5 Alternatives to Trick or Treating

Feeling nervous about letting your little ones trick or treat this year? There are plenty of fun ways to celebrate Halloween that will keep your little ones safe and sound. Parent Soup members share their favorite suggestions for a ghoulishly good time right here!

Our neighborhood association is planning a party at our park as an alternative to trick or treating, with games and a costume contest. Last year, because we were new here and didn't yet know any of the neighbors, we did a Halloween Hunt for the kids, along the lines of an Easter egg hunt, but after dark. They had glow sticks instead of flashlights (made it a little spookier) to hunt with and had a ball! The chocolates wrapped in foil to look like eyeballs were perfect.
--Parent Souper Robin

All of the retailers get candy and all of the tots (age 2-10) walk around the mall in full costume and go from store to store gathering treats. It's cold here by the end of October and this is a real nice alternative for both the parents and the kids -- they don't want to cover up their costume with a snowsuit! --Parent Souper Carla

We're doing a Trunk-Or-Treat -- We do this every year in the church parking lot. We all decorate the trunk of our car and then everyone goes around to all the trunks. We give prizes for the best decorated trunks, have apple cider and hot chocolate. It's a blast! --Parent Souper Jennifer

Let students trick or treat with their parents at their schools. The kids could walk from classroom to classroom or at different decorated booths set up in the gymnasium, while the teachers give out the candy. --Parent Souper Jenny

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