A letter writer asks homeowners to turn their lights off or put an ‘out of candy’ sign up if they plan to not give trick-or-treaters candy. Otherwise

Learn the trick-or-treat rules

If you are not home or have no candy, please turn out the lights or put a sign on the door: “out of candy.”

Struggling fairies and goblins… oh no!

Last year I watched so many tiny trick-or-treaters walk up and knock at empty houses that had lights ablaze. I thought there really needs to be a system where we all know the rules.

If you are not home or have no candy please turn out the lights or put a sign on the door: “out of candy.”

If you are home and welcoming little spooksters, then have lights on and maybe a pumpkin or Halloween decoration to indicate your participation.

We are a 70-unit townhouse complex here and there were maybe three people actually giving out candy last year, but these little ones went to 20 or more doors because lights were on. They were so tired out by going down walkways and around to side doors just to come back empty-handed.

Also if you want to give candy but cannot be home, maybe team up with a neighbour to hand out your bowl of candy for you, as too many kids just dump the whole bowl of unattended candy into their bags, leaving none for others.

Here’s to wishing everyone a safe and fun Halloween.

Katheren Szabo


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