6 Tips to Avoid Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween


Halloween is a fun occasion, but for some, it's a nightmare. Not literally, but in comparison to how most of us feel about Mondays. As in, can it be over already? So when you're living in a suburban neighborhood and you dislike Halloween, it's really hard to avoid all the kids running around. Especially this year when Halloween happens to fall on a weekend and you will most likely be home.

6 Ways to Avoid Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween


Don't fret though because there are ways you can completely avoid Halloween coming in your path. Here are 6 tips to get you through the holiday this year, almost like it's not even happening.

1. Turn off the lights

The first thing you want to do is make your home uninviting. You did well by not putting up any Halloween decor, but now you need to make your entrance dark. It's basically the (un)official sign that trick or treaters look out for before going to knock on the front door. No lights = Do Not Disturb.

2. Cover your doorbell and door knocker

Sometimes there's those very few who have hopes of grabbing candy from every single house on the block. And though it's just a few children, those few are still going to stop you in the tracks while you're doing whatever it is that you're doing the evening of Halloween. So if you don't want any reminders of what is happening outside, you should try to disarm your doorbell. And if you're still old school with a door knocker (although I think those are super vintage to have), you can tape that down as well.


3. Put a bowl of candy outside

Want to cancel Halloween but don't want to be a grinch? You can simply put a bowl of candy right outside your door. The closer it is to your door, the less likely someone will take all the candy. Although, there's no guarantee of that not happening. Just don't forget to leave your light on so the kids can see it's there.

4. Put a sign

Really want to emphasize that you won't be handing out candy? Just put a "No Candy" sign on your lawn or front door. It's as simple as that.

5. Ignore, ignore, ignore

If you're not easily distracted, simply ignoring the noise will be fine. Put on some music or pop in a DVD. Don't kill the Halloween spirit entirely and play a scary movie. The noise from any of those options will surely silence out the noise of the kids running down the street.

6. Go out.

Yep, this is an easy one. Trick-or-treaters are usually out from 5 pm to 9 pm at the latest, so it's easy to avoid them if you schedule around it. If you're able to save some errands to run around that time frame, or just enjoy a long happy hour and dinner, go ahead and do it. It's the weekend after all. You may have some stragglers upon returning home, but for them, you can follow any of the above steps to keep them away.

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