So, where did time go?
I was happily working into my new year’s resolution , and suddenly, I am hearing Christmas songs at the mall!
I realized it is September, people, roughly 114 days to Christmas (which means I have to do my shopping, like, NOW!) AND 59 DAYS TO HALLOWEEN!
Halloween: A time for ghouls, zombies, Annabelle and Belle costumes, (I take the Belle!), scary but edible pastries, trick or treating, candies!
But what if you are against trick or treating?
Maybe it is not safe or convenient in your neighborhood. Or your religious background does not allow you to celebrate the holiday. Or you are averse to all the coma-inducing (well, seems so hehe) sugar-laced candies lying around (because I am so sure that with your kid’s small tummies, you will end up finishing all thooose candies!).
Well, your kids will still love you, because here are FUN ALTERNATIVES TO TRICK OR TREATING you can still do.
Trick-or-Treating is not the be-all and end-all of having a SPOOKY FUN HALLOWEEN.
With a little effort and lots of imagination, you can give your children the BEST HALLOWEEN ever/so far.
FUN ALTERNATIVE TO TRICK OR TREATING #1: Have a Halloween-Themed Game Night
One fun alternative to trick or treating is having a Halloween-themed game night.
Who says staying home is boring when you can have your doughnut and eat it, too?
Kidding, but one of the fun games that you can play with the kids is the doughnut-eating game.
Here is how you play it:
- Loop a string through the hole of each donut. (The number of doughnuts must equal the number of players)
- Hang a string across the room.
- Have each player stand under the doughnut, just above their mouth.
- With hands on her back, player must eat the entire doughnut.
- First one to finish wins.
There are so many different Halloween-themed games your kids can play instead of going out to trick or treat. I will be doing a round-up post in the future.
Don’t forget to have lots and lots of candies around the house because Halloween is not Halloween without the candies, okay? Which reminds me, you can have candy-themed games, or a Halloween pinata! Like I said, everything is possible as long as your imagination is on overload.
FUN ALTERNATIVE TO TRICK OR TREATING #2: Watch Scary Halloween TV Shows and Movies
Watching scary Halloween TV shows and movies is good if you want to have a more peaceful Halloween night, or one of the kids may be sick, or the weather is bad outside.
There is a vast resource of television shows and movies for Halloween that are appropriate for kids of different ages.
My kids loved The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown when they were little ones. For older ones, movies like Hocus Pocus and Coraline will be fun.
Make some spooky treats and sit down, relax, stay up all night watching movies!
FUN ALTERNATIVE TO TRICK OR TREATING #3: Go to a Local Trunk-or-Treat
So, growing up with scary Halloween movies, you have special concerns about your kids going trick or treat door to door.
Well, how about trick or treating car to car?
Instead of going door-to-door, knocking for treats, trunk-or-treat is an organized event wherein everyone decorates their cars and opens up their trunks which are filled with treats, spooky games, and awesome prizes. Kids go to each car and get their treats. A Halloween party is usually held after the trunk-and-treat.
If you want to give your kids Halloween fun without the safety concerns of going door-to-door, how about car-to-car?
FUN ALTERNATIVE TO TRICK OR TREATING #4: Create Fun Halloween Crafts
When the weather is too cold or rainy outside on Halloween and going trick or treating door to door is definitely not a good idea, making the kids create fun Halloween crafts may be perfect.
Set up different craft stations, and let your kids’ imagination soar with fun Halloween crafts.