Are you hungry in the middle of the night, but you don't want to wake up your parents and have them yell at you? Here are a few simple steps and tips to help you be a sneaky snack-taker! Just remember: this can get you in a lot of trouble if your parents are strict!

Things You Should Know

  • Wear fuzzy socks to keep your feet as quiet as possible when you walk.
  • Take a flashlight with you to the kitchen to avoid putting on any lights.
  • Open doors and cabinets as quietly as possible. Keep your bedroom door open until you return with snacks so you don’t have to open it twice.
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Sneaking Out of Your Room

  1. Fuzzy ones work the best, however, any socks will do. Why should you put on socks? Well, socks keep your foot bones from pounding on creaky stairs. They also keep your feet from sticking to the floor, which can make noise when you lift your foot up.
  2. If you're noisy, you could wake your parents up!
    • Do not close the door. You can do that once you get your snack.
  3. Usually, the middle part makes the most noise, so walk down the sides, with your back facing the wall.
    • Take a flashlight with you. That way, you can see where you are going.
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Getting Your Midnight Snack

  1. Do not turn the lights on. It will give you away. Before you start pushing things around looking for something and making noise, take a glimpse at the food, and push things away slowly, then grab your food. If it is in a package, hold it in your mouth for this next step.
  2. If not, then go to your room the way you came. Be sure to close the door and leave everything the way it was before you came down - otherwise, your parents might become suspicious!
  3. Once safely in your room, go under your covers or some other place you can eat, and eat your food quietly. If it is in packaging, open it slowly - don't rip it up.
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    If you find it easier, you can move to a different empty room, preferably furthest away from your parent's room. There, even if you accidentally make a noise, they most likely won't hear it. If you have a room on another floor, for example, a guest room, you can eat your snack there. Depending on your house, you can even go to the basement.
  5. If your parents see the wrappers, or anything else, you could get busted.
    • If your parents see the evidence, have a reasonable story.
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Community Q&A

  • Question
    What if I am scared of the dark?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Take a flashlight to help create some light. Just be brave; it is you own home, nothing Is going to harm you there.
  • Question
    What if your room is in the basement?
    Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Just follow the same steps in the article above. It makes no difference where your bedroom is, the steps still apply.


  • Don't eat food in the kitchen. Your parents could come down to use the bathroom and catch you, so you should be sure to leave the kitchen as soon as possible. You must eat in your room.
  • Do not attempt to do this if you are clumsy or if you don't know your way around the house.

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