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How to Prepare Your Home for Trick-or-Treaters

Friday, September 23, 2022   /   by Laura Larson

How to Prepare Your Home for Trick-or-Treaters

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To ensure a happy and secure Halloween, take into account the following suggestions.

Many of us begin to look forward to Halloween as fall sets in.
It's a holiday that both adults and children enjoy. However, homeowners do have one important responsibility: if you anticipate trick-or-treaters, you must make sure the approach to your door is safe and secure.

Unavoidably, a few exuberant ghosts and ghouls will rush to your door in a flurry. Get ready. Check your front path, driveway, and lawn in broad daylight for trip hazards such as exposed tree roots, concrete cracks, or missing pavers. Where possible, make repairs; if not, at the very least, block off access to dangerous locations. Keep electrical wires away from your walkways if you've decked out your front yard with decorations like animated figures and light-up pumpkins.

Illuminate the path
Make sure the entrance to your home is well-lit so trick-or-treaters can safely approach. For the sole purpose of accommodating guests on Halloween night, you do not need to build a whole system of year-round landscape lighting. From glow sticks to tea lights, there are many flimsy and inexpensive solutions for lighting. And while turning off your porch light can seem more in keeping with the eerie atmosphere of the evening, having a well-lighted path makes your home considerably safer and more welcoming

Avoid flammable decorations
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are far more fires on Halloween than on a regular October night, whether vandals or accidents are to blame (FEMA). When it comes to holiday decorations, things like paper, hay, and dried corn stalks are frequently highly combustible. Keep children away from candles and other heat sources if you can't help decorating your house and yard with such potentially harmful items. If jack-o-lanterns or luminaries are part of your celebrations, use LED tea lights to light them rather than open flames.

Take care of your dog
Yours is probably an amiable dog. However, if some Halloween outfits are convincing enough to spook young children, then those same outfits might be equally unsettling to your dog – especially on such a frantic night. It makes sense to keep your dog confined in a cozy, safe indoor area.

Soon, a merry procession of princesses, superheroes, and ghouls will march to your home. Make a contribution by preparing the way by providing lighting and of course candy. Happy Halloween and stay safe out there!