Halloween is the one night a year where kids young and old can get dressed up, eat loads of candy and have a frighteningly fun time. Whether you’re planning on staying in to hand out candy to little monsters or hosting a party for your ghoul-friends, there’s much to be done around the home to get ready for fright night. Don’t be scared, there are lots of home service pros on HomeStars who can help you get your home ready in time. Get started by checking these 5 Halloween must-do projects off your list.
Clear Your Walkway
Whether you’re having friends over for a night of frightful festivities or handing out candy to the local boils and ghouls, you’ll want to ensure that you have a clear and visible walkway for them to enter your haunted house. If you haven’t had the time yet this season to book an appointment with a landscaper, now is the perfect time. Ask your landscaper to rake up fallen leaves, cut back looming tree branches, and trim hedges and shrubs. Anything that could catch on a costume needs to go. While the look of an unkempt lawn might be great for creating the right look, it just isn’t safe. To ensure everyone who comes up your walkway isn’t in danger of tripping and falling, be sure to book an appointment with a landscaper to make way for monsters.
Hire a Handy Helper
Now that you have your path laid, you can start to work on decorations. From hanging spiderwebs up high to staking in lawn decorations, you can hire a handyman to help you hang any decorations you may not be able to reach. While they can’t help you with small tasks like putting up streamers, they can help string holiday lights and install bigger decorations safely. A handyman can also help you with any last minute house projects before your guests arrive.
Light It Up
Clearing a walkway and properly hanging decorations aren’t the only safety concerns that come with Halloween. If you’re planning on using lights or effects that require being plugged in, it’s a good idea to consult with an electrician to find the best way to light up your party. They can help you properly run extension cords from inside to outside or make a better (and safer) suggestion.
A true lighting expert can help you create the perfect spooky atmosphere with the right lighting. Not only will they be able to capture the right look and feel, but they’ll also be able to do it safely so your guests can still see where they’re going. Ask about tips for proper lighting on your walkway and on stairs so no one trips and falls. Connect with electricians in your area who can help achieve a safe and spooky look.
Creatures of Comfort
From zombies to vampires, the undead get just as tired as the rest of us from standing. To ensure you have enough seats for everybody at your party, consider a furniture rental company. From practical items like extra chairs or tables to event-specific decor, a furniture rental company can help bring your vision to life. Renting furniture for events like house parties comes at a fraction of the cost of buying brand new. Plus, when your party is over you don’t have to worry about where to store all that new furniture. Simply return it to the store or have it arranged to be picked up after the party.
Keep It Clean
A house cleaning is always a good idea before a party. If you need some help tidying up before your shin-dig, hire a cleaning company to make your home look shockingly clean. Alternatively, you can opt to keep your natural cobwebs until after your party. When all is said and done and the last piece of candy corn has been eaten, you’ll need some help taking down all those decorations and vacuuming up cobwebs, both real and store-bought. You can book a one-time cleaning with a house or apartment cleaning company, or find more specialized companies for things like carpets and upholstery cleaning.
No matter witch way you plan to spend Halloween, it’s important to keep it safe and fun for everyone. Ensure there are clear and visible walkways, securely hung decorations, and a fun environment to party the night away. When you’re ready to get started for your Halloween party, use HomeStars to find pros for every project. Happy haunting!
Cover image courtesy of House of Hargrove.