Depending on where you live, you might be expecting a large influx of visitors for your home on October 31. According to CNN, more than 172 million Americans will celebrate Halloween this year, with 69 percent of consumers planning to hand out candy
1. Make sure that your yard – especially your walkways – are well lit. You can line your driveway or walkway with LED path lights, jack-o’-lanterns, a string of lights, or other lighted decorations.
2. Avoid using candles. Opt for plug-in or battery-operated lighting options instead.
3. Lock up pets to avoid innocent but potentially serious accidents.
4. Remove clutter from the walkway path to keep trick-or-treaters from tripping. If your walkway tends to collect yard debris like leaves or acorns, make sure to sweep it one last time before trick-or-treaters start arriving.
5. Secure decorations in place with clear tape in case the wind picks up.
6. Check for any other risks on your property, such as loose bricks, potholes or insecure railings. Consider how you can minimize these risks for trick-or-treaters.
7. If you want to really minimize your risk, consider setting up a table and a chair at the top of your driveway to keep people from stepping on your property at all. This makes it easier on your trick-or-treaters and you could still keep it festive by decorating the table and dressing up yourself.
8. If your plans don’t include trick-or-treating, don’t forget to secure the outside of your home and your personal items, such as bikes. Kids and teenagers will be out and about much later than usual and vandalism and petty theft tends to increase on Halloween.