I welcome any chance to get together with residents and promote a sense of community but Halloween can provide a few challenges. To begin with there is the timing , the last day of the month is always busy, so I have developed a few strategies over the years to keep residents happy, have time to celebrate, visit with residents and come away not feeling like I should head straight to the grave yard.
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First as with everything in a rental office, Be prepared and organized. I start by handing out a door hanger so that residents can let trick or treaters whether or not they should knock at an apartment door. This alone helps the holiday go a lot smoother. With the door hanger I include instructions and a party invitation…
In an effort to help our residents and their kids make the most out of Halloween night, we developed this flyer so that you can let others know your wishes for Halloween night. Please post either “Welcome” or “All tied up” to let children know if they should knock. Parents please tell your children to only trick or treat on doors with the “Welcome” sign posted. Thank you and Happy Halloween!
We would like to welcome trick or treaters in the rental office from 3:30 to 5:00 on Halloween for special treats and activities. We hope you can join us!
Next I start a couple of days before Halloween getting ahead on paperwork, and making sure that anything that might be needed during the activity is already prepared. Finally I make the preparations for the trick or treater’s. Here are a few fun activities that I have run across that could be perfect.
Halloween Games: Pop Goes the Pumpkin: This version of a classic carnival game also makes a festive wall decoration, and bursting the confetti-and-candy-filled balloons in this Halloween party game will make everyone explode with laughter. [more] Halloween Games: Pop Goes the Pumpkin – Martha Stewart Holiday & Seasonal Crafts.
Pin the Face on the Pumpkin: Any child who has played Pin the Tail on the Donkey will pick up this game quickly. Cut out eyes, noses, and mouths from black construction paper. Stick a reusable adhesive, such as Blu Tack, on the back of each cutout, and give a set of cutouts to each player. Place a large pumpkin on a low table or a bench.
Don’t forget to take lots of pictures and use them on your face book page! For more information and a pumpkin face template check out the full instructions [see] Pin the Face on the Pumpkin – Martha Stewart Entertaining.
Hope these ideas helps fill your Halloween with lots of treats and very few tricks!