If trick-or-treating isn’t in your Halloween plans this year, we have 25 fun alternatives that will still make your Halloween fun and memorable!
Trick-or-treating is a tradition that has been around for a long time. It can be a really fun activity that kids look forward to every October. However, there can be reasons that parents would rather their kids not trick-or-treat. Cold weather, recently moved and not familiar with the area, too much candy, and safety concerns.
Whatever the reason, if trick-or-treating isn’t in the cards for you, it is a good idea to have something else planned to make Halloween fun and memorable. We have 50 ideas that are alternative activities to trick-or-treating!
- Have a Glow Stick Dance Party. Give everyone glow stick bracelets or necklaces, turn down the lights and turn up the music!
- Halloween Craft Night. This post has some really fun ideas.
- Create a Halloween Treasure Hunt. Create a hunt with these fun clues, and then leave a treasure at the end!
- Halloween Movie Night. Make it special by decorating and moving some furniture to create a fun space. Serve popcorn out of a witches cauldron and make some carmel apples! Some of our favorite Halloween movies:
- Younger Kids:
- Spookley the Square Pumpkin
- Curious George – A Halloween Adventure
- Toy Story of Terror
- Heffalump Halloween
- Older Kids:
- Corpse Bride
- Spiderwick Chronicles
- Monster House
- Younger Kids:
- Plan a Costume Party Dinner. You can have the kids dress up with a theme, or just let them wear whatever costume they want. Serve fun foods like frankenstein pasta, mummy pizza, halloween pot pie, or mummy hot dogs.
- Backyard Bonfire. Build a fire in the backyard and make Halloween smores, roast hot dogs and enjoy the crisp air with a warm fire.
- Pumpkin Carving Contest. This is great way to bring the family together for an activity that appeals to all ages encourages individuality and creativity. Find designs online, or buy a carving kit with patterns.
- Halloween Pinata. Fill a Halloween themed pinata with not just candy, but other fun things like bouncy balls, slinkys, mini bubbles, finger puppets, glow sticks, temporary tattoos, mini playdough, and small art supplies.
- Family Game Night. Get your kids together and play some of these fun Halloween themed games:
- Mummy Sack Race (wrap kids legs in toilet paper)
- Pumpkin Checkers – use small pumpkins as the pieces
- Eyeball Pong – take turns bouncing “eyeballs” on the table to get them into the cups, if the ball lands in the middle cup, you instantly win.
- Pumpkin Patch Stomp: Fill orange balloons with candy, coins, or other treats. Then fill them with air and let your kids stomp on the balloons and collect the treasures.
- Eyeball Hunt: Hide googly eyes around your house or backyard. Tell your kids to collect as many as they can. Turn it into a timed relay and see who can snatch the most for even more fun.
- Play Halloween ‘chopped’. Choose a few Halloween themed ingredients that your kids must use in a food creation and let them compete to see who makes the most delicious dish.
- Visit the Zoo. Many zoos offer ‘Boo Lights’ and light up the zoo with Halloween colors. It is fun to walk around and look at the animals with the lights.
- Decorate mini pumpkins. Use paint, stickers, glitter, paper and glue. Let your kids go to town creating beautiful art with their pumpkins.
- Halloween Photo Booth. Everyone loves to takes photos – especially in a costume! here are some ideas of how to create your own!
- Play Halloween Minute to Win It games. Minute to win it games are always a hit at every party we throw. Try some of these Halloween themed games.
- Drop Halloween treat packages on neighbors doorsteps. Put together some goody packages and ‘doorbell’ ditch the treats to neighbors who might need a pick me up.
- Halloween Deco Drive. Take a drive through nearby neighborhoods to look at Halloween decorations in people’s yards
- Make gingerbread Haunted Houses. This is a fun and creative craft – these are easy and inexpensive from Trader Joe’s.
- Play Crazy Costume Dressup – put a pile of random clothes in the middle of a circle and take turns seeing who can come up with the funniest ‘costume’
- Play glow stick tag in your backyard. There are lots of ways to play this! This post gives ideas and variations of fun ways to play.
- Play the trick-or-treat game
- Have a food taste testing. Purchase different flavors or types of one food item and then try them all and give them a rating. Some food ideas are cheese, root beer, apples, pretzels, or popcorn.
- Make homemade root beer with dry ice.
- Paint Zombie Rocks. This is a fun craft activity – after you paint your Zombie rocks – hide them throughout the neighborhood for other kids to find.
- Play Pumpkin Golf. Create your own Halloween golf game in your backyard!
- Halloween Charades. This Halloween game is perfect if you’re staying home with a small group this year. Try guessing Halloween themed words or topics.
What other fun Halloween Activities have you done in the past??