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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 the forecast is frightful or Halloween being on a school night has you wanting an at-home alternative to trick-or-treating, here are some sweet and creative ideas to celebrate this most candy-centric of holidays.

Try some of these trick-or-treating alternatives and let us know which was your family’s favorite!

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 ideal option for your family this year, have your kids hunt for their treasures at home. Hide treats around the house and yard. You can give 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 with some sweet treats, of course. 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 frightening or not-so-scary 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 like to plan a family Halloween party. One reader said her family enjoys booking a room at a hotel with an indoor pool and pigging 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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