October 23, 2012
Halloween Tips for Multi-Residential Buildings
Next week, ghosts and goblins will be invading the hallways and stairwells of your multi-residential building. Here are a few Halloween tips to help make sure that Halloween on your property comes with more treats than tricks.
1. Remind tenants of some basic safety tips. Use your internal tenant portal to send out a list of key points, such as:
- Accompany your children when they go trick-or-treating.
- Make sure that all costumes feature plenty of visibility, and don’t have any dragging parts that could get caught in elevator doors or cause tripping on the stairs.
- Inspect candy before allowing your children to eat it.
- If you host a party, have fun, but please turn “The Monster Mash” down after 10 pm.
- Use battery-operated candles for your jack-o-lantern.
- No egg or pumpkin smashing will be tolerated.
2. Get into the holiday’s spooky spirit. Decorate your foyer; your tenants will appreciate the extra effort. Better yet, buy some pumpkins or paper and crayons and invite the residents’ and their children to join you in a decorating day (or afternoon) in one of the common areas.
3. Arrange for a security guard or concierge to hand out candy at the front door on behalf of the building. This keeps the building secure, but also shows that you’re engaged in the community and keen to be involved. If your building does permit trick-or-treating in the building, then post “trick-or-treat” hours, for example 4:00pm to 8:00pm, to prevent late night door-knocking.
4. Halloween is the perfect time for a building walk-about. Make sure all stairwell and outdoor lights are working, the garbage is removed and there is nothing lying around on the property that people could trip over, or that could be thrown.
5. Suggest a costume exchange. If you have a party room, arrange a costume exchange a week or two ahead of Halloween. It allows tenants to meet and mingle, and stretch their budgets a little further.