Halloween can be a fun holiday for children and families. Many families are looking for different ways to celebrate Halloween than trick-or-treating. Some families want to avoid this celebration of Halloween for religious reasons, others may be concerned about safety, others may just be more interested in kids having fun in one contained spot. If you are looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween or the fall season, or if you want some ides for new fun activities to add to your repertoire, then here are some alternative Halloween celebration ideas.
1. Fall Festivals – Many churches and communities offer fall festivals. These are not necessarily Halloween celebrations, but they do often have costume contests. Other fun things that they may offer are face painting, cake walks, bobbing for apples, games, coloring contests, pie-eating contests, and pumpkin carving contests (for teens and adults). These types of events are fun for the whole family and are usually very safe and contained. Check your local churches, rec. centers, and neighborhoods to see if any of these are planned in your area.
2. Pumpkin Patches – Pumpkin patches are a fun way to celebrate the season. Many farms feature their pumpkins around Halloween. Kids can go out and into the patch and pick their own pumpkin to bring home and paint or carve. These sort of places also usually have other fun extras like corn mazes, hayrides, and haunted houses. You can pick and choose the activities that sound fun for your family. Usually there is also a shop selling “Country” goodies like homemade pumpkin pies. A family could spend a whole day having lots of fun at one of these pumpkin patches. To find one near you visithttp://www.pumpkinpatchesandmore.org.
3. Trunk or Treat – This idea is becoming more and more popular as a safer alternative to trick-or-treating. The idea is that kids gather in a parking lot at a church or in a neighborhood and go around collecting candy from the trunks of cars. There may also be games set up and contests going on. All of this is done in one safe location without having children out going door to door. You can check your local churches and neighborhoods for this type of activity.
There are lots of ways to have fun and celebrate Halloween, or just celebrate Fall. You can find lots of alternative ideas that are safe, not scary, and fun!