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10 Alternatives to Door-To-Door Trick or Treating

October 17, 2017

Halloween is a time for dress up, spooky tricks, fun, and treats! Door-to-door trick or treating can be both an exciting and yet scary experience for the little ones. In some cases, it can be a daunting experience for parents as well. Especially, when you may not live in or near a children-friendly neighbourhood

 

 So, what if trick or treating just doesn’t work for your family?

 

Well, we’ve got you covered! You can:

 

1. Visit a Theme Park

 

Theme parks like Wonderland usually transform their summer thrills to fall chills. Expect to see haunted houses, spooky costumes, and cobwebs. The screams from the children riding the roller-coaster definitely play into the Halloween theme.

 

2. Host a Halloween Bash

 

Plan a child-friendly Halloween party and invite your children’s friends over for a boo-tastic night. Have fun creating party invitation, packing trick or treat bags, planning Halloween-themed party games, and decorating spooky treats to eat.

 

3. Plan a Family Night at Home

 

How about keeping it intimate with the family by spending Halloween together. It’s only fitting that everyone and the pets must wear their costumes. Have family alternate between answering the door for trick or treaters, but make the kids decide how much candy each trick or treater gets.

4. Attend Community Events

 

Try trick or treating at the zoo or check out upcoming festivals. Check out your local community calendar to see what your city have in store. As well as your local convention and visitor’s bureau for more information on each event.

 

5. Trick or Treat at a Nursing Home

 

What a treat! Visiting your local nursing home is not only a great gesture, but will be loads of fun. This is the perfect opportunity to make trick or treating a give and take experience for your kids and the residents.

 

Call and arrange a day and time to visit a nursing home. If you are able to arrange a playgroup, plan to go trick or treating at your local nursing home together.

 

6. Visit Your Local Fire and Police Departments

 

Safety is a priority. To keep our children safe, police and fire departments usually plan Halloween events at their stations. Police officers and firefighters take this opportunity to hand out treats on Halloween night. The best part is, the children might even get a personal tour and an up-close and personal look at the police cars and fire trucks.

 

Call your local police department’s non-emergency line to see what local events are planned in your city. Look out for details in your local newspaper, radio or TV station for safe spaces that are available trick or treaters.

 

7. Host a Halloween-Themed Movie Night

 

Cosy up on the couch and treat the whole family to a Halloween-themed movie night. Here's the thing everyone and the pets must dress up and wear a costume. Do not forget to put the children in charges of answering the door when trick or treaters come and as a family decide the movie list.

 

8. Throw a Block Party for the Kids

 

Go big or go home…right? Gather the neighbours together and throw a Halloween theme block party for the community. Get a group of parents to help plan and organize the event with light snacks, drinks, and activities like face painting, costume competitions, and outdoor party games.

9. Trick or Treat at the Mall

 

Take the kids to the mall to trick or treat. The mall is a safe space where the kids in costume can walk up to each store and trick or treat. With easy access to the food court and candy, trick or treating will definitely a fun night!

 

10. Visit a Theme Park

 

Theme parks like Wonderland usually transform their summer thrills to fall chills. Expect to see haunted houses, spooky costumes, and cobwebs. The screams from the children riding the roller-coaster definitely play into the Halloween theme.

 

At most theme parks, they separate children rides from the adults' so finding age-appropriate rides should not be difficult.

 

Halloween events do not always have to depend on collecting bags of candy from knocking on doors. You and your family can create a memorable, yet spooktastic night of fun when you find the right event to be a part of.

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