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How to Welcome Trick-or-Treaters to Your Door

Sep 27 2012 - 5:33am

Live at the end of a dark street or in a busy building but still want to greet trick-or-treaters? With many communities offering big Halloween [1] events and parents driving kids to better trick-or-treating neighborhoods (we know you do it!), walking the neighborhood isn't happening as much as it used to. With help from a few props and a bit of festive spirit, you can ensure hours of candy-doling fun. Check out our tips on how to invite trick-or-treaters to your front door this Halloween.

Source: Flickr user DrVoo [2]

Decorate Early

Put up Halloween [3] decorations sooner rather than later to let kids and parents in your neighborhood know that you'll be open for business on Halloween. That doesn't mean tossing up fake spider webs mid-September, but a few weeks of exciting Halloween decorations will get kids looking forward to stopping by for some trick-or-treating fun.

Source: Flickr user www.metaphoricalplatypus.com [4]

Get Your Neighbors Involved

If you live in a building or neighborhood with lots of kids, then get everyone on board to create a welcoming trick-or-treating adventure. Whether decorating houses in similar styles or just all agreeing to answer the door for kiddies, having more than one family involved keeps families close to home on Halloween [5].

Source: Flickr user glenmcbethlaw [6]

Keep It Simple

Even if you're not crafty, a simple carved pumpkin lets trick-or-treaters know that it's OK to come knock on your door. Check the pumpkin's placement from the street to ensure everyone can see its welcoming glow.

Source: Flickr user Robert S. Donovan [7]

Welcome Sign

If you live in a busy building where kids might not be sure which doors to knock on, then hang a sign welcoming trick-or-treaters. Here's a free printable [8] from The Creative Page that can be easily hung on your front door.

Source: The Creative Paige [9]

Light the Way

We live at the end of a dark street, which isn't very inviting to little ones. One solution is to light your stairs or driveway with festive Halloween lights ($25) that let everyone know you're welcoming trick-or-treaters. Or, if you don't have an outdoor electrical outlet, use battery-powered tea lights [10] (12 for $7) to line your driveway.

Source: Flickr user By Dru Bloomfield - At Home in Scottsdale [11]

Get Dressed Up

Halloween [12] isn't just for kids! Get dressed up in a welcoming costume and hang out on your front porch to invite trick-or-treaters to your door as they pass by. If you've got a dog that wants to join the fun, it's a good idea to keep it on a leash so tots aren't scared off.

Source: Flickr user CS_McMahon [13]

Get Spooky (but Not Too Much)

It's fun to make your house spook-tacular during the Halloween [14] season, but for some young tots, it might be too scary. Keep things well lit, and leave indoor lights on to welcome little ones.

Source: Flickr user rengber [15]

Leave It Out

If you want to toss out treats but don't feeling like answering the door every few minutes, then leave out a brimming bowl, and check back often to refill and to keep away any ornery tricksters. Make sure to include a note to encourage kids (and adults) to take only one.

Source: Flickr user ginnerobot [16]

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