5 Trick-or-Treat Alternatives for Halloween Night

October 13, 2020 | by elsie weisskoff, guest contributor

This Halloween will look a little different, but that doesn’t mean you and your family can’t dress up, enjoy some sugary sweets and celebrate this spooky season. For those who have decided to stay inside for this year’s spooky events, you can still have just as much fun (if not more!). To help, we have 5 trick-or-treat alternatives that will help you celebrate while staying socially distant and safe. 

1. Have a Zoom Halloween Party

Most of us are familiar with Zoom by now. Between work calls and the kid’s virtually learning, you probably know the platform by heart. Use this to your advantage and have a Zoom Halloween party. 

The beauty of a virtual party is that you can invite friends near and far. Dress up in costumes and use fun downloadable Halloween Zoom backgrounds. Take photos using the printable photo booth props included. This Zoom party will be a chance for your family to show off their costumes and connect with friends and family you might not normally see on Halloween.

2. Host a Virtual Costume Contest 

Speaking of costumes, do you have the most creative costume on the block? What about the scariest? Put it to the test by having a virtual costume contest. 

Send out a costume contest scorecard and have everyone rate each other's costumes. When it’s your turn to show off your costume, choose your favorite tune and strut around or show off your dance moves. The winner of each category gets a prize! 

3. Carve/Paint Pumpkins

Carving pumpkins is a classic Halloween tradition. Spend the evening carving out or painting on faces or designs. Roast the pumpkin seeds so your home smells like Halloween. 

4. Go on a Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt

No matter what age you are, the best part of Halloween is the candy. Just because you’re staying-in doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the sweets. Set up a Halloween candy scavenger hunt. Print out these clue cards and hide candy throughout the home. Create a “jackpot” of candy at the end of the scavenger hunt. Help your kids hunt through the house to find their prize! 

5. Have a Scary Movie Night

After a night of activities, curl up on the couch and have a scary movie marathon. Have each person in the family choose their favorite Halloween movie. Take a break from the Halloween candy to enjoy some movie theater popcorn. 

Just because you’re staying-in doesn’t mean you can’t have a fun-filled Halloween. These trick-or-treat alternatives could even become a new tradition. 

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