If you’re not really into Trick or Treating this Halloween year, here are some spooky ideas to celebrate All Hallow’s Eve your own style:
Carve Pumpkins this Halloween
A family favorite and classic Fall activity, and easy to do with family, friends, 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
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 (or the new sequel!), 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.
Trunk or Treat
Dress up your littles and find a Trunk or Treat in your area. A perfect alternative for little legs!
Organize a Halloween Costume Parade
Get with friends in your neighborhood to set up a one-way route. Invite kids, adults, and even pets! Adorable!
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