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How To Prepare Your Home For Trick-or-Treaters

Halloween trick-or-treating is a great time to get to know your neighbors. Handing out candy to the trick-or-treaters can be so rewarding, and they remember who gives them the best treats. Make a great impression by preparing your home for safe and fun trick-or-treating. Here are our best tips.

1. Clear your walkways and stairs. Sweep your sidewalk and trim any bushes or roots that may be trip hazards. Repair any loose railing or porch boards. Create a clear path to your front door so kids and parents have visibility and a safe route.

2. Decorate your porch and front door. Get in the "spirit" of the season by creating a Halloween theme around your entry way. In some areas, a lit pumpkin signifies that you're handing out treats. So, if you want trick-or-treaters, light a pumpkin or two.

3. Make sure that pets are kept safely away. With the door opening and closing so often, a pet on the loose can become a sudden issue if with pets that tend to stay put. For your pet's and your trick-or-treaters safety, make sure that they are kept contained in a separate area of the home when you're handing out candy.

4. Light up your walkway and the entrance to your home. Make sure that walkways are well lit but don't use candles. If you want a candle look, stick to LED flickering bulbs that create the ambiance without the risk of a costume catching fire on the flame.

5. Choose treats wisely. Home made treats are great for people you know well, but it's best to give store bought treats to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Ingredients can be easily researched if they're not printed on the packaging for people with food allergies. Speaking of food allergies, it's nice to have non food alternative treats if possible. Bubbles, pencils, erasers, stickers and temporary tattoos all make nice alternatives.

6. Be kind. Not all children are verbal, so it's best not to pressure kids into saying trick-or-treat. Some trick-or-treaters may not have costumes, just give them candy anyways, it's possible they weren't able to get a costume and they want to participate anyways. If you think the kids at your door are too old to be trick-or-treating, just be happy to see them engaging in a safe and traditional activity.

Now that your home is prepped for tiny superheroes and villains, enjoy the day and have a few treats of your own! Lifetime Realty Group is always here for your questions and home buying and selling needs. Email or call (262)696-9884.

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