For children, nothing compares with playing dress-up and requesting candy from neighbors. Some adults equally relish the mischief inherent in Halloween.
Though October 31st offers thrills and good-natured chills, danger lurks everywhere. There is always a chance visitors could get hurt on your property. Should this happen, they might believe you bear responsibility for their misfortune.
How to prepare your home for Halloween
Visitors may slip and fall when approaching a front door. Remove hazards from walkways to lower the risk. Be particularly mindful of electrical cords, which deliver the wrong sort of shocks. Install motorized frights several paces away from main paths.
Jack-o-lanterns are iconic; still, lit candles present a risk of fire. Open flames threaten princesses sporting flowing dresses and superheroes dragging capes. Opt for a battery-powered alternative instead.
Spooky revelry may trigger dogs into feeling agitated. Enclose them in back rooms so they cannot attack. Supply them with toys and blankets. Play soft music to drown out potentially distressing boos and cackles.
How to react if someone gets an injury at your home on Halloween
Even with reasonable precautions, there is the possibility a reveler will become hurt. Responsible actions lower the odds of a lawsuit.
Comfort the victim by removing your mask and turning on the lights. If necessary, dial 911. Have a first aid kit nearby. With one, you can help staunch bleeding and reduce discomfort until paramedics arrive.
Document the situation. Besides scribbling down observations, photograph the scene. Speak with everyone present and request individual versions of events. Use an audio recording app to preserve initial narratives.
One night per year, there is the expectation that strangers will step foot on your premises. As a responsible homeowner, it remains incumbent on you to learn how to create a safe environment for all.