9 Halloween Ideas That Don’t Involve Trick or Treating

If you’re not really into Trick or Treating this Halloween year, here are some spooky ideas to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve socially-distanced style:

Carve Pumpkins this Halloween

A family favorite and classic Fall activity, and easy to do socially -distanced with neighbors in your driveways, or with just your own little goblins.

Bake Some Boo-licious Treats

Save some pumpkin seeds for roasting and some pumpkin guts for pie, scones or bread! Pumpkin everything, y’all!

Host a Small Fall Party

Keep it small, have it outdoors, and wear masks; set out hand sanitizer and keep snacks single-serve or let everyone bring their own food. Activities could include painting pumpkins, creepy cornhole using candy-corn pillows or rubber spiders, a weird-science experiment (Mentos and soda are always a crowd pleaser), a dramatic performance of Poe’s “The Raven,” a dance contest to “Thriller,” or reading “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark,” a childhood favorite of mine, around a firepit.

Create a Spooky Scavenger Halloween Hunt

Set up a spine-tingling graveyard in your yard and hide treats and clues for your little ghouls to find. Or if you’re more of a Fall-themed hunter, take the scavenger hunt out to the park; search for orange leaves, yellow pumpkins, and even a scarecrow!

Haunted House, What?

Transform your garage with black crepe paper, cotton webs, and black lights. I always loved the peeled grape eyeballs and spaghetti for brains from haunted houses when I was little; invite your hubby or a friend to be the big “BOO” at the end; they jump out from behind a door with a creepy mask at the end; guaranteed to get a good shriek from guests!

Movie Under the Blue Moon

Many party rental places have A/V equipment and even inflatable screens available to rent; Pick a Halloween classic like Hocus Pocus (my personal favorite), Beetlejuice, Ghostbusters, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, The Young Frankenstein, Coco, Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Curious George Boo Fest, or any other family friendly films. There is also the option to buy tickets to a drive-in movie such as The Blue Starlite Drive-in in Austin.

Drive-thru Trunk or Treat

Similar risk to picking up take-out, dress up your littles and find a drive-thru Trunk or Treat in your area. That way, you don’t even have get out of your car and you still get candy!

Organize a Halloween Costume Parade

Get with friends in your neighborhood to set up a one-way route and encourage participants to stay six feet apart and wear masks. Invite kids, adults, and even pets! Adorable!


It will be a rare Blue Moon, meaning it will be the 2nd full moon in the same month. Additionally, Mars and Jupiter will be highly visible in October! Here is a guide from Forbes about all the night-sky spectaculars in October.

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