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Wed., Oct. 31, 2012, 6:10 a.m.

Greeting trick or treaters (a few do’s and don’ts)

Do: Say "Hey, are you Frankenweenie?"

Don't: Say "What the hell are you supposed to be?"

Do: Smile. The temptation to try to be scary is understandable. But it's not always a great idea.

Don't: Require kids to pass a political litmus test.

Do: Praise children carrying lights or adorned with reflective strips.

Don't: Offer kids beer.

Do: Wave to parents lurking in the background.

Don't: Knock any little ones off your porch when opening the storm door.

Do: Praise costumes.

Don't: Launch a long story about how you once went as the Lone Ranger.

Do: Have dog treats ready to dispense to canine companions. (The wisdom of trick-or-treating with dogs that might get spooked is another matter.)

Don't: Dispense marijuana.

Do: Reward kids who say "Thank you" with a bonus Snickers.   

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