Come on, you remember. As a kid out trick-or-treating, you knew exactly which house was the "cool" one. You'd plod along, rolling your eyes inwardly as Mrs. Eggleston gave you yet another piece of some candy last popular in Topeka in 1953 and Mr. Jackson, the dentist whose house everyone wanted to skip, gave you a toothbrush... but you'd get a spring in your step when you turned onto Main Street because you knew Mrs. O'Shea's house was coming, and she gave out awesome stuff.
You want to be the one kids look forward to? Here are five suggestions.
5. Actually give out candy.
Don't be Mr. Jackson. Don't give out toothbrushes, or floss picks, or pencils, or any of that other nonsense. Hallowe'en is about candy. And none of this North Santa Ana-style turning off the lights and pretending not to be home, either. The kids totally know. Be home; give out candy.
4. Let kids pick from the bucket.
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Of course, some kids can't exactly be trusted, but it was always way more awesome to be allowed to pick from the bucket than to have a piece of whatever dropped in your pillowcase or plastic pumpkin bucket. Kids remember this sort of minuscule detail.