Halloween is an oddly joyous night when rules get broken. Not only do we pretend to be something or someone we’re not, we let our children go door to door and take candy from strangers! As a homeowner looking to make every trip up your path a treat, here are some tips to ensure it is a safe one.
Pile on the Treats
- Check your sidewalks, steps, and driveway to see if there are any uneven spots you should address before your guests arrive and reel in any garden hoses.
- Don’t hold back when it comes to decorating your home but ensure steps are clear and railings are easy to reach and stable.
- Consider using glow sticks or battery-powered tea lights inside of jack o’ lanterns rather than candles.
- Keep pets indoors or in the backyard so everyone focuses on the fun. Your dog is adorable in her shark costume, but young children may not be so sure.
- Inspect your walkways for stray treats that may have fallen out of buckets. They can create a hazard for animals, including your pets.
- When your home is on the market, leverage the foot traffic by decorating to highlight your home’s features.
Skip the Tricks
- Park your car in your garage and keep your driveway well lit.
- Use motion-sensor lights so ghosts and ghouls can find their way and you can keep an eye on the festivities.
- Mind the time. Depending on your community, trick-or-treating should usually end by 8 or 9 pm.
Halloween is meant to be a spooky but fun night for everyone involved. With a little planning and prepping, you can ensure it will be full of happy memories and make your home a popular stop next year!