If you’re skipping trick or treating this year, whether because your local festivities have been cancelled or your family has decided to stay at home, there’s still plenty you can do to make Halloween an exciting time of year!

Want to get creative this Halloween but wondering where to start? This is the year to try out some new activities and experiences with your kids, they might end up becoming a tradition! One way or another, this will likely be a Halloween to remember.

Here are some ways to make Halloween sweet without the trick-or-treat

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch

Do you usually get your pumpkin to carve from the supermarket? This year, make a day out of it and go to a nearby pumpkin patch to pick them out! You’ll get some great family photos, enjoy some fresh air and support a local farm.

  1. BOO Your Neighbours

Leave a package of small gifts or treats on your neighbour’s doorstep, ring the bell, and disappear! Include a note to explain the game and challenge them to pay it forward. This is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween with friends.

  1. Decorate Your House

Have fun decorating your home with your children! You don’t have to invest in anything new to make this fun. Kids can get crafty making their own decorations from simple supplies, make a black and orange paper chain countdown, or try cutting out paper spider webs the same way you make paper snowflakes.

  1. Wear Family Costumes

Go all out this year with coordinated family costumes, staying home on Halloween will feel that much more festive! You can get creative with ideas like palaeontologists and dinosaurs for a Jurassic Park theme, Dorothy and her friends from The Wizard of Oz, or The Incredibles family.

  1. Read Spooky Stories

You can motivate your kids to read throughout the whole month of October by stocking up on some great Halloween books! There are many not-so-scary Halloween picture books that are fun to read aloud with little kids. Check out Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson or Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle. The Haunted Library series by Dori Hillestad Butler is a lot of fun for children who are just getting into chapter books, and Roald Dahl’s The Witches is a hit with older ones!

  1. Rethink Trick-or-Treat

It just wouldn’t be Halloween without the sweets and chocolate. If traditional trick-or-treating isn’t happening, just get creative! Let your children work for their candy with an Easter-style egg hunt, a piñata, a treasure hunt with clues!

 Any other ideas? We would love to hear from you. 

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