Halloween requires preparations before the little vampires and ghosts show up looking for candy. And while you have concerns about safety and keeping your lawn from being damaged, they are going to have an entirely different set of their own concerns. Trick-or-treaters see a door, probably decorated, and a bowl of sweets that they know they are allowed to choose from, if only this one night. Their goal is to get to that front door, to that bowl, and if the walkway isn't the most desirable route, there is a definite possibility they are going to trudge right through the lawn.
But it doesn't have to be so. Below are 4 creative ways to keep your lawn from being damaged this Halloween:
Clear A Path
Providing a path is definitely beneficial. Not only does it allow you to orchestrate your foot traffic, but also can be fun for the little ones. An open walkway leading to the Halloween candy provides a moment of anticipation. The children know they are in for something good when they see a decorated path on which to walk. Use any sort of decorations you'd like, but don't make it cluttered. Keep your path clean and open. This will make it easier for kids to come and go at the same time, without having the path getting bogged down, which could cause some of them to resort to the grass.
Lighting Can Be Helpful and Fun
Lighting is important for safety, but can also be used as decoration. If your path is illuminated with jack-o'-lanterns or maybe orange string lights, it is clear to the costumed children which way to go. And similar to the decorated pathway, children might feel as if they are missing out if they don't walk through the festive lighting. If your lighting decorations are fun, then kids will take to it.
This lighting should apply to the front door too, or wherever your candy station is going to be. A lit pathway must have a well-illuminated destination. Lanterns are great for this. Maybe litter them with some spider webs so kids won't get too close.
Use The Driveway
It is common to use the front door as a station for Halloween visitors, but that doesn't have to be the case. Kids will follow the decorated, illuminated pathway to the candy wherever it may be. Consider setting up a station in the driveway to wait for those walking in costumes. A small fire pit would be a nice addition, as it will allow you to sit outside all night and you won't have to worry about anyone being confused about where to go. You could light the outdoor grill or use your screen covered portable basin. No one will be on the grass heading for the front door, as it will be clear that there is a spooky fire going on in the driveway.
Decorations Can Be Deterrents
When choosing Halloween decorations, many people often go for those items that will turn the lawn into a graveyard. While this is fun, objects on the lawn or garden can potentially cause damage to the grass and flowers. Also, those excellent and creative decorations invite kids to pay games around them and even provide opportunities for Halloween photos. After all, most kids won't be visiting actual graveyards on Halloween night, but if you have one in your yard they might just take to it.
Instead, think of one good decoration, like a zombie hand reaching out of the ground, or even a series of them surrounding your garden. Use the rest of your decorations as a sort of border. Maybe you have a fence, in which case your solution is there. But if not, maybe make one with skeleton bone stakes or witches' brooms. These decorations aren't too scary, but make the point.