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How to Scare Kids on Halloween

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

Tactics Apply To Children of All Ages

My granddaughter Lily enjoying her first Halloween - 2013

My granddaughter Lily enjoying her first Halloween - 2013

Happy Halloween

Halloween is my second favorite holiday. One of the reasons I enjoy Halloween is because it offers us the opportunity to be whatever we want for a few hours. We can release our inner monster and have a frightfully fun time.

Halloween also offers us the chance to scare the heck out of people. Even children. There is no age limit.

All Hallows Eve is truly about the kids and witnessing their expressions and excitement. Those little beggars get to dress up in their creative costumes and go door to door and beg for candy. What a spooktacular evening for them.

I always have plenty of treats available for my goblins. I used to have the kids perform a trick before they got their candy. The tricks were simple. Toss a ball in a bucket, it usually only took one or two throws to get their treats, but there were some kids who just had a bad aim even though the bucket was in front of them, of course they still got candy - just not as much.

One year I had the little witches and warlocks answer questions; such as simple basic math problems. I was amused with their quizzical glances at me, but I was trying to teach them that nothing in life was free.

The parents of the ghouls were impressed with my tactics.

Not So Wicked Witches

My granddaughter Faith and myself as not so Wicked Witches -2013

My granddaughter Faith and myself as not so Wicked Witches -2013

Trick or Treat

Halloween 2008 was one of my favorites. The presidential election of Obama vs McCain was in full force. I was a strong supporter for Obama and for fun I ordered a bunch of stickers from eBay that said OBAMA FOR 2008. I placed the stickers next to my bowl of goodies. The trick or treaters would walk up my front stoops and see my display. The majority of them eyed my stickers. I was a bit surprised. I had them there for the adults. These kids varied in ages from 3-12. I asked whether they would like an Obama Sticker or candy. Most of them said both...duh. What shocked me the most were the 4 to 6 year olds immediately saying "I want a Bawack Obama sticka." Huh, they said the name perfectly, well almost. I thought "WOW" this is impressive! Either these beggars were brainwashed or they are true supporters! I wished they were old enough to vote! That was a memorable Halloween. I will be giving out Obama stickers once again this year for Obama 2012.

I've grown up a bit since then and now I don't demand tricks anymore. I now just enjoy scaring them. In a nice way of course. Kinda. Each year Sunshine sets up her station on the porch with candy, music and some tricks up her sleeve. One of my favorite tactics is to play haunting music that gets louder as the princesses and the pirates approach the house. I watch as the little tiaras and masks get closer to the house and they look so excited and eager to plead for a treat. I reach for my iPod and the music gets louder, they get a bit concerned but keep on walking towards the porch...spooky, eerie tunes blaring a bit louder now and their eyes are getting bigger BUT they approach me with no fear ... "Twick or Tweet" ... those kids received extra candy for their bravery!

Chocolate Chip Spider Cookies

While cookies are still warm use a toothpick to drag out the spiders legs from the melted chocolate chips. Guaranteed to scare a few kids with these cookies!

While cookies are still warm use a toothpick to drag out the spiders legs from the melted chocolate chips. Guaranteed to scare a few kids with these cookies!

Spooktacular Halloween

Another fun way to frighten them is to have my little doggy Foxy outside. Foxy is only 8 pounds, she's a small girl. Foxy's not a people person BUT she's harmless and doesn't have the capability to harm a fly! I figured Foxy would bark and the kids would hightail it out of town. The children approach my work station...Foxy pops up her little head and BARKS....the children seem a bit shocked at first and then proceed to say "awwww, what a tute doggy, can I pet her?" HELLO KID, the dog is barking at you, shouldn't you be scared!?! Extra candy for bravery again.

My third favorite way is to casually hide behind a bush and trick the treaters into thinking that I'm not home. They assumed that they can help themselves to the candy bowl. I patiently wait until the glistening gowns and vampire capes stride over to the goodies. They look around for someone. They don't see anyone. Their hands reach into the cauldron of tempting treats. I leaped into action and yelled "BOO!" They began to SOB which in turn made me CRY!!! I then dumped the remaining candy into their pumpkins which were already overflowing with the evenings stash of freebies! I bid them a farewell and then went indoors to retrieve more candy for my next victims. I should now pause to emphasize...always take into consideration the ages of the children with any scare tactic. Use your best judgment and common sense. I thought I did. No one is perfect.

