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 7 Easy Alternatives to Trick or Treating

Halloween looks a little different this year. So, we've collected 7 spook-tacular alternatives to Trick or Treating that are easy to do and won't scare your wallet.

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Community Content Team
Published Oct 26, 2020 in: Spending & Shopping

Read time: 2 minutes

1. Zoom-or-Treat

Ask friends and family to set up a Zoom room. Each attendee can have their own Zoom room for trick-or-treaters to “visit." You can find spooky Zoom backgrounds and instructions here.

Kids will still get to experience the best part of trick-or-treating: showing off their costumes to family and friends. Don't forget to bring your own candy!

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2. "Door-to-Door" Trick or Treating

Skip the neighbor's house and stay inside. You can use each door or room in your home as another "trick or treat" stop. Knock...knock.

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3. Costumed Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

Show off your costumes as you walk around your neighborhood looking for Halloween decorations. Pinterest has tons of free printable scavenger hunt lists that will keep your kids busy!

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4. Scary Movie Night

Set the scene with security blankets and pillows to hide behind. Most streaming services are offering Halloween line ups, including the cult favorite "Hocus Pocus" on Disney+.

Teleparty (formerly Netflix Party) is a free way to stream shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, Disney and HBO websites using the Chrome browser on desktop or laptop computers.

Don't want to induce nightmares? Take a look at this list of “not-too-scary”movies for kids.

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5. Virtual Costume Contest

Video chat with friends and family and see who has the best costume, the scariest, the funniest. Win bragging rights or have small prizes for your household. Platforms like Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, Houseparty, Google Meet or Facebook Rooms are great options for groups to meet up.

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6. Indoor Halloween Candy Scavenger Hunt

Hide candy or Halloween-themed trinkets around your yard or inside your home. Make it spooky: turn off the lights and use glow sticks or flashlights. Check your local Dollar store for inexpensive party favors to hide around your home.


7. Halloween Basket

Have your kids wake up to a special delivery! On the morning of October 31st, a Halloween basket will “magically” appear full of candy and maybe even some festive treats like small toys, stickers, and pencils.

Have a happy Halloween! If you decide to go trick or treating, check out this advice from the CDC to keep everyone safe.

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