It’s that time of year again when the leaves start to turn bright orange and fall to the ground, the air gets a bit of a chill to it, and aisles of stores fill up with bulk candy, pumpkins, and Halloween decorations. With this festive October holiday right around the corner, it is important to be prepared and get your house ready for the onslaught of trick or treaters. Things to keep in mind while preparing for the 31st include: candy, decorations, and ensuring your yard is safe enough for the traveling costume laden children.
When it comes to Halloween candy this year, we as a society are more health conscientious than we have been in the past. Often times purchasing the biggest bulk packages for the best deal and handing them out in handfuls to the neighboring children. This typically results in copious amounts of left over candy that you and your family will spend the next month munching on. Due to this, it is recommended to make a few alternatives to have healthier options for all the little vampires, ghosts, and witches that grace your doorstep as well as your own mid-section.
–Dum-Dums original pops are a great alternative to the traditional calorie filled goodies with less than 25 calories and zero fat per serving.
–Dark Chocolate opposed to caramels and milk chocolate sweets provide a great taste that is packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
–Raisin boxes, mini-granola bars, and mini-packaged pretzels are also fabulous alternatives for healthier options this Halloween.
As for your house’s appearance, well, decorating for the holiday doesn’t have to break the bank. In just a few DIY projects you can fully decorate your lawn and porch to enhance the Halloween spirit for under $20.00. Purchase some Pumpkin trash bags and when you are through raking your lawn, you will have a plethora of different sized jumbo pumpkins to place along the walkway to your doorstep. Purchase a string of twinkle lights (or pull out your Christmas decorations) and grab a few milk jugs. Rinse out the milk jugs and cut a hole in the bottom of each. Draw scary faces on the jugs, pull the string of lights into the empty jugs through the hole in the bottom, and then place them around your porch. Plug in the lights in the dark to see the full effect of your creepy little lanterns. To add to the décor, create a couple of tombstones out of cardboard. One or two bags of fake spider webs later, and voilà you have your very own haunted yard.
Lastly, to ensure the safety of your visiting trick or treaters be sure your lawn maintenance is kept up. Any large bushes, branches, or foliage needs to be trimmed back from any walkways. Be sure to rake the leaves. A leaf blower is a great way to clean up leaves, check out these blower reviews and best buys. Replace any porch lights prior to their arrival for the most possible visibility and all steps should be kept debris free for the happiest Halloween.