Halloween and trick or treater engagment

Halloween is fast approaching.  We stand on our porches and hand out lots of candy.  So why not make it more fun. Much to my family's embarassment every other year or so, children who come to our house meet, not me, but the "Math Wizard".  The math wizard has a silly cape and requires each trick or treeter to answer a math problem before getting a candy. Answer but not answer correctly.  For children under 5 this entails counting fingers, for early elementary students answering simple addition and subtraction, all the way up to simple algebra for high Schoolers. Parents love it, kids laugh and giggle, and it is much more engaging then simply handing out candy.  Kids high five each other when they answer the tough ones, and tease and correct each other when they miss the easy or hard ones. Sometimes they solve them together.

So, why not brainstorm how we can turn the simple act of trick or treat in our neighborhood into something where we can actually talk to kids and have a meaningful interaction.  Anyone feel like being a reading wizard, a poetry wizard, a map wizard (Where in the world is?), a science wizard?  Have an idea throw it out here. And. just to answer your question, no-one has ever egged my house, soaped my windows, or given me a hard time about it.


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Comment by Sheri Tehan on October 7, 2011 at 9:47am
Good idea and please see the related post about poems available at Arnett Library to include with your treats and encourage reading!
Comment by Gone on October 6, 2011 at 1:57pm
I think that's a really cool idea.  It certainly makes it a positive interaction instead of just handing them candy and having them leave.  I'm pretty sure my roomates and I will be doing candy as well for the neighborhood children.  We'll have to give some thought to doing something like that. :)

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