Halloween: Be Scared Of Monsters, Not Your House!

Who doesn’t love Halloween? How could you not? It’s the fun holiday where people get to dress up, eat candy, and no one gets dragged to see family members they do...

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Halloween: Be Scared Of Monsters, Not Your House!

Posted by Lee Tessier on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 4:21pm.

Who doesn’t love Halloween? How could you not? It’s the fun holiday where people get to dress up, eat candy, and no one gets dragged to see family members they don’t like! It’s a no lose holiday. That is…except for the occasional homeowner who’s the victim of bad luck. This isn’t always from teenage vandalism, even if the holiday does make some of us remember why there’s a stigma around teens. Sometimes it’s just random chance, which is bound to happen when it’s dark and you’re surrounded by little kids. Thankfully, there are some ways to curb the chances of bad luck and keep Halloween a night of fun.

 

Keep Your Lights Bright

We know, it’s Halloween and supposed to be spooky. There’s a reason horror movies take place in the dark. But the number one tip you’ll get from anyone is to make all walkways and steps well lit. Especially if there are any decorations that someone could trip over, you want enough light in your key areas so everyone stays safe. Besides holiday string lights, you can also use floodlights or wireless solar lamps to reduce the amount of things on the ground to trip over. Added bonus: lights are one of the top deterrents from any kind of mischief or crime that you might find yourself at the receiving end of. Even if the unwritten code is that “lights-off” means “no candy,” keep some lights on – or at least turn them back on – to prevent anything you’ll get stuck cleaning up on November 1st.

 

Check for Any Hazards

So, say that your home is a Halloween version of the Christmas Vacation house. You might think it’s smooth sailing from here – don’t get so comfortable. Use this as an excuse for some light “landscaping” by making sure that there’s nothing that could trip a running neighbor, like branches or sprinklers. Heavy traffic at your main entrance can also a good excuse to check up on any repairs that might need to be done, like tightening a railing or securing the steps up to your door. Hopefully your doorbell is in good working order! Halloween brings more visitors to your front door than any other night of the year combined, which sends the possibility of an accident skyrocketing, so check with your insurance agent to make sure if anything’s changed, what you’re covered for, and what to keep a close eye on!

 

The Biggest Hazard of All: Fire

No candles. If you want them for jack-o-lanterns, just go with electric tea lights.

 

Pranks Are More Fun For Pranksters than You

The “trick or treat” deal usually just sticks to the “treat” part, but ever so often some of us end up the target of some pranking. It’s not as much fun as the rest of the holiday. Remember: even after you close up for the night, there are some things to keep in mind to protect your home from next-day cleanup and repairs. Besides the aforementioned rule about leaving your lights on, it’s a good idea to park your car inside if you can. If you don’t have a garage, try parking it in the backyard or using a car cover.  And while it’s probably common practice to keep your doors and windows locked, Halloween is the best day as any in the year to double check this – especially if you’re giving out candy far away from any entry points!

 

While eggings may happen, it cleans off. The important thing to keep in mind during an energetic and offbeat holiday like Halloween is that everyone has fun and stays safe. Accidents happen, but preventable accidents on an old railing or a fallen branch don’t have to. And most importantly, use cold water and Formula 409 in the event of an egging.

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