5 Tips to Make Your House Kid-Friendly for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween

By Brooke Drake, October 20, 2014, Events & Fun

 5 Tips to Make Your House Safe for Trick-or-Treaters on Halloween

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You have the Halloween costumes – Check.

The Halloween candy? – Double Check.

Some fun, festive Halloween decorations outside? – Triple Check!

By the look of it, you’re ready for Halloween. Or are you? What you may not be prepared for is maintaining the safety of your little visitors. There are some potential safety hazards right in your own front yard that can prevent you and the trick-or-treaters from having a fun and SAFE Halloween. So use these 5 tips to make your house safe for trick-or-treaters this Halloween.

  1. Contain your pets. No one wants to be responsible for a dog biting a small child or at least scaring them or knocking them over, so keep all pets inside the house. Even with the tamest of animals, you never know what will set them off, especially involving small children and the excitement and noise geared around Halloween.
  2. Keep your house well-lit. Although it takes away from some of the spookiness of Halloween, it’s much better to have a well-lit home to prevent children from tripping. Start by replacing any burned-out bulbs to help provide light.
  3.  5 Tips to Make Your House Safe for Trick-or-Treaters on HalloweenClean off walkways, porches and doorways to avoid tripping or falling. Some key items to remove are garden hoses, toys, bikes, and any lawn decorations kids can trip over. Sweep leaves or debris from walkways in front of and leading up to your home. Tape down any cords that cannot be removed or hidden. Of course, if you want to be extra nice, pick up any animal droppings that may be in your yard so no little treaters take home an extra treat on the bottom of their shoe.
  4. Rather than using candles (aka open fire) to light up pumpkins, use glow sticks instead. That way, if the pumpkins accidentally get knocked over or kids get too close to the flame, they are less likely to get hurt from a glow stick opposed to an open flame. If you do in fact use a real candle, place your jack o’ lantern out of the way of the trick-or-treaters.
  5. If you go all out to decorate your yard for Halloween, switch locations of handing out candy from the front porch to the driveway. Making the switch can provide more room for the trick-or-treaters and also keep them out of the way of all the decorations and cords. This might not be as fun, but it’s definitely safer

Remember – Halloween should be a fun evening of revelry and sugary goodness for everyone, so make sure your home is safe for your kids and all the other costumed visitors!

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