A Homeowner’s Guide to a Safe and Fun Halloween

by | Oct 12, 2023 | Home


At Halloween, people actually look forward to being scared. But they want to be scared of ghosts and ghouls, not unsafe conditions or bumps in the night. 

We here at TSL want to share some safety tips to ensure that the spookiest thing you encounter this Halloween is a haunted house or jumpscare decoration.

If you’re going to be inviting trick-or-treaters to your door to collect handfuls of candy and chocolate, you’ll want to make sure everybody stays safe so that they can enjoy the holiday festivities. 

Because even if your home is scary, it doesn’t have to be unsafe. Unsafe conditions around your home could leave you liable for accidents that occur on your property.

9 Halloween Safety Tips  


Light The Way

One of the simplest ways to enhance safety during Halloween is to ensure that your home’s pathways and entrances are well-lit. Proper lighting not only guides trick-or-treaters safely to your door but also reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. 

LED pathway lights are great, and you can typically find themed lights that both provide safe lighting and extra pizazz.

Clear The Path

Even well-lit walkways can be hazardous if they have obstacles at unexpected spots. Make sure your walkways are cleared in addition to being lit. Ensure that decorations placed near sidewalks won’t fall or otherwise take up space used to walk safely.

Carve Carefully

Pumpkin carving is a beloved Halloween tradition, but any time a knife is involved in decorating, special care needs to be taken. Use proper carving tools and carve on a stable surface to prevent accidents. 

Supervise younger pumpkin artists, perhaps even suggesting that they draw what they want to carve and then have an adult do the knife-work. Consider using battery-operated lights instead of candles to illuminate your masterpiece to reduce the risk of fire.

Read Also: Electrical Safety Tips for Homeowners

Costume Safety

Choose Safe Costumes

Select costumes made from non-flammable materials to avoid potential fire hazards. If you’re going to be applying make-up, be sure to pick the proper cosmetics, especially if you have sensitive skin or allergies. 

Crafting your own costume is a great way to make sure your Halloween fit is made safely.

Increase Visibility

Even if you’re just handing out candy this Halloween, visibility can be very important for your own costume. Enhance visibility by incorporating reflective tape, glow sticks, or other accessories into your costume. 

This can help people spot you from further away if you need to get someone’s attention for any reason, including an emergency.

Mind The Accessories

Pay special attention to costume accessories like masks, wigs, and props. Ensure masks allow for clear vision and adequate ventilation. Be mindful of long, trailing accessories, particularly for children, to prevent tripping or entanglement.

Pet Safety

Keep Pets Inside

Halloween can be a stressful time for pets due to increased noise and activity. Typically, pets are scared by the same things that scare us humans! 

In particular, dogs tend to get aggressive when nervous. Children are the most common victims of dog bites, and not all home insurance policies cover dog bites. 

Some policies even exclude certain breeds’ bites from being covered. To keep everyone safe, it’s best to keep your pets inside and away from trick-or-treaters on Halloween night.

Hide The Candy

While Halloween candy is a treat for us, it can be hazardous for pets. Many candies contain ingredients like chocolate, xylitol, or raisins that are toxic to animals. Keep all Halloween sweets out of their reach to avoid potential illness or worse.

Be Aware of Your Costume Around Pets

Loose costume parts, like accessories, masks, or fringes, can be ingested and pose a choking hazard to curious pets. Try not to put these items in areas where pets can reach them, like chairs or low tables.

Read Also: Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Pet Damage?

If you stay observant and follow the tips laid out here, you can minimize risks and maximize fun this Halloween. A safe and secure home not only ensures your peace of mind but also contributes to a happy and spooky Halloween for all. 

A little preparation can go a long way in preventing unwanted occurrences which could result in an insurance claim.

And for the scary moments in life that can’t be avoided, TSL Insurance Group can help you get the insurance coverage you need, so that you can be confident that all of the most important things in your life are protected. 

For a free quote on homeowners insurance in Baton Rouge, LA, and the surrounding areas, including Lafayette, Franklin, Abbeville, and Lutcher, contact us today!