Trick-or-treaters scope out neighborhoods. They know who is giving our Snickers minis and Reeses Cups. They spread the word about where to find M&Ms. They dodge the addresses where hard, peanut butter flavored blocks wrapped in orange wax paper are dropped in sacks.
It's great to get word that your house is the "good" house, but it could be even better to hold on to some of that chocolate for yourself for later. This is quite a conundrum in which to find one's self. The goal is to be the "good" and still have some chocolatey treats to spare.
To that end, I offer these tips:
2) Point the way to the candy bowl, if the trick-or-treaters dare proceed.
3) Show them what happened to the last trick-or-treater brave enough to knock on the front door.
4) Reassure them that you take good care of trick-or-treaters.
5) Station a greeter to make the children feel welcome at your home.
6) Above all, be friendly. Say something like, "Hello children. I'm so glad you came. Mama's not feeling well tonight. Come a little closer so I can hear you screeeeeeeammmmmmmmm."