Last year, my house had only one trick-or-treater.
Our lights were on and we were ready, but most of our nearest neighbors don’t do anything for Halloween, so I think families went to other streets.
There are plenty of families in the neighborhood — what can we do to make sure they come to our house? -Alena
Here’s how some non-fun neighborhood having Homies got more trick-or-treaters to get out and about in their hood…
I think what helps is an active neighborhood group, block parties (Halloween is a great time to have one), and big household parties. My kids are teens but cosplay and love dressing up. And we invite friends with young kids too, to come trick or treat and to help give out candy. Why not start by having a get together at a local pub or cafe, pass out invites to your neighbors. Listen to their concerns and interests, and express that you’d love to have fun holiday spirit in your neighborhood. If that seems daunting, start with your block, or street. We used to have a neighbor who would give a magic show at the end of trick-or-treating (8:30pm). maybe there are talented magicians, clowns, cosplayers, librarians, storytellers in your neighborhood who could do something fun like that?
Check and see if there is a Nextdoor group for your neighborhood. I got a notice that our neighborhood’s has a trick or treat map option, so can add your house as a location if you are handing out treats. I’m hesitating about adding our place because Halloween is my SO’s birthday and I can we are usually out celebrating. You can find your local group over here.
Have a conversation with your neighbors. If everyone gets together to offer a fun street to t.o.t on, then the kids will come. But if there-s only one house, they won’t.
My mom’s neighborhood, where I usually go to hand out candy since I live in an apartment complex, has the same problem. We would always hand out candy, but between the couple of houses that put up signs saying “NO CANDY,” the families who don’t celebrate Halloween (calling it “Satan’s holiday” and all that), and the folks who just weren’t at home that day, we didn’t get many kids. So I usually dress up and sit outside with the bowl of candy if it’s warm enough. If it’s cold, I leave the screen door closed but open the wooden door. And decorate, decorate, decorate so people see an open and inviting house. Halloween’s my favorite celebration so it bums me out when we have all this candy (and the good kind, not those nasty ass orange and black peanut buttery things :p) and no kids to give it to.
We get decent kid turnout because we and our next-door neighbors both decorate a lot. We bust out the lights, fog machine, etc. but try not to make it too scary. We’ve thought about giving out alcohol to the adults (my parents’ neighbors did when we were young) but it’s tough to know how that will go down in our neighborhood, plus a good portion of the parents don’t speak the same languages so that might make it harder to pull off.