It’s dark. Cold sweat drips down the side of your neck. Your feet are burning, and your legs are aching. It feels like you just finished a marathon. Just one more block. One more block until you can call it a night and go gorge yourself in all that candy you just worked for. You walk up the steps to the house, panting, only to find an empty bowl. All that work for nothing.

   Rude trick-or-treaters are by far the worst thing about Halloween. Halloween is supposed to be a carefree, exciting, fun night to share with friends. Free candy, outgoing decorations, creative costumes…

   What’s not to love about October 31st? Whether you’re five or 25, trick-or-treating is never disappointing. Halloween night is something that kids look forward to all year, but it can be ruined so easily by a group of obnoxious and impulsive trick-or-treaters.

   First off, I can’t stand the selfishness of some trick-or-treaters. Every year people leave big bowls of candy with a dainty little “Please Take One” sign hung next to them.

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   And, every year, someone manages to violate that honor system and take the whole bowl for their own amusement. One year when my family did this, the trick-or-treaters even took the bowl with them. They’re not only robbing the house owners of their candy, but robbing little children of the joy of Halloween night.

Then there are the mobs of children that feel the need to run from house to house and take down anyone in their path. I understand their excitement, but they don’t need to shove everyone out of the way in the process. A simple “excuse me” or “I’m sorry” or even “watch out!” for warning would make all the difference.

   Almost as bad as taking all of the candy is being greedy to the people who give you candy.

   There is always that one kid ahead of you that asks for two when they say “take one each.”

   Or, even worse is when they try to trade out their candy for something better. These people are taking their time to open their doors and give free candy, and they are repaid with rude behavior and ungratefulness.

   Worst of all, trick-or-treaters that don’t say “Thank You” need to be taught a lesson.

   C’mon, it’s common courtesy.

So, my fellow trick-or-treaters, don’t be the kid who shoves his way to the front only to spend 10 minutes searching for the last Almond Joy, or the kid that interprets “Please take one” to mean “Please take it all.” Be polite. Have manners. And don’t ruin someone else’s Halloween night.