How to Protect Your Home from
Halloween Pranks and Vandalism
Treat visitors kindly.
The biggest reason that people tend to attack your home on
Halloween is that you might be avoiding giving them candy. If
you show yourself to be a welcoming neighbor, you might not get
Pretend you are not in.
If you decide to ignore trick-or-treaters, make sure you make
people think you just aren't home. People probably won't attack
your house if they don't think you are there. Turn off the main
lights, shut the curtains and pretend you aren't there.
Tape up the letterbox, the only point of entry to
your house. This prevents things like
stink bombs, etc.
4. If you have the choice of
parking your vehicles behind your house or next to the street,
pick behind your house. This prevents
Hide in a bush with a hose.
If you see someone who is going to vandalize your house aim and
fire. Also you could use an air soft gun with low fps so it will
not hurt or a water gun.
If you have to go somewhere, ask someone who is
not doing anything to do the above step for you.
Have a big dog tied up in front of your house.
Be sure the leash is not too short.
Stand in front of your house looking big and
Put a sign or something that says something like
this. "You vandalize, you don't get
If you are a police officer, stay in uniform all
Freak the pranksters out!
Hide behind the bushes or leave a hidden tape of
you saying "I see you." Beware as this may drive people away.
If you follow the above steps, the worst thing
that can happen is that the front of your house gets a little
messy/smelly. This is sad, but not the end of the world, and
remember, Halloween is supposed to be fun!!
This isn't so much protecting your home as it is
taking "aggressive-defensive" measures. If your house has
already been targeted and vandalized several times on Halloween,
or even in general, you should probably call the police.
Especially, don't forget Halloween is a fun
tradition. Some pranks are tolerable, such as foam in the
mailbox (or anywhere else), the toilet paper routine (it is
biodegradable) or any other unharmful acts. However, do not
tolerate eggs, guns, paintball guns, rocks, paint, mustard on
the car and graffiti. Be especially wary at night time, when
"older kids" come out. Their pranks are not as innocent as the
"little kid" pranks.
Bologna on your car will peel the paint off in
circles when it is left out overnight so be diligent and check
every so often for malicious tricks such as this.
If, despite your precautions, your house does get
vandalized, try not to tell anyone about it. Then, if someone
happens to come up and ask you about the prank, you know they
probably did it! (PS this has happened! Don't knock it until you
Work with a group. Siblings, cousins, parents,
friends, or just people you know and trust can help you. If you
are working in a group, and you have walkie-talkies, give them
out to each member of the group. If you don't have enough, or
don't have any, ask a person in the group. If they don't have
any, simple communication can work (taps, head gestures, talking
in code). Make sure you have at least one person guarding each
door, at least one person guarding each side, at least one
person inside, and at least one person on the sidewalk. Also,
make sure each member has some way to defend him/herself. Fists
sometimes can't win against rocks, sticks, paintball guns and
1. If you live in an area
where you can expect passerbys to be carrying weapons, you might
be safer skipping the hose step. It is not recommended that you
retaliate on an individual carrying a weapon, call the cops!
2. Regarding the hose spray:
do not spray someone unless you are really sure that they are
going to vandalize your house. You must be sure of this.
3. Make sure you are able to
defend yourself if the trick-or-treaters have eggs or sticks. In
a fight, sticks will beat bare fists.
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