sample
Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters | MyProperty.ph
BlogFreshest property listings, latest news, and top real estate tips.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters

by Jillian CariolaPublished: October 6, 2017Updated: October 6, 2017

Following these nine tips will help you create a haunted house without the dangers of actually being in one.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Trick or treat Halloween kid costume pumpkin

Despite not being a Filipino tradition, trick-or-treating—kids putting on costumes and going door-to-door asking for candy—has become a popular event in the country. For children and their parents, it’s a way to get creative as they decide what or who they want to dress up as, and then spend some quality time together while going from one house to another and sharing a KitKat bar.

Many malls, restaurants, and kids’ activity centers like to get in on the action too, but houses in gated communities are often where it’s at. Can you imagine walking up to an ordinary home you pass by every day and finding it transformed into a haunted mansion overnight? Making your property up to look inviting to scary little vampires and cute fairies is part of the fun. However, there are some things to keep in mind to make sure children have both a safe and fun experience visiting your home.

Clear the surroundings

On the day of the subdivision’s trick-or-treating event, spend the morning going over your yard to see if there are things you need to clean, put away, or pick up for the safety of your visitors that night. Hide anything that kids might pick up and play with, like hardware and gardening tools. The water hose should be wound up so no one will trip over them. If you have a ladder visibly set up somewhere on your property, now would be the time to fold it up. Aside from kids climbing on it and accidentally falling, it might also catch the attention of someone who may be planning on getting something more than candy. Also, cordon off or block any area of your home where you don’t want people to go.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Rake dry leaves garden
After cleaning your front yard, don't forget to put your tools away. Photo via Depositphotos

Put away anything valuable or breakable

For sure, you already have enough holiday knickknacks to make your home look just right for the festivities, so decorative items like vases and sculptures displayed on your yard should be put away. This isn’t just to avoid robbery; children running around will most often result to someone bumping into something and shattering it.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Broken pot seedling
Accidents can happen, but you can get ahead of things by preparing for them. Photo via Depositphotos

Make sure decorations are secure

It’s great if you want to go all out with the decorations; after all, it’s Halloween, so the scarier, the better. On the other hand, you have to remember that the more ambitious the plans, the more safety guidelines you need to be mindful of. Want to install life-size witches and monsters on every corner? Go ahead, but they should not fall down and injure kids if a strong gust of wind were to blow. Either choose decorations that are a bit on the heavy side so they won’t easily topple, or tie them down. If you are hanging spooky pictures or cutouts on the wall, keep them in place with some masking tape as well so they won’t fly off their hooks. If you are using electricity for your special effects, power cords should be moved away from paths so no one trips over them.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Grim Reaper
You might want to tether this guy to the wall. Photo via Depositphotos

Keep the accessible areas well-lighted…

Small children tend to get excited and run around, which means there is a chance they might trip and fall. If there is a long pathway leading up to your front door, make sure the path is bright enough for everyone to see. If you have to, install lanterns along the way so people can see where they’re going. If the light by your gate or front door is burned out, replace them.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Light path
Tripping is a common occurrence among children. Photo via Depositphotos

… but try not to use candles

Granted you won’t be staying outside your home with a bowl of candy in your lap waiting for trick-or-treaters, no one will be around to keep an eye on the candles you set up in the makeshift graveyard on your yard or the fortune-telling table on your porch. If a candle is knocked down, it can cause a fire, so it would be safer to use battery-operated fake candles, which you can leave unattended. Aside from being safer, you don’t need to worry about the wind blowing them out repeatedly then having to light them again.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Halloween decorations pumpkins candles
Spooky, right? Probably not too safe, though. Photo via Depositphotos

Avoid flammable decorations

Ornaments made of paper or synthetic fiber can easily catch fire, which is a lot more dangerous if you are indoors and are unable to prevent it as it happens. To keep you from worrying, go for items that have been inspected and approved by the Department of Trade and Industry as safe for use. If you absolutely have to use candles for dramatic effect, make sure they are far from anything that can catch flames. Also, only light these candles if you or someone else can keep watch. Here’s another non-flammable way to decorate: pipe in some scary music or sound effects to put visitors in the mood without endangering them.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Halloween ghosts
That ghost is standing a little too close to the candle. Photo via Depositphotos

Keep your pets at bay

It might be cute to dress your pooch in a tiny Halloween costume to show to the neighbors, but it may not be the safest thing to do, especially if your pet tends to get nervous around people. They might feel threatened and attack suddenly, so it would be best to keep them inside. Also, not all kids like dogs, so they won’t feel welcome to ask for candy if your guard dog is wearing a devil costume and stationed up front.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Halloween costume puppies
Cute as they are, these pooches may scare off kids who are not dog lovers. Photo via Depositphotos

Have a clear view of trick-or-treaters from inside

All Hallows’ Eve is said to release creatures of the night, but in the real world, it’s the living, breathing, not-so-nice people you should worry about. You wouldn’t randomly throw your door open to anyone on any given day, so don’t change this safety habit just because it’s Halloween. It would be better if you have a peephole on your front door, but if you don’t, you must at least peek out a side window to make sure you will only be welcoming trick-or-treaters.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Kids costumes trick-or-treat
Are those actual trick-or-treaters at the door? Photo via Depositphotos

Keep the curtains shut

Curious kids (and some nosy guardians) will be tempted to take a peek just to see what your home looks like inside. If you want to avoid peeping toms, close the curtains. You can also decorate the window panes with Halloween-inspired decals, which you can simply take off after the festivities.

Nine ways to prep your home for Halloween’s trick-or-treaters MyProperty Philippines Scary man at window
Not exactly a welcoming sight on Halloween. Photo via Depositphotos

 

Main photo via Depositphotos

comments powered by Disqus

Subscribe

Get the freshest property listings, latest news, and top real estate tips delivered straight to your inbox!