Although trick or treating is a fun activity for many children, as a parent you just might not be comfortable sending your child knocking on people’s doors asking for candy. Or you child may be too young to feel comfortable trick-or-treating. That’s perfectly fine! The good news is there are lots of other activities that’ll still make for a fun Halloween. Here are 5 ideas to get you going:
Trunk or Treating
Trunk or treating is a new Halloween trend invented to solve a number of problems with traditional trick or treating. Some people live in communities where the homes are just too far apart for trick or treating to work, where others don’t like the idea of their kids knocking on strangers’ doors.
Trunk or treating involves a group of people getting together – which could be organized by friends or a group like a school or church – and offering out candy to kids from their trunks. Much easier for the kids to walk between, much more approachable for little ones and much safer for any worried parents!
Host a Halloween Party
A Halloween party is always great fun, and you can invite a number of other children to hold your own trick or treat right inside the home. Younger children can definitely have fun visiting the adults in every separate room of the house, knocking on the door to receive their candy.
If your kids are likely to get bored with this, simply plan a fun party with plenty of their friends, and hand out treat bags to everyone. Plan some other Halloween games to make up for the fact that they aren’t going out trick or treating.
Some families forgo the parties and candy altogether and make other plans for Halloween. Depending on the age of your kids, you could plan a scary movie night. Another idea is to plan a Halloween feast – put together a fun menu full of spooky-sounding foods.
Local Halloween Events
You’ll often find that parks and other family-friendly businesses plan events around Halloween. These could be haunted theme parks, malls or safe, planned Halloween events. They may or may not include trick or treating, but there will usually be enough other activities to keep kids more than happy on Halloween night!
If it’s the candy specifically that concerns you on Halloween, have a think about alternatives that’ll still make your kids happy. These include giving money instead of food or providing fun novelty items.
And just in case you missed these great post of Halloween ideas for your kiddos, check them out:
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