With a week to go, is your home ready for Halloween? REcolorado is offering tips to help prepare your home for trick-or-treaters and maximize the trick-or-treat festivities in your neighborhood this season.
Whether you are handing out candy at home or knocking on doors in your neighborhood, make this Halloween safe and memorable with these Trick-or-Treat Tips.
Prepare your Home for Trick-or-Treaters
Leaving your porch lights on is a sign that you welcome visitors. Keep the candy bowl by the door and stocked with factory-sealed treats. Don’t repackage the candy or hand out home-made treats, as parents are typically cautious about food allergies and hidden threats.
Make sure there’s plenty of lighting for the little ones to make it from the street to your front door. Outdoor lights, like string lights or spotlights, can enhance festive Halloween decor and add lighting to your home at night.
If you’d rather not participate, turn off your exterior lights and draw the curtains. Your neighbors will respect your decision.
Where to Trick-or-Treat
If you’re going door-to-door around your neighborhood, plan a route in advance. Avoid long paths, opting for a circular route so home is never too far away.
Planning in advance also gives you time to find the best neighborhoods to trick-to-treat in Colorado. If you’d like to stay close to home, find events in your neighborhood using social media or the Nextdoor app.
Look for community trick-or-treat events too. Public Halloween celebrations offer more entertainment and a safe environment for trick-or-treating.
Make sure you can see and be seen! Most trick-or-treating happens at or after sunset, which means it will be dark outside. Even in neighborhoods with plenty of street lights, carry a flashlight to make sure you can see your surroundings. Add reflective tape to your child’s costume to help them be seen by others on the road.
If your route takes you beyond your own neighborhood, use extra caution while driving. Sugar and excitement mean children are more likely to run along the road. Avoid areas where visibility may be an issue, slow down, and stay safe.
As the clock ticks closer to October 31, prepare for a fun and safe Halloween!
Originally published October 26, 2017 — Updated October 24, 2019