Hate Halloween? 10 Just-as-Fun Things to Do Instead of Trick-or-Treating
I can't pinpoint exactly when I started to dislike Halloween, but the older I've gotten, the more deeply I loathe the so-called holiday. Between macabre-themed parties, skimpy costumes, and strangers constantly knocking on my door, I'm pretty much over it. I did think that once I had children of my own, I'd start to appreciate it again — the way I did when I was young and trick-or-treating in my mom's handmade costumes — but instead, I find myself trying to convince my husband that our kids won't miss it (he strongly disagrees).
If you are like me and say "boohoo" to Halloween every year instead of just "boo," there's definitely no reason you and your family have to hide out in a dark house as hordes of children in search of processed sugar invade your neighborhood. You can still have a lot of fun — it just won't revolve around death, monsters, or candy. Here are 10 things you can do instead of trick-or-treating this year to enjoy the day in your own way.
Have a Picnic
Head out to your favorite local park and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Load up a picnic basket with some of your favorite pumpkin-flavored snacks, and catch up with each other.
Bake Something Special
Gather your family in the kitchen, and whip up a fun treat — no Halloween theme required. You can even let your kids pick out the recipe. Then, settle in on the couch to enjoy your labors.
Host a Family Movie Night
Cuddle up under some blankets, and cue up your family's favorite film, or explore something new. Just don't choose a scary movie.
Play With Pumpkins
Pumpkins can be a great fall activity that aren't entirely tied to Halloween. You can save this activity for prime trick-or-treating time so your kids will be occupied. Just cut off the tops, and let them dig in to make a mess. Afterward, help them carve or paint their pumpkins, then toast the seeds for a healthy snack.
Make a Campfire
Take advantage of the cooler weather and cozy up by the fire. Your kids will love story time and toasting marshmallows in the backyard or in the fireplace.
Plan a Family Game Night
Pick up a new board game, round up old favorites, or invent your own. Round up your favorite snacks and drinks, and let your competitive nature take over. You can even set up prizes for the winners!
Pick Up Your Favorite Dinner
Place an order at your favorite restaurant, and bring the food home for a family feast! Or, if you want to add a little something extra to the night, let the kids choose where to order from.
Have a Fall-Themed Scavenger Hunt
Head over to your local park, playground, or even your own backyard for a fall-themed scavenger hunt. Your little ones will love exploring and finding all of the hidden treasures on their list.
Throw a Holiday Party
The day after Halloween is Nov. 1, which is, in my book, the official start of the holiday season. Kick it off a few hours early by throwing a festive holiday party for you and your kids — who doesn't love holiday music!
Take the Night Off
If Halloween is a must for the rest of your family, then let them enjoy it. Take the night off. Park on the couch, wrap yourself up in your coziest blanket, grab a book, and enjoy a little peace and quiet. Just don't forget to leave the porch lights off.