New Post Advanced Search

trick or treat??

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
29 replies 2.4K views
cathy_3cathy_3 Forumite
1.5K posts
edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
just dont answer the door



  • sairzsairz Forumite
    484 posts
    does my head in dont mind if i only get a few but usualy they start at about 4 and can go on till about 10 knocking every 2 minutes,dont take my kids dont want them knocking on strangers doors asking for money too dangerous these days so i just throw them a little dress up halloween party,my other half dresses up and tries to scare the trick or treaters away ;D
    Sairz xx
    :AEleventh Heaven No.3 :A
  • SpendlessSpendless Forumite
    21.3K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    My little un loves it gets dressed up and friend whose own kid is now too old to go goes with him (cos I don't think I could).
    Money saving for me, saves me loads in treats in following weeks!!! ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

    When we used to live elsewhere used to get knocking from mid sept onwards. Not one of em knew when Halloween was - moved away before my own had to go yo local school!!!! ;) ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

    Seriously - we have family in Canada where Halloween is big and there the rule is if light is on at front eg porch,hallway, lounge then treak or treaters are welcome. If these lights are off (even if others in house are on) you don't call.

    Would be simple to adopt that 'rule' here.
  • mink35mink35 Forumite
    6.1K posts
    When we used to live elsewhere used to get knocking from mid sept onwards.

    Maybe not quite that early here but definitely not just on 31st. Bit like Christmas carollers - they start on 1 December! Does my head in. (Once got four carol singers at door and was so fed up I told them I would give them a fiver each if they could sing the whole of the carol they had started - silent night. Needless to say it was a silent night! ;D )
  • Tim_LTim_L Forumite
    3.8K posts
    1,000 Posts Combo Breaker
    Oh, do what I do.

    When they ask trick or treat, smile pleasantly and say "oh, trick, definitely".

    Then take your head off and chase them down the road.

    Works for me every time.
  • Lucie_2Lucie_2 Forumite
    1.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    My brother in law has been known to stick a sign saying "No trick or treaters" on the front door!! It worked too.
    I buy a few chupa chups lollies if I remember & don't mind giving them out to the little ones who call early on, around teatime.
    It's the teenagers who come knocking at 9pm with just a mask on under their burberry cap saying (adopt Kevin the teenager type bored voice now) "trickertreat" that I ignore.

    I like the porch light on idea Spendless. The bulb's gone in mine ha ha!
  • 1601199616011996 Forumite
    8.3K posts
    just dont answer the door

    ;D ;D ;D ;D
  • GladGlad Forumite, Board Guide
    18.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    If anybody knocks before 31st for halloween, or 5th Nov for 'penny for the guy' etc, I just say I'm sorry I havn't stocked up yet, please come back on the correct night,
    I'm a Board Guide on the Money Savers Arms, Discussion Time, Wales, Competitions, Marriage Relationships & Families, Health and Pet Care boards. However, please do remember, board guides don't read every post. if you spot an inappropriate or illegal post then please report it to [email protected] (it's not part of my role to deal with reportable posts). Any views are mine and not the official line of
    Compers please read the Comping Guide
  • I generally get some cheap sweets and stuff in - making sure I have some stuff suitable for asian children too. (Although as we have moved house recently it mightn't be as necessary) Otherwise it costs an awful lot more to give them cash. I also have some vaguely healthy options, and make sure little ones don't get things with nuts in. I have a couple of mixing bowls of stuff in the hallway, so when I answer the door I can offer them easily.

    I tell any kids who come round beforehand to come back on the right day - but I do it with humour in case they decide to play a nasty trick a day or two early ;)

    Oh, and if I'm working that night, my husband doesnt' answer the door in case it looks 'weird'... :(
    The IVF worked;DS born 2006.
  • bugsbugs Forumite
    182 posts
    The theory I don't mind but the reality is that virtually nobody makes any effort, so in this country, in most places, it comes down to begging with menaces!

    I actually see every year in our street, parents pull up in cars, dump a load of children in the street, and drive off leaving the children to go trick or treating! There is so much wrong with that I don't know where to start.

    As an insurance policy I buy fun sized chocs but I've never had to use them yet. And I frankly don't bother about peanuts or quality stuff: it's all labelled and if you're begging for stuff it's up to you (or your parents) to check out if it's OK. If you're that delicate, don't spend dark evenings knocking on strange doors.

    We plan every hallowe'en, if we're in, with something good to watch and all the lights off. With our thick curtains and double glazing you can't see anyone's in, and our house looks pretty intimidating as it is because we're still doing up the inside.

    I dare say someone will come along and say we're all being miserable, weren't you ever children etc? I wish I didn't have to do this - I'd be happy to have the local children call round and happy to give them treats and act (badly) being scared - but I spend all year being scared of them as they hang around and wouldn't recognise a local child from a non-local one, even if you showed me their police record.

    I find it all pretty depressing really.

    I like the performance-pay for carol singers idea though!
    It is not the greatness of a man's means that makes him independent, so much as the smallness of his wants. (William Cobbett)
  • 1601199616011996 Forumite
    8.3K posts
    i must admit, i wouldn't let my kids go out trick or treating. far too scary to be knocking on stangers doors.
Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support