If you are expecting trick-or-treaters tomorrow night, you’ve probably already hung pumpkin lights from the gutters and put out all of the Halloween decorations. But is your property kid-proof? These safety tips for homeowners will help you make Halloween fun and safe for all of your fright night visitors.
No Obstacle Courses
Keep pathways, driveways and the yard free of obstacles children might trip over. Remove any downspout extenders or extensions that span a walkway visitors will use to get to your front door. Sweep leaves from the steps and sidewalk, especially if they are wet. When using extension cords, they should be secured with duct tape if they cross a pathway.
While you want to have that dark mysterious spooky vibe, your home and property should be well-lit. Not everyone coming to your door will know their way around your yard. Ensure exterior lights are working properly; replace any burnt-out bulbs.
Don’t overload outdoor outlets.
Skip the flickering flames; they might make the pumpkins look scarier but not as safe. Use battery-powered candles in your jack-o-lanterns.
Keep animals inside and away from where you will be handing out treats. No matter how friendly or housebroken they are, pets can get overly excited by strangers “invading” their territory.
Some Helpful Dos and Don’ts
- Secure paper decorations to avoid flapping or tearing, particularly if they are near candles or open flames.
- Limit the shock value of tricks – you don’t want to frighten (too much!) younger children.
- Never leave treats unattended; don’t hand out candy if the packaging has been compromised.
- Have non-food treats available for trick-or-treaters who are allergic to peanuts, chocolate, etc.
- You’re inside; they’re outside – don’t invite children into your home unless they have an adult with them.
Not at Home
If you are not going to be home Halloween night, turn on your security system. Activate any motion-sensitive lights. Some homeowners feel more secure with the exterior lights by the front door turned on. However, others feel the house should be dark as a clear signal to trick-or-treaters that they should skip this one. Do what gives you the most peace of mind.