Have a Spooktacular Halloween: Fun Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating

Ideas & Tips for a New Kind of Halloween 

Looking for a fun way to shake things up this Halloween? Take the spooktacular holiday to a whole new level by starting some new traditions – check out these fun alternatives (or additions!) to traditional trick-or-treating to make the highly-anticipated celebration one that is remembered for years to come.

PRO TIP: No matter what type of Halloween fun you decide to have this year, be safe – adjust for pandemic precautions as needed in your area.

Fun Alternatives to Trick-or-Treating

Go “Ghosting” – Let a friend, family member or neighbor know that you’re thinking about them with a bag of Halloween-themed goodies. Decorate brown or white paper bags (pumpkins and ghosts, maybe?) and fill them with homemade crafts, candy, non-food Halloween treats, and a special note that reads: “Thinking about BOO!” Leave it at the door or on the porch for a special surprise.


Costume Contest – Host a neighborhood costume contest. Rope off a ‘judging area’ in your yard or on your porch for participants to show off their costumes and have your selected judges sit nearby to take notes so they can choose a winner after seeing all entries. Use SignUp’s free tool to have participants sign up for a time slot to avoid a crowd (and to supply you with their email address, in the case that they win). Make the prize an e-gift card to Amazon or Target that you can send via email.


Costume Parade – Organize a walking costume parade with folks in your neighborhood. Designate a time and path so viewers can set up on their porches or lawns to watch. Dress up your pups and bring them along, too!


Block Party – Weather permitting, set up game “stations” in your yard (designate a corner of the yard for a game of cornhole, set up a hula hooping station for a head-to-head competition, set up an area of tables for pumpkin carving, etc.). Use SignUp to help coordinate guest slots to limit the headcount at any given time. (Pro Tip: Use this block party checklist to prepare!)


Halloween Scavenger Hunt – For a more independent option that still lets the kids run around the neighborhood in their costumes, give them a list of Halloween-themed things to search for, then head out for a walk around the neighborhood to admire the seasonal decorations. Reward them for their efforts with Halloween candy when you get home.


Halloween Movie Night – Set up a projector or big screen TV in your backyard and invite a few friends to join you for a viewing of your favorite Halloween film.


Reverse Trick-or-Treating – Have the kids dress up and hang out in their front yards during designated hours, ask adults to drive slowly around the neighborhood to see the costumes and throw candy in their direction (like a parade!). Go bigger and badder than ever before with the house decorations – enlist your kids’ help to deck out the house, yard and vehicles with Halloween decor to get EVERYONE in the spirit.

Trick-or-Treating with a Twist – This could be organized a few different ways:

  • Get creative with your candy distribution method. Ever heard of a candy chute – they’re all the rage this year! What can you assemble to uniquely hand out candy to trick-or-treaters?

  • Set up a trick-or-treat board in your yard or on your porch. (Get a giant piece of plywood to paint and decorate.) Tape treat bags on the board for all the little witches, vampires and ghosts to grab and go without the need for doorbell ringing. Watch from your porch and keep an eye out on supplies, as you may need to restock!

  • Hang lollipops from tree limbs or attach individually-wrapped pieces of candy to a tree in your front yard, and create a little sign that reads something like: “Take one if you dare!” Then enjoy the costumes from your porch.


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