It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Halloween! 

Depending on where you live, normal Halloween activities may be canceled or changed due to COVID-19 and CDC recommendations. Don’t worry though, there are still plenty of fun ways to get the whole family into the spooky spirit! 

Four Halloween Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Halloween-themed Egg Haunt

A take on the classic Easter egg hunt, this activity can be done during the day or for added spookiness, once the sun goes down. Have the kids dress up in their costumes, grab their personalized treat bags and send them on their way to collect hidden haunted eggs throughout the house and backyard. You can use regular plastic Easter eggs, or if doing at nighttime, we suggest glow in the dark eggs. 

Monster Scavenger Hunt

Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? Finding clues that lead to prizes is a fun way to get the kids excited. Even better…the hunt can all be done inside so you don’t have to worry about the weather. 

Print the Monster Scavenger Hunt or create your own based on what you have at home. One thing is a must though, an awesome prize waiting at the end of the hunt!  Grab their treat bag and fill it with all their favorite things (candy, movies, toys, etc.). 

Open and Print Monster Scavenger Hunt

Spooky Movie Night

Create a family movie night that they will remember forever. You’ll want to go all out for this one! Halloween decorations, fang-tastic snacks, a great movie, and lots of memories. 

First up, the snacks. (After all, you can’t have a movie night without great snacks.) 

Snack Ideas: 

  • Create a spooky char-boo-terie board filled with your family’s favorite cookies and candy. 
  • Popcorn bar: Have a variety of seasons and toppings, including butter, cheese, and caramel, that your family can help themselves to.  
  • No time for the above? No problem. Pick up Halloween cookies or cupcakes from your local grocery store. 

The hardest part is deciding on the movie!  Here are a few of our favorite family-friendly Halloween movies: 

  • Casper
  • Hocus Pocus 
  • The Adams Family 

Costumes are optional but strongly recommended. 

Happy Halloween Eve?

Sure … It’s 2020—anything goes!

Why let Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny have all the fun? If there was ever a year for the Great Pumpkin to have its moment, this is it! Start a new tradition and get the kids excited for a surprise visit by celebrating Halloween Eve.

Start the evening by strolling through the neighborhood—in costume, of course—to check out the devilishly delightful decorations. Once you’re home, a screening of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown before bed is the perfect way to build excitement before they hang their personalized treat bags by the chimney with care. Fill with fun treats and sweet surprises after the little ones have gone to bed. Poof! Instant Halloween spirit.

There you go: four fun alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating that will still ensure your family has a great Halloween! Some of these may even become new traditions that you choose to carry on each year.