Homeowner How-To’s: Halloween Edition

Halloween is a fun celebration focused on kids, costumes, and (our favorite…) candy. For parents, it’s essential to know how to keep kids safe as they head out to trick-or-treat. This post will teach you how – and will explain how to take advantage of extra foot traffic if your home is on the market!photodune-9438683-halloween-party-with-children-trick-or-treating-in-costume-s.jpg

Trick-or-Treat Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-treating often is one of the highlights for children on Halloween. If your kids want to go trick-or-treating this year, here are some simple safety tips you should follow:

  • Kids of all ages should have adult supervision when trick-or-treating.
  • If you’re allowing older children to trick-or-treat without an adult, make sure they stay in a group, only visit homes along a planned route, and they check in at certain times.
  • Only visit homes with a porch light on.
  • Never enter a home or a car.

The American Academy of Pediatric (AAP) states “pedestrian injuries are the most common injuries to children on Halloween” and offer the following tips:

  • Add reflective tape to costumes and trick-or-treat bags.
  • Carry a fully charged cell phone (especially older kids out with friends)
  • Always use the sidewalk.
  • If there is no sidewalk, walk on roadway’s farthest edge while facing traffic.
  • Always cross streets at the light or crosswalk.
  • Never walk through alleys or parking lots.
  • Never cross through someone’s yard.

Greeting Trick-or-Treaters at Home

Staying home on Halloween and greeting trick-or-treaters can be great fun for kids and parents. If you plan to stay home and hand out candy, follow these safety guidelines:

  • Prepare the outside of your home for Halloween visitors by making sure your walkway, steps, and porch are free from trip hazards.
  • Turn on the porch light or other outdoor lighting if you plan to pass out candy.
  • Keep pets safe and away from visitors.
  •  If you’re placing lit pumpkins on the porch or lining the walkway, opt for battery-operated candles, LED lights, or glow sticks instead of open-flame candles.
  • Don’t allow young children to answer the door on Halloween unsupervised.

Halloween with a Home for Sale

If your home is up for sale, holidays like Halloween can present a great opportunity to get the word out about your home being on the market. However, it can also present specific challenges. Follow these tips to take advantage of a good marketing opportunity and to keep yourself organized:

  • Keep your “For Sale” sign in a place where it’s easy to see, but doesn’t present a hazard to trick-or-treaters.
  • Add a spotlight to the “For Sale” to make it more visible.
  • Consider placing a couple of small pumpkins or spooky decorations by the sign for a festive look.
  • If a prospective buyer asks to see your home when out trick-or-treating, offer to schedule a formal walk-through for a different day.
  • Make sure the exterior of your home has great curb appeal by trimming grass and hedges, raking leaves, cleaning off the porch and making your entry way welcoming to both trick-or-treaters and their prospective buyer parents.

Halloween is a fun holiday, but safety is key. By practicing a few safety tips, you can keep kids safe and happy while making memories to treasure.

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