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Safe Halloween Decorating Strategies

According to Sparky the fire dog at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), decorations are the first things to ignite in over 1,000 home fires each year. Autumn and Halloween decorations seem especially vulnerable due to the tinder-like quality of dried foliage and flowers combined with the use of candlelight to cast spooky shadows and keep a dark and dreary feel to the holiday.

When decorating for Halloween this year, be mindful of the young and excited children you’ll be luring to your door for trick-or-treat. Illuminating your pathways is great way to guide the kids to your door without traipsing over your yard décor and many stores now carry cute paper bags with tea-light candles for this specific purpose. This option is cheap, but dangerous. Many children’s costumes are complicated and sort of sag and hang off kids as they tire through the night, and oddly enough, their parents watchful eyes seem to drift as the night goes on too. One of our awesome customers came up with a snazzy idea last year to use our LED lights as a short, festive fence. Be sure that whatever method you choose, you leave a wide enough path for kids to stomp through without tripping over themselves, and be sure that there aren’t any obstacles in their way like uneven bricks or even pieces of Halloween décor because those little devils (and angels) are likely going to be focused on everything but where they are walking.

Nothing says Halloween more than a glowing display of Jack-O-Lanterns. Filling them with candles and then inviting multiple kids hopped up on school party cupcakes and pure adrenalin all on your porch at the same time is a recipe for disaster. Fortunately, there are now lots of options to illuminate your pumpkins without having to resort to open flames. Battery-powered candles can be found anywhere. Flashlights are a quick and easy fix, too, if you can get them to fit inside. Or, you can go the LED route. Red twinkle lights look great in your Christmas displays and on your trees, but they can signal gory delight on October 31st. Use the green LED lights from your holiday porch display to cast a wicked green glow. Simply toss the string of lights inside, plug in, and go. And if you use your LEDs, you can leave your display going late into the night leading up to the big night without wasting energy or worrying about the fire hazard.

Check out HolidayLEDs.com’s Halloween Board on Pinterest for more ideas!