Prepping for Halloween? If so, you're probably hitting the pumpkin patch, buying candy, and maybe even planning costumes. But don't forget to spruce up outside if you want trick-or-treaters to stop by on Halloween night. Even if your neighborhood doesn't pass the test, there are things you can do to make your home more welcoming:
- Sweep the walk/stoop/porch. We always come and go through the back of our house. I know others who mostly use their garage when entering and exiting their home. All of this use of other doors means the path to the front door can become littered with leaves, acorns, and dirt without notice. So check out the front entryway and give it a quick sweep in advance of the big night!
- Fine tune the lighting. Replace any bulbs that might be burnt out at the front door, porch, or paths leading to your house. Clean lighting of the bugs and cobwebs that always seem to accumulate in outdoor fixtures. Otherwise, your home might look like a real-life haunted house and scare trick-or-treaters away!
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- Decorate. No need to go over the top here if that's not your style. A jack-o-lantern or collection of uncarved pumpkins and squash is enough to say that you've got spirit. Go seasonal instead of Halloween-y if you want that decor to last through until after Thanksgiving!
- Have a presence. This doesn't have to mean sitting on the stoop waiting for visitors (but it can!). Simply giving the impression that the front of your home or apartment is used and enjoyed makes it more welcoming. Have seating out front, maybe a small table decorated for the season. This street presence can be established from indoors, too, with a chair pulled up and a reading lamp turned on inside a front window.
- Ready the door itself. Is the front door clean? I know mine always accumulates fingerprints and grime that often flies under my regular cleaning radar. Give it a good scrubbing and wash the glass on the storm door if needed.