The Homeowner's Trick-or-Treat Survival Guide

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Trick or Treat

Halloween is just around the corner, and hundreds of trick-or-treaters are about to descend upon your home. You adorned your bushes with fake spider webs, put caution tape on your door, and zombies can be seen emerging from your front lawn. You’re just about ready for a fun-filled night of costumed visitors. To make the best of Halloween for yourself (and the trick-or-treaters!), here are some tips for surviving the night!

Practice Pet Safety

Be cautious when tending to trick-or-treaters, if you have dogs, or any pets, that have a tendency to run for the door. It might even be a good idea to section off a special spot for your furbabies to hang out while you’re handing out treats. This way you won’t have to worry about scaring off the little ones with your over-excited pup or losing your kitty into a crowd of costumed strangers.

Hang Out On The Porch

If you’re concerned about waking the baby or rousing the pets every time someone knocks on the door, then beat the trick-or-treaters to it! Set up a chair on your porch and greet your guests as they walk up! With treats already in hand, you’ll be able to streamline the process for you and your visitors. Make it a social call by inviting a friend, or your significant other, to help you out. Pour yourselves some wine and enjoy quality time with your favorite person!

Switch Up The Treats

Instead of getting the same old boring candy you get every year, try handing out Halloween-related favors instead. In fact, due to the growing number of children with food allergies, you should consider this alternative anyway. The Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) even launched the Teal Pumpkin Project with the goal to give all children something to enjoy after a night of trick-or-treating. Most kids with allergies have to give up more than half their loot due to candy ingredients, such as nuts, eggs, or dairy. By handing out non-food items, everyone wins!

Show An Outdoor Movie

Bring your house to life with a spooky movie night! If your garage is in the front of your house, you have the perfect backdrop for an outdoor showing of your favorite Halloween classic. Find a white sheet (or large piece of canvas) and hang it up over your garage door. Set up a projector and some speakers, choose a fun family friendly film, like Casper or Hocus Pocus, and you’re all set. It’s a great way to entertain trick-or-treaters and their families as they venture down your street!

Turn Your Lights Out

What do you do if you run out of treats, but the kids are still at it? Well, you can either go out and buy more, or you can turn your lights out! Pro tip: Any house with a light on is fair game to trick-or-treaters. In order to let everyone know that you’re tapped out, turn off your porch light and power down any electronic or animated decorations. Otherwise, the door-knocking and bell-ringing won’t stop. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Leave The Treats Outside

You already made Halloween plans and they don’t include staying home and handing out treats. However, you still want to offer something to the kids in the neighborhood. What do you do? You can put a big bowl of treats right outside your front door, but you don’t want one greedy kid to take it all. To prevent this from happening, make a sign that says, “Only take one or two! We’ll be watching you!” While it may sound a little cheesy, it might scare the pre-teens just enough so they don’t overindulge. Add a creepy animated character with googly eyes to intensify the effect.

Halloween is one of the most highly anticipated holidays of the year. Whether it’s your favorite, or you’re just in it for the candy, there are many ways to celebrate. As a homeowner, you’ll want to make sure the trick-or-treaters who come to your door have a fun and safe experience. No matter what plans you already have brewing, consider these tips to make this year the most memorable and enjoyable Halloween of all!

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