This Halloween, it’s TRICK-or-treat! Get ready with a few tips:
1) Avoid tripping trick-or-treaters! Take things like hoses, ladders, flowerpots, wires, lawn furniture and bikes off your porch, driveway and sidewalk — anywhere you think kids may be walking on Halloween.
2) Turn on porch and outside lights It’s easier for trick-or-treaters to see! (This is a good time to replace burnt-out, outdoor light bulbs.) 3) Clean sweep Sweep the leaves off your walkways and porches.
4) Clear the path Keep outdoor decor, jack-o-lanterns and candles away from sidewalks, dry leaves, and Halloween decorations — you get the idea.
5) Pets Dogs, cats and other pets may be frightened or excited by the ringing doorbell, trick-or-treat screaming and unexpected Halloween visitors. If you have an excitable pet, consider putting him or her in a safe, quiet area away from the festivities.
6) Candy — or no? Purchase individually wrapped candies. Or, consider handing out non-candy alternatives like colored pencils, erasers, small pads of paper (perfect for notes, doodles and diaries.)
7) Not home? If you are going out, remember to turn on home security systems and lock doors and windows. And, don’t leave the porch light on! In many communities, a lit porch light means you’re ready for trick-or-treaters.
8) Caution! If you’re out driving, be cautious and go slowly — this is a big night for kids and families and they are walking the neighborhood.