I’m re-sharing last year’s No Trick or Treating sign today because it was so popular last year. 😉 I’ve even added an extra version for you in case you want a bit of variation…
Personally, I love Halloween and look forward to the knocks on the door on Halloween night from the little ones all dressed up in their Halloween costumes and these days, Master Frugal (who tells me he is way too old to go trick or treating) likes to get dressed up and be our designated door answerer. Miss Frugal prefers the role of dog cuddler as poor Buddy doesn’t know what to do with himself with so many children coming to the door.
We haven’t always been a fan of Halloween though and there have been years when we’ve turned the lights out and pretended not to be home in the hope that trick or treaters won’t knock on our door. We used to do this when the kids were younger and in bed when the Halloweeners came knocking and did it again a few years ago when we were all ill with a tummy bug and in no state to be getting up and down to answer the door – we looked scarier than the trick or treaters that year I suspect.
There’s lots of other reasons why people wouldn’t want to answer the door so for that reason, when we used to take the kids trick or treating, we would only knock on the doors or people who had been pre-warned that we were coming (friends and family who were OK with this) and houses where we could see a pumpkin or other decorations.
Lots of people didn’t do the same as us though and would knock on every single door they passed, sometimes more than once and usually quite loudly which I imagine was pretty annoying for people who were in but not wanting to answer the door to the trick or treaters.
One of my neighbours popped in for a cuppa the other day and she mentioned that she was dreading Halloween as she has a baby who is easily woken. Being the good neighbour that I am (:-)) I said I could make here a little No Trick or Treating sign for her door to let people know not to knock and I think it turned out quite well so I thought I’d share it here too in case any of you would prefer not to have trick or treaters calling this Halloween.
This is the new version I’ve added for this year:
Just click on the image you want to go to the full-size version for printing in A4 size.
I’m sure you’ll still get some persistent knockers but this No Trick or Treating sign should definitely cut down on the numbers you get.
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Why not pin my No Trick or Treating Sign for later – I bet you’ll need it when you run out of treats if nothing else.