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Fun Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating for Your Kids

Not everyone wants to go trick-or-treating, whether you are concerned about your neighborhood, your kiddo is sick, or you simply don’t live somewhere that makes it convenient. You can plan a Halloween Big Night In as an alternative to Trick-or-Treating. Thankfully, there are plenty of alternatives you can consider.

Host a Halloween-Themed Game Night

A Halloween game night is a fun idea to consider. You can plan some different Halloween-themed games that the family can play instead of going out trick-or-treating. By putting a Halloween-theme twist on some common games you can make the night truly unique for the kids.

You can even have candy inspired games, such as a Halloween piñata or having candy as a prize for winner of each game. There are plenty of options to make a really memorable Halloween-themed family game night that the kids will always remember.

Halloween Movie Night

If you need a more quiet Halloween night at home, such as if one of your kids is sick, or there is bad weather so you’re not able to go trick-or-treating a movie night might be just the thing to do. You can find a variety of Halloween movies that are appropriate for kids of different ages.

The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown is great for younger children, or their are movies like Hocus Pocus and Halloweentown for your children or teens.

Make some spooky treats and cozy up to watch movies together for the evening.

Halloween pumpkin with face held by a girl in a witches costume

Local Event

Maybe you trick-or-treating isn’t really an option where you are, but you would still like to participate in some Halloween festivities you can check out local paper for Halloween-themed events near you. These organized events, usually at a local church, community hall, or other location that can be trusted.

I remember as a child going to one such event and having a blast in all the different jumping castles they had hired. This is a fun and safe way to spend Halloween with your family.

Keep an eye out for posters, do a little google investigating, or maybe ask on a community Facebook page to see what local events are around you.

Murder Mystery Dinner

Host your own Halloween Themed Murder Mystery Dinner for just you family or invite over family and/or friends. You can make a Halloween inspired dinner food and enjoy an evening of fun entertainment trying to solve the murder mystery through the evening.

Halloween coloring table with a chalkboard sign in wine glass full of candy sitting on a table covered in balloons.

Create Fun Spooky Crafts

For those that enjoy being crafty and have younger kids a Halloween craft night can be quite fun! Again, if the weather is not great or maybe you live somewhere rural and trick-or-treating isn’t really possible a fun night in doing crafts together could be a great solution.

Keep your kids interested by setting up some a selection of craft stations inside. You could decorate pumpkins, have a coloring area, or even some face painting to have a little fun dressing up still. You can make a big ‘pin the nose on the scarecrow’ for the door, or do any number of other crafts.

Do Them All!

If you really want to have some fun for the night do a little of everything! Have a Halloween Big Night In. Whatever you decide to do as an alternative to trick-or-treating, just make sure to have fun and focus on making memories with the family. Click of few snapshots, but don’t worry about getting in “perfect”. Just have a good festive night of fun!

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