When I was an eager trick-or-treater, my Halloweens were like a ritual:
Grandpa Bob came over at 5 p.m.
We ate my mother's famous bake dish at 6 p.m.
And finally, once the last rays of sun were disappearing, we hit the streets.
In my opinion, we were gracious little monsters, smiling big as we said "Trick or Treat." Once our bounty was secured in our pillow cases, a heartfelt "Thank you" was said as well. We were careful not to trample fall plants or break lawn gnomes. Two door bell rings was the max before moving on to the next, and once 9 p.m. struck we were herded home, where we counted and traded our treasure. Once we hit high school, or treating days were over.
My mother was the reason we were so well behaved. We went out after dusk as to not disturb those families still eating dinner, the two-ring rule was to respect those who didn't participate in the holidays, ending the tradition at high school helped transform us into buding adults, and, well, thank yous were required for everything.
So what's your take on the trick-or-treating tradition? When do you start kids? When is it time to quit? What time of night should it all start? How many times can you knock before it's polite to move on to the next? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.