While your kids are busy prepping their costumes and planning their trick-or-treating route, you may have a bit of work to do around the house ahead of the big night.


Fake blood is fine, but real blood is not! Make sure no one slips, trips or falls making their way to your door this year by taking care of a few things around the yard. Start by coiling up exterior electrical cords and garden hoses, and make sure any wires or ropes holding up decorations won't be a tripping hazard. Rake up any fallen leaves along pathways, and light up your walkways and porch area (be careful about using strobe lights - they can make it harder to see a clear path).


Keep flowing costumes in mind and cut the risk of costumes catching fire by using light sticks or flameless candles in your pumpkins this year. Finally, one last tip: Take five minutes and screw down a GripStrip on each wooden porch stair or pathway step to give trick-or-trickers the traction they need.


We also found a great checklist from BC Children's Hospital, covering everything from costume safety to fireworks; the experts at the hospital see plenty of Halloween-related injuries so it's worth a quick read. Find it online here:


Last but not least, have fun! And since Halloween falls on a week night again this year, you may want to pop a treat in your kid's backpack for their teacher ... they may need a pick-me-up after a long post-Halloween school day!

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