How to avoid unwanted trick or treaters this Halloween
14 October 2016, by Design A House Sign
Halloween is just around the corner, which might not mean
much for most. But for many homeowners, it means the time of year that we get a
whole host of unexpected knocks at the door. Trick or treating takes place
every year and although it seems rather harmless, it can actually be pretty
annoying. Many people get in sweet treats every year just to give out to
unexpected callers and having to constantly get up to answer the door can be a
pain. If you’re fed up of the tradition and want to avoid unwanted trick or
treaters this year then take a look at our tips.
Turn off porch lights
An unofficial signal that you don’t want visitors is to turn
off any porch or outdoor lights. Many parents with younger children will not
knock on a house if it looks like the people don’t want to be disturbed.
However, this may not deter older children that are out alone knocking on your
door. You could try turning off all the lights at the front of your home, but
this is probably a bit too drastic!
Put signs out
Signs can prove a great way to deter unwanted callers at
Halloween. Put your signs on the front door or even closer to the pavement
where possible. Many people who see the sign will respect your wishes and not
want to annoy you. You can use all kinds of signs to deter people from knocking
on your door. This can include a ‘beware of the dog’ sign, as people may be
scared to knock if they think you have a large dog. This can even work
throughout the rest of the year if you don’t want cold callers!
Make your home uninviting
You could also try and deter people from your home by making
the path to your front door uninviting. If you have a driveway then you could
park your car at an awkward angle that blocks the way to the front door. Also
leaving things in the way like bins or anything large can deter people from
knocking. If it looks like you don’t want to be disturbed then people are not
likely to knock on the door. This may not deter everyone from knocking but it
could deter most people.
Leave sweets to take
Another option is to leave a bowl of sweets out in your
porch for people to take. If you have people that are persistent and won’t go
away then at least leaving some sweets out means that you don’t have to keep
answering the door. It does have some negatives though as the first people to
knock may get greedy and take all of the sweets. This will leave nothing for
anyone else and other people may still knock in the hope that you have more
sweets for them.
Well, it is Halloween. You could try tricking people instead
to deter them from your home. There are plenty of scary decorations that you
can buy which are perfect for the occasion. Making your home look scary could
stop some people from approaching. However, if people aren’t scared then it
could have the reverse effect and you could even get more visitors!
If all else fails and you really can’t bear another
Halloween at home with unwanted trick or treaters, then why not simply just go
out for the night. See a movie or go out for dinner and you can avoid the trick
or treaters that way instead!