Halloween is just around the corner. Due to their innocence, most kids love this holiday because they get to dress up, play pretend and get lots of candy. However, as an adult you are far more aware of the sinister meaning of the holiday. So what do you do when you don’t want participate in the traditional activities and traditional trick or treating? How can you make sure your kids have a great night anyway? Here are five fun alternatives to Halloween.
Top 5 Family Fun Alternatives to a Traditional Halloween.
1. Trunk or Treat at Church-If your church has a night of “trunk or treating”, have your child dress up and head out for a night of fun. What is trunk or treating? Kids can go from car trunk to car trunk in a church parking lot to get treats. They can still get that stash of candy they crave while being in a safe, fun environment.
2. Have a special family movie night– Pick out a movie as a family and watch it together. Make some extra special snacks and treats that you wouldn’t have on a normal movie night.
3. Have a ‘non-traditional’ Halloween party-Have the guests at your party dress up as their favorite people in the Bible. Clear an area where they can dance to the latest in contemporary Christian music (Toby Mac or Mary Mary anyone?). Serve kid friendly finger food and dessert. Play a few rounds of trivia with questions about music, movies, books, school subject questions, etc and give out prizes. Also make goodie bags of candy they can take home.
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4. Have a board game night-Play one round of each family members favorite board game.
5. Have a family night out-Take the family and go on a fun outing. Think going bowling, roller skating, or laser tag. Look online and in your local paper for coupons for an after activity treat, like ice cream or a dessert at a favorite restaurant.
6. Have a creative night in-Pick out some fun, creative things you would like to do as a family. Make slime. Get a pumpkin and dig out the insides to make a pumpkin pie. Roast the seeds. Finger paint. Design your own t-shirts with fabric markers and puff paint. Make playdough. Anything that gets you creating as a family.
Halloween doesn’t have to be a holiday that you sit out for. Instead, you can celebrate by having an entertaining night with family and friends.