Halloween Apartment Safety Tips

Reblogger Wallace S. Gibson, CPM
Property Manager with Gibson Management Group, Ltd.


I no longer allow candles that are not in a glass enclosure in my leases; however, these are GREAT suggestions for enjoying Halloween festivities in multi-unit buildings.


Original content by Michelle Stuart

The following article was written by freelance writer Philip Hicks but I loved it so much that I'm reprinting it.


It's that time of year again, where ghosts, goblins and the walking dead once more invade your apartment complex demanding treats or delivering tricks - Halloween! For all of the fun the season brings, it's important to remember some basic Halloween safety tips as well.

Apartment communities can be fantastic places to trick-or-treat, but residents with children should be careful to only visit the apartments of people they know. At the very least, parents should always inspect their little devil's loot at the end of the night, being careful to dispose of any suspect treats that may be torn or unwrapped (unfortunately this should apply to a lot of wrapper-less and often more healthy treats such as candy apples or raisins). Baked goods such as cookies and brownies should also not be accepted from strangers.

Be sure to design your costume for ease of moving around your apartment community. Don't your lengthy ghost shroud tangle your feet at the top of the apartment stairs, and give yourself plenty of mask visibility (especially important when crossing the apartment community parking lot).

Jack-o-lanterns are one of the highpoints of the season for sure, but lit candles (especially left on unattended apartment doorsteps) can present a serious fire hazard. Try substituting glow sticks instead, which will not only avoid fire danger but will also give your pumpkin pal an especially eerie green glow.

Halloween parties in your new apartment are a great way to enjoy the season with friends and family, but remember to be courteous to your neighbors. Keep the 'Monster Mash' set to a reasonable sound level, and while bobbing for apples is always a blast, make sure that tub of water doesn't accidentally tip and come through your downstairs neighbor's ceiling.

So be sure to enjoy your own personal 'season of the witch', just be sure to put safety first and odds are good your holiday will be more treats that tricks!


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Ilyce Glink
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Wallace- Thanks for re-posting these great tips. I would also add, for the safety of tenants, that renters be careful when opening their doors to trick-or-treaters. Because most people are expecting trick-or-treaters, it may be tempting to open the door every time the bell rings, but it's still smart to look at who's knocking before opening the door. Here's to a safe holiday!

Oct 26, 2010 08:36 AM #1
Gail C. Harris
Resource Network, LLC SFR, AHWD, ACRE, SMAR Board Director - Chesapeake Beach, MD
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Wallace thank you for reblogging this post, I must have missed it.  I used to live in a home where my front door was blocked from the street view.  I lived alone in my home at the time in an area that had average crime, I guess, and was always careful.  I would shut my lights off, and go across the street to my God parents and hand out my candy or have a friend over. You can't ever be too careful!  In our neighborhood we all put tables in the culdasac and have a bargeque, it's pretty neat.  We all know each other in this tiny rural town.. I love it. :)

Oct 31, 2010 12:26 AM #2
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