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Fun Family Alternatives To Trick Or Treating

by Lisa Jones
Published: Last Updated on 4 comments
A pumpkin with a face carved out has fairy lights both in and around it. It is against a black background and sat on a wooden table

With all the worry over Covid-19 and the possibility of another lockdown, it is unlikely that we’ll want to go Trick or Treating this year. 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 huge fan of it anyway. We teach our kids not to accept sweets and candy off of strangers 364 days a year but on Halloween it’s fine? 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

Trick or treat cut out of black card is stuck to a wooden stick against a white background
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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 2 pictures for the little ones to colour in! Specially hand-drawn by my husband!

Movie Night

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!

Spooky Baking

Biscuits in the shapes of ghosts and cats are on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. There is a wooden spoon next to them
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It doesn’t matter if you are terrible at baking, it will probably add to the spooky look! 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!’

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

A young girl dressed up as a witch is sat in a field with dried grass. There is a face pumpkin next to her and she is in front of a cauldron that is emitting green smoke
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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. 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 create pin the arm/leg on the skeleton, Guess the scary food by feeling and tasting (jelly snakes as worms, tomatoes as eyes, lots of jelly etc!)

I hope that you enjoyed these fun family Alternatives To Trick Or Treating. Will you be trying any of these? Or do you already have your own traditions? Let me know in the comments!

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Marion Jones 03/10/2020 - 6:23 pm

What great ideas lisa have fun with little one xx

Lisa Jones 06/10/2020 - 9:51 am

Thank you! I’m definitely looking forward to doing some of these with little J! xx

Smelly Socks and Garden Peas 01/10/2020 - 9:31 pm

We are definitely not trick or treating this year, it’s a bit sad because it’s the first year that small boy would really have got into it. I think baking and a movie will be the order of the day for us.

Lisa Jones 01/10/2020 - 9:57 pm

Baking and movies sounds like a great night! Little J is definitely too young at the moment for trick or treating. Not that I like it anyway!


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