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Getting Ready for Halloween: How to Be Festive and Safe

The time for trick-or-treating and dressing up is right around the corner, so it’s time to start getting ready for the spookiest night of the year.Decorating for Halloween

One of the most important aspects of Halloween is staying safe. It’s still possible to have that classic night out with your friends and family, but it’s also important to keep safe and make sure others celebrating the holiday feel comfortable.

Follow these key steps to ensure that your house is one of the favorite stops on your neighborhood trick-or-treat route!


Especially if you’re going to be at the door handing out candy to the flocks of neighborhood families asking for a treat, try to have a costume that is both fun and tasteful. If you aren’t sure what to do for your costume, you can’t go wrong with these categories:

  • Superheroes
  • Occupations
  • Ghouls and Ghosts
  • Vampires and Werewolves
  • Movie Characters
  • Sports Icons

Have fun and be creative! And keep other people in mind – if you think a costume isn’t going to be appropriate for wherever you are, don’t risk it. Try something else!


Other than dressing up as their favorite character that year, candy is what every kid lives for on Halloween. Make sure you’re handing out the good stuff, but also consider food restrictions and safe practices.

Hand out candy that all children can eat. Common allergens like nuts and soy may be harmful to some kids. Here is a list some candy that are free of the most common allergens:

  • Nerds
  • Ring Pops
  • Skittles
  • Starburst
  • Swedish Fish
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Jelly Belly Jelly Beans
  • Smarties

If you are a parent, it’s always smart to inspect the candy your kids are going to eat. To be as safe as possible, follow these quick and simple guidelines for accepting candy on Halloween:

  • Accept only commercially wrapped candies (nothing homemade from a stranger).
  • Make sure the candies are completely sealed.
  • Throw away anything that looks suspicious (tampered with or out of the ordinary).
  • Look for allergens that may cause a reaction.
  • Watch out for choking hazards. If you have small children, remove any candy or small toys that may cause them to choke.

Doorway and Front Porch

Make sure your doorway is open and clear, that way parents can see their children at all times. Also, remove any tripping or falling hazards, that way everyone who comes to your door for their Halloween candy isn’t at risk for injuring themselves.

It’s also a good idea to keep your porch bright and inviting. Decorate it with pumpkins and seasonal lights to add some extra holiday flavor to the neighborhood Halloween experience. Check out our post on the best fall curb appeal practices, here!

Halloween should be a fun and exciting time to explore your neighborhood and enjoy family and friends. Just make sure to follow these guidelines, and you can have all the fun while also being safe and considerate to others!


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