Trick-or-Treating this year may not be an option in many parts of the country. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun on Halloween night. We need to be creative and have trick-or-treating alternatives to celebrate Halloween this year.
Going door to door this year to trick-or-treat is probably not an option. But we can still make it a special time for our kids. We can make memories by spending time together as a family and enjoying the spooky holiday together! Here are 7 fun trick-or-treating alternatives.
Make a Spooky Dinner
Make some spooky treats like mummy wrapped hot dogs. Or this cute jack-o-lantern stuffed peppers recipe. Then settle down to watch movies all night. After dinner, you could indulge in some Halloween candy.
Watch Halloween TV Shows and Movies
For younger kids, try The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie. Get movies like Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas kids and teenagers.
This is good if you want more of a quiet night at home. There are so many shows and movies for Halloween that are appropriate for kids of different ages.
Have a Halloween-Themed Game Night
An idea to try on Halloween is to have a fun game night. This would involve putting together some different Halloween-themed games the kids can play. Instead of going out trick-or-treating.
Try to have plenty of candy around the house to enjoy Halloween. You could buy as much as if they were going out for candy. You can even have candy-themed games. Such as a Halloween piñata or giving out candy as a gift for winning certain games.
Go to a Local Trunk-or-Treat
Another fun thing you can do if you don’t want to go door to door due to safety precautions is to take them to a trunk-or-treat. Instead of going to people’s homes, this is an organized event. Everyone drives in their vehicles and opens up their trunk to put bowls or bags of candy. Kids get to go to each car and get their candy.
This is a fun and safe way to spend Halloween with your family. While remaining socially distant to others. Check local Facebook groups of Nextdoor to see if there are any events happening near you. Or organize one with your neighbors.
Create Fun Halloween Crafts
For kids who enjoy being creative, crafts are perfect. It is another option to celebrate Halloween when going door to door would not be the best idea.
Keep your kids interested in staying indoors by setting up some different crafts to do. You can have regular pumpkins to carve. Or plastic pumpkins with markers and paint that they can use to decorate them.
Another fun idea is to make slime. Making your own slime is very popular and kids love making it. Try using clear glue and googly eyes to make ghost slime. Or use glow in the dark slime for a spooky alternative.
An easy recipe for slime is:
- 1/2 cup Elmer’s Glue
- 1t baking soda
- 2T Contact Solution
- Food Coloring
First, mix the baking soda and contact solution together in a small bowl. Mix until the baking soda dissolves. Next, add the glue to another container and mix in a few drops of food coloring. Then add the baking soda mixture to the glue and mix until the slime comes together.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
The kids can still get dressed up in their costumes and head out on Halloween night. But instead of going door to door head out on a scavenger hunt. Make a list of items for them to find. Each time they find an item you can reward them with Halloween candy. Once they have found all the items have a surprise waiting at home. Like a bucket of candy for the prize.
Make a Haunted Halloween Cookie House
This is like the gingerbread houses you make for Christmas. You could make sugar cookies and then shape the cookie dough into panels for the house and roof. Then get fun decorations like frosting and different types of candy. If you want to make it even easier you could use graham crackers to form the house.
Everybody in the family could make their own. For those who are competitive, you could have someone judge the house. Then the winner could get a bucket of candy!
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Trick-or-Treating Alternatives
My kids look forward to Halloween every year because they’re excited to go trick or treating. But this year we have to have a backup plan because we might not be able to go door to door.
Even if they can’t collect candy from the neighbors we can still make Halloween night special. By spending time as a family and indulging in Halloween candy. We may have to buy it ourselves but it still sounds like a good time!
I hope you enjoyed this list of trick-or-treating alternatives. Do you have an alternative to trick or treating? Let me know what it is in the comments:)
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