Trick-or-treating in your HOA community should be one of the safest ways for your little ghouls and goblins to enjoy Halloween! IKO Community Management wants to make sure that your Halloween haunts are fun, and your family makes it home safe, sound, and ready for sugary-sweet dreams. Here are some trick-or-treat safety guidelines to make sure everything runs smoothly:
To begin, just double check to make sure that your neighborhood passes this basic safety test from Apartmenttherapy.com:
- Reasonable density
- Good visibility between streets and residences
- A street life devoted to those on foot over those on automobile [good sidewalks, crosswalks, and proper lighting]
If your community doesn’t meet all of these guidelines, you may want to consider organizing a “trunk-er-treat,” and designate one area of your community for families to gather and distribute candy tables from the trunks of their vehicles. Another option would be to move the candy into your community or recreation center!
If your community fits all of the requirements suggested above, it’s still a good idea to take these extra precautions to ensure everyone’s safety:
- As the days get shorter, visibility is key. Make sure that everyone in your family has some sort of reflective article included in their costume. A good option is reflective candy bags.
- Starting a few weeks beforehand, send out a few emails with the start and end times for your community’s treat-or-treat. Encourage motorists to drive with extra caution during these times.
- Walk or drive through your community to see where there are potential blind spots or other hazards. Place cones or other warning signs in these areas to encourage alertness.
- If your community has high traffic volumes, consider requesting volunteers to act as crossing guards for the set trick-or-treat hours.
- Hold a gathering at the end of the evening – perhaps hotdogs and cider outside the community center – allow the children to play while the parents sort the candy to look for anything out of the ordinary. Then, everyone can socialize. It’s a great opportunity to bring both children and adults in your community together.
- Suggest that homes participating in festivities leave a porch light one, while those who wish to abstain leave it off. Instruct families to only knock on doors that have their lights on.
- Suggest that those living in your community offer options for children with allergies. Allergies range in severity, and sometimes even the smell of things like peanuts can trigger reactions. If your child has allergies, alert your neighbors a few weeks before hand and give your child some way to alert your neighbors that they have the allergy, for instance, a sticker is a good idea.
- Besides crossing guards, it’s important that families or guardians accompany their children. Encourage this within your community and make sure to keep an eye out for children without parents.
- Make sure that everyone in your family is wearing the appropriate amount of layers. It gets chilly at night! If your child wants to show off their costume, an indoor party is a great chance to do this. Otherwise, turtlenecks and scarves are an essential part of the Halloween wardrobe.
The only scary part of Halloween should be things conjured up by your imaginations! Keep everyone safe, and enjoy Halloween!