Trick-or-treating in an apartment building


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Halloween is fast approaching and we all know what that means! The kids will soon be putting on their costumes and off to pranks or treats.

Trick-or-treating in an apartment might look a little different than trick-or-treating around a neighborhood with single-family homes or townhouses, but it’s definitely doable. In fact, there are several advantages to cheating or dealing in an apartment complex. The doors are closer together, allowing children to collect more candy in less time. Plus, when you decide you’ve had enough fun for one night, you won’t be too far from home. With some apartment complex hallways indoors, kids can show off their costumes instead of layering on the elements.

Use the tips below to ensure a safe and successful candy mission for your little ones, and to help encourage other tenants to join in the festivities and hand out candy to kids in the community.

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Go trick-or-treating with a group.

The safest way to enjoy a ride or treatment is to travel in a group. Train gate doorstepping with other kids in the resort or community can also make the vacation more exciting for kids.

While most neighbors will be looking for tricks or treats on Halloween, unfortunately some people may not have your children’s best interests in mind. Even if your children are older, it’s always a good idea to walk them with an adult. If you have older teens who insist on cheating or dealing without an adult, make sure they stay with their friends, bring their phones with them, and come home at a pre-determined time.

Walk, don’t run, between units.

The prospect of getting candy at every door they knock on can, naturally, excite children. They may be tempted to run from door to door in the apartment complex to increase their loot for the evening. However, running around, especially in their costumes, can increase the risk of an accident. Encourage the children you supervise to walk around the complex, especially when going up or down stairs.

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Wear bright colors.

One of the benefits of tricking or treating in an apartment complex is that there are fewer streets to cross, which can reduce the likelihood of an accident. However, many resorts have multiple buildings, so your children may have to cross the street or parking lot multiple times. All drivers in the area will have a harder time seeing children (or adults) dressed in dark colors.

Consider brightly colored Halloween costumes. You can also add reflective accessories to costumes, such as these reflective armbands available on Amazon– to make them more visible in the dark.

Leave pets at home.

Leaving your pets at home is the safest idea for Halloween. Even well behaved dogs might be frightened by all the masked and disguised people. Plus, the pets in the apartments you knock on are probably already on high alert from all the doorbells, knocks, and noise from cheaters. Adding another pet into the mix only causes problems.

Inform community members and excite them.

Not everyone in your community may be planning to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters. For some, it may be because they think no one will stop by. To help gain more neighborhood buy-in, you’ll want to make sure everyone knows that kids in the community are planning to cheat or treat. Ask your management company if you can post a few flyers in the community to spread the word.

Establish a method to identify units that distribute candy.

Your kids don’t have to knock on every door in the complex. In fact, there may be a few doors you want to skip. If you’ve had a nasty exchange with one of your neighbors or you know someone isn’t celebrating Halloween, just skip their door and move on to the next one.

You’ll also want to clear up confusion among cheaters and their parents about which units will be giving out candy. People who give out candy often have Halloween decor or pumpkins in front of their door.

Traditionally, people who have candy to hand out also turn on their porch light. However, some apartments with interior hallways may not have porch lights. If this is the case in your apartment complex, you can provide an alternate symbol to tell cheaters which doors to knock on. For example, you can ask those who want to participate and hand out candy to tie a ribbon around their doorknob or hang a printed “Trick-or-Treaters Welcome” sign next to their door. These simple methods can avoid confusion for families and avoid annoying residents who do not wish to participate.

Host a door decorating contest.

Another way to help cheaters identify which doors to knock on — and increase Halloween excitement in the community — is to encourage residents to decorate their doors. You could even make it a contest and have residents vote to choose which door they think is best decorated. If your complex allows it, you don’t have to limit the contest to the door. You can also encourage individuals to add decorations around their door, such as painted pumpkins or a scarecrow.

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You can make Halloween a social event by encouraging individuals to set up their candy station outside their doors. Ask people to bring a small table for their candy and a chair to sit on so they can greet the treats in person. Those really in the Halloween spirit could set up a speakerphone with spooky Halloween music or a DIY Halloween Decoration like a spooky cauldron or a spider web. Besides making Halloween more fun for kids, tenants might get to know their neighbors better, which is good for apartment security.

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Host a Halloween party for the kids.

If it doesn’t seem like enough people in your community are willing to hand out candy to cheaters, consider other options to keep the holidays fun for the kids. You could have a Halloween parade and hand out goody bags to each child, or your little ones could have an “I Spy” to count the pumpkins they see along the way. Another idea is to plan a candy hunt, much like an Easter egg hunt, around the resort, even if it’s just for your kids. Halloween is the perfect time to get creative and let kids explore their community.

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