It’s that time of year again as “ghosts” and “goblins” and all manner of spooky things roam the night looking for candy.
And as my daughter five year old daughter told me the other night, you have to wear a “scary costume” because you can’t go dressed as yourself.
How can you argue with logic like that?
So as a dad and homeowner I thought it would be a good time to share some safety tips as our kids get ready to go “trick-or-treating.”
Halloween safety tips for homeowners
Do you expect a lot of kids ringing your doorbell looking for candy?
We live on a quiet cul-de-sac and go to Main Street to go “trick-or-treating.” And it seems like half the town is there as well, with most of the homes lining the street participating in the festivities.
So one key is to make sure you have adequate lighting if kids will be approaching your door.
Sure, you don’t want a floodlight illuminating your walkway (kind of defeats the purpose of Halloween). However, at the same time you don’t want kids falling down in your yard as they make their way to your front door.
Consider using glowsticks or small solar-powered landscape lights along your walkway. This way kids can see where they’re going as they walk to your front door.
Next, make sure your yard is clear of anything that kids can trip over.
I know it may sound silly, but one year someone left some lawn tools in their front yard, possibly forgetting to bring in the rake after cleaning up some leaves.
So, to avoid any trip and falls make sure your yard is clear of any tools, branches and other “obstacles” that little feet can easily trip over.
Consider marking out two pathways to your front door.
For example, one homeowner on Main Street uses police tape to mark out two paths to his front door. This way kids walk up one way (like an entrance) and leave by the other path. Having a path marked out for folks to follow just makes sense, especially if your front walkway or steps are narrow.
And finally, if your front steps are in need of repair you might want to set up a table at the end of your front walk at the foot of the stairs. This way you won’t have to worry about kids navigating up and down the steps.
Does that make sense to you?
For more Halloween safety tips for when you go door to door with your children click the link. The folks at BDD Insurance have an excellent article about what to watch out for as you navigate the streets of your town on Halloween Night.
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