If you think about it, apartment buildings are the perfect places to go trick-or-treating: You get all the candy without having to brave the cold or worry about cars driving by. Chances are, the families in your apartment building agree – which means you’d better get ready for some tiny ghosts and goblins to come knocking at your door this Halloween.
As a good neighbor, the least you can do is show them some scary — but safe — fun. And it’s not all about the candy: The kids in your apartment building will love it if you wow them with some kooky costumes and devilish decorations. So how can you turn your apartment into a Halloween hotspot? Fear not! We’ve got you covered.
1. Dress up your door.
Trick-or-treaters aren’t going to knock if they don’t think you’re home, so be inviting. You could go with the traditional jack-o-lantern outside (lit by a flameless candle) and string up some fake cobwebs in your door frame. If you want to be really spooky, put out some flickering lights and something that makes scary noises – that way, kids know they’re in for a treat before they even knock.
2. Dress up yourself.
Imagine this: You knock on someone’s door, yell, “Trick or treat!” and are handed some candy by someone wearing … jeans and a sweater. What a letdown! Don’t be boring; delight your visitors with a creative costume they won’t expect. Bonus points if your neighbors don’t even recognize you.
3. Play some killer tunes.
It’s not possible to create the spookiest apartment in your building without music. Put a speaker near your door so your visitors are sure to hear the tunes. Here are a few ideas to get your Halloween playlist started:
- Monster Mash by Bobby Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers
- Thriller by Michael Jackson
- Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
- Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon
- Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult (more cowbell!)
4. Don’t neglect the inside.
Your outdoor decorations are already taken care of, but what will your tiny trick-or-treaters see when you open the door? Even though they’re not coming inside, make it seem like your apartment is a haunted house. Just about any decorations will do here – flickering lights, candles, fake cobwebs, and colored light bulbs add a nice, spooky touch.
5. Most importantly, play safe.
Halloween is fun, but only if it’s safe for everyone. Keep your pets away from the door when you answer it; things will become frightening in a bad way for small children if they’re confronted with barking dogs. And only give out pre-packaged candy: No good parent is going to let their child eat a home-baked treat from a stranger, even if you made it with the best of intentions. Stick to familiar snacks in sealed packages.
Want more Halloween ideas for your apartment? Check these out:
- 6 DIY, Eco-Friendly Ideas for Halloween Décor
- How to Host a Halloween Party
- Ghastly Delicious Recipes for Your Halloween Get-Together
How will you celebrate Halloween in your apartment this year?
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