It's almost that time of year again when children literally turn into little monsters and ghouls and descend upon neighborhoods across the country in the hopes of collecting as many sweet treats as possible. There are a lot of fun ways to prepare for this invasion and decorating your home to welcome (or scare) trick-or-treaters on All Hallow's Eve is a popular one. As a responsible homeowner, there are some simple precautions you can take to ensure the night is as fun-filled and safe as possible. Read the Halloween home safety tips below to prepare your home for safe trick-or-treating.
While it can be tempting to keep things dark to up the scare-factor, children might already have a difficult time seeing due to masks and cumbersome costumes. Make sure high-traffic areas on your property are well-lit, including your driveway, any pathways leading to your home, stairs and entryways. Turn on outdoor lights and replace any burnt-out bulbs. Affordable path lights can also be purchased at local hardware and even dollar stores, and can be placed along the driveway or a path's perimeter so that trick-or-treaters know where it's okay to walk. Path lights can even be placed inside potted plants to help light up stairs and entryways.
It can also be tempting to cover your porch or entryway with an abundance of Halloween decorations to help create a spooky and interesting atmosphere. Cluttering up your home's entrance can create traffic jams and general chaos for children looking to score candy and move on to the next house as quickly as possible. Instead, keep large decorations off to the side: on the lawn next to the door, under a large tree or even at the end of your driveway are great places for decorations. Just make sure to keep combustible decorations (cornstalks, crepe paper, etc.) away from heat sources.
Depending on the costume, simply walking from house to house might be a bit difficult for young trick-or-treaters. Avoid tripping and slipping hazards by making sure foot-traffic areas are as clear as possible. Besides keeping decorations around your door to a minimum, clear all pathways of debris, like wet leaves, make sure railings are tightly secured and repair any broken or loose steps. If your Halloween decorations involve special lighting or speakers for creepy sound effects, make sure that power cords don't extend over any pathways.
Instead of traditional candles, use flashlights, glow sticks or battery-operated candles inside of jack-o-lanterns in order to remove any fire hazards. Battery-operated candles often flicker, giving the illusion of real candles, and help add to the spooky ambience. In additiona, any special effects or decorations involving electronics should be inspected for frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
While you might want to show off your adorable pet in their adorable Halloween costume, it's best to keep your pets confined in a safe place during trick-or-treating hours. This will avoid unintentionally scaring children and your fur babies.
So before you send your own superheroes and zombies on their way, give your home a safety inspection and ensure it's trick-or-treat friendly this Halloween!