Greeting trick or treaters at your front door with Halloween treats can be fun, especially if your children are grown and you don’t get many visitors.
Many adults who live alone, especially Seniors, opt out of participating in this tradition to avoid the “Trick” side of trick or treaters. Although it’s good to be cautious, there are ways to make giving Halloween treats a safer experience. Here are 5 tips to make Halloween a real treat for Seniors or those who live alone:
1. Team Up With a Relative or Neighbor. Intruders are much less likely to push their way into your house if more than one person is visible when the door opens.
2. Create a Clear Path. You may be used to stepping around that pile of magazines or those boxes that will someday go in the attic, but they could trip you up as you focus on responding to frequent bell ringing. Declutter or move any items or furniture that may block an easy pathway to the front door.
3. Light It Up! Whether you choose to stay and give out treats or leave during trick or treat time, make sure every exterior and interior light that can be seen from the front of the house is on and shining. Vandals and intruders hate a well-lit home!
4. Keep It Outside. Never have trick or treaters step over the threshold of the front door, even if they are little and adorable! It creates a distraction that can offer an opportunity for other less adorable tricksters to gain access or vandalize.
5. Know Your Limits. Greeting trick or treaters can be tiring, so don’t push yourself past your physical energy reserves. Even if you have leftover candy, when YOU are done treating, put a sign on the door that says “Sorry, no more treats!” Keep the lights on until you go to bed as a safety precaution.
If you follow these common sense guidelines, chances are you can enjoy the fun of trick or treating without the worry!