Feeling like you don't know your neighbors? Halloween is a perfect opportunity to have fun with it.
When one of my now-friends moved onto my street she was determined to form a community. As an extrovert, this wasn’t something difficult for her to do. She put little notes on the doors of the 34 houses on our street that said, “We’re the K Family! We’re new! Join us 7/4 in our driveway for a neighbor party from 2-4. Snacks and fun things for kids will be provided!”
Seven households showed up. Would you believe me if I told you two of them had lived on the street for 30+ years and had never met each other?
Making freighbors (friends that are neighbors) can be difficult. As much as you may love your home, it can make you feel isolated and lonely.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve lived in your house for 1 week or your entire life: it’s not too late to meet your neighbors!
Halloween is a perfect time to do this as you have a reason. Here are 5 ways you can make an introduction:
Make small bags of candy or cookies with a note attached.
An example of something you can write is, “BOO, neighbor! I am ____ and I live at ____. I’d love to meet you sometime, so if you see me outside don’t be afraid to stop and say hello.”
Put a note in their mailbox letting them know you’ll have treats on Halloween
Many families have started to do more trunk-or-treat events than door-knocking. That doesn’t mean you can’t have something for the kiddos (or parents!) at a different time. You can set out something on your driveway or porch or be there to greet them if you choose. This is a great opportunity for a quick introduction.
Have a fire pit? Invite them to a s’mores roast!
Set the time and date and let your neighbors know with a note in their mailbox or on their door. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Just a quick invite will do.
Dress up your house with decorations
This seems to be a more recent trend than in the past but it’s a perfect opportunity to let neighbors know you’re here for the celebration and your lights won’t be off on 10/31.
For your most immediate neighbors, consider some booze instead of some boos. This cute printable is perfect to slip right over the wine bottle. Make sure you put your information on it, too, so they know who you are.
No matter what you choose to do, remember, it’s NEVER too late to meet your neighbors! It’s much easier to ask a neighbor for sugar than to run to the store…