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Halloween is almost here! In less than 48 hours, kids disguised as goblins and ghouls will descend upon your doorstep looking for treats to satisfy their sweet tooth. If you have yet to prepare your house for the hoards of trick-or-treaters that will come knocking on your door this Halloween, have no fear. We’re sharing last-minute tips and tricks that will help you transform your house into a ‘spooktacularly’ safe place for trick-or-treaters.

Decorate your yard
Although we teach our kids not to judge a book by the cover, that is exactly what they do when hunting for candy on Halloween. If your house isn’t decorated in Halloween fashion, kids will assume you aren’t handing out any candy and pass right by your house.

Decorating your yard doesn’t have to take a long time. Adding simple touches like Halloween lights, hay bales, corn stalks or cobwebs will transform your house into a Halloween hotspot. At the very least, put some pumpkins on your porch steps to let trick-or-treaters know you’re in business.

Prep your pumpkins
What would Halloween be without a glowing jack-o’-lantern lighting every porch? While these perky pumpkins put the finishing touch on Halloween décor, they can quickly become a fire hazard. To prevent costumes or other decorations from catching on fire, use a flameless candle to light your jack-o’-lantern. Or, switch it up this year by trying one of these no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas.

Keep the lights on
Keeping your house well lit serves multiple purposes on Halloween. Not only does it signal to trick-or-treaters that you’re handing out candy, it ensures that your ghostly guests don’t trip and fall on the way to your door. Light the way to your front porch by replacing exterior lights with Halloween-colored lights, or by lining your walkway with glowing pumpkins or solar-powered lanterns.

Have plenty of candy on hand
With hundreds of trick-or-treaters hitting the streets this Halloween, you’ll want to stock up on all sorts of goodies. The last thing you’ll want to do is leave an eager trick-or-treater empty handed. Also, make sure you have a variety of candy on hand, just in case you have trick-or-treaters with food allergies, such as peanut allergies.

Dress up in costume
Have some fun and get in character as you’re handing out candy this year. Whether you dress up as a friendly witch or a brave superhero, you’ll make this Halloween memorable for the trick-or-treaters who visit your house.

You don’t have to spend a lot of time preparing your house for Halloween. Putting in a little effort can go a long way. By following the steps listed above, you’ll make this Halloween a safe and memorable experience for trick-or-treaters who visit your house.

How do you prepare your house for Halloween? 

Ericka Staton

As the Marketing Director at Ross Mortgage, Ericka is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of all marketing activities. When she's not hard at work, you can find her spending time with her husband and two kids. Ericka enjoys cooking and loves to try new recipes to run by her three favorite critics.

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