Halloween ‘Sorry we are out of Lollies’ printable

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

My eldest two are 9 and they still have not been trick or treating for Halloween.  For a number of reasons, I don’t like them asking strangers for lollies, I don’t like them eating lollies strangers have given them (especially the ones not in wrapper) and it’s an American tradition that I didn’t grow up participating in.  However, this year my kids have been invited to a Halloween party, so they will be participating in their first ever trick or treat, they are super excited.  After I get back from my trip to Sydney I will be frantically putting together 3 costumes.

We have always purchased lollies for the neighbourhood kids who knock on the door, they come dressed up in such creative costumes with big smiles on their faces.  But there are usually more knocks on the door than I expect which then finds me out of lollies. I feel awful answering the door and having nothing to give.  This year I am prepared, I made up a little print that I can put on the door:

Sorry we are out of lollies printable sign

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Do your kids participate in Halloween?

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12 comments

Cathy Amarantidis October 22, 2012 - 3:54 PM

We do not participate in Halloween for many of the reasons you mentioned above, but also because we simply do not beleive in what it stands for – not many people ahve looked into the reason Halloween existed in America – I have, and I don’t think it is something my family will participate in (of course eventually i will explain it to my children, when they are old enough to understand)

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kelly October 26, 2012 - 6:33 PM

agree, i’ve also looked into it. definitely not for us.

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Harriet Archer October 22, 2012 - 3:56 PM

While my kids are dead set keen to get involved with halloween-y type activities, it doesn’t seem to happen around our neighbourhood, so they are yet to participate. I tend to grab a bag of some kind of lollie that we all like (Freddos or mini mars bars and the like) and have some lollies on hand just in case, but we’ve only ever had door knockers maybe twice in ten years.
(PS: Halloween is actually a Scottish and Irish thing – and it was the Scots and the Irish who brought the whole tradition of guising to America, who then spread the love to the rest of the world)

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Tracy Davey October 22, 2012 - 5:25 PM

I lived in the US for 2 years and is was a wonderful experience to take my students “trick or treating”, to see how people decorated their houses and watch the general excitement… (The sugar high of the children the next week was not so great!!!!). We live on a farm in SA, so we will decorate our house, our playgroup is having a Halloween theme, and we may go trick or treating depending on who in the local town is participating…

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Melissa Greensill October 22, 2012 - 6:25 PM

We decorate the house 1 week in advance and then hand out ‘Boo’ stickers to all of our neighbours. If they are happy to have ‘trick or treaters’ they put it on their mailbox on the night.

My two children are allowed to invite 5 friends from school over for a Halloween ‘party’. We play games like ‘brain freeze’ (the old dancing and then freeeze when the music stops) and ‘eyeball and spoon/k’ races. I then give each kids a couple of glow sticks each to put on their necks or wrists to make sure they are visible.

We break up into about 4 groups and with parents go around our neighbourhood trick or treating (the whole thing takes 1 hr from whoa to go).

To my kids disgust I won’t let them do ‘gross’ halloween. We decorate with Orange, white and black decorations, no spiders or blood etc. This year the oldest is going as the invisible man and the youngest as Luigi. I don’t like the idea of them dressing as zombies or whatever, that is a personal choice.

It works for us 🙂

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Christine @ Jelly Bean Jam October 22, 2012 - 7:58 PM

Thanks for the printable Katrina! This will definitely be handy this year as no matter how much I have available, I always run out as there seem to be more and more kids each year! Miss 5 is a bit miffed that I won’t let her go out but she likes handing out lollies and having some for herself 🙂

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Chelsey October 23, 2012 - 12:21 AM

When I was growing up, it used to be that the houses with the porch light on had candy and the houses with the light off didn’t. Has that changed or is it just different in your area?

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Merryl Chantrell October 23, 2012 - 5:26 AM

Thanks so much for the free printable. My huz and I will put it on our front door on Halloween.

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Vicki October 23, 2012 - 9:22 AM

I’m very anti Halloween. It’s not a tradition I want to follow or have ever followed during my own childhood since it was always viewed as an American tradition. I have noticed this year Coles have Halloween themed chocolates and even cereal! It’s just another commercial gimmick that’s looking for my hip pocket. Definitely not something I want my children to be a part of.

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saltwater October 23, 2012 - 8:11 PM

Each to there own regarding Halloween but – I feel very sad that we are picking up other countries traditions – and loosing our own eg cracker night.
I really feel that kids to get enough “junk food” these days and as sad as it sounds – I would not let my kids accept “treats” from someone I do not know…….

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Rootietoot Toot October 30, 2012 - 10:02 PM

Hi- I’m an American and we have never participated in Halloween. There are some awful memories from my childhood associated with it. If there is a costume party, the kids (I have 4) will go, but never trick-or-treating. Usually we go to a Mexican restaurant that night. When the kids were school age (now they’re in their 20’s) and we lived near my parents farm, we’d go out there that night, have a bonfire, and make hobo pack meals to cook in the coals, and Memphis Molly in the dutch oven. I call Halloween “Culturally Sanctioned Extortion”.

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Carli January 9, 2013 - 3:39 PM

Our street has a lot of kids and we get together for trick or treating. This year we decorated the house and had the kids over for photos. One of the neighbours had a little bbq going for the kids. I delivered some trick or treat signs a couple of nights before with a note on the back telling everyone what was happening and if they wanted to participate to hang the sign out so we knew we were ok to knock there. It worked well and everyone was happy. For us, its an excuse to have fun, get together and socialise… lollies are a bonus for the kids…
We also have a Christmas Party in our street each year…
I love our street…

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