Sometimes kids don’t like to trick-or-treat. Either it scares them or they’ve hit the age where they are no longer interested in it. Perhaps you are uncomfortable with the idea of Halloween. Whatever the reason, there are other ways to spend the evening.
1. Movie Night.
If your kid likes Halloween but has no interest in going out, watching movies as a family can be a great alternative. There are plenty of movies that are age appropriate and not only meant for adults such as Frankenweenie, Hotel Transylvania and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Movies don’t have to have blood and gore in them to give a Halloween vibe.
2. Tell stories.
Sitting and listening to someone tell a story is one of the oldest forms of entertainment. Grab flashlights, turn off the lights and tell the scariest stories you can think of. Add a twist to old urban legends like the ghostly hitchhiker or the telephone call coming from inside the house.
Baking treats in the theme of Halloween can be fun for everyone. Pick out simple recipes such as cakes and decorate them with fake spiders and orange icing. Cupcakes are also a great idea, allowing each person to decorate their own cupcake before eating it.
4. Public events.
In some towns, there are public places people can attend such as haunted houses or hay rides. Be sure to read reviews of events if you can or ask around about them before taking your family. Some haunted houses may be too scary for your kids. There are also functions that may hold costume contests and be more suited toward family fun. Keep an eye out in your local newspaper or website for such events.
5. Have a party.
Hosting a party for your kids and their friends is another option. Play spooky music or Halloween and monster-themed songs. Have you child help you to decorate the house and help set out the refreshments and party favors. There are many themed games for holidays, and you can never go wrong with classics like apple bobbing.
6. Create an alternative environment.
If you are uncomfortable with Halloween but still want your child to have something fun to do, consider changing the above ideas to suit your needs. Movie Night can be any family-friendly movies. There are also churches and other groups who host Fall Festivals on Halloween. There are games and other activities without the normal Halloween themes. These are usually posted in the newspaper or on church websites.
No matter how your child wants to spend Halloween, try to keep it fun for them. Incorporating family time into the evening can lead to further bonding and a night your child will enjoy.
Guest Content Written by Laine Carson.