Alternative Activities for Halloween

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Ghosts and goblins, thugs and candy thieves, and door-to-door begging — oh my! This may not be an ideal way for your children to spend an evening, even if it is Halloween. If you’re looking for some alternative ways to spend this Halloween, we’ve come up with some ideas that will keep your children happy and safe.

Boo_at_the_Zoo_iconBoo at the Zoo – $

Your local zoo has probably prepared something special this Halloween. For many local parks, Halloween is their final sira before the slower winter season. For example, the Oakland Zoo throws their annual ‘Boo at the Zoo’ event October 26 – 27. The event is filled with a cute costume parade, Halloween treat bags, palm-oil free candy, a scavenger hunt, and even free ride tickets to all of those in costumes.  Admission to all of these special events is included with the regular admission price, making this a pretty affordable event for Halloween. Check with your local zoo to find affordable activities this Halloween.


Thrill Rides & Ghosts – $$$

For those that require thrill-upon-thrill this Halloween, a night at to your local amusement park is exquisitely frightening. Six Flags, for instance, does their annual ‘Fright Fest’ the entire month of October. The park erects special haunted theme houses and other manufactured scare tactics to keep the adrenalin pumping all-night (as if their rides weren’t enough). Six Flags, for example, offers a creepy Insanitarium, a haunted, defunct Toy Factory, and an opportunity to come face-to-face with the elusive Chupacabra, in addition to about two-dozen other scary activities. For teens and adults, intimidating rides, ghoulish ride operators, and an overall chilling, yet safe atmosphere is a perfect way to spend Halloween. Amusement Park Halloween activities are best-suited for teens and adults, and are often more on the expensive side.

Throw a Party – $$

There is no safer place for your kids then at home. So why not throw a Halloween party?! Turn off the lights and deck the corners and crevices of each room out with cobwebs. Hang sheets from a turning ceiling fan and let them turn like ghosts. Bake cupcakes with ghosts and goblins on them, shape some cookie dough into fingers, shape red velvet cake into eyeballs and cover them with white frosting, and don’t forget to fill bowls with pudding and Jell-o and hide treats within the goo. Each room in your home can become its own haunted experience. Of course, if you’re worried that your child will no longer sleep in their room after it has been turned into an insane asylum, you can keep it simple and allow the kids to knock on each door for ‘trick or treating.’

Have a movie night – Free

If you’re looking to stay in with your friends or loved one on Halloween night because it falls on a Thursday this year, a movie night is always a good choice. Here is some of the top best Halloween movies from the 70’s to 90’s.

-          The Exorcist (1973)

-          The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

-          Halloween (1978)

-          Dawn of the Dead (1978)

-          Friday the 13th (1980)

-          The Shining (1980)

-          The Evil Dead (1981)

-          A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

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And if you want to lighten the mood, Hocus Pocus (1993) is a classic for your Halloween movie night. While you’re hosting your movie night, you can also bake some Halloween pet treats for your little four-legged friend too!

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