Did you know that our old house wasn’t in a neighborhood?
That is the reason that last year we didn’t trick-or-treat with Will near our house but instead crashed my mom’s friendly neighborhood for all things sugar.
So you can imagine how excited I am that this year we have our own neighbors. neighbors that help haul rocks out of the woods. neighbors that have jazillions of awesome toys for Will. neighbors that have dropped off bags of fresh organically grown produce at our door. yeah. I love my new neighborhood.
But seeing as how I am a paranoid kinda girl, I wanted to be sure that we were safe this year while trick-or-treating. Hence google. I saw a lot of information about how to keep yourself safe while out scoring the candy from tons of sites…but not a whole lot about keeping your house safe from tons of tricky home-invaders or from teenagers that want to prank those houses that don’t hand out full-sized candy bars wrapped in ten dollar bills.
So here are my tips:
- Put your exterior lights on if you are home. This signals that you-got-the-goods. Otherwise, have motion lights on.
- Don’t leave out valubles that tempt pranksters. This means those pumpkins at your mailbox that are begging to be smashed need to come in.
- Organize a halloween neighborhood candyfest…this means sitting outside to greet the trick-or-treaters (allowing you all to socialize between the kiddos and eliminating the need for strangers to be at your house).
- If you are not gonna be home, make sure you lock all the exterior doors. I am dreaming of Kwikset’s SmartCode keypad deadbolts (pocketless costumes wouldn’t be a problem because you don’t have to carry a key – leaving your hands free to carry the flashlight and the giant bag of candy!)
And now for the creative disclosure statement – I am a member of the Kwikset-sponsored SmartSquad and occasionally receive incentives to discuss issues related to home safety and security. I also personally love Kwikset and paid for their exterior doorhandles and deadbolts for our home way before Kwikset ever knew who I was 🙂