Halloween is just a couple weeks away and trick-or-treaters will be coming out in large numbers. That’s right, Tinkerbell, Elmo, Darth Vader and all varieties of green-faced witches will be invading your apartment community. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, over 40 million little ones between the ages of 5 and 14 go out in search of candy each year. If you’re expecting pint sized ghosts and goblins to knock at your door, you’ll want be prepared with more than just a smattering of sugar coated goodies.
Children should only go out with a trusted, responsible adult. One fun way to spend Halloween night is for a group of parents to chauffeur their kids around the neighborhood. It’s a fun and safe time for all!
Make sure that the walking area, steps and stairs right outside your apartment door are well-lit and free of items that may cause children to trip or fall. That includes Halloween decor like pumpkins and strings of light.
If you’ll be returning home or leaving while trick-or-treaters are out and about, be extra careful when driving through your apartment community. Pedestrian injuries occur the most on Halloween night, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Instruct your children to avoid eating any treats until you have been able to thoroughly examine them. Candies that appear to have been tampered with should be thrown away immediately. It might also be wise to instruct children to avoid unwrapped treats such as fruit, baked items and homemade goods.
If you’re giving out goodies
The inside of your apartment should be well-lit for a various reasons. Primarily, a dim or dark home might make parents of trick-or-treaters suspicious. Keeping the lights on will ensure them that you have nothing to hide.
Keep your bucket of candy close to the front door so that you can easily grab it without taking your eyes off what’s going on outside your front door.
If you have a pet, keep it in a cage–or at least at a safe distance–to avoid frightening small children. Although it might seem fun to have Fido or Fluffy waiting to greet the kids, the risk of something going terribly wrong is extremely high. To have an incident occur on Halloween night would be a real nightmare!
Once you’ve given out all your candy, turn off your exterior light to avoid additional trick-or-treaters looking for goodies to grab.
Here’s an extra tip just for yourself: Buy candy that you don’t like… if that’s even possible. If you stock up on the good stuff, you’re more likely to hog a lot of it and feel guilty later when you eat it all.
If you’re not giving out goodies
It’s sort of an unspoken code that if you don’t plan on giving out any candy at all, you’re supposed to keep your outdoor–and maybe indoor–lights off so that every knows not to come a knocking. Generally speaking, the appearance of a dark home means there’s no more candy, or no one’s home.