HOW TO MAKE YOUR HOME ACCESSIBLE THIS HALLOWEEN
The countdown to Halloween is on, and while this annual event is one that most kids look forward to all year, many of them face barriers that make door-to-door trick-or-treating a challenge.
More than 400,000 Canadian kids live with accessibility issues that make navigating staircases, steep or long driveways, narrow pathways, strobe lights, loud noises and crowded front entrances problematic. There are some simple things you can do to remove these barriers and “make Halloween accessible to everybody.”
In fact, that’s the tag line of "Treat Accessibly", a movement that aims to drive household awareness of accessibility issues, and encourages homeowners to make small changes on Halloween that will make a big difference to a lot of people.
Six Tips To Make Your Home Accessible On Halloween
1. POST YOUR TREAT ACCESSIBLY LAWN SIGN. About a week before Halloween (so… NOW) post an Accessible Trick or Treat lawn sign on your front lawn. This will alert people that you’ll be handing out treats from an accessible area, such as the foot of the driveway.
2. ILLUMINATE YOUR PROPERTY. Ensure pathways and areas where people will be walking are well-lit. Turn on exterior lights and replace any burned-out light bulbs.
3. CLEAR PATHWAYS AND THE DRIVEWAY. Remove tripping hazards and obstacles, such as decorations, extension cords, garden hoses, piles of leaves, snow and ice. Move the car out of the driveway to make way for trick-or-treaters.
4. SET UP AN ACCESSIBLE TRICK-OR-TREATING TABLE/STATION. Consider placing it at the foot of the driveway, the garage entrance with the door open, or out of your vehicle’s trunk.
6. REFRAIN FROM USING STROBE LIGHTS AND SUDDEN, HIGH-PITCHED, SOUND EFFECTS. These can trigger a negative physical and/or emotional response in some people. If you choose to include them in your Halloween display, considering using a manual setting that can be turned on for trick-or-treaters you know, who won’t have a negative reaction to them.
6. KEEP PETS INDOORS. Regardless of how friendly or well-trained, ensure fido and fifi are safely away from the front of the house.
In 2021, RE/MAX Canada is proud to partner with Kinder® to support the "Treat Accessibly" movement, now in its fourth year. In the last two years, more than 40,000 homeowners in Canada have picked-up a "Treat Accessibly" sign to support the movement for accessible trick-or-treating for all.
To learn more, visit www.treataccessibly.com
Accessible Trick Or Treating In 2021
Becoming a supporter of "Assessible Trick or Treating" in 2021 is simple. You can start by picking up your free, orange "Treat Accessibly" lawn sign, which is available exclusively for your local RE/MAX office or agent. Then, post the sign on your front lawn a couple of weeks before Halloween, to let people know that you'll be handing out treats from a accessible spot on the property such as the foot of the driveway or sidewalk. When a homeowner puts the "Accessible Trickor Treating" sign on their lawn, they are making a commitment to make their property accessible to everybody on Halloween.
Treat Accessibly Halloween Village
"Treat Accessibly" hosted the very first "Treat Accessibly Village" on October 2, in Toront's Weston Village, which saw 30 homeowners create a super Halloween tick-or-treating experience curb-side to celebrate accessible trick or treating. The guest of honour were the children of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.
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