Trick-or-treating is a fall highlight for little ghosts and goblins. Provide a friendly and safe environment around your home by taking a few simple steps before the fun begins.
Turn on the Lights
Turn on your porch lights as well as other lights on the property. A well-lit yard feels more welcoming for families, especially those with small children. If you have colorful decorations that light up, like jack-o-lanterns or pumpkins, don’t forget to turn them all on for a lively Halloween atmosphere.
Clear the Porch and Walkways
Be sure to clear the sidewalks and driveway so visitors have an easy route to the treats. Sweep the sidewalks to remove leaves and debris. Adding ghoulish decorations can be interesting as long as they aren’t too scary and don’t create an obstacle course to the front door. Park your car in the garage or in an area with low traffic when possible to avoid accidental damage that may occur with pranking teenagers.
Clean Up the Yard
Mow and rake your yard so it’s clean and welcoming. Inevitably kids will walk through your yard as they go from house to house, so remember to pick up dog droppings in advance. Remove fallen sticks and branches that could be used as playful swords by the wandering pirates.
Turn Off Your Alarm
Nothing will say scary Halloween experience louder than a house alarm going off when the door is opened. Remember to set your alarm at off when handing out candy. If your house alarm is a favorite pet, be sure she is kept in a separate room away from the door so everyone can feel at ease.
Avoid Homemade Treats
Most parents no longer accept homemade treats for fear of the unknown as well as for the safety of children with allergies. Skip making the family favorite recipe for candy corn and offer up snacks that are prepackaged that you can get in bulk at the store.
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