Emmelie De La Cruz

Living in an apartment has many perks: maintenance on call, amenities, no need to rake leaves, and less space to worry about cleaning. Apartments buildings aren’t only beneficial for adults but also for children. 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 the safety of your little ones. 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. Here’s why you should be convincing the other parents to join in on the fun.

No need to worry about the temperature.

Whether it’s 30 degrees or 90 degrees, how it feels outside won’t hinder your time trick or treating. Nothing ruins a costume more than it being hidden under a bulky coat. Elsa from Frozen or your own little Lego Man will be able to show off their costumes freely as they pitter patter from door to door. You can leave the long sleeve shirts, the extra leggings at home.

You can go home earlier.

The buckets will fill up rather quickly when you can go from door to door in a few feet. An apartment building gives you access to many more opportunities for candy in a much smaller space. No need to spend hours walking around the neighborhood, watching out for cars, and waiting for it to be over. You can be back in your apartment enjoying a glass of wine in no time. (By the way, we have some ideas on what you can do with those empty wine bottles.)

Having peace of mind.

Lots of children running around outside in huge crowds on one of the scariest nights of the year? Sounds more frightening for parents than the children. Traffic, strangers, cracks in the sidewalk, rocks, sweating, or worse: getting candy they don’t like. There are many things that can ruin Halloween. Safety shouldn’t be one of them. Trick or treating in your building allows you to control the environment and minimizes many threats that exist in the streets.

Now that we’ve convinced you to trick or treat in your building, let us help you to get ready for the trick-or-treaters that will be knocking on your door. 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. While we don’t want to scare you, you might have a line at your door next year. Get ready!

Spread the word.

Trick or treating in your apartment building won’t be that fun if you’re the only ones doing it. Reach out to your leasing office and see what they have planned for the holiday. By being excited and involved, you can also spread the spirit among others. We get it. Life gets busy and sometimes you don’t want to do anything at all.  Set up some time with your neighbors and decorate your hallway. While you’re decorating, post a sign on your door or near the elevators. (Get permission from your property manager, first) Let your neighbors know when you will be available for trick or treating. There’s nothing worse than being stuck with a ton of candy at the end of the night.

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.

Get into the spirit 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.

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!)

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.

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:

How will you celebrate Halloween in your apartment this year?

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Emmelie is the Social Media Strategist at RentPath, home to ApartmentGuide.com and Rent.com. In true millennial fashion, she is taking over the world, one post at a time.

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