Ready or not, Halloween is just around the corner, which means it’s time to get ready for trick-or-treaters in the neighborhood. This time of the year can be fun for everyone, especially when a few basic rules are followed. Most of what you already know about Halloween is still relevant, but a few new guidelines have emerged over the years. Here are the 7 essential trick-or-treating etiquette rules you should follow for a successful Halloween as a homeowner:
Leave the Light On
If you want to participate in the fun and hand out treats, remember to leave your porch light on. This lets everyone know you’re ready to answer the door, candy at the ready. You can also choose to turn on your landscape lights and garage lights to help illuminate the path.
Keep Candy Close By
Whenever a spooky little visitor rings your doorbell and shouts, “Trick or treat!” you’ll want to be ready. Keep your bowl of treats close to the front door to make it easier on yourself. Distribute the candy yourself – two pieces per person is a fair amount! When you’re out of candy or trick-or-treating is over, remember to turn off your porch light and close your curtains.
Choose Pre-Packaged Candy
We know you might be itching to whip up some Halloween-themed snacks to hand out, but you’ll be better off saving them for your friends and family. More often than not, parents and guardians are wary of letting their children eat unpackaged treats. If you’re trying to be kinder to the environment, try handing out candy or treats in boxes, which can be recycled later.
Be Cognizant of Allergies
Some trick-or-treaters may have an allergy to gluten or peanuts, which makes Halloween a little, well, trickier for them. If you want to lend a helping hand this year, set out a teal pumpkin to let everyone know you’re an allergy-friendly home. Keep candy containing peanuts in a separate container and consider handing out non-food items. Take it a step further by registering your house online!
Secure Your Pets
If you have a pet, consider keeping it in a separate room. Your pet may scare your visitors (or vice-versa!) or it may accidentally escape out the front door during the commotion. Remember to bring your pet’s bed and a few favorite toys to the room so it can feel comfortable while trick-or-treating is taking place.
Be Scary, but Not Too Scary
One of the best parts of the holiday is, of course, decorating. While we love spooky decorations, the little trick-or-treaters may not enjoy them so much. Try to keep the scarier things inside so you won’t frighten any young visitors.
Clear the Way to the Front Door
Do your part to keep kids safe on Halloween by clearing away anything that may be obstructing the path to your front door. Check your yard for hazards like branches, holes, tools, wet leaves, and lawn equipment. While you’re at it, go ahead and tighten any railings you may have so everyone stays safe.
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