Halloween is right around the corner, and most of us are excited to have the little goblins coming to our door. But, while you’re busy carving jack-o-lanterns and buying candy, don’t forget to take some basic precautions around the house to ensure the safety of your trick-or-treaters. Here are a few tips to help you.

1. Spooky should not mean pitch black. We all like to have a little Halloween ambience at the front door. But, our pathways and porch steps need to be well lighted to prevent trips and falls.
2. Handrails are helpful. Those little Disney princesses in their plastic high heels will appreciate the steadiness a handrail can provide as they’re climbing your porch steps. If you already have a handrail, now is a good time to ensure that it’s sturdy. You don’t want a nine-year-old Incredible Hulk to be able to knock it over.
3. Don’t get too creepy. Let’s face it; some of us just love Halloween more than others. But, if you have little ones trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to avoid over the top, scary decorations. If you completely terrify a neighborhood child, you may be ensuring that you’ll have no trick-or-treaters at all next year. But, you may also have some serious repercussions from the neighbors, too.

Preparing for Halloween is one of fall’s most enjoyable rituals. Just be sure you’re prepared to keep all your little goblins safe while they’re having fun.