Each year, millions of people across the country look forward to Halloween – and who can blame them? This specific time of year offers a little bit of everything – amazing decorations, fun and exciting costumes, and the best of all – candy.
However, more than 50 percent of the trick-or-treating traditions involve (you guessed it) tricks. As you prepare to welcome all the ghosts, ghouls, and goblins to your front door, make sure you take a few minutes to double-check your property and security, too.
Add Some Mood Lighting
While smoke machines and spooky lights can set the mood for trick-or-treating time, they also create the perfect environment for tricksters with vandalism on their mind. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t add a bit of Halloween flair, just make sure your walkways are illuminated.
If you have spotlights installed, they should remain in place and operational, especially the ones that are motion-activated. If you don’t have any installed right now, think about adding some before the holiday rolls around. Be sure to pay close attention dark corners and the area around your garage, as these are appealing to pranksters.
Get Plenty of Candy
Without candy, Halloween is no fun. If you plan to participate in the trick-or-treating activities in your neighborhood, make sure you let others know. This means having a light on and even putting a sign in the front yard.
Also, make sure there’s a clear path and that your walkways and paths are clear and secure. It’s not always smart just to leave a bowl out, as this is a free-for-all that can lead to tricksters playing a prank or two once the bowl is empty.
Set Your Security System
If you plan to go out for Halloween, or even want to stay in but not participate in the festivities, don’t forget to set your security system. Be sure your security cameras, smart locks, and video doorbells are on and working. This is going to help you protect your home and ensure you have a Happy Halloween.