#1. You have to wear a costume.
#2. You must say trick or treat.
If these two things happen, I will give you candy.
No picking out what you want. No candy for your “sick brother at home” or “the baby”. Each person must be present and follow #1 and #2 to get candy.
It must be at least twilight before Trick-or-Treating begins.
Dark is better.
You are never “too old” to trick or treat, as long as you follow #1 and #2 and are polite about it.
Halloween is on October 31st. Period. It should not be moved because the next day is a school day. Sometimes Halloween celebrations are cancelled because of bad weather. That is part of it. I remember tromping in my neighborhood in a vampire costume, by myself, with an umbrella, in the rain. It wasn’t that great, but it sure was a memory. Sometimes I think bad experiences toughen kids up to being able to handle what being an adult is like.
Churches should stop doing “trunk or treat”. They should celebrate their own holiday – All Saints Day. They hate it when the secular world gets involved in their religious holidays. It follows that they should stay out of this pagan holiday. If they don’t want their members participating in Halloween, then they should say so. Trying to sanitize Halloween is an embarrassment and a waste of energy.