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23 Oct

5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Home and Family Safe This Halloween

It’s tricky – no pun intended – during the upcoming Halloween season to know just how to celebrate. Halloween rituals this year are bound to cause some anxieties, both for the Trick or Treaters as well as homeowners. If you DO decide to participate in the Trick or Treat festivities, here are 5 Simple tips and tricks to ensure a safe Halloween. Of course, these recommendations below are in addition to wearing masks and social distancing that we’re all accustomed to during this pandemic:

1. Keep an eye on your front door and your entry gate area.

This year may look a little different due to COVID-19. Many homeowners will be participating in one-way trick-or-treating where individually wrapped goodie bags are lined up for families to grab and go while continuing to social distance (such as at the end of a driveway or at the edge of a yard).   However, it’s still a good idea to lock your iron entry door – or front door if you don’t have a security screen door. Most people just want to have a nice time on Halloween, but it’s good to keep a close watch on any possible tricksters.

Two white dogs looking outside through a glass security door

2. Avoid homemade treats.

Using individually wrapped Halloween candy helps keep the chances of spreading the coronavirus fairly low. But if you really want to be on the safe side, let your kids’ trick-or-treat candy sit for 48–72 hours. Keep a small stash of other Halloween candy on hand to offer them that evening instead.

Halloween candy scattered on a round white platter

3. Turn on outside lights.

Finally, those Christmas lights have another use besides adorning the tree. Use them to keep your front yard well-lit and avoid your perennials getting stepped on as well as prevent any scraped knees or uprooted greenery.

Trees decorated with purple, green and orange lights for Halloween

4. Park your car in the garage.

The night before Halloween can be full of mischief, and the night of can lead to a yard full of kiddos. Instead of risking accidental dents or scratches (or pranks), consider your cars and other belongings that you keep outside. It’s smart to park your car in your garage or a well-lit area to reduce the likelihood of vandalism or break-ins.

Black car pulling into garage with dog's head sticking out the window

5. Put your pets in a closed room.

Halloween night can be scary for your fur babies – no matter how large or small. Your pets might usually be welcoming to newcomers, but animals can be unpredictable. It’s a good idea to keep your pets away from the front door on Halloween. Consider putting them in another room that’s away from the trick-or-treating action.

Small black dog dressed in a white bunny costume

Still on the fence about participating in Halloween festivities this year? Please check out the Center of Disease Control’s suggestions on low risk and moderate risk activities for your family. Please have a safe, fun Halloween. Practice our tips and enjoy this day!