Once again, it’s almost time for the holiday that leads to more juvenile dental fillings than any other: Halloween. Driving around town over the past couple of weeks, I’ve spotted some pretty elaborate yard displays, with everything from cute candy-corn string lights to slightly more sinister mechanized zombies. Is it just me, or are Halloween decorations now giving Christmas lights and animated figures a run for their money? It’s like everything you see plugs in, lights up, and swings a Grim Reaper scythe in your general direction. I’ve still got quite a way to go before I hit middle age, but I’m starting to feel dated, here. Back when I threw pillowcases over my shoulder and went pounding the pavement for fun-size Snickers bars, it was all Jack-o-Lanterns (you know, the Old School kind with real candles instead of “flickering” LEDs?), Indian corn and the occasional spooky cardstock window decorations. The only things wired for power were the front porch lights.
But I digress – the point here is that Halloween displays have tons of power cords, and that can be a problem, being that the “fun” houses are the ones that attract all of the trick-or-treaters. In their hurry to beat a path to the front door and spoils awaiting them, it’s not hard for costumed kids to trip over cords that may be running across the lawn or front path. Darkness is great at making power cords invisible, especially to preoccupied kids who are juggling candy bags with often too-long costumes. Since you’re the responsible grown-up in the picture, think about protecting the neighborhood kids about to come trampling across your well-decorated property with outdoor-friendly cord covers, like Rubber Ducts by Electriduct.
Rubber Ducts are a little heftier weight-wise than their plastic counterparts, so they stay in place much better, and being made of rubber, they provide great grip and traction for pedestrians, so the chances of anyone slipping are cut way down. And they’re available in black or brown, which means that they blend into their surroundings after the Sun goes down. So keep your trick-or-treaters from becoming trip-or-treaters… after all, it’s always more fun to hand out candy than ice packs.