For many people, Halloween means candy, costumes, and jack-o-lanterns. However, there are plenty of other ways to enjoy October, and for those who don’t celebrate Halloween, it’s still lots of fun! It’s perfectly fine to feel that the holiday is a bit overrated and inappropriate sometimes, and as a matter of fact, I think it’s better to find some alternative to giving out candy for trick-or-treaters. Too much sugar is never a good thing.*
The ideas listed below revolve around the month of October, fall, and alternative Halloween celebrations. Some of them may be unique ways to participate in Halloween, while others are about celebrating autumn itself. Here we go!
- Don’t give out candy. Create some treats yourself that are sugar-free, or give out fruit instead. You can also hand out Halloween stickers, pumpkin carving kits, crayons, small gourds, paper masks, or any other kid-friendly treat. This is great for several reasons: first, parents will usually appreciate your effort. They don’t have to worry about people tampering with candy or the sugar rush their kids will get. Secondly, candy is expensive!
- Hold an “Autumn Festival.” You can host a part that’s completely Halloween-free on October 31st. Have a bonfire and sing songs or make s’mores. You can take kids on a hayride or have games like Twister and Just Dance. You can bake some treats ahead of time or let guests assist you in decorating cookies and cupcakes. Offer a variety of activities!
- Fight breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so it’s a wonderful time to devote the time, energy, and money you would have normally spent on Halloween on a great cause. Run in a marathon, donate to a great organization, or make some pink ribbons and posters for friends to wear.
- Talk to your children. If you have kids and you don’t want them celebrating this holiday, explain that gently to them. Explain why it’s important that they don’t rely on candy and material things for fun. Then ask them if there’s an alternative activity they’d like to do, and suggest some of your own.
- Go to a pumpkin patch. This idea is still centered on autumn and pumpkins, but you don’t have to make jack-o-lanterns from them. You can create cute displays, decorate, or bake with them!
I hope you have fun celebrating Halloween in a way that fits you well!
All the best.
*(Editor’s note: I beg to differ…there is no such thing as too much sugar.)
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