When I was a kid, Halloween was one of my favorite holidays. I loved dressing up as my favorite superheroes and go door-to-door trick or treating with my friends. Unfortunately, my mother brought my Halloween fun to a screeching halt when she heard stories of people’s putting poison and razor blades inside of the treats (people still question the validity of these claims).
Nevertheless, I miss the carefree days of trick or treating. I want my kids to have fun, dress up, and overload on candy the way I did when I was their age. However, I worry about their safety and I don’t feel always comfortable allowing them to go trick or treating on Halloween.
To make sure my kids get to enjoy the holiday each year, I’ve discovered 5 fun alternatives to Halloween trick or treating.
5 Fun Alternatives to Halloween Trick or Treating 1 of 6
Community Fall Festivals 2 of 6
Many churches and organizations hold Fall Festivals for the community. These festivals have several activities such as carnival games, face-painting, bounce houses, and hay rides. There are even costume contests and opportunities for kids to load their bags with free candy. I take my kids to several festivals throughout the month of October because they are affordable and provide wholesome family fun.
Neighborhood Block Party 3 of 6
If you have a close-knit community, you and your neighbors can band together and have a Halloween Block Party. On Halloween, block off a street in the neighborhood (it works best if it's a cul-de-sac) and invite everyone over to the party. You can have a house decorating contest, games, and Halloween themed activities. Make sure there is plenty of candy and goodies for the kids.
Outdoor Movie Night 4 of 6
One of my friends holds an annual movie night on Halloween. He sets up a projector and an inflatable screen in his backyard and invites his neighbors to partake in an outdoor film fest. He plays family friendly Halloween movies such as A Nightmare Before Christmas, Frankenweenie, Ghostbusters, and The Addams Family and passes out candy to the kids. If this idea is a little too elaborate for you, you can scale back and invite a few of your child's friends to your home to watch movies on a TV set up on your patio.
Trunk or Treat 5 of 6
My local YMCA has an annual event called Trunk or Treat. It's a Halloween tailgating party for families. Members park their vehicles in a designated spot in the parking lot, open their trunks filled with candy, and interact with the costumed children. Many of the attendees decorate their cars in creative ways and dress up in elaborate costumes. The YMCA provides music, activities, and a safe environment for trick or treaters.
Homemade Haunted House 6 of 6
Turn your home into a haunted house by adding some spooky decor and setting up a scare stations inside. You can have trusted teenagers jump out of closets in scary costumes, play haunting sound effectives, turn the lights on and off, or place scary props throughout your house. Try not to make it too scary because you want smaller children to have fun without having nightmares.