Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating

Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating

Trick or treating is a great Halloween tradition but it’s not always practical. In fact, depending on where you live, dressing up and knocking on doors may not be very safe or perhaps your kids are older and the thought of trick or treating has lost its appeal. For whatever reason you’re searching for fun Halloween activities besides trick or treating to enjoy with your family, you’ll be happy to know there are a lot of great alternatives to explore.


Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating
A girl and a boy carving a pumpkin during a Halloween party.


Here are a few examples to help get you started:                        

  • Choose a theme and decorate one room in your home. Go all out and make it as spooky or interesting as you want. Then dress up in costumes and spend a couple hours playing Halloween games and taking pictures of the family with all the decorations.
  • Host a kids Halloween costume party. It’s a fun and safe way for the kids to celebrate the holiday with a Halloween Party. Do a little decorating, put on some spooky and/or funny Halloween music and play games. Not only will the kids have a great time but the parents will love it too.


Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating
Sweet Halloween treats


  • Plan a Halloween movie night for the family. Have everyone dress up in their costumes. Then gather in front of the TV to watch some of your favourite shows or movies together while munching down on some great Halloween snacks.
  • Have a backyard candy hunt. Hide wrapped candy, toys and other treats in the backyard and have your kids go hunt for them. They’ll have a blast searching for the items and you’ll have a great time watching them. Be sure to make a list of what you hide and where so you can collect all hidden items before the hunt ends.
  • Set up a few backyard games and invite some friends over to join in on all the fun. You can play games like bean bag toss or ring toss. Bob for apples, make a Halloween craft, or set up a table where the kids can paint a small pumpkin to take home with them.


Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating
Fun Halloween Activities Besides Trick or Treating


When trick or treating is no longer an option, try one or more of the activities above to make this Halloween even more fun and exciting than any other. It’s a great way for the whole family to spend the holiday together in a safe and controlled environment.


Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. Halloween is definitely fun, even without trick or treating. My family did this kind of stuff growing up too, especially costume parties.

  2. There are many Halloween parties to attend in my town for non-trick or treaters. I love this holiday. Thanks for posting!

  3. I like the candy hunt idea! I would have to do it indoors as we usually have snow at Halloween. It would be a lot less stressful than trick or treating. This year worked out great. My neighbour’s grandparents took the older (faster!) kids and we took the younger ones. It was a lot easier.

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