Ghosts, goblins, and hazards around the home: Halloween is filled with potential dangers. Not only do you have to make sure your kids are safe — teaching them to stay in groups and checking their candy before they eat it — but you also have to make sure your house is safe. Protect pirates, princesses, cowboys, and any other trick-or-treaters who come your way.
Keep a Light on: The general rule candy seekers live by is simple: when a porch light’s not lit, the candy has split; when a porch light is on, the candy ain’t gone.
Not only does this help trick-or-treaters know which houses to hit, but a porch light also keeps the pathway bright, allowing them to see where they are going behind their monster mask.
Watch for Ice: Anyone who lives in a wintry climate knows it always, always snows on Halloween. While this forces kids to take action — dressing in warmer costumes and carrying hot chocolate — it also causes homeowners to act.
The path, the driveway, and the sidewalk have all got to be shoveled. Not only do you need to remove snow, but you also need to de-ice. Nothing will ruin a kid’s Halloween like a fall to the pavement. Doing something as simple as putting down gravel or salt can make all the difference.
Remove any Obstacles: The path between the sidewalk and your front door may be filled with a variety of things: a garden hose, your child’s bicycle, a gnome. On a typical day these things might not serve as obstacles, but on Halloween it’s a whole different story.
Filled with the excitement of candy, kids run up to porches and forget to watch where they’re going. Instead of leaving things for them to dodge, or more likely trip over, make sure the path between the street and the candy is completely clear.