4 Tips for a Happier Halloween for Your HOA
It won’t be long before you see pumpkins and spooky decorations around your neighborhood. The Halloween spirit is in the air, which means fun is right around the corner. And if your HOA is in the process of planning for Halloween, here are some simple tips worth remembering:
1. Give Friendly Reminders About Decorative Limits
Much like Christmas, Halloween is a time when some neighbors will take their creative vision to the max and deck out their homes with over-the-top decor.
We love it when people get excited about holidays — it always seems to create more energy in a neighborhood. At the same time, it’s always a good idea to ensure compliance with bylaws to maintain property values no matter the time of the year. There’s no reason for over-the-top enforcement, however, and friendly suggestions go a long way towards fostering a positive relationship with neighbors.
2. Plan a Fun Community Event
One of the best ways to bring a community together for Halloween is to literally bring them together! It doesn’t take much to put together something fun for Halloween, either. Here are just a few simple ideas:
- Start a trunk-or-treat tradition in a common community space.
- Host a Halloween-themed potluck
- Plan out a fun costume contest
3. Be Firm in Your Prioritization of Safety
Halloween is a great holiday for communities because it’s a time when neighbors get out of the house to have fun and interact with one another. But even with all the fun to be had, it’s essential that you make it clear to all your members that you want them to be safe.
In the days leading up to the big night, send out reminders for parents to keep themselves and their kids as safe as possible during Halloween activities. Always remind them to:
- Bring flashlights, glowsticks and reflective clothing
- Stay on the sidewalk or out of the way of potential traffic
- Inspect candy for tampering or allergies
- Trick-or-treat in groups
4. Don’t Let Halloween Decorations Linger
No one should be expected to clear up their decorations immediately after the last piece of candy has been given out, but you don’t want month-old Jack-o’-lanterns to sit around too long, and those fake cobwebs all over someone’s house probably won’t look great come Thanksgiving.
Gently remind members that it’s acceptable to leave holiday decor up for a few days after Halloween but encourage timely clean-up whenever possible. Doing so will protect property values and keep everyone on the same page about expectations in regard to the community’s bylaws.