget that holidays are supposed to be fun. Halloween is no different. Don’t stress over things. Dress up your little princesses, firemen, and race car drivers in their costumes, and decorate that stroller. The evening is yours to enjoy.