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Four Things to Do Before Trick-or-Treaters Arrive

Halloween is just a day away, and you know what that means — trick-or-treaters at your door! The neighborhood kids are prepping their costumes as you read this, but is your house prepped for them? If you’re not sure, then you’re not ready. Here are four ways to prepare your house for Halloween:

1. Optimize your lighting. Since your front yard will be getting more foot traffic than usual tomorrow, it’s important to make sure your guests can see so they don’t take a tumble. If you don’t have any exterior lights over your front door, consider adding a few lanterns along your walkway so you don’t have children falling down in your yard.

2. Hide your valuables. This isn’t about robbery so much as accidental damage. If you have any delicate ornaments, flowerpots or statues around your front door, relocate them until November. That way, they won’t be damaged if that cute little mummy trips on his or her costume.

3. Decorate your door. To keep the mood going, set up some Halloween decorations on your front door or in your yard, and don’t hold back! The spookier the better. If you’re down to the wire on decoration time, try this super-fast glitter pumpkin project. Note: If you do decide to go with a lit pumpkin, make sure it’s placed well away from areas that trick-or-treaters will be walking through.

4. Buy plenty of candy. Nothing squashes a child’s hopes and dreams like knocking on a door that doesn’t have any candy left. To ensure the survival of youthful happiness in your neighborhood – buy plenty of candy. If you live in one of these extremely popular trick-or-treating neighborhoods, consider going to a wholesale store like Costco or BJ’s, just to be safe.

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