Although trick or treating is a traditional part of Halloween for kids, at least in North America, this year things will look different. Depending where you are, for some it may not be possible to go trick or treating, while others may choose not to, even if it’s permitted. But there are still lots of fun Halloween alternatives to trick or treating!
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Last year, we were away for Halloween, and I didn’t realize how much my kids were going to miss it! I also didn’t realize that other countries don’t celebrate Halloween the same way we do in North America. Bu although my kids were disappointed that they didn’t dress up in costumes and go door to door, we did do a little candy hunt in our hotel room and they were pretty excited about that!
Needless to say, they were pretty excited to stay home this Halloween and be able to go trick or treating! But with the restrictions and uncertainty this year, I’m not too sure whether we will be going door to door. I expected my boys to be disappointed (especially when they’ve been looking forward to this all year!) but they seem to be ok with it! In fact, they were the ones who suggested we do a scavenger hunt inside again (like an Easter Egg Hunt, mom!) and said they’d be ok with that. Then they decided to come up with some other ideas to keep it fun, so we sat down and came up with these fun Halloween alternatives to trick or treating.
This is a similar idea to an Easter Egg Hunt, where candy is hidden throughout the house (you could also do it out in the yard). Not that the entire point of Halloween is the candy, but that is one of the favourite things for the kids! We eat pretty healthy in our house and don’t have candy too often, so Halloween is a big treat for my guys. But the best part of doing a Candy Hunt in your house, is that you can choose what to hide for your kids. If you don’t want them having too much candy, you can hide stickers, small toys, healthy treats, or mix it all up and have a bit of everything!
Most schools typically do a costume parade with little ones, which gives them a chance to dress up and show off their costume as they walk through the school or around the playground. Why not do something similar at home? Ask a few neighbourhood kids if they want to join in and plan a time where everyone can walk around the neighbourhood, or even just around the block. This is a perfect way to stay socially distanced, while still having fun dressing up!
Make Halloween Crafts
This isn’t really an alternative to trick-or-treating, as we would be making crafts for Halloween anyways, but it’s still fun to do! Plus, it’ll get everybody in the Halloween mood! We prefer easy, simple crafts with minimal materials but you can find more elaborate crafts on pinterest (or pick up some of those craft kits at Michaels or even the Dollar Store). Some of the ones we’re making this month are pie plate spiders, egg carton ghosts and spiders and tissue paper pumpkins.
As a family, go for a walk around the neighbourhood and see what Halloween and Fall things you can spy. You can make a list ahead of time and have your kids check off the items when you find it, or take a blank piece of paper and have them draw a picture when they see something. Some things to look for could be ghost decorations, skeletons, spiders, scarecrows, a bale of hay, gourds and different colours of pumpkins. Download a copy of ours here.
There are so many things you can do with pumpkins! But probably the most popular thing to do is decorate one for Halloween. You can design and carve the pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern, paint a design on the outside or just draw with permanent markers. If you’re carving a pumpkin, take the opportunity to explore the inside of the pumpkin! A favourite in our house is to roast the pumpkin seeds too!
Halloween Dance Party
This is another idea borrowed from elementary schools, but its fun, so why not? Put on some spooky Halloween music, or even some fun Halloween songs for younger kids, and dance away!
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include books in this list! We love to read in this house, so of course we pull out some Halloween books at the beginning of the month to get us in the Halloween mood! There are so many to choose from, but some of our favourites are Five Little Pumpkins, Room on the Broom, Llama Llama Trick or Treat and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything. You can also check out the 5 Books we’re reading in October.
If you have any other suggestions, let us know in the comments below! Whether or not we actually go door to door this year, we’re still going to use some of these Halloween alternatives to trick or treating and maybe start new traditions in this house!
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