12 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

Updated: Oct 16

Parents may choose to forego trick-or-treating this Halloween for a myriad of reasons. So if regular old trick-or-treating is pretty much a no-go, never fear. Your kids will have no less fun with these alternative Halloween entertainments, from picnics and fashion shows to pumpkin hunts and movie nights, plus some ways to tweak trick-or-treating if your kids insist on scouting the neighbourhood.



Pumpkin patch visits

A trip to the pumpkin patch will get you into the Autumn and Halloween spirit and make you want to do this every year. Pumpkin patches are fun for the whole family and an excellent time for you and the kids to bond. Teach them how to find the right pumpkin and let them lead the way through the corn maze!


Trick-or-treat circle

Get a small group together, whether it’s friends or family, and trick-or-treat at those families’ houses. This way, your kiddos will feel like it’s a normal Halloween but will have a lower risk to it.


Costume fashion show

Get all dressed up in your costumes, throw on some music, create a catwalk and have fun strutting your stuff.


Halloween-inspired neighbourhood parade

Get creative and decorate your car in its own “costume.” Drive around your neighbourhood to admire the fun and spooky Halloween decorations, and bring a bag of candy for munching during the ride.


An Autumn picnic—but in costume

Stick with just the family or get a small group together and go to a park or restaurant, all in costume! It would be fun for you and all the people who see you.


Harvest festival games

Set up your backyard with festival-like events, such as bobbing for apples, guessing how many candy pieces are in a jar, and a cake walk.


Halloween pumpkin hunt

Think Easter egg hunt, but with small pumpkins! Do this at home, in the backyard, at the park —opportunities abound!




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