Your home is your most prized possession. You do your best to take care of it and make it look festive for the fall season, from carefully manicuring the lawn, to dotting the landscape with seasonal floral arrangements, and even going as far as decorating your windows, doors, and entryway to create a fun and festive vibe. The Halloween holiday and the night of mischief that comes before it can be a particularly stressful time for homeowners, as pranksters seek homes at random to vandalize. Help keep your property safe this Halloween season with these tips:
- Stay home. A house that is visibly occupied is less likely to be damaged by mischievous pranking. A home dominated by adults is more likely to deter pranksters away than a quiet or empty one. Make your home appear to be bustling with activity this Halloween season. Invite friends and family over for a Halloween gathering. If you want a quiet night in, be sure to leave your interior lights on to make it obvious that someone is home.
- Park your car in the garage. Most car hijinx occur on Mischief Night, or the night before Halloween. A lot of vandals choose to attack cars because they’re large, easy targets that can be damaged quite easily. You’ve probably heard about the old egg hurling prank – teens (and sometimes even adults) throw eggs at parked vehicles, which can cause the paint to scratch or chip. What’s more, when egg whites dry on the surface of a car, it often requires sanding to remove the egg, which then leads to repainting. Egg yolks are also acidic and can eat through the clear coat that protects your car’s paint job. All-in-all, eggs are your vehicle’s worst enemy. To prevent these issues, it’s best to park your car in your garage. If you can’t do so, keep your outdoor light on throughout the night to help deter people from attacking your vehicle.
- Give out candy outside. To prevent the most damage to your property from heavy foot traffic, sit in your driveway to give out candy. Not only does this give you a chance to be outside enjoying the fall weather, but you’ll get to know your neighbors a little bit better, establish a presence that you are in fact home, and seem more welcoming to trick-or-treaters and their parents.
- Pack it up at the end of the night. Kids tend to trick-or-treat as the sun is setting. If it’s a school night, you can expect the festivities to wrap up between 8 and 9 PM. Weekends might keep the crowds out a bit later. To avoid mischief once you’ve wrapped up giving candy out, turn off your outdoor lighting (including any light-up decor) to detract attention to your home. If you’re concerned about any particular decorations, pack them up and bring them inside. A less-decorated home appears less interesting to those seeking to play tricks.
- Be in good spirits. Sometimes no matter what you do to prepare, pranks can still occur. If they do, do what you have to in order to remedy the situation.
It’s Halloween Weekend and if you’re a homeowner, you know that means pranksters are bound to be out and about. Remember when all is said and done to lock your door and rest assured knowing your home is safe because you took the right steps to protect it.