Pumpkins line porches, fake spiderwebs adorn door frames, and soon little princesses and superheroes will be milling about looking for tricks or treats.
As a property manager and/or landlord of multi-family housing, you don’t want to be this Halloween’s scrooge, but you also don’t want to personally invite every pumpkin smasher, toilet paperer, and Halloween trickster into your apartment building or complex.
There are some things you can do to foster the Halloween cheer without fearing for your property.
- Have a patio/front porch decorating contest. Nothing is more fun than a little friendly competition. It’ll get the kids and the “kids-at-heart” involved and excited. You can offer multiple awards such as scariest, funniest, most creative, etc to get even more people excited. Little activities like this can really bring a community together.
- “Halloween-proof” your apartment building or complexes. Make sure all lighting is working and all trash is cleared away. You may even enlist a staff member to “patrol” the area to make sure no unwanted mischief happens—there’s no need to have to file an insurance claim if you’re prepared. Parent tenants will thank for keeping the area safe for their little trick-or-treaters.
- Decide if you’re going to allow trick-or-treaters into your building or not. In some areas, it may not be a good idea to participate, or you may want to set some rules (such as trick-or-treating hours). But if you choose not to, make sure you have some substitute for the poor little kids who live in your apartment complex, such as passing out your own candy at the front office or lobby.
- Do an apartment tenants only trick-or-treating event. This can be a safe alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. On Halloween either pass out a list or have residents indicate on their door if they would like to participate—that way those who do not wish to participate can enjoy their evening in peace.
- If you’re feeling especially ambitious, have a community family-friendly Halloween costume party. Everyone needs an excuse to dress up—even adults, otherwise Halloween is just another day. Host the party early in the evening or on another evening, so it doesn’t get in the way or trick-or-treating. Ask tenants to bring refreshments, and you can provide the drinks. Remember—the staff needs to dress up also!
Remember the goal is to get the tenants to know each other and enjoy each others company. If your tenants like each other, they are less likely to complain about that “noisy” neighbor, and create a more harmonious atmosphere. There’s no reason why you can’t mix work and fun during the holidays.