Take no trips

Inevitably, some giddy ghosts and ghouls will race excitedly to your door. Be prepared.

In the full light of day, inspect your lawn, driveway and front path for trip hazards like exposed tree roots, cracks in concrete or missing pavers. Make repairs where possible, or, at the very least, cut off access to unsafe areas.

Meanwhile, if you’ve decorated the front yard with decorations like light-up pumpkins and animated figures, keep electrical cords away from your walkways.

Light the way

Make sure the path to your house is bright enough for trick-or-treaters to approach safely.

You don’t need to install a full suite of year-round landscape lighting simply to accommodate visitors on Halloween night. There are plenty of temporary and affordable options for illumination, from glow sticks to tea lights.

And although it may seem more in keeping with the mood of this spooky night to switch off your porch light, it’s much safer — not to mention more inviting — to keep it on.

Resist flammable decor

Whether vandals or accidents are to blame, there are many more fires on Halloween than a typical October night, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Holiday decorations are often quite flammable, involving materials such as paper, hay and dried cornstalks.

If you can’t resist adorning your home and yard with such potentially dangerous items, then be sure to keep them away from candles and other heat sources. If jack-o’-lanterns or luminaries figure into your celebrations, illuminate them using LED tea lights, not open flames.

Curb your dog

Chances are yours is a friendly dog. But if some Halloween costumes are convincing enough to frighten small children, those same get-ups could be equally disturbing to your pooch — particularly on such a high-energy night.

It’s good sense to contain your dog in an indoor space that’s comfortable and secure.

A festive parade of goblins and ghouls, princesses and superheroes will soon be marching to your house. Do your part by clearing the path and lighting the way. Be safe out there, and have a happy Halloween!


  1. There is no need for me to go to great lengths to decorate, and buy candy for the trick-or-treaters around here on my street, as they don’t come around anymore. They have plenty of parties here at home, and other kids come to join them, but trick-or-treating going door to door is officially dead around here on this street. They used to come, but the last few years, I have bought candy and they didn’t even come around, and you know who ate the candy? So I don’t buy the candy for them now. I used to love to go trick-or-treating when I was a kid. My mother drove me all over the township, and the residents went all out, with lots of candies and treats, decorating, and dressing up to scare us good. Afterwards, my mother drove me through the downtown shopping area, which consisted of one street with shops on both sides that went up a steep hill, and the teenagers would always have the shop windows soaped up with bars of soap by that time. I’m sure the shopkeepers were not thrilled, but it was an accepted tradition, and there was no real damage done. I certainly understand why trick-or-treating is a dying tradition, with the evil in the world today, and why parents hesitate to allow their children to go door-to-door.

  2. Someone told me that AHS didn’t even have their annual Homecoming Parade this year….Is that true and why????? Also, I am bent out of shape, that the Citrus Parade in Orlando, has been cancelled for this year, which I always like to go to, because it is usually on, or very near my birthday, and I loved looking at the citrus fruit floats that had been created. Nothing is like it used to be around this area, and everything is going to hell, if you ask me.


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