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Trick or Treating alternatives

Updated on October 2, 2008

Trick or Treating

I remember as a kid being let loose on my neighborhood on Halloween night. Me and my sisters, our cousins and friends would get pillowcases and hit every house we could. We would come home with tons of candy, enough to keep us satisfied for at least the next month, maybe more. We would get dressed up sometimes making our own costumes and sometimes we would get the store bought costume, it didn't matter to me as long as I got to go out and beg for candy. We didn't have our parents accompany us, it was just us kids. We would hit every house and have a lot of fun. After we got done with the trick or treating part we would show up at the high school gym for the annual Halloween carnival where we would always leave with 2 or 3 two liter bottles of soda, and of course more candy. If all the sugar from the candy wasn't enough we had the soda to top us off.

Of course after all that activity we would all go to our homes and then the great candy trade started. We would dump all of our candy out in a big pile and then begin the separation process, chocolate candy in one pile, suckers, sour candy, gum, and chewy candy in all their separate piles until we had them all separated and of course the adults took the candy they wanted. After the separation was done we would start the trading, I'll give you two pieces of gum for that almond joy, or whatever we could get. There was always the candy no one wanted though, like those ones with the black and orange wrappers, nougat or something, what where these people thinking. We always would try to remember the house that we got those from so that we could avoid it the next year, of course we never remembered though.

My kids are lucky to have been able to do pretty much the same things as I did as a kid, we live in a very small community and we know who are crazies are. I know that not everybody can do this though so I am going to share a few different ways to get your Halloween groove on.

  1. Community Halloween fair or carnivals- these can be a lot of fun with many of them offering games and contests. Some offer costume contests and cake walks which are always fun. Most of these events should be listed in your local newspaper or on your city website. another good place for resources is your local Chamber of Commerce, they usually keep a calender of local events.

  2. Plan your own neighborhood carnival-Before we moved to Oklahoma we lived in Colorado and it was hard to take our young kids out to Trick or Treat so we had a small Halloween party for them. We let them dress up we got one movie, snacks and drinks and played games. The kids really enjoyed it.

  3. Block party- This could be a of fun. If you could get your neighbors to agree to have the party and of course get permission to block the street from the city you could let the kids trick or treat in the neighborhood and them after everyone could meet in the street for games and fun. It's a nice way to get to know your neighbors too.
  4. Scary movie night- This is probably a better idea for tweens. You could rent or buy several scary movies and let each kid bring a snack or drink. They could watch scary movies all night. I have done this as a kid and greatly enjoyed it!

These ideas would be more appropriate for older children.

  1. Glow in the dark paint ball- I did not know anything about this until it popped into my head that paintballing in the dark could be a lot of fun.

  2. hide and seek in the dark- who doesn't like hide and seek, such a fun game and in the dark just makes it that much more fun.

  3. garage party- As a teenager and a tween I went to some of these and had some of the best time. Most of these where with adult supervision and kids usually brought the music they wanted to listen to. So there was a great variety of music.
  4. haunted house- whether you go to visit one or build your own it's all fun!
  5. egging- I don't know if this one can be done legally everywhere. Here in my small town in Oklahoma it is allowed as long as the kids only hit each other and not cars and houses. To make this safer I would recommend wearing a paintball helmet or some kind of eye protection. Yes, I am one of those mothers that is afraid everyone is going to poke their eye out.

These are just a few ideas I had, If you are looking for more information aboutHalloween then check these out!


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    • agvulpes profile image


      10 years ago from Australia

      Hi Gwendymom your alternatives seem like good ideas? I don't ever recall myself celebrating? holloween as a kid. But my grandkids are getting into it as they get a bit older, unfortunatly (for Holloween)we live on 2 acre blocks in our estate which makes it a bit hard for trick and treat, so the mums and dads organise parties (for the kids only of course).

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      You are so welcome G-ma! Yes, it was so very much fun. Stop by anytime!!!!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      OMG you explained how my Halloweens used to be to a " T "...was so much fun hey? Thanks for the reminder...G-Ma :o) hugs

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thats a good question Jim. I don't know if if times have gotten unsafer, or if we just conceive it as being unsafe. Hmm. something to think about. The mall thing is great, I hope that is done everywhere! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

    • jim10 profile image


      10 years ago from ma

      I always had the best time at Halloween going trick or treating with my neighborhood friends. It is sad we need to be more worried about our kids today. I wonder if it actually is any different or we just worry too much. I'm guessing their aren't actually more weirdos. One alternative in my area is that the local malls give out candy at the different stores. I have gone to that a few times before along with going to various neighborhoods for candy.

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I think you are right about the dressing up part. I laways had so much fun with that. Once we decided to dress up my little sisters as well I'm not sure but we got those footed pajamas and stuffed pillows in there until she could hardly move. we were trick or treating and got scared and she fell down and couldn't get up! That was one of my best Halloween memories. I'm pretty sure it probably wasn't one of hers. haha!

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      Madison Parker 

      10 years ago from California


      Some really great alternatives! I used to love Halloween because we got to dress up! I think for little kids, it's all about the costume. Our grandchildren still trick-or-treat here in a nearby family neighborhood. The whole neighborhood fixes up their houses with spooky stuff and parents are out with all of the kids. It is a fun night!


    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      I understand about your country not wanting to celebrate this American holiday, I wasn't really aware that it was an American holiday. Now you got me curious about it's origins and how many other countries celebrate it. Thank you so very much for your comments.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      It is because they see it as an American tradition. At least in my town, American traditions are not welcome. The French in small villages are very traditional and do not like to be "invaded". They are tolerant, but do not try forcing your festivities or traditions on them.

      Still... we have a great time organizen and enjoying the parties :-)

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Dottie, oh the great candy trade, It still goes on in my house. Sometimes when the kids are at school I sneak into their rooms and take some of the candy I like. Shh, don't tell them.

      Princessa, What is not to like about begging for candy? Glad you put on a party for them. I can't imagine not having halloween, it's one of my favorite haloidays!

      Shawna, we have that here too, I did not add it to the list because I was not sure how many communities had this. I should have done more research but I was heavily involved in a book when I wrote this. I love the idea of a Trunk or Treat. It has been a big hit in our town. Every church in our community gets involved it is a great alternative from dooe to door. Also our local businesses allow kids to Trick or treat with them too.

    • shawna.wilson profile image


      10 years ago from Arizona

      We plan on going trunk or treating this year as an alternative to trick or treating. Our church holds an event where everyone lines their cars up in the parking lot and parents hand out candy from the trunks of their cars. It's a safer alternative than going door to door. I think it will be pretty fun for the kids and the adults!

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      10 years ago from France

      Very good alternatives. Where we are in France children do not go out begging for candy. To be honest, the French do not like at all the idea of Halloween (at least in my town) But I always organize a party for the children, they all come disguised, play around and go back home with lots of candy!

    • Dottie1 profile image


      10 years ago from MA, USA

      Some great alternatives here for halloween. Loved your video on glow in the dark paintballs. Brought back memories of my son and his friends! I remember the great candy trade when I was young, that was funny. I used to take all my kids almond joys:)

    • gwendymom profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Oklahoma

      Thanks Bob, I was in between chapters of a good book when I wrote this. I hope it is up to Hubmob standards.

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      Bob Ewing 

      10 years ago from New Brunswick

      Great alternatives, I especially like the neighbourhhod carnival idea, good opportunity to get to know those who live near you better.


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