Celebrate Halloween With Your Kids (Without Going Trick or Treating)

This post has been updated from 2017 to reflect new information. All opinions are 100% my own.

If you have a child like mine who spent the first several years of Halloween indoors rather than trick or treating because going to door to door not only scared him but having cerebral palsy meant his legs couldn’t quite do all the walking around.

You aren’t alone.

But who says kids have to go door to door to enjoy a night of trick or treating fun? There are many alternatives out there, not just candy substitutions for those children who have a sweet tooth and moms and dads who don’t want to deal with cavities and sore gums later on.

You can plan indoor entertainment or events yourself that your kids and their friends can attend during Halloween. Get creative. Halloween doesn’t have to be boring with door-to-door action. Break the tradition of trick-or-treating and have some fun!

Trunk or Treat

If you haven’t heard of this, that’s okay. It’s pretty cool and pretty easy to organize either with some neighbors in your community or your local church.

You get a group of cars together and decorate the trunks Halloween theme style, offering up games, activities, face painting, and more, giving out candy as a prize or reward for completing each station.

This is a great Halloween event that will keep the kids busy, while still allowing them to earn some treats they can enjoy!

Group Movie Night

Get your kids to gather up all their friends for group movie night. Make some Halloween themed recipes for the kids to enjoy, while they sit and watch a couple of shows.

Check Out Our List of Family Friendly Halloween Movies Kids Will Love!  

You can hand out prizes between movies for best costume, most original costume, do some crafts and just have a good ole time of it. Plus if you do up some Halloween goodie bags for each guest before they leave, you’ll be sure that next year the party will be even bigger.

Pet Dress Up Fun For kids that don’t like to go trick or treating but still want to participate and have animals, this is a hoot!

Pet dress up and fun is super easy and requires very little money and some pretty patient animals. Kids in your neighborhood with pets can go to the dollar store and dress up their animals in Halloween costumes.

You can make goodie bags and treats for each participating pet-to-kid duo, and even hand out a bigger prize for best pet costume. Trust me when I say, the animals might not be too happy about this but the kids will have a blast!

Photo above © MsRachelHollis/TheChicSite

Bobbing for Donuts

This idea comes from classy mom Rachel Hollis over at The Chic Site. You have to read the post to see the wonderful set up she has created with this fun activity where instead of bobbing for apples, you tie strings around donuts and let the kids go at it with their teeth chomping.

You can read Rachel’s post here

Kids Halloween Bop & Dance

This one is my favorite. No matter what age kids are they love Halloween parties and love to dance. So if you aren’t going to go trick or treating then go all out and invite friends and family with kids, playdates from the neighborhood and create an all-around spooktacular party with themed music and costumes.

Get everyone to bring some type of Halloween themed dish to serve (think potluck) and have each parent bring one prize (per how many kids they have) so that each child can win a prize for the night. You can dance, play musical chairs and have a really great time!

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What types of non-trick or treating activities have you engaged in with your family on Halloween?