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5 Tips on How to Be the Spookiest Trick-or-Treating House in the Neighborhood

Halloween is just around the corner, and with it comes a flood of trick-or-treaters.

Regardless of how large your family is or how old your kids are now, chances are you’ll be sitting home ready to dole out the treats. (Or tricks!)

Be the coolest house in the neighborhood this Halloween by following these five frightfully good tips.

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5. Get Passionate About Your Decorations

Decorations are obvious, but if you want to stand out, it’s best to get creative - and creativity shines through the best when you’re passionate about the décor.

Instead of having run-of-the-mill decorations, set up your front yard themed after your favorite horror movie or TV show.

That way you can really get crafty and imaginative to provide a truly unique experience.

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4. Good Lighting

This is something many homeowners look over. 

Seeing as a good amount of trick-or-treaters come at dusk or after nightfall, be sure that your front yard and walkway is well-lit.

If you have to sacrifice a little bit of spooky points to do so, so be it.

You don’t want a trick-or-treaters night ruined by a fall and scraped knee!

3. Wear a Costume

Get into the Halloween spirit by wearing a costume yourself.

The kids will love it and you can even model your outfit after the theme of your decorations.

If you do decide to decorate your home after your favorite horror movie or TV show, this is a great opportunity to dress up as your favorite character.

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2. Have a Variety of Treats

Just like lighting, this is a common problem that many homeowners don’t consider - a variety of treats!

Not every trick-or-treater will love Snickers, and some really hate Reese’s - you know how kids are - so have an array of candy to give out.

If you’re treating on a budget, Cosco always has great deals along with surplus stores like Marshalls, Big Lots, TJ Maxx, Dollar Tree, and Dollar General.

1. Have a Scary Surprise

Last but not least, set up a spooky surprise!

You can have your older kids, brother, or husband hiding somewhere in the bushes with a spooky costume on who then jumps out at unsuspecting trick-or-treaters. 

Other ideas include:

• Placing a speaker next to the walkway and pressing play on a scary noise when trick-or-treaters walk past

• Pretending to collapse when handing out candy

• Playing out a scene out of a horror movie on the front lawn

Got any spooky suggestions? Let us know in the comments!

All the best,

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