Fall weather is just around the corner, and thousands of children are anxiously awaiting Halloween. Before your street is lined with little ghosts, goblins, furry creatures, and storybook heroes this year, our REALTORS® have some tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe.
The fun of trick-or-treating on Halloween night can be quickly overshadowed injuries like cuts and bruises, falls, and animal bites. Trick-or-treaters in areas with Mansfield and Ashland homes for sale should be protected from scary things that may be lurking in the front yard. To prepare for a safe Halloween, follow these tips to get your yard trick-or-treat ready.
Clean Up Your Yard
Before Halloween arrives, clean up your front yard to prevent injuries. Take the time to mow your lawn, rake up leaves, trim shrubs and bushes, and remove any trash or debris that's blown into the yard. Even though you may have a lovely front walkway, children often cut through the yard to the front door or play in the grass with other children.
In long costumes, children can easily trip and fall over rocks, debris, electrical cords, garden tools, and flower pots in your front yard. This could result in serious injuries that quickly put a damper on Halloween festivities.
Use Safety Lights
While some area communities designate an afternoon for trick-or-treating, many neighborhoods stick to evening hours. In that case, good lighting is essential to keep kids safe. Instead of using candles along walkways and porches, use LED safety lights to illuminate your front yard and your home. You can line your walkway and driveway with solar or LED pathway lights, light up your garage with spotlights, and line stairs with glow sticks. Falls are a common cause of injuries on Halloween, so make sure you keep children safe with adequate outdoor lighting.
Hand Out Treats in the Driveway
If your home's front entrance includes stairs, consider an area in your driveway to give out candy and treats. Crowds of trick-or-treaters, creating a bottleneck on the stairs or near the front door can cause falls and injuries to children.
With some creative thinking, you can create a fun space in your driveway where children can move around easier. Set up tables filled with Halloween decorations, bowls of treats, candied apples, special grab bags, and spooky music. Handing out treats in the driveway will also help parents to keep a closer eye on their kids.
Consider Your Candy Choices
Half of Halloween fun is filling up buckets with yummy treats. Children love getting candy on Halloween, but some children are allergic to food ingredients, especially nuts. Whether you're buying bags of candy or baking special treats, it's best to avoid nuts that can cause breathing problems for kids who are allergic and kids with asthma.
When choosing candy and treats, opt for healthy choices with less potential for allergic reactions and choking hazards. In most cases, parents inspect their children's treats when they get home to weed out potential injury risks from allergens, foreign objects, and safety hazards.
Take Your Pets Inside
If you have family pets, take them inside before trick-or-treaters arrive. Even perfectly behaved pets who have never hurt anyone can become anxious or irritated by crowds, loud noises, and scary costumes with masks. You don't want to risk unexpected dog bites or constant barking that scares trick-or-treaters.
If you're interested in buying or selling a home in Mansfield or Ashland, contact us for more information on available properties in your price range. We wish you a fun-filled and safe Halloween with family and friends.