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Hilchos Halloween by Binyomin Ginzberg

Published by courtesy of the author Binyomin Ginzberg BreslovBarBand.com.  
1) No trick or treating until sundown. This year not before 5:54PM in the NY area. Children may trick or treat earlier for Chinuch, but it's preferable if they wait until the zman.
2) A scary costume is preferable, but b'dieved, one who dressed as a princess or Power Ranger has fulfilled the obligation of dressing up.
3) One who turns off the lights and pretends to be away is called a sinner!
4) Shaving cream used for tricks does not require kosher supervision.
5) If Halloween falls out on Shabbos, trick or treating within the eruv is permissible. If there is no eruv, one still trick or treats, but the custom is to cut a hole in bottom of the plastic jack o' lantern so the candy goes to waste.
6) To be considered a trick, one must damage property valued at at least one perutah (approx. 5 cents). A trick must also inconvenience the victim by at least 6.7 minutes. In case of emergency, there is a lenient position of 4.8 minutes one may be allowed to rely on. Consult your Halachik authority.
7) The pumpkin should be placed on the top step, to the right of the door.
8) It is preferable to use a real pumpkin as a jack o' lantern. B'dieved, plastic is also acceptable.
9) One does not make a blessing before trick or treating, because it is not certain that the homeowner will be home.
10) When giving candy, one must give an amount at least the size of an olive (About five candy corns.) Some are of the opinion that it has to be at least the size of an egg. (twelve candy corns.) This opinion is preferable.
11) When egging cars, one should be careful not to drop any eggs prior to throwing them. Remember, Ba'al Tashchis!
12) Immodest witch costumes, only at home with one's husband.
Part II
1) It is customary to refrain from eating candy beginning on Rosh Chodesh October, so that one will truly enjoy the Halloween goodies with full appetite.
2) When one receives a particularly good treat, one recites Hatov Vehameitiv.
3) If a person is the victim of a particularly creative trick, they recite Shehechiyanu.
4) It is customary to use separate sacks when collecting treats, for dairy and pareve. Some are lenient and permit using the same sack. (Some have the custom not to eat in those people's homes year-round.)
5) Homemade ghost costumes require tzitzis.
6) After Halloween, one must wrap the pumpkin and dispose of it respectfully. Some have the custom to save it, and use it in the Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.
7) One may trick or treat until Chatzos. Some say until sunrise. Amshenover chassidim may trick or treat until dusk the day after Halloween.
8) Some have the custom to wear a Santa hat on Halloween to confuse Satan.
9) In Breslov, the custom is not to have a pumpkin, as the Rebbe's pumpkin is considered irreplaceable.
10) Chabad chassidim also do not place pumpkins on their stoops, hoping that last year's will reappear by itself. Tzfat Chabadniks have the custom of stepping around the place on the stoop where the pumpkin ought to be, as if it were there. Some also sing "we want pumpkin now!" three times when passing the front stoop.
11) After Halloween, one must wait one month before buying "fresh" candy to stock up for next year.
12) This year, in the NYC area, Halloween ends at 6:42. Chassidim may celebrate until 7:12.


There are also some commentaries and super-commentaries from https://www.reddit.com/r/Judaism/comments/1ons8h/hilchos_halloween/cctrtsp:


פירוש סוכריית:
Children may trick or treat earlier for Chinuch
Only if the child is a בר דעת. But the מחנך may not fulfill their obligation in this manner because the obligation of a בר מצווה is to give candy. Even though a בר מצווה is too old, he may serve as a shaliach for a child that cannot collect on his own, and this is a great mitzvah, but I have heard that there are such people who lie about this and they are to be banned.
b’dieved, one dressed as a princess or Power Ranger...
Pashut, the princess is for a girl and the power ranger for a boy, unless it is a yellow or pink ranger which may only be worn by girls.
One who turns off the lights and pretends to be away is called a sinner!
B'dieved, one who is away may leave a pile of candy with a sign requesting that the treater take only one. Those who disregard this sign are guilty of genivah and will be punished by the heavenly court with cavities, but they should know they will not gain anything by acting this way, as the holy one blessed be he has already decided on yom kippur how much candy one will collect in the coming year, and this amount will not change.
but the custom is to cut a hole in bottom of the plastic jack o’ lantern so the candy goes to waste.
Without an eruv, it is obvious that one may not carry the plastic lantern either. Rather, these are provided at each house as a זכר לטריקאוטריט.
One does not make a blessing before trick or treating...
But one must not forget to include the after blessing once candy has been consumed. However, if a trick is to be performed, Mishlei 11:21 is recited, "Be assured, the wicked will not go unpunished, but those who are righteous will escape," followed by the blessing "who punishes the wicked," then the trick may begin.

ביעורים מתוקים:
the obligation of a בר מצווה is to give candy
But in our days, when a בר מצווה still relies on his parents for many years, he is allowed to collect candy until he can drive.
unless it is a yellow or pink ranger which may only be worn by girls
The achronim are divided on whether this is because the colours are inherently feminine, or because the power rangers who wore these colours were girls. The nafka mina: for those who have forgotten the original series, can they still wear yellow.
they should know they will not gain anything by acting this way
Tzarich iyun.
B'dieved, one who is away may leave a pile of candy with a sign requesting that the treater take only one
This was the custom in the land of the author. But in a city where the people are not honest (like we have today, because of our many sins), one should refrain.

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