Some people just aren’t into Halloween, and don’t want trick-or-treaters pounding on their door all night into the wee hours of the morning. If you just aren’t in the mood for trick-or-treating, follow these tips to (hopefully) keep kids from knocking on your door begging for treats.
Turn off your porch light, garage lights, and sidewalk lights. Kids will usually bypass homes that aren’t lit up on Halloween, as they are the homes that are likely not going to answer the door.
Lock your screen door if you have one over your front door outside, and tape down your knocker and disable and place tape over your doorbell outside. This keeps you from hearing your doorbell, and is a great sign that you are not going to answer the door if the kids don’t get the message with your lights all being off.
Keep your curtains drawn so people can’t see you inside. Kids will peer into living room and kitchen windows if they sense movement and see your TV on and will be tempted to knock if they know you’re home.
Take down any Halloween decorations that you have outside Halloween day. Take down window decals and such, as a non-decorated home is typically a home that says, “I’m not celebrating Halloween, so don’t bother knocking.”
Don’t answer the door at all. If one batch of kids sees you opening the door from down the street, they won’t know you’re answering the door to tell current trick-or-treaters to leave you alone and will be encouraged to stop by your home.
If you have a dog, keep them inside, and let them bark their head off at the door if you hear a knock. The trick-or-treaters will assume no one is home if the dog inside is barking like mad.
You can put up a sign on your gate or front door that says, “No trick-or-treaters” to hopefully deter them. Don’t leave a sign that says no one is home, however, as you may become the victim of an egging or toilet papering and have kids lurking around your home, checking to see if no one is really there.
You can leave a bowl of candy on the doorstep to feed the kids who come to your door even after you’ve left indications that you’re not going to answer your door. This keeps them from knocking anyway. If kids see an empty bowl, they’ll just assume all the candy is gone. A great tactic is to place an empty bowl on the porch with a sign that says “take one”- kids will see the empty bowl and the sign and assume that the candy got all eaten and will let other coming trick-or-treaters know that the goods are all gone already.
If you just aren’t into Halloween, that’s fine, but you should make it clear to trick-or-treaters the best way you can to avoid them coming to your home. Just because it’s Halloween, it doesn’t mean you have to be in on the celebration.