Alternatives for Trick-or-Treating

Buffini & Company

Sep. 28, 2021

Trick-or-Treat Neighborhood Tag

Put together a small bag or bucket of Halloween tricks and treats for your neighbors. Leave them at the door or in the mailbox, if they fit. Make it a game of neighborhood “tag” by adding a small note with instructions on how to pay it forward and share some treats themselves!

Scavenger Hunt: Halloween Edition

Create an outdoor scavenger hunt for your kids! Take a quick survey of the Halloween decorations in your neighborhood to figure out what to put on the list — things like “purple lights,” “inflatable ghost” or “glowing jack-o-lantern.” Then cruise around with your kids in costume to check off all the items on the list. Make this a community activity with a post on NextDoor or a community Facebook Group.


A popular option this year, trunk-or-treat is when you and your friends and neighbors distribute treats from your car! Set up at the end of your driveway and have your individually wrapped candy at the ready. Instead of having kids reach into a communal bowl, consider filling small bags with a few pieces of candy, spacing them out in your trunk, and allowing each trick-or-treater to select one bag. Remember to have the hand sanitizer and masks at the ready!

Halloween Movie Night

Run a double-feature of your favorite Halloween films! Have the family get into costume and prepare themed treats for the occasion. If you want to invite some close family friends, consider moving the experience outdoors. With a projector and a cloth sheet, you can turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater so everyone can watch together at a safe distance.

Whatever you do this Halloween, we wish you a safe, spooky, and fun experience! By the way, if taking home treats from others has you concerned, fight the temptation to dig in right away — COVID-19 has been shown to die on most surfaces after two-to-three days, so leaving the candy to sit untouched for a few days can help reduce any health risk.