1. If you live in a "popular neighborhood," be kind to the interloping trick-or-treaters who are dropped at the curb. Remember that their neighborhood is probably not safe... or worse... has lame neighbors who hand out pennies for treats! It's a compliment that they came to your neighborhood ... it rocks!
2. If you live in an "unpopular neighborhood," be generous! Hey... those few kids who walked around deserve some good treats. P.S... no pennies!
3. Don't judge. Even if you think the kids look a little too old for trick-or-treating, don't let that ruin the fun of the evening. Remember that a 12-year-old can look older than you think, and even a 15-year-old doesn't have to "grow up" too soon. Plus, there are young people with special needs who may want to enjoy the holiday a little bit longer than most kids.
4. Get into the spirit! Dress up! I'm usually some sort of witch every year. I think the kids appreciate that you are having fun, too!
5. Done for the night? Turn off your porch light, and don't answer the door! Really! It's that simple. Even if they ring the doorbell, they will eventually go away if you don't answer!