We’re a little over a week away from the night most kids have been looking forward to for months, Halloween. They’re counting down the minutes until they can score what they hope will be their biggest loot of candy ever. But to get the candy, they’ll need to walk door to door for blocks, maybe even miles. So it’s important that their pathway remain safe. Here are five tips to ensure your home is ready for an influx of trick-or-treaters.
1. Light it up
Assuming you’re welcoming trick-or-treaters this year, be sure your yard, walkway, and front door are as well lit as possible. Most of your visitors will be unfamiliar with your home and possibly unsteady on their feet with bulky and awkward costumes. Not to mention the masks that may be affecting their vision. Double check to make sure you don’t have any burnt out bulbs and that motion lights are working properly. And if the yard needs some brightening up, add some fun Halloween lights to help.
2. Clear the way
Take a quick trick-or-treater practice run to make sure there isn’t anything blocking their path. An unrolled hose? Kids toys or yard equipment? Consider moving your car off the driveway if that’s the main walkway to your front door. And as much as we love the colorful leaves that are falling off the trees right now, they pile up quickly. Rake or sweep them away to ensure your entry is as clear as possible.
3. Skip the candles
They’re dramatic and can add a super spooky element to your home. But open flames create a fire hazard, not just for your home but for the highly flammable costumes of your visitors. So pass on the candles this year. At least the real ones. Flameless candles are a great alternative, especially when it comes time to light the jack-o-lantern. They’ll provide the same effect and are much safer.
4. Mark tripping hazards
Uneven payment and protruding tree roots can put a quick (and painful) end to a kid’s night of fun. Bring attention to potential tripping hazards to lower the risk of falls. Feel free to be creative while you’re at it by adding a “beware” sign or by marking it off with caution tape. You’ll keep visitors safe and score extra points for getting into the Halloween spirit.
5. Avoid overloading outlets
You know Clark Griswold goes above and beyond for Halloween, and maybe you do too! Just avoid his mistake of using dozens of extension cords and daisy chaining power strips. Overloading outlets is just plain unsafe. Be sure to read the warning labels on your decorations, especially the large inflatables, and follow directions accordingly.
Halloween is arguably the most fun night of the year for kids, and you can help ensure their visit to your home is a real treat. Once you know they’ll be safe, it’s time to focus on the next most important item — what type of candy you’ll give out.