Make Sure Nothing Goes Bump in the Night
Once trick-or-treaters are on the prowl, the only spooky stuff about the experience should be clever costumes and ghoulish decorations at your doorstep. Take time before the little goblins arrive to make your treat headquarters safe and easy to approach with this Halloween home safety checklist.
Costume Common Sense
Halloween costume safety is a big issue that more and more costume manufacturers are taking into consideration. Whether homemade or store bought, your child's costume should provide 3 things -- adequate ventilation (so they can breathe), vision allowance (so they can see) and range of motion (so they can move freely). Dark Halloween costumes should only be worn in daylight, and if your kids plan to keep trick-or-treating into the night, strict guidelines for territories and curfews should be set to further enhance Halloween safety.
Clear the Way
Have fun with Halloween décor, but ensure that adornments don’t interfere with walkways, steps or lighting. If you decide to add some scary fun to stair railings, make sure decorations don’t hinder the ability to grab the railings for extra support.
Smooth Out Stumbling Spots
Make sure pathways and lighting fixtures are in good shape for the coming wintry weather. Improve your Halloween home safety by addressing loose bricks, paving stones and uneven areas of walkways, and test bulbs in fixtures. You might also like to install a low-voltage lighting kit to illuminate the approach to your home, and add sensored security lights in dark corners.