If you are expecting a lot of trick-or-treaters on Halloween, it’s important to make sure that your house, porch, yard, and driveway are safe for all the kids and traffic that will be coming to your door. Here are a few tips on making your home safer for trick-or-treaters on Halloween.
Set up a lot of lights outside. Have your porch light on, your garage lights on, and string lights along your sidewalk or get those battery operated sidewalk and night lights to really illuminate your walkway to make the entry to your door a lot safer.
Get debris out of your yard, like rakes, shovel, bags of leaves, your garden hose, etc. It’s dark out, and you don’t want kids tripping on stuff. Also, move your garbage cans into your garage or inside, because running kids may topple them over and get garbage everywhere.
Have your curtains open so trick-or-treaters know you’re home and are invited. This also gives more light to outside.
Keep your pets in another room. Even the nicest, most well-behaved dog can frighten small children and your cat can run outside and risk getting harmed by pranksters. Also, don’t leave your dog outside or on a chain in the yard- even a nice dog will try to take out a scary costume, not knowing there is a child inside. Children also tend to avoid homes with barking dogs in the yard, or they throw things at barking dogs.
Don’t wear a super scary mask when answering your door. You may freak out smaller kids. You can wear a light-up tie, t-shirt, or headband, or be wearing a wig, but don’t be too scary.
Don’t give out homemade candy. The kids’ parents won’t let them eat it. Rather, hand out store bought wrapped candy, and drop them into kids’ bags yourself. If you let them grab, they may fight or take a handful.
Don’t invite children inside your house to give them candy, or invite them in to see other members of your household. Old people are especially bad with this- they tend to assume it’s OK to bring the kids in to see their spouse sitting in a rocking chair in the living room. While you may be harmless, this is teaching kids it’s OK to enter strangers’ homes. Unless you know the children very well, do not ever invite children into your home.
There are many ways to make your home friendly for trick-or-treaters. Keep your home and yard bright, keep your pets away and in another room, and don’t invite the kids into your home for a happy and safe Halloween for everyone!