How to Make the Most of Your Trick-or-Treating Experience

The bewitching hour is about to begin!

You won't have the opportunity to trick-or-treat forever, so while you still have the chance, you want to make the most of your experience.

Scroll below for tips on how to maximize your tricks, treats and all the free candy you can eat:

Go in a Big Group

If you do end up going with a crew, consider donning a group costume. The bigger your group is, the more fun you'll have wandering the streets with jack-o-lantern buckets or pillow cases filled with candy. While some adults frown upon trick-or-treaters above the age of 10, the neighborhood won't be able to deny your gang some candy when they see your amazing group costume. Plus, if you have any self-consciousness about your age you're more likely to feel comfortable when surrounded by all of your friends.

Blackish Johnson family on Halloween

(Black-ish via ABC Studios)


Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

We all know that some neighborhoods are better than others when it comes to dishing out the good candy. Plan out the streets you can't miss, which range from houses that hand out king-sized candy bars, to streets that go all-in on decorations and spooky ambiance.

Belcher kids on Halloween

(Bob's Burgers via 20th Century Fox Television)


Choose Comfort

While your costume may look a lot better in a pair of high-rise shoes, opt for the sneakers that will keep your feet comfortable all night long. The same goes for a costume that may come with its fair share of wardrobe malfunctions. On that note, make sure you're going to be warm enough to hang outdoors after the sun goes down. You'll be walking around the neighborhood for hours and it's likely you'll have a better time if you don't have to worry about the discomfort of a difficult costume.


Don't Skip the Interactive Houses

While candy is No. 1 on your trick-or-treating to-do list, you'll have so much more fun if you hit up all of the haunted houses (or garages) in between. Walk through the fog machine-clouded pop-ups and stick your hands in all of the boxes labeled eyeballs, guts and brains.

Modern Family Halloween haunted house

(Modern Family via 20th Century Fox Television)


Make Game Rules

Come up with different rules to add a little competition to your trick-or-treat outing. For example, one rule could be that the person who says "trick or treat" the loudest gets everyone's candy loot from that specific house. Alternatively, another rule could be that you can only call each other by your character names all night, and any time a person messes up and calls Wonder Woman by her real name Rachel, they have to go up to a door by themselves. Get creative with your rules and you're bound to have way more fun.


Host a Hangout Afterwards

Most doors will be closed to trick or treaters by about 9 p.m., which is a reasonable bedtime for the youngins, but a tad too early for your crew. Have the gang assemble at your house for candy-counting and a Halloween movie or episode before everyone disperses back home.


Leave Your Embarrassment At the Door

Sure, shouting "Trick or Treat!" at random strangers may be more fun for young children who don't have a care in the world about their social reputation. But when it comes to your experience, you'll have a whole lot more fun if you lighten up and leave your embarrassment behind you. Don't be afraid to go big on Halloween, whether it's your costume, your enthusiasm or the volume of your voice as you yell the Halloween motto.

Close up Winifred Sanderson

(Hocus Pocus via Walt Disney Pictures)


Attend a Trick-or-Treating Event

Want something even bigger and better than your friendly neighborhood trick-or-treating? Consider going to Disneyland, the city zoo or even haunted attractions near your area.


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