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What to do Instead of Trick or Treating this Year

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October 7, 2020

Trick or treating has been around in some form or another since the 1930s. But, this year many families are wondering whether or not they want to risk taking their kids from house to house for candy and treats.

No one wants their child to miss out on Halloween fun but are the risks of COVID-19 worth it? If you’re thinking about staying at home this year rather than going from door to door, here are a few things that you can do with the kids instead.

Of course, the Halloween activities you choose will depend on where you live and how old your child is. So, keep that in mind when picking!

Hold a Movie Marathon: Your family may enjoy ordering pizza for delivery and spending the afternoon and evening watching their favorite spooky movies. For younger kids, look for classic cartoons like It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. Elementary children may enjoy movies like Hocus Pocus. And, older kids can watch scary movies if they enjoy them. Don’t forget a bowl of their favorite Halloween candy to snack on.

Create a Halloween Treasure Hunt: Create a fun treasure hunt in the backyard with spooky clues and a treasure map. Have your child go from clue to clue looking for a prize at the final destination. What you give as a prize will really depend on the age of your child. Younger kids might like a bag of candy, some Halloween trinkets, and a Halloween crafting set. Older kids may enjoy a Halloween Funko Pop, a new video game, or their favorite movies.

Tell Spooky Stories Around a Fire: If your area allows it, make a small fire in a fire pit in the back yard and roast hot dogs and marshmallows. Wait until it gets almost dark and tell spooky stories around the fire. Younger kids may want to skip the spooky stories and just enjoy the marshmallows.

Decorate Your Pumpkins: Visit your local pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin and then let the kids decorate it. For a fun alternative, choose mini pumpkins and then hide them around the house. The child who finds the most pumpkins at the end of the game wins a prize.

Bob for Donuts: If you’ve never tried this, you and the kids are in for loads of fun. Go outside and find a tree branch (or a clothesline) that you can tie kitchen twine around. Now tie the end to your donuts to hang them at about mouth height. Let everyone attempt to eat their donuts without using their hands. The one who is the most successful wins a prize.

Do you have any other ideas for Halloween fun this year?

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