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Dear Young Trick or Treaters Everywhere,

Here are some things that you may not know about Halloween.

1 All the decorations in people’s yards are fake (like tombstones, skeletons, ghosts, and spiders) so there is no need to get scared by them. And those creepy guys who dress up at places like Kings Dominion are, like I said, just people in costumes.

2 If you’re two to four years old, wear the cute stuff like Care Bears, or Elsa. You will get tons of candy; the adults will say, “Aw (s)he is so cute!” You will still rake in a lot a lot of candy even as four year old storm trooper, but you can’t beat cuteness!

3 Word to the wise, if you don’t want to lose a lot of your candy because the handle to the pumpkin that you carried all night gets broken...

A. Don’t stay out trick or treating super late, so late that the candy in your pumpkin is too heavy.

Or

B. Use a pillow case or cloth bag!!! (What was written up above is TRUE! It happened to me!).

4 If you have a mom who only lets you keep 15 pieces of your Halloween candy, eat some on the walk, not enough so that your mom notices but enough so that you feel like you got a good haul, not 15 measly pieces.

5 Also, if you have a sibling, trade the candy you don’t like (for me that means anything with tree nuts and Reese’s Pieces). Younger siblings are preferable; because the older ones will try to cheat you out of the good candy just like you would do to your younger sibling.

When trading, make the little sibling feel like they got a good deal. Say they have a King-sized Twix and you have 4 small ones. The King-sized are (let’s just say) made up of 5 normal sized Twix, so give your, preferably younger, sibling the four small ones and get the big one from them. Hopefully they will think it is an even trade.

(Now some of you may think that’s mean. It is; the only reason I’m putting it in is because it happened to ME! One year my sister gave a King-sized candy bar for 5 normal sized ones). But I learned. I’ll never be fooled like that again!

If you have allergies don’t just dive in and shove your face in the candy, read the ingredients, or ask a grown up to read them for you...or a happy night could end badly. I’ve never had this happen, but since I have a tree nut allergy, I have to be careful, too.

Happy trick-or-treating!

I’m a 6th grader in Stafford County. When I’m not in school, I enjoy reading, biking, playing ping-pong, hiking and jumping off cliffs (into pools of water). I also enjoy writing and have been writing short stories since I was four.

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