Scare up a buyer with these Halloween marketing tips

Halloween outdoor decorHalloween isn’t just an opportunity to gorge on all things frightful or filled with sugar. It’s also a chance for home sellers to scare up a buyer!

Because these days, home sellers need as much marketing creativity as they can muster up. Now that the summer home-selling fever has died down, people are beginning to hunker down for the holidays. In fact, statistics show that home sales don’t pick back up again until spring. But if you have a home on the market, you don’t want to wait months and months to make the sale, right?

That’s where Halloween comes in: Every year, more than 41 million kids in the U.S. head out trick-or-treating on this holiday, trekking from door to door—many with parents in tow. In other words, Halloween is the one day of the year when you could have dozens of people visiting your house, no effort required!

So if you’re eager to use this opportunity to spread the word that your home’s for sale, check out these tactics to make that happen.

1. Turn your treats into marketing materials

Halloween treatsIt goes without saying that kids will happily take any treats you hand out at your door, and that parents will likely survey their haul (because, let’s be frank, parents like candy too and are not above pilfering). So this scenario creates prime opportunities for some stealth marketing: Use these candies to carry the message that your home’s up for grabs.

  • You can do this by attaching a small card or flier to your candy saying that your home is for sale, along with your address and contact info for your agent.
  • If you’re afraid this card will get chucked in the trash and you want your marketing material to stick around for longer, you can even print the deets on small toys like fidget spinners.
  • Or do you want something bigger, where you can post some nice real estate pics? Fraser suggests investing in quality fliers to post near the front door, so parents can grab them on their way off the porch.

2. Throw a Halloween-themed open house

Halloween house-for-sale-signRather than just getting trick-or-treaters on your porch, why not lure them into your house? The way to do that is to host a Halloween-themed open house, where you invite home buyers to check out your place with the bonus of giving them an excuse to celebrate all things scary.

You’ll want to ideally host your open house on the weekend of or before Halloween, and set up some kid-friendly activities to keep the tykes busy. Think apple bobbing, pumpkin painting, or even turning your place into a haunted house! What better way is there to get people poking through every closet and corner of your home?

A Halloween-themed open house is also a great way to lure in home buyers who might not normally trick-or-treat in your neighborhood—so be sure to get the word out far and wide.

Your agent might also host a broker’s open house, for real estate agents. After having a ghoulish good time at your Halloween open house, agents are sure to chat up your home to their buyers!

3. Don’t go overboard with your Halloween decor

pumpkin-on-haybaleFirst impressions of a home matter—by some estimates, you can increase a selling price by as much as 20% with some curb appeal improvements. You don’t want to undo all of that with over-the-top Halloween decorating. Remember, you want to draw attention to your gorgeous house, not to the scary ghouls hanging from your trees.

With that in mind, stick to inoffensive (read, appealing) mums or other fall-themed plants on the porch, and maybe a pumpkin or two—provided it’s not carved to look like scary.

If you have your heart set on something spooky, you might want to move the decor away from the home and into the yard, turning it into an attraction that will draw more families your way. One realtor suggests you set up a photo spot in your yard for trick-or-treaters. If your home’s “For Sale” sign happens to be in the background, all the better.

marketing ideas from realtor.com/Jeanne Sager

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Eat, Drink & Be Scared at these North Texas Halloween Attractions

Halloween is just around the corner, and North Texas is a great location to get your fright on! If you’re looking for things to do to get you in the spooky mood, try some of these local attractions.

Scare Factor:
1 – Kid Friendly, not scary at all!
2 – A little bit Scary
3 – Super Scary – Yikes!

The Dark Path Haunt, Denton TX
Ages – 13+     Scare Factor: 3 (See warnings/rules on website)

This scary experience takes place outdoors, on an authentic haunted trail in Denton called the Dark Path. Located in the vicinity of the legendary Goatman’s Bridge, you will step right into horror down a winding path through the darkness, lit only by a single lantern to guide you. The area surrounding the Dark path has been home to various murders, suicides, disappearances, seances, ghost sightings and paranormal investigations since 1938. Be prepared!!

Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, October 28, 2017
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

A free, family-friendly event held outside, celebrating the fall season and paying homage to the goodness of the harvest, Dia de los Muertos, and all things Halloween, including coffin races, twilight lantern parade, and cirque du horror performance. Fun down to your bones!!

Zombie Safari, Dallas
Ages 8+     Scare Factor: 2

Zombie Safari Dallas is an interactive, real-time, first-person shooter experience where you get to shoot without getting shot back. This is a one of a kind adventure and it only happens in October. A true D/FW Zombie Hunt experience.

Zombie Safari is a full service paintball facility during the day and a Zombie Hunting Adventure at Night! Food, Snacks, Drinks, Face-painting, Corn-hole, Giant Jenga, Silly String fight area and other fun stuff to do while you wait.

Advance reservations are strongly suggested.

The Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

All activities are free at the Flower Mound Pumpkin Patch, including the hay bale maze, bounce houses, hayrides, pumpkin patch train, picture opportunities, playground and much more! Food vendors (on the weekend only). Pumpkins for sale. Parking charge. Visit website for more details.

Canned Goods accepted to benefit CCA.

Dan’s Haunted House, Lake Dallas 
Ages – 14+     
Scare Factor: 3 (See Warnings/Rules on website)

The 2017 Theme is “Mokusatsu – Kreep’s Atomic Shadows”. This full feature outdoor walk-through professional haunted attraction features creepy Japanese inspired sets and some of the best live Halloween entertainment actors around. “Listen for the Screams of Terror and you will know you have arrived at One of the Scariest Haunted Attractions in the DFW.”

12th Annual Saints and Sinners Tour, Historic Oakwood Cemetery, Fort Worth
Ages – ALL     Scare Factor: 1

Walk under magnificent oaks on graveled paths to meet many of the famous and infamous characters of early Fort Worth as they tell the stories of their lives and times. Twilight tours available. Presented by the North Fort Worth Historical Society.

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