Halloween Festival: How To Celebrate Halloween At Home Without Trick or Treating

Oct 20, 2020 | Arts, Math, Parenthood

Are you trick or treating this year? Tired of this question and trying to figure out how to let the kids still enjoy this candy-filled celebration? Well, keep reading because I have a few cost-efficient ways to ensure the kids still enjoy Halloween at home. I am sharing with you some ways to celebrate Halloween at home without trick or treating. Be prepared. The kids may want to do this theme again next year.

  • Halloween Activities- I always love to make learning fun, and these activities will help the kids get into the festival spirit.
    • Halloween Scavenger Hunt – hide different little Halloween party favor toys around the house for the kids to find.
    • Halloween Bingo -is a great memory and coordination game. 
    • Family Coloring Sheets- kids love family time, so why not color some pumpkins together.
    • Halloween Pictionary Kids Edition – Another fun for the whole family game.
    • Halloween Virtual Trick Or Treating – There is this app that allows you to trick or treat on your phone. The app is new, so there are still some kinks. This app is ideal for older kids to interact with friends.

  • Halloween Snacks (Healthier Halloween Treats): With all of the sugar, the kids will eat on Halloween, I like to add healthier options (aka natural sugars).
    • Popcorn Hands – Simple snack for movie time. Grab a glove, popcorn, candy corn (for the fingernails), and a tie. That’s it.
    • Banana Ghosts – Slice a few bananas in half and add some mini chocolate chips for the eyes and mouth.
    • Orange pumpkins – Grab some cuties (tangerines), remove the peelings, and add a small celery piece for the stem.
    • Pumpkin Veggie Tray – Use baby carrots as the circular part of the pumpkins, celery as the stem, dip as the eyes, olives for the nose, and cucumbers for the mouth.
    • Apple “Teeth” – Cut an apple in half vertically, add some peanut butter ( or your choice of spread), marshmallows for the teeth, and strawberries for the tongue.
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  • Halloween Drinks: These simple drinks keep the kids excited throughout the night. If you into adult drinks, add a splash to one of the drinks below.
    • Orange Sherbet Punch – simple and quick recipe
    • Green Slime Soda – the kids will love this drink
    • Bloody Hot Chocolate – I’ve only made this once, so if it’s not “bloody” enough, add red food coloring.
  • Halloween Movie List: Most of the movies are older, but these are just a few to set the Halloween Festival mood.

    • Hocus Pocus – A classic from 1993. Available at some movie theaters here in NC.
    • All Hotel Transylvania – All of these movies are funny and good for the whole family.
    • Beetle Juice – Another classic. Surprisingly, the kids enjoyed the movie but would not watch it again.
    • Haunted Mansion – Can you tell we like older movies?
    • The Nightmare Before Christmas – The classic of all classics for Halloween,
  • Halloween Accessories: This gives the kids a little something to add if you are not getting a full costume.
    • Cute And Simple Headbands – Stores like Five Below or Target have cute little Halloween headbands to wear during the festival. Or you could add another activity and make a headband using cardboard and pipe cleaners.
    • Costume From Last Year – Save some money and let the kids wear the costume from last year around the house.
    • Something Orange – you can never go wrong wearing orange on Halloween.
    • Be Yourself – This is my husband’s favorite costume. It is not required that you dress up, but it adds to the fun. 
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Everything is so confusing and “up in the air” this year with Halloween. I decided to avoid trick or treating and create a Halloween Festival at home for the kids. I like to keep things a little simple and under budget. The Halloween Festival will only include about five different things. I still will have the cleanup duty as well, and we want to avoid hours of cleaning. And guess what? You can go as well. Check out the ideas below to create your celebration.


Let’s show the kids how we can adapt to change and make the best of our situations. This Halloween Festival is genuinely something your family will remember, along with all of the other odd things from 2020.

 So, what are you doing for your Halloween Festival At Home?


  1. Taylor

    Wow this list has so many amazing ideas! I love the bingo and the Pictionary. Halloween drinks sound super cool and fun too. Y’all are gonna have an amazing time and I would incorporate some of this for years to come even when they can trick or treat.


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