What a weird year this 2020 has been, am i right?! We as a society have been living an episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror for a little less than a year now, and we’re all over it. We miss our friends, our routines, our social calendars. To add to it, we now have to figure out a way to keep the spirit of the spooky season alive when the traditional trick or treating isn’t an option. Not to worry, I’ve compiled a list of alternatives for you to do with your littles, should door to door trick or treating be axed on All Hallow’s Eve. It may not have the same spirit as the usual routine, but it may turn out to be more fun in the long run!
Treat Scavenger Hunt
This is an idea that feels most like traditional trick or treating. Take a few bags of candy and disperse them around your yard or home, like you would an Easter egg. If you typically do your trick or treating before dark, you can easily hide the candy on its own, without any additional aid. If you like to do your candy hunting after dark, I suggest snagging some cute pumpkin bags and faux tea lights to subtly light the way. I found some super cute pumpkin bags that came in a pack of 100 off of Amazon, which I will link below. If you have a large space to work with, spread the candy out so that this game lasts as long as possible. Bonus idea: leave a clue that leads to a large bag or cauldron bucket of candy for them to find at the end of the hunt. It’s like hitting the mother load, or reaching that house that hands out the king sized candy bars: actual heaven!
Spooky Movie Marathon
Nothing screams Halloween quite like a spooky movie marathon! Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without our classic friends like Count Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Werewolf. If you have smaller viewers at home, you may want to wait to watch those until they’re passed out from too much candy. Here is a list of family-friendly Halloween movies:
- Hocus Pocus
- Pooh’s Heffalump Halloween Movie
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Spooky Buddies
- Monster House
- The Adventures Of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
- The Addams Family (2019)
- Super Monsters Save Halloween
- Toy Story of Terror
- Curious George: A Halloween Boo-Fest
- Hotel Transylvania
- Corpse Bride
- The Haunted Mansion
- Double Double Toil and Trouble
- It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
These movie options range in age, but they are all generally family friendly in my opinion. If you want to make it a full blown experience, I suggest getting some matching Halloween themed pajamas to go with your movie night! Being the Disney fans that we are, I snagged these cute matching pajamas at shopdisney.com! Bonus: They come in adult sizes, so I had to grab myself a matching pair! If there is still room after candy, don’t forget to bring the popcorn!
This may seem like an obvious option, but carving pumpkins on All Hallows Eve is a classic tradition that’s often overlooked due to the luster of trick or treating. So snag your best carving tools and gather your loved ones for a pumpkin carving party! Print out some fun and spooky designs and get creative! Put on some fun classic Halloween tunes like “Monster Mash” or “Thriller” to get the creative juices flowing! Make it a competition: choose a design for someone else and have them try to recreate it! The best recreation wins! Not into pumpkin carving carnage? Paint pumpkins instead! If you want that thick coat of paint, I suggest using tempura paint, which you can find at your local craft supply store. They may not glow at night like a traditional Jack-O-Lantern, but they will last much longer and give your creation a unique twist. Once you’re done with your pumpkins, set outside to admire your hard work!
Cookie Decorating Party
Make it the scariest cookie decorating party you’ve ever had! From monster shapes, to zombie unicorns and more, there are so many fun options to create! If you have a party of 6 or more, split up into teams and make it a competition! I’ve linked some cookie cutter and decorating options below, in case you need a head start on some ideas! Be mindful that carriers like Amazon are slower than usual, so order early to avoid the hassle.
Zoom Virtual Party Or Sleepover
Take the night and create a party from a safe distance! No contact is still very much a thing in our world socially, and there are ways to still have a good time with friends, without having to put your family at risk. Dress up in your favorite costume, just like you would on any other normal Halloween night. Log into a Zoom chat with your buds and party the night away! Create a fun and festive background and put on some spooky music to get the mood set! Incorporate your cookie decorating or pumpkin carving into the party, or play some fun Halloween games! Pick a Halloween craft and do it together! Do a spooky makeup tutorial and have everyone give it a try! Watch the same movie together and end the night with ghost stories and more Halloween candy! There are so many options to make the party more than just sitting and talking.
Speaking of Halloween crafts, there are a ton of options simply on Pinterest that you can try! Just choose the option that best suits your audience’s age group, and create! I have a three and eight year old, so my crafts range in that area. I’ll be creating some fun ideas throughout the month of September and October, but I’ve linked a few of my favorites from Pinterest below to get your creative juices flowing…https://www.gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2018/09/paint-splat-witchs-cauldron.html https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/paper-plate-pumpkin-craft/ https://kidscraftroom.com/halloween-black-cat-wreath-craft/ https://www.simpleeverydaymom.com/paper-plate-frankenstein-craft/ https://chicpursuit.com/halloween-crafts/ https://onelittleproject.com/paper-spiderwebs/
Another great way to make the night more interesting is to create some fun Halloween games to play! Pinterest is also a great place to find fun games based on your families age group and preferences. It’s going to be a long night, so having games prepared is a fun way to break up the evening, and the non stop candy eating. Some games I found would be fun and plan on playing are:
- Mummy Wrap contest using toilet paper
- Noodle worm eyeball dig
- Witch hat ring toss
- Donuts on a string eating game
- Monster scavenger hunt
I found these ideas on Pinterest, and the cost of the supplies are super low! For the mummy wrap, I bought large industrial sized rolls of toilet paper back in March when toilet paper was impossible to find. I bought 12 rolls. 12 rolls, guys. NOW I have a reason and purpose to use them! The noodle worm eyeball dig is simply cooked noodles and weird props from the Dollar Tree, mixed with a blindfold. The witch hat ring toss is a large cardboard rectangle that’s been painted, along with painted Solo cups and some diving rings. Donuts on a string is simply that, donuts and a string. The Monster scavenger hunt is just a printable i found online that I cut out and hid around my property. All cost efficient ideas!
Remote Trick Or Treating/Drive By Candy Table
This article is supposed to be alternatives to trick or treating, but there are areas in the United States and more where the numbers are not so bad. If you have the option of trick or treating, I would still air on the side of caution and do it with a modern twist. Remote trick or treating is something that people are doing. What does that mean? It means you leave the candy in a bowl far enough from your front door where kids can snag on their route. If you want to have the kids still ring the doorbell, have a claw grabber to hand out the candy, rather than touch the items yourself. You can also incorporate a neighborhood “drive by candy table,” where you lay out your candy for kids to grab on the drive by. You can decorate your table and make it super fun! Have the goodies packaged up in bags for easy (and safe) hand out!
Bottom line is, no matter how you choose to celebrate this year, it won’t be the same. But that doesn’t mean it still can’t be memorable! Your kids will love the day no matter what! Why? Because, candy. When in doubt, candy. The hunt for the delicious treasure might be a bit spoiled, but the end result is always the same. And nothing can take away the pure joy of candy on Halloween. xoxo, Megan