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Fun Family Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating


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Not going trick-or-treating this year? Not every family does. Perhaps your children are too old to collect candy, it doesn’t fit in with your personal family choices, or you simply don’t live somewhere that it is convenient. No matter the reason, you’re in luck! There are fun alternatives to Trick-or-Treating.

Fun Family Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Have a Spooky-Themed Game Night

One great idea you can try on Halloween is to have a fun game night. This involves putting together some different Halloween-themed games that the kids can play instead of going out trick-or-treating. Try to have plenty of candy (or other treats you approve of) around the house to enjoy Halloween just as much as if they were going out. You can have games that match the candy theme or a spooky one. How about a Halloween Piñata?  There are so many different options.

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Candy Land /  Ghost “Dart” Board / Halloween Charades / Push a Monster / Monster Beanbag Toss / Ghosts Love Candy / Halloween Piñata

Watch Halloween TV Shows and Movies

This is good if you want more of a quiet night at home, if one of your kids is sick, or the weather is bad outside so you’re not able to do your typical trick-or-treating. You will find a wide range of television shows and movies for Halloween that are appropriate for kids of different ages. For younger kids, try The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, then get movies like Hocus Pocus for your older kids and teenagers. Make some spooky treats and sit down to watch movies all night.

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Scooby-Doo Halloween / Dog Who Saved Halloween / Curious George Boo Fest / Nicktoons Halloween / Hocus Pocus /Halloween Town Combo / Halloweentown High / Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown / Hotel Transylvania / Monster High – 4 Movie Collection / Monster House / Casper Meets Wendy

Go to a Local Trunk-or-Treat

Another fun thing you can do if you don’t want kids going 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, usually at a local church or other organization that can be trusted. Everyone drives in their vehicles and opens up their trunk to put bowls or bags of candy. The kids get to go to each car, get their candy, then there is usually a party during or afterward the main event. This is a fun and safe way to spend Halloween with your family.

Create Fun Halloween Crafts

For the kids or teens that enjoy being creative, crafts are perfect. It is another option when the weather is too cold or rainy outside on Halloween, so going door to door would not be the best idea. Instead, keep your kids interested in staying indoors by setting up some different craft stations inside. You can have regular pumpkins to carve or plastic pumpkins with pens and paint they can use to decorate them. You can make a big ‘pin the stem on the pumpkin’ for the door, or do any number of other crafts.