Are you desperate for some Halloween activities for kids that aren’t trick-or-treating? Depending on where you live, letting your kids go trick-or-treating at night might be scarier than all those goblins and monsters running around on Halloween. Even if your neighborhood is safe and kid-friendly, the younger ones may be overwhelmed by all of the spookiness of the holiday. As Nick Junior reminds us, “Many adults (and older siblings) forget just how sensitive kids can be about scary things, so they might think it’s funny to pretend to be a scary monster or to tell frightening stories. Stay tuned in to your child’s feelings and stop yourself (or get Uncle Fred to stop) if things are heading too far into the fear zone.” Here are 10 alternative Halloween activities for kids that might even be more fun than trick-or-treating.
1. Halloween Parade Check the local paper for listings, dress up the kids and plan to enjoy the festivities. If you’re in the NYC area, you can’t miss the legendary Village Halloween Parade. Whoopi Goldberg is this year’s Grand Marshall and the theme is Garden of Earthly Delights.