Halloween Trick or Treat Alternatives

Halloween will look different for a lot of people this year. Whether your city isn’t having door to door trick-or-treat or you don’t feel comfortable participating, here are some wonderful Halloween trick or treat alternatives submitted by some very creative 221 readers.

Trick or Treat Alternatives

Halloween Hunt

Whether you go with hiding glow-in-the-dark eggs, a scavenger hunt, or just tossing some wrapped candy around your yard, kids will love finding little treasures.

Cookie Decorating

Grab some sugar cookies, icing, and decorations from the store and do some family cookie decorating. Or bake the cookies and make the icing yourself. You can even give awards for spookiest, silliest, cutest, and most creative cookies.

Spooky Feast

Make some Halloween themed foods and chow down. There’s approximately 82,658 ideas on Pinterest. Create a Halloween food board and get to work. While I have you, allow me to recommend my mummy rice krispie treats.

Don’t feel like putting in that much effort? (I don’t blame you.) Order a pizza.

mummy rice krispie treats

Halloween Movie Night

Whether you want to snuggle up in your living room or outside with a projector, eat your spooky foods while watching Halloween movies. This is a pretty good list of movies and it has the recommended age listed with each movie. You know, because I wouldn’t recommend letting younger kids watch Hocus Pocus unless you want them sleeping with you for the next two weeks.

Go Virtual

Have a virtual Halloween party complete with costume contest with friends and/or family. You could also do a virtual Halloween game night with family and friends.

Craft Night

Scroll Pinterest and find some fun Halloween crafts to do! You could even make this socially distanced and set up craft stations in your driveway. Invite friends or neighbors over to go to each station and make a craft.

Halloween Parade

A fun alternative to trick or treating is a parade! Round up your neighbors for a socially distanced Halloween parade through your neighborhood.

Pumpkin Carving or Painting

Bust out the pumpkins, knives, and/or paint and get to work. Here’s a post I did on pumpkin painting.

painted pumpkins

Halloween Gift Bucket

Think Easter basket, but swap the chick and bunny themed stuff for ghosts and pumpkins. Add candy, books, toys, etc.

Treat Bag Swap

Fill treat bags with goodies and swap them with neighbors or friends.

Game Night

Grab some apple cider, break out all the games and have a game night!

Halloween Carnival

Set up a Halloween carnival around your house or outside. Have Halloween themed games like pin the mouth on the jack-o-lantern, bobbing for apples, candy walk (instead of a cake walk), Bozo buckets but with pumpkin buckets– you get the idea.

Cookie Haunted House Decorating

Trader Joe’s sells these really cute cookie haunted house decorating kits for $8 each. I’ve been getting them for years for Owen. You can form teams amongst your family members and have a decorating contest. Or just decorate them for fun.

They also look great displayed for Halloween. I usually put Owen’s on a black cake stand in our kitchen.

Trader Joe's haunted house cookie kit


Grab a piñata, fill it with candy, and take turns whacking it because I think adults have every right to beat the crap out of something right now.


Light a fire and put together a platter of different types of graham crackers, Ritz crackers, chocolates, and marshmallows for s’mores night! And remember you don’t have to stick to regular milk chocolate Hershey’s. Add in some peanut butter cups, cookies n cream bars, chocolate covered caramels– the possibilities are endless.


I can’t bet behind this one because I hate the smell of burning wood, but if it doesn’t bother you, have at it on Halloween night. This is a good outdoor/socially distanced idea. To counteract the smoke, add in some s’mores and a piñata.

Candy Chute

Still wanting to pass out Halloween candy but don’t want to come into contact with people? Build a candy chute for trick or treaters! I bet PVC pipe from a home improvement store would work well. Just make sure the candy you get will fit down the chute.

trader joe's halloween gingerbread house

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted their ideas so I could compile this and help out others looking for fun trick or treat alternatives!

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One Comment

  1. Love this list! I am not comfortable with Halloween this year, and although my older kids get it and understand, my youngest just doesn’t. Even the Disney channel is talking Trick or Treating allllll day long, so she is all in. I hope to take a couple of your suggestions and see if the big kids can help do something fun for the little kid, even if we aren’t doing trick or treat.

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