Whether you’re throwing a Halloween party or setting up for a pregame tailgate, fall is full of opportunities to entertain. Be sure to mind your manners this season using these tips from modern manners and etiquette expert Diane Gottsman.
Do mix it up with great dance music at your Halloween bash. Make sure to open up space in your living room for people to move freely without knocking over your lamps and picture frames.
Don’t forgo hearty finger food. When hosting a Halloween party, it’s important to offer food more substantial than candy and sugary treats.
Don’t forget the trick-or-treaters. Since your house is decorated and the lights are on, people will assume you are offering treats. Leave a full basket or cauldron of goodies on the front step for the neighborhood kids to enjoy.
Do remember party favors. When it’s time to say goodbye, send your guests home with a cute goodie bag to remember the night.
Don’t wear your stilettos to the tailgate. Opt for sneakers instead—this will allow you to partake in the action-packed pregame activities, and your feet will thank you later!
Do plan ahead for your tailgate. Check the weather, and wear appropriate clothing (team colors are always in good favor).
Don’t buy the biggest tent or bring the most chairs to the parking lot. Space is a consideration when you are in a crowded area that is to be shared.
Do practice safe grilling, and be sure to let your coals cool before disposing of them. Don’t expect someone to clean up behind you.
Diane Gottsman is a national etiquette and modern manners expert, television personality, accomplished speaker, author, and the owner of The Protocol School of Texas, a company specializing in executive leadership and etiquette training. Diane’s timely advice has been featured on several national television shows such as The Today Show, HLN Headline News, and CBS Sunday Morning. She is a Huffington Post blogger, and her own popular blog, dianegottsman.com, was named by Forbes as one of “The 100 Best Websites for Women, 2013.”