It's that time of year again folks! It's time for candy, costumes, and kids. That's right, Halloween is right around the corner!
While some parents prefer to celebrate Halloween in a traditional fashion, others have embraced new fun ways to celebrate this holiday with their kids. Some parents have chosen to find alternative ways to observe some of the beloved aspects of the candy filled holiday. There is no shame in creating traditions that work for your family!
If you are looking to incorporate some new ways to enjoy Halloween without the door-to-door aspect but still want to enjoy the sweets, dressing up, and fun, here are some possible ideas!
Trunk or Treats/Costume Parties
Most well-known and beloved alternatives are trunk or treats or costume parties. These are great options for kids who love to dress up and love to show off their creative side to their friends and communities. Having costume contests and creepy themed sensory bins and snacks are some great additions to any festive get togethers. Trunk or treats offer a fun way to enjoy candy, community, and costumes without certain concerns such as the threat children being hit by cars due to it being dark outside and some costumes have no reflectivity. There is a concern of other peer pressured shenanigans such as toilet paper or egging houses that are avoided if kids are at a community centered event.
Fall/Halloween "Easter Egg Hunt"
One off the wall idea that is great for the younger kids is to have a fall/Halloween themed "Easter egg" hunt. Covid made several mommas get creative when it came to unconventional trick or treating ideas and if you haven't heard of a pumpkin hunt let me introduce you to this phenomenal idea! This one is great because you can choose exactly what kind of candy, prizes, or other items to put in the "eggs".
There are no worries of allergies or tampered with candy because you have total control of what you put in them. Of course, traditional Easter eggs aren't exactly matching of the season, but several online sites sell "eggs" that are fall or Halloween themed, colored or shaped, shapes such as pumpkins add a festive flare to the hunt. Other prizes that are not candy could include small toys, stickers, stamps, money, bouncy balls, etc.
Halloween Treasure Hunt
Another untraditional idea is a treasure hunt that leads to a bowl overflowing of candy. Treasure hunts are excellent for older children because you can create a series of clues or riddles that leads them on adventure that ends in a prize. You can also include a small prize with every clue they find to keep them encouraged and interested on the hunt. This one can create cherished memories and wonderful anticipation for this tradition for years to come. Here are some inspirational ideas to get you started.
What other fun ways or nontraditional ways do you celebrate halloween? Comment below!