10+ Ways to Celebrate Halloween with Kids Who Can’t Trick-or-Treat
Halloween can feel like it’s all about Trick or Treating and costumes when you’re a kid. When you’re one of the only kids who can’t go Trick or Treating, it can ruin the entire holiday.
Trick or Treating was really never an option for me because I couldn’t even get my wheelchair to most front doors. Costumes were also difficult for me to wear because of my limited flexibility and mobility. It’s all anyone ever did, so I usually didn’t celebrate Halloween at all.
It doesn’t have to be that way, though! Everyone should get to celebrate if they want to, whether they’re disabled, sick, or whatever their situation is. So, here’s a list of fun festive alternatives for Trick-or-Treating to make this Halloween amazing!
Cupcake or Cookie Decorating!
The options are honestly limitless, and what kid doesn’t love playing with frosting and sprinkles?! Every year I see cookie kits if you don’t feel like baking them yourself, which I usually don’t.
I always liked the process of making candy more than actually eating any of it. Craft stores like Michaels usually have a great selection of candy molds, but they’re definitely not necessary.
Movie marathon parties are always fun, regardless of age. Get plenty of snacks, make a fort or just decorate the room, and you’re set! Obviously, this is the part where I tell everyone to start watching Hocus Pocus, which is my very favorite Halloween movie.
Spooky Scavenger Hunt!
This could be a fun alternative to Trick-or-Treating because it gives kids a chance to explore and find candy or small prizes. Make it as scary or silly as you want, but have fun with it and get creative. You can just write clues, use puzzles, or even have games in order to progress through the scavenger hunt. Or, you could just hide the candy and leave it at that! Sort of like an Easter egg hunt, except Halloween.
For creative kids, craft days are always a great option. You can get some really awesome kits at Michaels, and they always have coupons running. You don’t need anything special, though! Design haunted houses using colored paper, popsicle sticks and paint, or foam. Make ghosts using tissue paper. I feel like everyone is obsessed with slime these days, so that’s another easy option.
Face painting or special effects makeup is a super fun option for kids who want to dress up but can’t/don’t want to wear a full body costume. Have the kids do their own faces or each other, make it a challenge with prompts and a timer!
I don’t know if it’s just me, but all masks are creepy. Even the cutesy ones. There’s just something about them. The good thing is that they’re relatively easy to make, and a great option for kids who want to dress up but don’t have a costume or can’t wear one!
Okay, pumpkin carving is sort of a given, I know. It’s still worth mentioning because it’s a classic and I think just as fun for adults, too. There are so many different crafting kits you can get now, which are great for kids who aren’t strong enough to carve a pumpkin. I found all of these at Target!
They’re definitely not necessary, use whatever you have! I’ve seen some pretty cool melted crayon pumpkins. You could have a theme, like a specific creature or a movie/tv series. You could always turn it into a race or some sort of game with little prizes!
Make a Photo Booth!
You can make your own props or buy a Halloween Pack like this online. Set up a camera, (an Instax would be super fun for this if you have one) and let everyone go wild. Who doesn’t love an excuse to take 100 selfies?
Stir up a ‘Witches Brew’
You could use Kool-Aid or whatever drink you’d like with some food coloring, throw in a few gummy worms, and you’ve got yourself some witches brew! You could find a more creative recipe on Pinterest and if you really want to go all out? Dry ice. Mystical as heck.
Have a Binge Watch Party
Similar to a movie marathon, but you could have a party themed around a specific series like Harry Potter, Supernatural, or The Walking Dead! Most of the big franchises have board or card games, toys, and other fun goodies so you could have activities during watch breaks.
Host a ‘Murder Mystery’ Dinner
Like clue, come to life! There are guides, kits, and ideas online to help you out if you need it, but seriously, how fun would that be? I know adults who have spent almost $70 to go to fancy murder mystery dinners, and there’s no reason you couldn’t host your own for a group of teenagers!
Speaking of Clue, it’s a great board game for Halloween. I’m a big board game fan because it’s always been an activity my brother and I can participate in fairly equally with our abled friends.
I’d recommend Betrayal At House On The Hill! You pick characters and explore a haunted house. As you explore, you have a chance at finding different items or starting 1 of 50 haunts! Because of the way the game plays, it’s different every single time you play. It’s so much fun and it has little stories to go with each haunt.
The games don’t have to be Halloween themed, though. You could have themed snacks or music while you play Monopoly and it’d still be a fun night.
These are just a handful of ideas, but I hope it gives you a little spooky inspiration!
I also have a Halloween board on my Pinterest account with extra craft ideas, recipes, and all kinds of fun for you to check out! I’ll be adding new pins all month. There’s a lot more to Halloween than Trick-or-Treating, so no kid should ever feel left out from such a fun holiday.
How do you celebrate Halloween with your family?