10 Fun Halloween Activities to do instead of Trick or Treating
Whether it's the pandemic keeping you home for Quarantine Halloween or some other reason why you won't be Trick or Treating this year, there are lots of fun Halloween activities that kids can do to have a memorable night.
We've put together a list of 10 Fun Halloween Activities that are a great alternative to Trick or Treating.
What do you do when you don't go Trick or Treating?
1. Play the Piñata Game i.e. Hit the Piñata
A Piñata PLUS Halloween Candy EQUALS The Perfect Alternative to Halloween Trick or Treating.
photo: Riles & Bash Party
Playing the Piñata Game i.e. hitting the piñata and breaking it open to reap the rewards is not only a fun activity for the kids but it also gets them their Halloween candy.
The great thing about this Trick or Treating alternative is that you can easily control how much candy the kids get (for example, once the piñata breaks open everyone gets to grab 20 pieces of candy). Plus, you can buy the candy that your kids really like so it's a win win for everyone.
Piñatas can be played indoors or out as long as you have enough space for a hitter to bash the piñata. Here are some expert tips on
Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you’re limited in design - any piñata will be a hit! How about the Riles & Bash Snowy White Owl ~ it's kid friendly and a great size for a Halloween Quarantine party.
photo: Riles & Bash Party
2. Halloween Cupcake Wars (i.e. Decorate Cupcakes & Cookies)
Kids love being a part of baking, and even more so, getting to lick the spoon at the end.
Pick your favorite recipes and bake up some Halloween cookies, cupcakes or treats. Then let your kids decorate them in a spooky fashion with a variety of candies and different colored icings.
You can even have a family friendly decorating challenge. Post the finished designs on your social and have your friends pick the winner!
3. Make Halloween Crafts
Keep those little hands busy by making some Halloween crafts and create Halloween decor that you can use to decorate the house.
If your kids happen to whip through those projects, here are some more Halloween craft ideas that you can use to keep them going.
4. Have a Halloween Dance Party
Put together a Halloween music playlist and have a dance party! Costumes or not, busting out your best Halloween dance moves is a sure fire way to burn off some of the sweets.
What are some good songs to play at a Halloween Party? Here's a Halloween playlist to get you started.
5. Plan a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Take a note out of the Easter playbook and hide some Halloween candy and toys in your home or backyard for your kids to find.
Use this Free Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunt to create the clues your kids will need to find their Halloween candy.
Want to create a Scavenger Hunt Grand Finale? Hide a piñata as the final clue in the scavenger hunt. Once your kids find it you can go right into the next Halloween activity: Playing the Piñata Game. How fun is that?! Trick or Treating? What Trick or Treating?!
6. Conduct Halloween Experiments
For the little scientists in the house, conducting spooky Halloween experiments is sure to bring another fun element into your Halloween night.
7. Family Game Night
Pull out your favorite board games, stock the table with Halloween treats, and enjoy an evening of your favorite games.
If you need to buy some of these ghoulish games, you can check out this favorites list that we've created on Amazon (we are not affiliated with any of these items except for the Riles & Bash Snowy White Owl Piñata).
8. Create a Haunted House for your Kids
Keep it simple with some Halloween sensory activities for the kids, or go all out and create an eerie haunted house for an age appropriate scare.
9. Spooky Story Telling Time
Pitch a tent in the backyard or in your living room, get out the flashlights, and start telling some age appropriate spooky stories.
10. Watch a Halloween Movie
End off Halloween night by watching a Halloween themed movie.
Now, just because it's Halloween doesn't mean it has to be a scary one for the little kiddos.
Some of our favorite movies for younger kids include Coco, The Nightmare before Christmas, Coraline, Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie or It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.
If your kids are a little older, there are some great Halloween classics to watch like Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, Hocus Pocus or The Addams Family.
Get some Halloween treats, caramel popcorn, and cozy up with the family to end off your Halloween night.
Do you have some Halloween activities that you incorporate into the day's festivities?
If you need a few more ideas and props for your Halloween activities, check out this favorites list that we've created on Amazon (we are not affiliated with any of these items except for the Riles & Bash Snowy White Owl Piñata).