How To Prepare Your Home For Trick-or-Treaters

Oct 27, 2017

Halloween is just around the corner and with it the pitter-patter of little trick-or-treaters all dressed to scare. Unless you’re armed with a surplus of sweets, all that the witches, ghosts and ghouls will receive is disappointment this Halloween. So, if you fancy giving the kids an extra fright this year and becoming the most talked about house of the street, here’s how to prepare your home for trick-or-treaters. Alternatively, if you’re more of an outdoorsy type, we’ve also included some Halloween events you can attend.


Come Halloween, the least you can do is decorate your doorstep. Extra points to those who decorate the inside of their hallway. When it comes to Halloween décor, the more creative the better. Ideas include hanging a couple of floating ghosts above the doorstep and of course proudly displaying a carved pumpkin outside the front door. If you’ve got a door with glass windows, don’t be afraid to use some fake cobwebs around the window frames. Most importantly, make sure anything potentially dangerous is not likely to get stood on! Clear an obvious path for trick-or-treaters to avoid any Halloween hazards.

If you fancy attending an event to get a prized pumpkin, Halloween Land at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park allows you to pick your own pumpkin which you can decorate at the park. There’ll also be a spooky scarecrow maze if you fancy an extra fright. This takes place from the 14th-29th October, from 10:30am-5pm. If you’d like a little more information, click here.

Light The Way

There’s no point wasting time on a spookily decorated house if no one’s going to see it. Make sure your house is well lit for the occasion. This includes lighting up the doorway or the front drive so trick-or-treaters can safely make their way to your house. You can also get creative when it comes to lighting, as there are many Halloween-themed lights to choose from. You can even carve and light up more pumpkins if you fancy. Also, it’s important to ensure some lights are on in your house so that trick-or-treaters know you’re in!

If exploring in the dark is in fact your cup of tea, there’s also an event for that! Spot the Pumpkins at Clearwell Caves is a family-friendly event taking place every day from the 20th-29th. You can visit the caves and search for pumpkins in the caverns. If you get the right number of pumpkins you can enter their very own prize draw and win some Halloween goodies. Find out more here.

Stock up on Sweets

Arguably the most important thing for trick-or-treaters is that you have plenty of sweets on offer. This can be anything from lollipops to chocolate, however individually wrapped sweets are usually easiest on Halloween. If you want to go a little further, consider buying spooky sweets such as skull lollipops or spider gummies. You could even make your own Halloween goodies. Cupcakes with orange frosting or marshmallow ghosts are sure to be greatly appreciated!

If your little ones are suffering with a sugar rush and need to blow off some steam take them along to Café Rene’s Zombie Walk. This event allows you to dig out the zombie face paint while taking part in a large-scale Halloween event. There’s no need to book, just show up on the 28th at 3pm. Find out more here.

Find a Creepy Costume

Last but not least on the list of ways to prepare your home for trick-or-treaters is to get in the spooky spirit yourself. While this one is more optional than the others, it’s nice to go the extra mile and give the trick-or-treaters and super scary experience. Even something as little as a witch hat or Halloween mask will do the trick. Whatever you opt for, try not to go too gory or scary with your costume, while a fright is good, you don’t want to scare them away completely!

However, if you find you or the trick-or-treaters aren’t getting their fill of scariness, try the Halloween Scare Cave at the Warehouse. This runs every evening from the 23rd-31st October and it involves climbing through dark twisted tunnels in the Warehouse’s replica of a cave. There might even be dwellers hiding in the shadows. Experiences last an hour max, book here if you’re brave enough.

Happy Halloween! Good luck preparing your home for the trick-or-treaters!