Ghosts and Goblins Create Holiday Problems
Halloween cleanups rank as one of the more unpleasant chores of home ownership. Here are
Halloween trick-or-treaters are cute in their costumes, but the tricks they can leave behind are anything but. Theres nothing quite like waking up on November 1 to find toilet paper cascading from your trees, eggs dripping down your windows, your jack-o-lantern smashed on your sidewalk, and your mailbox and garbage cans dented, dinged and deposited down the street.
Halloween cleanups rank as one of the more unpleasant chores of home ownership. Here are some tips to help speed clean-ups from neighborhood goblins:
You dont have to lie in wait for trouble to begin. Taking a few precautionary steps can put the tricksters right out of business before the damage is done.
Leave floodlights and interior lights on bright settings on Halloween to discourage mischief-makers. If it looks like youre home, youre less likely to be a target. Consider motion lights that light up when people get near the home. This can alert you when egg throwers are approaching your house, and help keep you safe all year long.
Store garbage cans inside to prevent damage. Make sure cars, bikes and other objects are indoors, as well. When the majority of trick-or-treaters are done, bring your jack-o-lantern inside to thwart late-night vandals
Create a looped tape of scary sounds to play on an outdoor boom box and frighten off unwanted guests. If pranksters were brave, they wouldnt be throwing eggs in the dark.
Finally, hold a Halloween party of your own, in your front yard. The treats may stop the tricks before they begin!
Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of The Money Pit, a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the shows podcast or sign-up for Toms free weekly e-newsletter, visit the programs website at www.moneypit.com