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Trick or treating alternatives for Halloween 2020

Staying in? These trick or treating alternatives are delightfully spooky!

Written by
Danielle Valente

The sweetest and spookiest day of the year has arrived! If you're hesitant about the typical traditions, we've assembled a list of trick or treating alternatives that'll keep your kiddos busy all day long. 

From Halloween movies to ghost stories, this to-do is so frighteningly fun, you'll scream with delight! What will you start with?

If you are curious about venturing out, read the city and state guidelines for safe trick or treating. 

Trick or treating alternatives

  • Kids

Are you ready? We came up with 13 tales that will delight and frighten your crew—the list starts with silly stories suitable for young listeners, then creeps up the scary scale to ancient myths so terrifying they might keep you up at night. How horrifying are these stories? It's up to you. Remember, it's all in the telling—and how you use dramatic pauses and ghostly whispers.


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5. Decorate pumpkins

After you find the gourd of your dreams at a nearby pumpkin patch, turn it into a masterpiece with your little ones. (Mom and Dad, we suggest you do the carving.) Don't be afraid to get creative: Michael's released a variety of pumpkin decorating videos for children and families, so have a look and take your imagination to the next level! 

Have an indoor candy scavenger hunt
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6. Have an indoor candy scavenger hunt

You probably know by now that 2020 has no rules, so why not make up your own? Combine Easter and Halloween with a family candy egg hunt rather than trick or treating from door to door. Or, you can set up shop in your apartment and make your own scavenger-hunt like adventure for the kiddos.  

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7. Attend a virtual event

From BAM's BamBOO! to Laurie Berkner's concert, plenty of Haloween events for kids are going virtual. Check out what's taking place in the digital space

Dress up at home
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8. Dress up at home

Even if you're staying in with your loved ones, there's still an opportunity to dress up in super spooky garb. Why not? 

  • Restaurants
  • Bakeries

Ah, fall—the leaves begin to change, sweater weather swoops in and "Apple cider donuts near me" becomes your favorite Google search. What better way to welcome New York City's most beautiful season than with something sweet? Whether you opt for treats from your local farmer's market, Doughnuttery's cinnamon-citrus blend or Dough's apple doughnut with almond streusel, you can't go wrong. The only wong way to snack would be skipping out on some cider or cocoa with your order. 

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