Risk Management

Risk Management

Halloween Can Be Scary for Adults Too!

Mention Halloween and what comes to mind? Candy, costumes, and decorations, of course! How about vandalism? It’s probably not the first thing most people think of, but it certainly happens, and, maybe not so surprisingly, quite often on Halloween.

So what can you do to prevent your pumpkin from getting smashed or your car egged? Opinions vary on the effectiveness of certain anti-vandalism tactics, but some may be valuable deterrents. While none are guarantees that ghoulish vandals won’t strike, they may be worth a try.

  • It may be a chore, but bring in pumpkins and decorations each night. The fewer temptations for the neighborhood pumpkin smashers, the less chance for destruction.
  • On the big night, park your vehicle inside, or, if that’s not possible, park in a well lit location, with the doors locked, and valuables removed.
  • Remove the appeal for goblins to visit your property for reasons other than to load up on treats. Bring in outdoor toys and equipment (e.g., bikes, sporting goods) that could be tempting to someone wanting to “borrow” them.
  • Turn on outside porch and security lights, and several interior lights.
  • Be home and be visible. Vandals don’t want to be seen. Numerous adults who make their presence known are a good way to make vandals aware that someone’s watching.

Finally, telling your kids tales of your own youthful window-soaping or toilet-papering escapades essentially conveys to them that you approve of those kinds of activities. If you haven’t already shared those stories, don’t. If you have, it’s not too late to redirect their thinking. Let your kids know you disapprove of Halloween vandalism, and if they partake, there will be consequences.