When decorating for Halloween, remember to keep safety in mind. Keep walkways and stairs free of obstacles and debris that might cause someone to fall. Keep these areas well-lit also. Consider accenting walkways with landscape lighting and keep your porch light on during your town’s official trick or treat hours. Keep jack-o’-lanterns and other decorative items that may hold an open flame away from steps and walkways. Inside, keep these types of items away from curtains and other potentially flammable materials. Use lighting appropriately; light strings rated for indoor use should be used only indoors and vice versa.
The day after trick-or-treating, you may have a mess to clean up. Trash and other debris may be left along sidewalks and other areas around your home. Put on some work gloves and pick it up and put it in a garbage bag. And, if you were unlucky enough to have been the victim of ghouls throwing toilet paper around your landscaping or if your walls or other surfaces were attacked with pumpkins, eggs, or worse — don’t worry — it all can be cleaned up. Strands of toilet paper can be brought down out of trees with a well-aimed stream from a garden hose and then picked up and discarded in a garbage bag. Eggs and other messes can be cleaned off of sidewalks and siding with detergent, water, and a sponge or scrub brush. If needed, you can also use a pressure washer for tough messes or stains.