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Trick-or-Treat Alternatives

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There are plenty of creative ways to make Halloween fun and festive. If there is anything this pandemic has taught us, it’s that you have to do what is right for your family, and comfort levels look different.

For those looking for an at-home option, whether for health concerns or for preference, here are some sweet and creative ideas to celebrate this most candy-centric of holidays. Try some of these socially distant alternatives including at-home celebrations.

Create a candy scavenger hunt!

We all know the highlight of Halloween is likely the collecting of treats. If going door-to-door is not an option for your family this year, have your kids hunt for their treasures. Hide it around the house or the yard. You can give them clues or simply let them search.

Hang up a Halloween piñata.

We looked to birthday parties for our candy delivery method inspiration on this one. Choose something Halloween-themed or something related to your child’s costume of choice.

Get cooking.

Food can make any day special. Craft a special menu and some sweet treats. Cookies, cupcakes, gourd-shaped pizzas, mummy dogs, the sky is the limit.

Take it back to the classics.

Fill your night with old-school activities like spooky or not-so-spooky movies, bonfires and pumpkin carving.

Tour the town on the hunt for the best Halloween décor.

We’ve rounded up the best-decorated neighborhoods in the metro for families to check out. Load up in the car and hit a neighborhood near you! Print out this fun Halloween scavenger hunt and see if you can check off all the boxes on your trip.


Several of our readers shared that they plan to have a family Halloween party. One reader said her family plans to book a room at a hotel with an indoor pool and will pig out on junk food.

Looking for more inspiring ideas for Halloween fun? Check out all of our Halloween Fun guides filled with community events including trunk or treats, costume contests and more!

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