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Smack Me Down: A First-Timer’s Guide to Trick-or-Treating

By Amalah

trickortreat.JPGI’m breaking format this morning because…da da da DAAA…I’m an idiot who is having trick-or-treating anxiety.

Yes. Trick-or-treating anxiety. My life is…really very sad.

A recap of my life, pre-pathetic-ness: We lived in the city, in a building that did not get trick-or-treaters. We never even bothered to buy candy. We never took Noah out, since every building in the neighborhood relied on buzzers and intercoms and…fine, my point is, I don’t know nothing about no trick-or-treating, and I am afraid we are going to violate some kind of trick-or-treating code or rule and wake up tomorrow morning with a house covered in eggs.

So I’m looking for some guidance on trick-or-treating do’s and don’ts.

1) What are the acceptable trick-or-treating hours? How early is too early, and how late is too late? (Further complicating our night is the fact that Jason and I are going to a party downtown and have a babysitter coming at 7:30 pm.)

2) Is it acceptable to ring doorbells at houses where we don’t actually know the owners? Not so much from an arsenic-in-the-Snickers-bar worry, but more from a rudeness standpoint. We just don’t know that many of our neighbors. I’d love to get to know more people, but is ringing the doorbell and demanding candy that you just KNOW I’m going to steal from my toddler really the best way to do that?

3) Is it acceptable for both of us to take Noah trick-or-treating, or is leaving our house un-visitable during prime candy time some kind of bad trick-or-treating karma?

4) For those of you who have trick-or-treated with a two-year-old, about how long can a toddler tolerate the whole affair? Should we call it a night after…five houses? 10?

5) And on a scale of one to 10, about how hard would you say I am over-thinking this?

Help a newbie out, Alpha Moms!

Amalah
About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch

Amalah

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to amyadvice@gmail.com.

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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