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Homeowner Halloween Safety

Real Estate Agent with Innovative Real Estate Group, LLC

All the ghosts and goblins will be coming out in a couple days so I wanted to offer some safety tips for all my fellow parents and homeowners. Some of these tips may actually help with the showings of some homes.

Safety Tips (I learned of some of these on http://www.sosnet.com/Safety/halloween.tip.html ) I've selected my favorite and added a couple of my own from years past!

1. Clear any clutter from your walkway. We know how sue-happy this country has become, nothing like being taken to court over a rake on the sidewalk. Hoses, decorations and other items may cause a trick-or-treater to fall.

2. Remember your pets! Some animals go berzerk when the door bell rings so if they tend to bark and then jolt through the door when you open it, you might want to have someone at your side holding the animal back or put them in a crate or another room until the time passes.

3. Care for your candles in the pumpkins. So many store bought costumes can catch on fire, even non store bought so be sure to keep them out of the walking path and keep everyone safe and away from open flames.

4. Keep a porch light on. This not only allows those trick-or-treaters to know that you are ready to give away the candy, but it also lets them see where they are going.

5. Many people have elected to avoid giving the sweet treats so there are some great pre-packaged items that I personally found at Wal-Mart (popcorn balls, fruit roll-ups, play doh, cracker jacks).

Our neighborhood in Erie Commons tends to  get a group together and all the parents take about 17 kids. It's great for the parents because they can carry on conversation with each other and it's also the old "safety in numbers" idea.

Whatever your plans for this holiday, be sure to be safe and have a good time! The weather should be nice so we should be seeing lots of colorful, creative, and fun costumes this year!!

Heidi :)

Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Heidi~ I get the biggest kick out of all of the little kids that come trick or treating!  Thanks for the safety tips!

Oct 29, 2008 03:40 AM
Rebecca Schrader
Competitive Insurance of Dundee - Dundee, FL


Funny, my husband and I were just discussing this...we are having a HUGE Halloween Party this year b/c it falls on a Friday night...and the kids can finally stay up on Halloween night. We will have about 32 people over and so we've decided to have the drive way clear of vehicles and have a couple of adult guests"sit" out front in the driveway to hand out candy. This will prevent people from having to ring the door bell, having "strangers" inside our home...and allow for a much safer night. We have a large dog that wants to "attack" anyone with dark hats...needless to say we're putting her upstairs for the night! lol

Oct 29, 2008 03:47 AM
Jim & Maria Hart
Brand Name Real Estate - Charleston, SC
Charleston, SC Real Estate

Hey, Heidi. Those are awesome tips. I wish you and all our Active Rain family a safe and Happy Halloween. Take Care, Jim

Oct 29, 2008 03:54 AM
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Great reminder about safety. many have kids who have grown out of Trick or Treating and as a result may have forgotten about the safety.

Oct 29, 2008 04:15 AM
Heidi Marshall
Innovative Real Estate Group, LLC - Erie, CO

Rebecca- Wow!! 32 people, that sounds like a ton of fun! I love your idea to clear out the driveway! I hope you have a great time! :) Heidi

Oct 29, 2008 04:28 AM