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Prepare Your Home for Trick-or-Treaters

Victorian Exterior by Creole Design

Bright lights, festive decor and clear paths help make Halloween night safe for all ages

Your home might not need a costume on Halloween, but it does need to be ready for any neighborhood ghosts, goblins or witches who drop by for a treat. If you plan to participate in the festivities, here are a few helpful tips to help ensure that trick-or-treaters have a safe, yet haunted, night.

Victorian Entry by Paul Moon Design

Turn on the light. A front porch light signals to trick-or-treaters that you’re ready for them to knock on the door. If you run out of candy or don’t wish to participate in Halloween, you can let people know by turning off the porch light.

Beach Style Entry by JS Interiors LLC

Homeowners who choose to have open flames need to watch them at all times, keep them 1 foot away from anything that can burn, and sit them on a sturdy, level surface.

Traditional Entry by Banks Design Associates, LTD & Simply Home

Put away pets. Your family pet may be the nicest on the block, but not everyone knows that or likes animals. You also don’t want your pet to inadvertently hurt any candy-seeking visitors. It is recommended that homeowners keep pets inside and away from the door for everyone’s benefit, including the pets’.

Mediterranean Porch by Flea Market Sunday

Greet guests. If you plan to spend the whole night passing out treats, sit on your front porch swing or create a seating area for yourself. This lets visitors know that you’re ready for them to stop. Plus you can watch the parade of costumes.

Victorian Exterior by Creole Design

Prepare for a spooktacular evening. Once you have the lights on, decor out and hazards put away, you can enjoy a safe, spooky night in the neighborhood.

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