Halloween is a fun time for kids to get dressed up in their favorite character and collect candy. It’s a good way to celebrate the autumn season and it’s a fun way to say goodbye to the month of October.
However, I find some of the concepts of Halloween to be a bit much for my comfort levels. I have a hard time asking my kids to go around knocking on the doors of strangers and asking for candy when I have spent the last 10 months of the year asking them to be wary of strangers.
This article will hopefully alleviate some worries and concerns that are associated with Halloween. It will also give you some alternative ways to celebrate Halloween without getting rid of the festive spirit of the holiday.
Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating
Not everyone wants to go trick-or-treating, whether you find it a safety hazard in your neighborhood, or you simply don’t live somewhere that makes it convenient. Luckily, there are plenty of alternatives you can consider.
Have a Halloween-Themed Game Night
One great idea you can try on Halloween is to have a fun game night. This involves putting together some different Halloween-themed games that the kids can play instead of going out trick-or-treating. Try to have plenty of candy around the house to enjoy Halloween just as much as if they were going out for candy. You can even have candy-themed games, such as a Halloween piñata or giving out candy as a gift for winning certain games.
Watch Halloween TV Shows and Movies
This is good if you want more of a quiet night at home. You will find a wide range of television shows and movies for Halloween that are appropriate for kids of different ages. For younger kids, try The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, then get movies like Hocus Pocus and Coraline for your older kids and teenagers. Make some spooky treats and sit down to watch movies all night.
Go to a Local Trunk-or-Treat
Another fun thing you can do if you don’t want kids going door to door due to safety precautions is to take them to a trunk-or-treat. Instead of going to people’s homes, this is an organized event, usually at a local church or other organization that can be trusted. Everyone drives in their vehicles and opens up their trunk to put bowls or bags of candy. The kids get to go to each car, get their candy, then there is usually a party during or afterward the main event. This is a fun and safe way to spend Halloween with your family.
Create Fun Halloween Crafts
For the kids or teens that enjoy being creative, crafts are perfect. Keep your kids interested in staying indoors by setting up some different craft stations inside. You can have regular pumpkins to carve or plastic pumpkins with pens and paint they can use to decorate them. You can make a big ‘pin the stem on the pumpkin’ for the door or do any number of other crafts that are fitting for the holiday.
Safety Tips For Trick-or-Treating
When your kids go trick-or-treating, you want them to have fun, but also to be safe. The following tips will focus on safety tips, from knowing where to go, to making sure their costumes won’t become a safety hazard.
Keep the Costumes Short
Kids get excited when they go out trick-or treating, often running down the street and upstairs to get to people’s porches. If your kids have long costumes that reach to their feet, they might trip over them and get seriously injured. You don’t want your kids falling down the stairs or tripping over their costume in the middle of the street. Costumes with superhero capes, long dresses or gowns might be a little too long. Make sure you have your kids try them on and walk around with the shoes they intend to wear so you know if hemming needs to be done.
Make Trick-or-Treating a Family Event
While teenagers can usually go out on their own, you should not send your younger kids alone trick-or-treating. Even when they are in your own neighborhood, it will take a lot of stress off your mind if you walk around with them. This can become a fun annual tradition where you send them around the neighborhood to get their candy, then when they return, you can make your big Halloween dinner and sit down for some crafts or to watch Halloween movies.
Be Safe While Walking
When you head out on your trick-or-treating adventure, practice caution even when you are out with your kids. Remove their masks on occasion so they can breathe, as some of them are very constricting. Be careful not to walk down the street, even if you see other families walking down the street. Stick to the sidewalks or the bike lanes if the sidewalks are full. Be wary of any houses that have loud, barking dogs. Avoid houses that are not well lit out front and never accept an invitation to go inside. Be sure to remind your children of these rules as well. If any of you get separated, it’s wise for them to know the rules without you having to be there.
Keep Your Own Home Safe
You also want your own home to be safe for trick-or-treaters even if you will be at home handing out candy. Make sure your front yard is well lit not just with the porch light, but by placing battery-operated lights in your pumpkins and having other lights outside turned on. If it rained recently, put out rugs so kids don’t sleep on the steps. Sweep away any leaves for the same purpose. Keep your dogs inside and restrained just in case.
Hopefully this article has given you a ton of ideas and tips for how to celebrate Halloween while keeping your family safe. The holidays this time of year are so much fun for children. It’s fun to teach them what decorations to choose and how to decorate the house. It’s also fun to teach children the responsibility of being safe around this time of year while still enjoying the holiday.
Comment below and let me know whether you celebrate Halloween and what you do with your kids to keep safe as the holidays creep up on us.