Halloween is one one of our favorite holidays, and even if you’re a little too old to dress up and go door to door, there’s still plenty of fun to be had. As a grown-up, one of the highlights of fall is getting to hand out candy to eager trick-or-treaters. So let’s make sure your house is safe and ready for trick-or-treaters when they drop by this Halloween.
Keep the Pathway Clear
It’s a given that some kids will be running up your walkway at breakneck speed to get to the candy as quickly as possible, so check the area in front of your house in the daytime to make sure there are no tripping hazards around. Look for exposed tree roots, uneven stones in the pathway, or anything youngsters could potentially trip on; make repairs if possible, or restrict access to danger zones. If you have a lot of Halloween decorations on your porch, just make sure they’re out of the way—especially those with electrical cords.
Light the Way
A bright, well-lit front yard is key to Halloween safety, and it also advertises to trick-or-treaters that your house is open for business. Check outdoor light bulbs in advance to make sure they’re all working, and be sure to switch on all the lights out front when you’re ready for trick-or-treaters. Consider adding a few solar lights along paths or driveways that may not be as well-lit.
Keep Pets at a Safe Distance
Even if your pet is the friendliest pooch on the block, it’s still a good idea to keep any household animals contained on Halloween. With all the constant visitors, it’s a pretty high-energy night for kids and pets alike, and it’s best to play it safe. The last thing you want is your pet getting freaked out by a parade of little kids in scary costumes, or vice versa.
Have Plenty of Candy Ready for Trick-or-Treaters
You don’t want to be the house that runs out of candy, so be sure to have a good stockpile on hand. Worst-case scenario, you wind up with leftovers for yourself. And on the subject of candy, be sure to only hand out wrapped, store-bought treats. Anything homemade will likely be thrown out by nervous parents.
Turn it Off
When you’re ready to close up shop at the end of the night, remember to turn off all your porch lights and unplug the Halloween decorations so that parents and trick-or-treaters know you’re all done handing out candy for the night. Time to kick back, relax, and get to work on your Halloween leftovers!
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