Halloween promises delicious food, treats, costumes, and an overall silliness that seems to linger in the air. But not all parents feel comfortable with the idea of trick-or-treating. There have been incidents over the years that have made some reluctant to have children accept candy from neighbors and strangers.

Fortunately, there are many other ways to have fun without knocking on doors. Here are some alternative suggestions for indulging in the spooky holiday:

Watch Movies

Celebrate Halloween by hosting a movie night. If you have younger children, a traditional favorite is It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

As the night goes on (and little people go to bed), you can turn up the scare factor. Choose from classics (Frankenstein or The Mummy’s Curse),  slasher flicks (A Nightmare on Elm Street or Halloween), or something new, like Get Out, Alien: Covenant, or It Comes at Night.

Make and Bake

There are so many savory things you can make on Halloween if you use a little creativity (and  a little Pinterest). Mummy Dogs are a favorite in our home, but the ideas are endless, including PB&J Spider sandwiches and  pumpkin-shaped cheese balls.

Of course, the main attraction will probably be the crazy-looking sweets. Rice Krispy treats shaped like brains, spooky cupcakes, and green-tinged hot chocolate are only the beginning!

Check Out Decorations

There are some truly cool Halloween light displays across the country. Every city is different, but most have at least a few homes that go over the top every year. 

Search the Internet for these hot spots in your area, or you can simply drive around and see what catches your eye. Bring treats and put on some spooky tunes for the tour!

Hit the Mall

If you still want to trick-or-treat but would rather do it in a well-lit, indoor environment, check to see if your local mall hosts a Halloween event. Check with your mall’s requirements a head of time because some ask that children be 12 and under and that they not wear masks or face paint.

Costume Party!

Why not throw a costume party so  everyone can enjoy dressing up (and showing off) without having to leave the house? You can make this just a family affair or you can invite some friends and/or relatives to join the fun. To add to the festivities, organize some games like bobbing for apples, or Charades with a Halloween theme. Find more ideas here.

You don’t have to take your kids trick-or-treating to have a fantastic Halloween. Try one (or more!) of these suggestions and enjoy yourselves!

Do you have non-Trick or Treating Halloween ideas you’d like to share?