Halloween is next week, and you have probably already noticed the spooky decor taking up space on your neighbours' properties and around the community.
While Halloween can be a fun time to decorate your home, you can do it in a way that's still respectful of your neighbours.
- Tone down the scare-factor: if you are decorating with the intention of welcoming trick-or-treaters, remember that a lot of things can be scary for kids. If you are expecting young children in your neighbourhood, opt for things that aren't too scary or realistic-looking. Alternatively, if you like the spooky, you can keep those decorations indoors and keep things neutral outside.
- Keep it down: many people will opt for scary music or sound effects playing outdoors on Halloween night. This is an easy way to add an effect, but make sure the volume isn't too disruptive for the neighbourhood.
- Check with condo boards and homeowner associations: before you put anything up, make sure you check with your homeowners association (if you have one) and your condo board (if you have one), to ensure you're not breaking any bylaws or rules by putting up certain decorations.
- Take the decor down quickly: right after Halloween, is pretty much when you should start to take down your decorations. Before you know it, it will be Christmas decor already (not too early, hopefully).
How does your community look at Halloween? Do people get very into it? Weigh in with me on Facebook or Twitter, I'd be interested to hear.