Halloween can bring new and old visitors to your home, and you want to ensure that you’re ready for it by keeping your landscape safe. While it’s a blast to decorate for the holidays, there are also a few precautions that you should take. This is the time of year when you have more people ringing your front door bell and walking on your lawn, and you’ll want to be prepared. Here are a few tips for having a spooky, but safe, Halloween.
#1: Add Extra Lighting
Even though you may want certain parts of your landscape dark depending on the décor, make sure that paths are well lit so that people don’t trip and fall. If you’re creating a fun house that needs to be a little darker, there are a few different lighting options that you can talk to a professional landscaping company about that will allow people to see the path, but stick with the ambiance you’re trying to create.
#2: Have a Clear Path to Your Door
Make sure that the path to your door for trick-or-treaters is easy to see. Remember that costumes can already make it difficult to see because of masks and other accessories. Plus, a lot of kids will be so excited that they’ll often be running at fill speed from door to door and won’t be paying attention to their surroundings.
#3: Pick up Debris from Storms
If you’ve had high winds or have noticed that there are a few branches down due to a storm, be sure you pick these up so that they don’t get stepped on and injure someone. You should also be mindful of toys that your kids play with, tennis balls that you throw for the dog, and other items that can be laying around and aren’t easy to see. Take the time to walk around your lawn and the pathways to your doors to ensure you have everything picked up for the big night.
#4: Keep Extension Cords Grounded
If you have decorations that require an extension cord and power, then you’ll want to make sure that these are grounded and that people can easily spot them. You don’t want any one to trip over them and get hurt, as well as take down your decorations display in the process. You can use reflective tape to keep the extension cords in place, and if you find that they are still in the path of people walking, then you might consider moving the decorations to a safer spot.
#5: Rake Your Leaves
Leaves are slick, and when you step on them, they can feel like you’ve just stepped on a banana peel. Even a few will cause trick-or-treaters to fall. Take the time to rake your leave, and you can always use them as part of the décor in other areas rather than the pathways to candy. You can put them in bags shaped like pumpkins and add to your already festive ambiance.