Chances are good that if you’re sitting home on Halloween night with a bowl full of treats and your porch light on, you’re looking forward to having some trick-or-treaters stop by! And what fun-loving person wouldn’t be? Not only are the costumes creative and cool, but it’s a heartwarming night as well. I can’t help but smile watching packs of kids shuffle from house to house fueled by sugar and excitement as parents trail behind picking up dropped tiaras and carrying coats that their children refuse to wear. The Easter Bunny may fill a million baskets, and Santa Claus may shimmy down almost every chimney on the block, but it’s only the families of those children that get to see their faces light up in the morning when they spy the chocolate eggs and wrapped presents. Halloween is for everyone! It’s a holiday of public enjoyment, and I love every minute of it!
So how to make sure you get as many trick-or-treaters as possible and didn’t miss that Halloween party in vain? Simple. Have the most appealing house. There are many factors to consider in having the most appealing house, and none of them have anything to do with having the fanciest house. Kids are not impressed by riches – kids are impressed by wonderment and possibility. Decorate your house colorfully – have Halloween music pouring from open windows – invite a few friends over to fill your house with laughter and help keep you in the Halloween spirit – wear a costume – put a costume on the dog! And last but not least…put cash in some of the Halloween treat bags.
You know that friend who can spread the news about anyone and anything in what seems like seconds? She’s got nothing on kids! Children have an unmatched ability to get the word out fast, and when there’s candy and cash to be had, the word flies even further and faster. The rules are simple – put together treat bags as you normally would, filling them with Halloween Candy, Spider Rings, whatever your Halloween heart desires! And then add a $5 or $10 bill to a few of the bags. It doesn’t have to be many at all, 2 or 3 is plenty. The idea isn’t to spend a ton of money, it’s to give kids a moment of wide-eyed excitement as they check their treats for the money. And to let them know it might be in there, simply tell all the kids that stop by the truth – that every bag has Halloween Candy inside, and that a few of them also have money. (Neighbors of mine did this one year, and at certain points their house had a line!)
Think the word won’t get out? It will. Every kid you tell will tell every kid they see – it’s simply too exciting not to! I still remember my friends’ faces as they peeked inside their bag to see if they ‘won’. And the friend who did? It’s the closest thing I’ve ever seen in real life to Charlie finding the Golden Ticket in his Wonka Bar.