Tips for a Fun, Safe Halloween
What is better than dressing up your children or pets in cute costumes, putting ghost decorations in your yard, and serving up some witches’ brew to your friends?
Halloween is one of the most fun and affordable holidays for families to celebrate. The cost per person is relatively low compared to a holiday such as Christmas, so everyone can participate easily.
This holiday is best enjoyed when you and your family are being safe. With an estimated 179 million people celebrating Halloween this year, your front yard will probably be bustling with trick-or-treaters. Here are some tips to make your yard fun and safe.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that homeowners remove objects from their yards and pathways like bikes and garden hoses that can trip children. Also make sure there are no clotheslines, lawn ornaments, or wire fencing in your yard that can trip up trick-or-treaters.
Zillow recommends looking for and covering, blocking off, or fixing cracks or holes in your driveway that could be problematic as well. Also remember to keep electric extension cords out of the way of little feet.
According to FEMA, “For each year from 2011 to 2013, an estimated 10,300 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a three-day period around Halloween and caused an estimated 25 deaths, 125 injuries and $83 million in property loss.”
When decorating outside, consider skipping candles and instead going for something like these electric lights sold on Overstock.com. A well-illuminated outside will help trick-or-treaters find your porch safely and avoid tripping hazards. Also keep flammable decorations or costumes away from open flames.
Zillow also recommends doing a walk-through of your yard, since children are known to wander off paths and there is no guarantee they will stick to the sidewalk and driveway. Clear your lawn of excess leaves, sticks, and debris, get rid of dangerous snow or ice if you have it, and make sure pet waste is cleared off the lawn. Also, make sure your dog is properly put away so as not to startle kids.
Some fun yard decorations that are safe and inexpensive include gourds and pumpkins, which can be purchased at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. Hanging ghosts are a fun DIY project that can be done with just balloons, cheesecloth, and string. Get the instructions here.
Another fun Halloween DIY project are funny gravestone markers. These will need to be well illuminated so no one trips on them! With a little creativity and a lot of family bonding time, your yard can be transformed into a safe and fun Halloween haven!