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Top 10 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Etiquette – Happy Halloween Tokyo

Be prepared for Halloween in Tokyo by reviewing our Top 10 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Etiquette. Halloween is gaining popularity rapidly in Japan, especially in Tokyo. Many shopping areas, such as; Roppongi and Omotesando offer parades and stores give candy out to kids in costumes. Great way to drive a lot of foot traffic for commercial reasons. Check out our Top Tokyo Halloween Events. However,  I have noticed the last 10 years that certain neighborhoods have become known as the “Halloween Trick-or-Treat Neighborhoods”.  The most popular “Trick-or-Treat neighborhoods” are ones that typically have a higher foreign population where parents want to give their children a taste of their home country Halloween experience. As the popularity of Halloween increases these neighborhoods are also attracting a huge number of trick-or-treaters from outside the neighborhood (foreigners and Japanese). It is great to see so many kids enjoying Halloween, however, we all have to remember some basic etiquette when out and about Trick-or-Treating.  Tokyo is a safe city, but a busy city with lots of cars – please be careful.  Fun is the goal, but safety and kindness are core!  Talk to your kids about Trick-or-Treat etiquette and pass the information forward to your friends by sharing this article via social media and email.  www.bestlivingjapan.comJapanese Translation by Eriko Yamagiwa

Top 10 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Etiquette

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Top 10 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Etiquette from www.bestlivingjapan.com

  1. Trick-or-treat is typically for ages 5-12 years. Kids should be escorted with a minimum of one parent per two kids.  Do not allow your kids to run ahead of you.
  2. Wear reflectors so car’s headlights can see you.
  3. Put your phones away! Watch the kids and the street.
  4. If you are not giving Halloween candy out at your house or you are visiting from outside the neighborhood, bring a bag of candy to give a homeowner who is passing out candy. Halloween candy is expensive in Japan so contribute. Don’t be a taker, give some back so the fun can continue.
  5. Use proper greetings – “Trick-or-Treat” in a happy clear voice. Also be sure to say “Thank You“ after receiving treats.
  6. Have your child only take one sweet and take what is given.  Do not be picky! Do not eat received candy until you return home and check packaging/ingredients (be careful of allergies).
  7. Behave as you go from house to house. People expect it to be a bit noisy, but no screaming, please. Also, no running and pushing.
  8. Only ring the doorbell or knock at houses that have lights on and Halloween decorations outside.
  9. Respect the neighborhood. Do not drop candy wrappers, step in people’s gardens, etc.
  10. Teach your kids not to talk to strangers unless you are trick-or-treating with or from them.
bestlivingjapan.com からの、ハロウィーントリックオアトリート用エチケットトップ10
1. トリックオアトリートは、通常5−12歳位の子ども(園児や小学生)がするものです。子ども二人につき、大人が一人位は付き添うようにしましょう。子供達が大人の先を走っていかないように、注意して下さい。
4. 自宅でお菓子を配らない場合、あるいは、自分の近所ではない地域に出掛けてトリックオアトリートをする場合、お菓子を下さる方にお返しができるように、お菓子を一袋くらい用意して行きましょう。ハロウィーン用のお菓子は日本では結構な値段がするものです。皆で少しずつ負担を分け合いましょう。
5. きちんと挨拶をすることを子どもに教えるいい機会です。元気良く、はっきりとした声で、「トリックオアトリート!」と言いましょう。お菓子をもらったら、お礼を言うのを忘れずに!
6. 子どもに、出されたお菓子を一つだけもらっていいことを教えておきましょう。あれこれ選り好みするのは良くありません。家に戻り、お菓子の包装がおかしくないか、アレルギーのものはないか、親がチェックするまではお菓子を食べないようにしましょう。
7. 家から家へとトリックオアトリートする時は、お行儀良くしましょう。子どもですから、ある程度の騒音はどの家も気にしないでしょうが、大声で叫んだり、走ったり、押し合ったりの悪ふざけはNGです。
8. 外にハロウィーンのデコレーションがしてあり、照明が付いている家だけ、チャイムを鳴らしたり、ノックしても良いでしょう。
9. ご近所のお家にきちんと敬意を。お菓子の包装紙をポイ捨てしたり、勝手にお庭に入ったりしないこと。
10. 一緒にトリックオアトリートをしている人や、お菓子を下さった家の方以外の大人(知らない人)とは話さず、すぐに付き添っている大人に報告するように、と子どもにしっかり教え込んでおきましょう。
P.S. イベントや仮装の情報はこちらevents and costume info! をごらん下さい。

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