For a few years now, every Halloween my daughter has been asking if we can trick or treat. Every year, I say that it is an American holiday, that no-one here in Australia celebrates it.
This year, my daughter asked a new question - Can she have a Halloween party. I said yes. I should have seen it coming. Now she wants to go round the neighbourhood with her friends trick or treating...
came to the rescue. He had an idea about notifying the neighbours beforehand, giving them balloons to put out if they want to participate. I'm buying balloons this week and walking round the neighbourhood.
I've always felt that knocking on doors when people don't want to play socailly awkward for all concerned, and the hit rate was never very high for those who do. This neatly removes the issue.