Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween Etiquette: Trick-Or-Treat But Be Polite

Are you ready for your Halloween Trick or Treat? Here is some good etiquette advice from Jo Bryant, etiquette adviser for Debrett's. Debrett's began in the late 18th century as a guide to England's aristocracy. It has since evolved into a source for biographical reference and an authority on modern manners and etiquette.

Britain's authority on etiquette, Debrett's, issued its first guidance Wednesday on how to behave during the uber-American holiday.

Although the holiday originated with Europe's Celtic pagans to mark the end of summer -- typically celebrated by bonfires to ward off evil spirits and children disguised as spirits of the underworld -- it has only been recently that British stores have swelled with Halloween stock and trick-or-treaters have canvassed streets for candy.

"Good manners are very important," said Jo Bryant, etiquette adviser for Debrett's. "There has been a growing presence of Halloween over the past five years and we're receiving many more queries on how to behave."

Common questions are: Is it acceptable not to open one's doors to trick-or-treaters? How many times should children be allowed to ring a door bell before moving on? And can one forego a Halloween costume at a party?

Debrett's advice to the etiquette-challenged.

"Trick-or-treat should be used as an ice-breaking formula, not a real threat. Halloween fun should never feel menacing," it says. "Children should not be too greedy -- if they are offered treats, make sure that they don't take too many and that they do say thank you."

Other advice includes respecting people's privacy -- don't repeatedly ring door bells for candy -- and if you really don't want to be bothered by trick-or-treaters, it is perfectly acceptable to leave a bowl of treats at your doorsteps so children can help themselves.

"In this day and age, people have safety concerns and there is also a feeling that trick-or-treating can be intrusive,"
Bryant said.



Willa said...

Natawa ako,kasi ba naman si Kendrick, may naglagay ng chips sa trick bag nya, sabi ba naman "Chips again!!!" grabeng napaka outspoken na bata, buti na lang at marunong mag thank you. :D

Dhemz said...

very informative...thanks for sharing the info tsang....:)

sos ang uban kay hakupon man Akesha kay tag 2 permi ang!

Mel Alarilla said...

Hay naku, hindi pwede yung etiquette na yan sa Philippines. Kung magkaroon nang genuine trick or treat dito, siguradong hindi titigil ang mga bata sa pag ring nang doorbell. At kung ayaw mo namang maistorbo at magiiwan ka na lang nang basket of goodies sa front door mo, siguradong ubos lahat ito sa unang kakatok pa lamang. Ganun nga ang mangyayari, kakatukin nila yung goodies mo, hehehe, lol. Thanks for the informative post. God bless you always.

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