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Today I wanted to share this free printable please take one sign that you can download this Halloween and place outside by your candy bowl. Great for those who may not be home that night.. or those who just don’t want to answer the door!
Now, I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m the Halloween version of Mr. Scrooge, but I’m definitely not one one to go all out for the holiday.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a blast trick or treating with my son. And I most definitely have a grand old time eating the majority of his candy for the little while I still can before he is old enough to notice.
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Growing up, there were a bunch of parents in my neighborhood that would be all dressed up in costume when they opened up the door for trick or treaters on Halloween night. They would be wearing capes, have fake blood on their face and spider webs would be lining the front door.
However, me as a parent… I’m the one who would much rather sit at home in my pajamas after the kids are in bed, turn off all the lights and go through whatever measures I have to to make it seem as if no one is at home. Okay.. so maybe I am the Halloween version of Mr. Scrooge after all.
In my defense, I live in an odd area that’s between a few major roads. Unless the kids happen to live on my street, we tend to not get too many trick or treaters around my house anyway. My dog also goes absolutely crazy with barking when as much as the wind blows, let alone the door bell ringing. The dog barks, the baby cries, mom and dad have a headache… Having strangers ring our door bell all night is just not good for anyone in my house.
Okay, enough excuses! Maybe at some point in the future I’ll get more into the spirit of the holiday but for now, I’ll stick to my annual routine. ***I’m updating this post to confess to this years excuse for using a please take one sign on an empty bowl of candy. It is because I may have eaten most of the Halloween candy I bought before (okay if we’re being honest here, well before) Halloween night. Kit Kat bars and Crunch bars are my weakness! Oops!***
And for that reason, I created this free printable please take one sign for anyone out there who is like me and doesn’t want to answer the door after the kids are in bed.
It’s also great for anyone who will be out at a party Halloween night, trick or treating with their kids or are just planning on a late night Target run.
All the neighborhood kids can still get their candy even if you are not home. Alternatively, even if you will be home all dressed up in costume and ready for those trick or treaters; at some point you may run out of candy. If that’s the case, and you’re not in the mood to make a trip out to the store, you can always place the sign in an empty bowl right outside of your door. This will let all of the tick or treaters know that you’re out of candy for the night.
But from personal experience, don’t leave your candy out in your good serving bowl. You never know if someone might just take the whole bowl to themselves and run. You can find super cheap and super cute candy buckets like the one in my photo at a dollar or pretty much any store around Halloween.
Free Printable Please Take One Halloween Sign
Simply print out this trick or treat sign on a piece of standard paper or cardstock and you’re ready to go out for the night!
This free printable please take one Halloween sign features the words “Please take one, just to be fair. Or maybe two… if you dare!” Don’t ask me how long it took me to come up with a cute saying that actually rhymed! I should probably write a blog post with all of the rejects I had come up with before settling on this saying. You would all be in for a big laugh.
The sign is sized to print on an 8.5×11 inch page. Once printed, you can trim the bottom of the page to create the 8.5x5x5 inch sign.
While you can print on regular printer paper, I’d definitely recommend using white cardstock for the best quality print.
Next, you can either simply tape the sign to an area near your candy bowl, or even to the candy bowl itself.
Another option would be to tape the sign to a large popsicle stick, a wooden paint stick, or an old ruler like I did. Place the stick inside your candy bowl and you’re set!
Feel free to download and print as many signs as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the sign in any way.
Free printable Halloween I Spy Game
Are you looking for more ways to keep the kids entertained this Halloween? Check out this free printable Halloween I Spy game that I recently created. It’s fun, free and will definitely keep your kids from getting bored before it’s finally time to go out trick or treating.
Featuring bats, pumpkins, black cats, and more, this free printable game is also great for classroom parties, playdates, or just a fun rainy day activity to get everyone in the spirit of Halloween.
Simply count how many of each Halloween themed item you see in the box. Then, write your answers in the space next to each image. Don’t worry parents, there’s an answer key included as well so you don’t have to count the items yourself! Unless you want to of course, I personally have always loved I Spy games. Especially when they are themed for the current season or holiday.
What about you, do you enjoy opening the door for all of the trick or treaters on Halloween night? Or do you avoid human contact at all costs?
Happy Halloween everyone!