DEAR HARRIETTE: My wife and I decided that we would not have our kids participate in trick-or-treating in the traditional sense this Halloween, and we are looking for a fun alternative way to celebrate the fall holiday. Do you have any suggestions? -- Happy Halloween, Chicago
DEAR HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Rather than having your children troll the streets of your neighborhood, why not host a party at your home, community center or another friend's home? Join forces with a few families and stage a party where sweets, music and games abound. It can be easy and inexpensive to decorate because Halloween items are in stores absolutely everywhere. Alternatively, you can host a party preparation activity where you get together with the children and make decorations. You may end up having more fun as you also keep your children safer because they will be inside.