For those who prefer to avoid the door-to-door candy assault, here are some alternative activities for the family on October 31st.
HALLOWEEN MOVIE MARATHON
Pick a couple of classic Halloween movies and squeeze the whole family onto the couch. No need for the scary ones, choose the oldies that your kids may not have seen. Ghostbusters, anyone?
Coordinate with neighborhood families and host a Halloween night carnival, filled with costume contests, candy-winning games and bobbing for apples. Not only will the kids love all the festive fun, the parents can enjoy the night together as well.
Look up a couple intriguing Halloween recipes and call everyone into the kitchen. You can go the creepy route and make something like spaghetti and meat-“eye”-balls or mummified hot dogs. Set the mood at the table and light the candelabras!
Let your imagination run wild and bake something seasonal and sweet, with a splash of spooky. Make cookies, cupcakes and bars for your friends and neighbors.
Instead of door-to-door trick-or-treating, hide some of your kids’ favorite candy in the backyard and challenge them to a scavenger hunt. They will still end the night with some sugary loot without having to leave the house.
Peruse through the pumpkins, stop by the petting zoo, navigate your way through the mazes, ride the amusement rides and, of course, take tons of photos. October 31st is your last chance before the patches close — don’t miss out!
LOCAL HALLOWEEN EVENTS
Look up what events your city or local venders will host nearby on Halloween night (see our event calendar on page 34 for Halloween Night fun, plus harvest activities throughout October).
Does your family thrive on thrill? Find a local haunted house and get your spooks out. Stay close to the little ones; they might need a hand to hold. M