Thursday, October 18, 2012

Cleaning Up After Halloween Pranks
The morning after Halloween can be a real surprise if you've been pranked by some little goblins. Here are some solutions for cleaning up after four typical Halloween pranks.

1. Your house was "egged". If the neighborhood kids thought it would be fun to throw some eggs on your home, here's how to get it off. Time is of the essence, so make sure you deal with this mess right a way. Use your garden hose and wet the area underneath the egg. Moisten the area with cool water. Don't spray the egg directly, as it will just spray the mess everywhere. Once the entire area under the egg is wet, start gently spraying the siding above the egg. All you want to do is let the running water wash it off gently.

2. Your trees and lawn were "TP-ed" So you wake up to toilet paper all over your front yard. Get out there immediately with a broom or rake. You want to get the paper down before it turns to mush. Work from top to bottom and if the toilet paper isn't too wet you can try a leaf blower.

3. Your car has shaving cream all over the windows. Don't fret, this is easy to remove as long as you don't try to scrape it off. Just gently wash cool water over it until the shaving cream starts to dissolve.

4. They smashed your pumpkins The little pranksters just couldn't leave your pumpkins alone. It won't be a problem as long as you deal with it quickly. Remove all the big pieces with a shovel and wash off the "goop" with your garden hose. Don't let this sit for even one day. The sun and heat will bake it into your driveway in less than eight hours.


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  4. yes, Halloween is fun, but cleaning afterwards is as unpleasant as after any other party! :)

  5. I still can't determine who is more creative and imaginative- the kids who come up with all the messy ideas or the parents who have to deal with the aftermath.

  6. I love Halloween, but last year my driveway was covered with eggs, it took me hours to clean it up.

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  8. There are a ton of pranks going on in my neighborhood right now. I hope that nothing happens to my home. We just put out our pumpkins last night. A few of my neighbors have needed to hire a cleaning services company to clean up some of the mess.

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  10. TP is the worse because you typically don't find it til the morning when the morning dew makes it sticky.

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