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!
cream used for tricks does not require kosher supervision.
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
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.
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
does not make a blessing before trick or treating, because it is not certain
that the homeowner will be home.
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.
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.
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.
one receives a particularly good treat, one recites Hatov Vehameitiv.
3) If a
person is the victim of a particularly creative trick, they recite
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.)
Homemade ghost costumes require tzitzis.
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.
have the custom to wear a Santa hat on Halloween to confuse Satan.
Breslov, the custom is not to have a pumpkin, as the Rebbe's pumpkin is
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
Halloween, one must wait one month before buying "fresh" candy to
stock up for next year.
year, in the NYC area, Halloween ends at 6:42. Chassidim may celebrate until
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