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Haunted Hallways: Apartment Halloween Fun

October 21, 2011 | Apartment Lifestyle, Everyday Living

Just because you live in an apartment building, doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun on Halloween right at home! In fact, in our last post, we shared 7 Good Reasons why apartment living can make for a great Halloween celebration. If you want to plan a spooktacular celebration in your apartment complex, here are a few tips to generate Halloween excitement among your neighbors.

Apartment Halloween Tips:

  1. Get Your Building on Board: Believe it or not, it’s easy to coordinate a building-wide Halloween bash. Post a note and sign-up sheet in the lobby of your apartment complex, announcing the event and encouraging neighbors to participate. Include a few different “tasks” on the sign-up sheet, allowing neighbors to volunteer for activities such as purchasing candy, decorating the building or carving pumpkins.
  2. Confirm Candy Time: Trick-or-treating need not go on all night. Work with your neighbors to establish a window of time for when candy will be distributed throughout the building. Typically, families with young children prefer to start early, so plan to open your doors early evening to accommodate the younger crowd.
  3. Share the News: If you live in a densely populated area, consider inviting neighboring apartment buildings to join in the fun. Share the news by posting flyers in neighboring lobbies or on building entrances. Make sure to include a summary of the plans as well as the time frame for trick-or-treating.
  4. Bring In the Kids: If you have a doorman or lobby attendant, make sure they everyone is aware of your plans and knows to allow trick-or-treaters into the building during the approved time frame. In addition to flagging the event to your building manager, consider posting a sign on the building entrance inviting neighboring families to join in the fun!
  5. Lay the Ground Rules: Perhaps most important is to communicate the rules so that everyone is on the same page. Post a large sign on your main door or by the elevators that clearly tells trick-or-treaters which apartments will be participating on Halloween night. Consider asking neighbors to decorate their doors if they’re planning on welcoming trick-or-treaters so that children won’t spend time knocking on doors to empty apartments or bothering neighbors who might not wish to participate.

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