The tradition of trick-or-treating is not for everyone. Some people just choose to celebrate Halloween differently, or they like to commemorate the season in general rather than Halloween itself. Others might live in locations where trick-or-treat isn’t a safe choice. That doesn’t imply you and your family can’t have fun on Halloween! Here are some concepts for enjoyable alternatives to trick-or-treating.
Outfit parties do not necessarily have to be frightening or Halloween-themed. There’s no reason why you can’t have a costume celebration with a harvest or autumn style, or any theme: animals, cartoon characters, jungle style, a historical era, and so forth. Some schools call their dress-up day around Halloween “Book Character Day” to avoid more of the scarier costumes.
Unless you’re avoiding trick-or-treat to prevent the candy, you can have a candy-themed celebration or gathering. Conceal candies around your home and have a candy hunt (like Easter eggs!) or create a candy tree by hanging candy from a potted tree or branch.
Another enjoyable idea is to make crafts and artwork out of sweet. Glue candy onto poster board in enjoyable styles, or build bridges out of mini-marshmallows and toothpicks. You could use icing (the kind that hardens) to glue candy onto sheets of gingerbread or graham crackers if you want to keep it edible.
You could do a kind of trick-or-treat yourself – set out a candy “buffet” with bags and let everybody fill his pocket as he chooses. Games with candy rewards are another alternative.
If you like to celebrate Halloween without the candy or trick-or-treat thing, then you can still do some enjoyable and scary stuff on trick-or-treat night. Host an all-night scary film marathon for your teenager, for example, or set your house up like a haunted home and have guests over for tours. You can serve creepy food and embellish with ghosts and ghoulish images.
Look around for trick-or-treat alternatives in your local neighborhood. There are harvest celebrations offered by numerous organizations, including churches. Some indoor shopping malls will have a type of trick-or-treating with taking part in businesses and stores.
Along these lines, why not place on a local event yourself? A community or neighborhood might do a “trunk-or-treat” out of the backs of their cars and trucks. This is popular in church and community parking lots. Participating trucks and vehicles line up in a row with candies in containers in their trunks or truck beds. This makes it easy for kids to go along the line of cars and trucks and assist themselves (or the adults offer them, which might work better!).