Not everyone likes or enjoys trick or treating, and with the worry of COVID still lingering over our heads, many of us may not want to go. Because of this, I thought that I would share some fun alternatives to Trick or Treating for this Halloween!
I mean, I’ve never been a massive fan of it anyway. We teach our kids not to accept sweets and candy off strangers 364 days a year, but on Halloween, it’s okay? I’ve never understood that, but I do enjoy all the dressing up and decorating. Covid can’t stop us from doing that!
So, Here Are Some Fun Family Alternatives To Trick Or Treating
A Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts don’t have to be saved just for Easter eggs! Hide the treats around the house or garden, give the little kiddies (and big kids) a basket and let them loose! You could also make it more fun by leaving hints and clues for them to work out where the treats are hidden. Should keep them quiet for a while!
Art’s and Crafts
Dig out the arts and crafts and start making some fun decorations to decorate your house! It doesn’t matter if you’re not crafty. The kids will love making scary themed decorations. Some ideas are:
- Paper chains or bunting
- Little ghosts out of cottonwool
- Orange balloon pumpkins!
- Spider webs out of paper or cotton wool
As a little bonus, if you click on the links below, there are two pictures for the little ones to colour in! Specially hand-drawn by my husband!
Get all of your treats together and get everyone to pick their favourite Halloween film for the whole family. Switch the lights off and enjoy! I’ve always loved Hocus Pocus and Casper!
Bake some cakes or biscuits and let the little ones decorate them however they want. A quick idea is to use Ladyfinger biscuits to make ‘real’ fingers and cover them in strawberry jam ‘blood!’ It doesn’t matter if you are terrible at baking; it will probably add to the spooky look!
The spookiest one wins!
Pumpkin Carving Competition
I’ve always been pretty terrible at pumpkin carving, but that doesn’t stop me from trying! Send pictures of your creations to friends and family and ask them to vote for the winner.
Scary Themed Dinner
Cook up a fun, scary dinner! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. You could use food dye to make black or green spaghetti; meatballs could be bloody eyeballs, ribs could be….well ribs, sausages could be fingers (use pasta to make nails!)
Have A Mini Disco
After all the fun and sweet treats, they’ll need to burn all that energy off. Have a mini disco! Light some safe candles, get some spooky music on and dance, dance, dance. Play spooky musical statues and musical bumps in the night!
Fancy Dress Competition
Have everyone in the house dress up in their favourite scary costume and vote the best one. Even better, get the kids to make their own costumes! You could even post them onto social media and ask your friends and family to vote for their favourite. The best one wins the biggest treat!
Tell Ghost Stories
Get in a circle on the floor, switch all the lights off, grab a blanket and a torch and share your best Ghost stories! I probably wouldn’t do this one if your little ones are very young or prone to nightmares, though!
Party Games/Games Night
Who doesn’t love a good games night? You could pin the arm/leg on the skeleton and guess the scary food by feeling and tasting (jelly snakes as worms, tomatoes as eyes, lots of jelly, etc!)