My final favorite way to frighten the kiddies is by having a witch or ghost battery operated doll that plays scary sounds. I thought for sure this would do the trick. Those ghouls can't fool Sunshine any longer they will run for the hills! The button is off until the kids say "Trick or Tweet" and then the witch begins to heckle and the ghost begins to move and dance. The kids look at the dolls in awe, proceed to smile and then turn to their parents and say, "I want one of those, pleaseeee!" Seriously, kid!? What happened to being scared of these things? I was scared when I was a kid!

I guess times have changed. Maybe it's time for Sunshine to continue on with her growth spurt and come up with another game plan for entertaining herself on Halloween! The fun of Halloween is endless. I've always been a fan and always will. The kids dressed up in their costumes are such a joy to share the holiday with. I'm looking forward to what the most popular costume will be this year. Happy Halloween to all and have fun making memories and scaring the children! If that's even possible anymore. Maybe you'll have better luck then me. BOO to YOU!!!

Halloween Haikus

  • Halloween Haikus
    Halloween is a fun holiday for kids of all ages. I've compiled these haikus as a tribute to Hallows Eve...

© 2011 Linda Bilyeu

Wishing y'all a Spooktacular Halloween!

Suzie from Carson City on October 30, 2016:

Happy Birthday to Faith..too! I can't get over that baby pic of Lily...she's such a big girl now! They grow up on us too quickly, Gram :(

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 30, 2016:

Hey Effer! Happy Birthday to you Goblin Prince! Last night I dressed as a Fallen Angel, I went dark. For Halloween I will be the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland. We will be celebrating Faith's 10th birthday on Halloween (born on the 25th) and she chose our costumes to go with her theme! :)

Suzie from Carson City on October 30, 2016:

What is Grandma dressing as this year? You really do it up big. A grandma with spunk & pizzazz.....that's what kids love. Easy on the candy, GF, it's habit forming. I found that out. My grandkids have started hiding their stash of treats from me!

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Have a spooktactular time. Today is son # 3's birthday (Juan & Two's Daddy)...38 years ago I gave birth to my own little he's a big tall handsome Prince! LOL

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 30, 2016:

Happy Halloween 2016!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 28, 2015:

Indeed those rugrats do scare the heck out of us! I need to get in the mood for Halloween this year, I do not even have a costume yet. Oh my!

Suzie from Carson City on October 28, 2015:

GF...It's only fair to be able to frighten the precious little rug rats one night a year.......they scare the hell out of us every day!! LOL......Their sheer intelligence and maturity scares me!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 28, 2015:

Hi Chitrangada, I attempted to make those spider cookies, mine didn't come out as well. Thanks for your visit! :)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 27, 2015:

What an entertaining hub! I enjoyed reading and it seems Halloween is great fun for all age groups!

You and your granddaughter look so cool together. The spider cookie is a brilliant idea.

Thanks for sharing this interesting hub and Have a Happy and Scary Halloween.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on October 31, 2014:

What great fun Linda. Kids are getting harder and harder to scare seems they have seen everything and more before. Glad to hear you keep trying new things every year. Good tips though, voted up.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on October 31, 2014:

Well now I'm certainly glad I found this hub today. You've given me some ideas for tonight. Thanks and Have a Happy and Scary Halloween :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 31, 2014:

Halloween is great fun! You and your granddaughter look smashing cool and the little one is awesome cute!! Great hub!

whonunuwho from United States on October 31, 2014:

Sweet pics and well done. whonu

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on October 31, 2014:

I saw that cute baby all dressed up on the feeds and just had to come read this hub, Linda. Very cute! And, woo to those spider cookies, too.

Happy Holiday!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 31, 2014:

Happy Halloween Y'all...having grandkids to celebrate with does make the festivities much more fun :)