Trick-or-treating is not the only way you can have fun on Halloween night. Whether you find it a safety hazard in your neighborhood, or you live somewhere where it’s not convenient, luckily, there are plenty of alternatives you can consider.
Have a Halloween-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 (a good one is Spot it! Halloween)that the kids can play instead of going out trick-or-treating. Be sure to check out these creative Pinterest boards: Fun Halloween-themed games.
Try to have plenty of candy around the house to enjoy Halloween just as much as if they were going out for candy. You can even have candy-themed games, such as a Halloween piñata (here’s a fun Vampire Coffin Pinata) or giving out candy as a gift for winning certain games.
Watch Halloween TV Shows and Movies
This is a good choice if you want more of a quiet night at home, such as 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 kid-friendly Halloween television shows and movies. For younger kids, try The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. For older kids, try movies like Hocus Pocus and Coraline for your older kids and teenagers. Don’t forget to include some spooky treats!
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.
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.