lacommunarde answered your question “Trick or treat ettiquite in the US”

How do you do Halloween etiquette with apartments? I don’t want to put out a bowl of candy and have it end of all over my hall.

realsocialskills said:

If you want to opt out entirely, you can turn your hall light…

andreashettle said:

An FYI, most apartment buildings that I’ve ever been in do not have a way for residents to control any of the hall lights. Hall lights stay on permanently, 24-7, similar to the way that street lights in urban areas are on all night.  Residents only control the lights inside their own apartment. So there usually isn’t a way for residents to use hall lights to signal anything to anyone.  Maybe it is different for very small apartment buildings (I’ve never lived in one, only large ones), I don’t know.

If there is staff in the building, then they might put out a notice nearer to Halloween on what etiquette for the building is, or you can ask them at the front desk.

But, yeah, kids spilling candy as far as I know is not a typical thing unless someone knocks it over by accident.

realsocialskills said:

Thank you. I didn’t know that about apartment buildings - in the area I grew up in, the apartments did have lights people could turn on and off, and that’s how people signaled whether they were participating in trick or treat.

alwaysatrombonist said:

In the apartment building where I live, there’s also no control for the lights.

I live in a smaller apartment building and I’ve never had trick-or-treaters, even though I know that there’s at least one family with small children. There’s also been no signs up in the apartment about Halloween. I think the parents take them to nearby houses, because this building is mostly people associated with the nearby university and maybe they don’t want to disturb us. They might also assume that they’ll catch us off-guard because there aren’t a lot of families with young children in this area.

I’ve also never left candy outside the door, so maybe if I left some outside then people would take it, but I’ve never seen anyone else do that.

It might be because people in this building don’t really talk to each other. Maybe in apartments where people talk more, there might be more trick-or-treating.

realsocialskills said:

I’m not sure, but I think that trick or treating is fairly uncommon in cities in which everyone lives in apartments. I think that when trick or treating happens in those places, it’s usually something that happens during the day at businesses or a mall. (When there’s a trick or treat at the mall event, there is often also a costume contest.)