Halloween Fun: Trick-or-Treating Alternatives

Because of the current state of the world, Halloween is going to look a bit different this year. Trick-or-treating is probably off the table for many cities and states, but that doesn’t mean you and your family and friends can’t still have a fun celebration at home.

If you want to do something that doesn’t involve leaving the house this Halloween, here are some fun activities to try. 

1. Movie Marathon 

An absolute classic Halloween-night activity is a movie marathon. You can have a movie marathon at night or all day, the choice is up to you! Watch your favorite family-friendly Halloween classics like The Nightmare Before Christmas or gear up for a horror movie night with your friends. Whatever the case, make sure you have a festive popcorn bar ready to go.

Lay out bowls filled with different types of candy, like M&Ms, candy corn, and chocolate chips, and bring out a bottle of caramel syrup. Put together your own spooky popcorn bowls as the finishing touch for the perfect movie night. 

2. Arts and Crafts 

If you have kids or younger siblings or you just really enjoy fun crafts, like I do, this activity is for you! Decorating doesn’t necessarily need to happen before Halloween—you can bring the fun on the night of. 

Go to the store and buy packets of colorful construction paper, pipe cleaners, glitter, markers, glue, and whatever else you’d like. You can find instructions for plenty of Halloween crafts and decorations online, from pipe cleaner spiders to paper Jack-o-lanterns.

This is a great way to keep the Halloween spirit at home, and in turn, make your house even more decorative.

3. Baking Spooky Treats

I associate baking with any holiday and Halloween is no different. If you’re not giving out candy this October 31st, why not bake some Halloween treats and deliver them to friends and family?

There are plenty of fun Halloween recipes out there, from spiderweb bark to eyeball cake pops to a classic pumpkin pie. 

You can’t go wrong spending time in the kitchen to get into the spirit of Halloween. And if you decide not to deliver the baked goods to friends, well that means more treats for your movie night.

4. Pumpkin Carving

Some may think that there’s no point in decorating our houses this Halloween, but that doesn’t mean you have to let go of all Halloween traditions.

You can never go wrong with carving and decorating pumpkins, so the day before Halloween go out and get some pumpkins. You can spend the day decorating them, and at night, host a competition to determine who decorated the best pumpkin.

Buy mini trophies from the store and label them with fun superlatives, such as “Best Smile” or “Scariest Face.” 

5. Costume Challenge

This challenge is truly whatever you make of it. Grab a small group of friends or family and have everyone bring several items of clothing and/or costume props. They can bring only regular clothes, only costumes, or a combination of both.

Make a giant pile of all the clothes on the floor and before getting started, instruct every participant to write down either an occasion, a Halloween character, or a book/movie— the sillier, the better. Put all the pieces of paper in a hat and have the designated judge pull a strip out.

Contestants have one minute to take clothes out of the pile and put together a costume that matches the occasion on the paper. Keep track of who wins each round, and the winner gets to choose which movie to watch next.


I know we all look forward to celebrating Halloween with our friends and family, and even though we can’t go to a costume party or take the kids trick-or-treating this year, we can still have fun at home. I hope these activities can help you have a festive and safe Halloween!


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