Not trick-or-treating? Try one of these alternatives

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jack o lanternThough the tampered candy scare of the 70s and 80s is little more than urban legend, safety is one reason that parents may decide to opt out of trick-or-treating. Unsuitable neighborhoods, bad weather, and religious objections are other reasons to keep kids from going door-to-door.

But just because you've decided to skip out on the candy grabbing doesn't mean that you can't join in on the Halloween fun. If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, try one of these alternatives instead:
  • Host a party for your kids and their friends. Carve pumpkins, bob for apples, or plan a candy scavenger hunt.
  • Kids too old for trick-or-treating? Let them plan a Halloween movie night.
  • Research community-organized parties in your area.
  • Visit your local shopping mall, where stores often pass out candy to trick-or-treaters.
  • Visit a corn maze, pumpkin farm, or haunted house as a family.
  • Throw a monster-themed dinner party. Think "spaghetti and eyeballs" with a tasty witches brew to drink!
  • Want the experience but not the candy? Trick-or-treat for UNICEF.
  • Try "trunk-or-treating." Groups get together and decorate the trunks of their cars, then let children trick-or-treat amongst them.
Do you opt out of trick-or-treating? What do you do instead?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.