It won’t be long before witches and devils are ringing your doorbell. No, your in-laws aren’t coming to visit…it’s trick-or-treating season! Halloween is one of the most fun times to be a homeowner. It’s a time to put up fun, spooky decor and treat your youngest neighbors with, well…. treats!
Follow these steps to prepare your home for trick-or-treaters:
1. LIGHT UP PATHWAYS
Even if trick-or-treating starts early in your neighborhood, it’ll be dark by the time it ends. Make sure your pathways are well lit so you don’t have any little ghouls or goblins tripping and falling.
2. MAKE SURE DECORATIONS ARE SAFE
If you have decorations that plug in, make sure electrical cords aren’t crossing any pathways. Replace candles that you might have in jack-o’-lanterns or paper luminaries with LED tea lights. This way, if a little ghost or the howling October wind knocks one over, you need not worry about a fire.
3. PICK UP THE YARD
Even with well-lit pathways leading trick-or-treaters to your door, there are sure to be a few little devils that are so excited for treats that they run right through the yard. So make sure you pick up any fallen limbs or sticks that could be a tripping hazard. And if you have a dog that may have dropped a few treats of his own in the yard, pick those up too.
4. PUT THE DOG IN A SAFE PLACE
Speaking of the family dog, it’s best to put him inside the house and away from the front door during trick-or-treating hours. We know you want to show off that adorable bumblebee costume he’s wearing, but some trick-or-treaters may find Fido just a little too scary. And while we’re sure your dog is no scaredy cat, he may prefer to stay inside and away from all the excitement and scary costumes.
5. CHOOSE YOUR TREATS WISELY
Even if you and the neighbors know each other well, store bought treats are still the way to go. It just makes everyone feel safer. With the prevalence of food allergies these days, it would be extra neighborly of you to have a few non-food treats on hand. Things like pencils, spider rings, bubbles, or stickers are fun non-food treats. Check out The Teal Pumpkin Project for more details on how to include kiddos with food allergies on Halloween.