Don’t want to go out trick-or-treating this year? Here’s a fun way to replace your normal Halloween plans. You can still have so much fun with this Halloween trick-or-treat alternative! It’s a great Halloween activity for kids!
Why the Need for an Alternative?
In 2020, with the arrival of a new baby and the looming threat of COVID-19, our family made a conscious decision to stay indoors, unfortunately resulting in missing out on the traditional Halloween party and trick-or-treating experience. Our household went through significant adjustments during this time. Phillip transitioned to remote work, we scaled back on our homeschooling activities, and we became meticulous about sanitization measures.
Moreover, my Crohn’s disease and the demanding treatments associated with it had placed me in the high-risk category for illness. Given these circumstances, it was only natural that the prospect of venturing out for trick-or-treating on Halloween time filled us with worry.
The Dilemma of Traditional Trick-or-Treating
Going to a stranger’s home, putting your hand in a bowl that dozens of other kids have touched, and then putting what’s in that bowl in your mouth is a disaster waiting to happen. Because of this, we tried to come up with some Halloween trick-or-treat alternatives so that it can still be fun. Regardless of the alternative plans we choose to adopt, we remain committed to the idea of generously distributing our cherished non-candy trick-or-treat bags of goodies to a host of the young visitors who grace our doorstep on this spooky night.
While it’s true that COVID-19 restrictions have ceased, there are still unforeseen situations in certain years that can prevent us from participating in traditional trick-or-treating, such as unfavorable weather conditions. Additionally, there may be instances where you simply desire a broader array of Halloween activities to enjoy alongside your children. Whether due to inclement weather or the quest for more diverse Halloween entertainment options, there are numerous reasons to explore alternatives to the traditional trick-or-treating experience.
Halloween egg hunt is the best alternative
While brainstorming ideas for non-candy trick-or-treat items, a familiar tradition sparked an innovative thought – what if we adapted the concept of an Easter egg hunt for Halloween? The Halloween eggs hunt idea held great promise, offering a unique and exciting alternative to the traditional trick-or-treating experience.
To my amazement, a quick search on Amazon revealed the existence of Halloween candy-themed Jack O Lantern eggs, specially designed for this purpose. However, they came with a surprisingly high price tag, and their shipping schedule extended beyond the Halloween date. Undeterred, I decided to take matters into my own hands, determined to create a memorable Halloween egg hunt for our family this year.
I delved into our collection of Easter eggs, carefully selecting those in vibrant shades of orange and a glow-in-the-dark purple. Armed with a Sharpie, I transformed these plain eggs into spooktacular treasures by adorning them with playful faces and intricate designs. Some Halloween eggs received an extra touch of magic as I applied glue and liberally sprinkled glitter, transforming them into bewitching dragon eggs. The possibilities are endless, allowing for creative interpretations like spider eggs or any other fun themes you can imagine.
This DIY approach to a unique and budget-friendly Halloween trick-or-treat alternative allows for a personalized and imaginative touch that will undoubtedly captivate the young adventurers partaking in the Halloween egg hunt.
What You’ll Need
To begin preparing and setting up your Halloween egg hunt, you’ll need the following items:
- Plastic Eggs: You can find these at your local store, often sold in bulk. Choose ones that are Halloween-themed for an extra festive touch.
- Treats and Trinkets: Fill the plastic eggs with a variety of small toys, stickers, and candies. Consider including some non-food items for kids with allergies.
- Halloween Decorations: Get creative with your Halloween eggs-themed decorations. Pumpkins, fake spiders, and cobwebs can create a spooky atmosphere.
Setting Up the Hunt
- Indoor or Outdoor: Depending on the weather and your yard available space, you can choose to host the Halloween eggs hunt indoors or outdoors.
- Hide the Halloween Eggs: Scatter the plastic eggs throughout your chosen area, making sure to hide them well. Use the Halloween decorations to add a touch of mystery.
- Create Clues: For older kids, you can create clues or riddles to lead them to the hidden Halloween eggs. This adds an element of adventure to the egg hunt.
- Countdown to Hunt: Gather the kids and explain the rules. You can even set a timer for added excitement.
Fun for All Ages
The Halloween egg hunt is a versatile activity that can be enjoyed by kids and adults of all ages. Younger children can participate with the help of parents or older siblings, and instructions, while older kids can enjoy the challenge of solving clues and finding hidden treasures.
Remember to supervise the egg hunt, especially for younger children, to ensure their safety. Avoid any small items or toys that could pose a choking hazard, and be mindful of food allergies when selecting goodies and other treats.
Halloween Sensory Bin
So we’re sharing this fun Halloween egg hunt as a great alternative to trick-or-treating. Your younger kids may also enjoy this Halloween sensory bin.
In addition to the eggs and the egg hunt, another great Halloween alternative is the Halloween sensory bin. This fun activity is perfect for younger kids and provides a tactile and sensory experience.
Creating the Sensory Bin
- Container: Find a large, shallow container or bin. A clear plastic container works well, so kids can see the items inside.
- Filler Material: Use materials like colored rice, dried black beans, or even scrap paper to fill the bin. Add some Halloween-themed items like plastic spiders, mini pumpkins, and plastic bones.
- Exploration: Encourage your child to explore the sensory bin by touching, scooping, and pouring the filler material. They can search for hidden treasures within the bin, enhancing their fine motor skills.
- Supervision: As with any activity involving small objects, supervision is crucial to prevent any choking hazards.
Halloween Trick-or-Treat Alternative
In thinking about those non-candy trick or treat items, I remembered how we do the same thing in our Easter eggs.
And then inspiration struck – why not have a Halloween egg hunt?!
Amazingly, there are Halloween-themed eggs on Amazon. Who knew?
They’re also stupidly expensive, and as of right now the shipping date isn’t until after Halloween is over. So I decided to make some myself so we could have a Halloween trick-or-treat alternative this year.
I dragged out our Easter egg bin and picked out all of the orange and purple eggs. Then I used a Sharpie to draw fun faces and designs on them.
I also put glue on some eggs and put glitter on them to be dragon eggs. You could also make spider eggs if you wanted, or even a bunch of other fun names.
This Halloween, if trick-or-treating isn’t your family’s cup of witch’s brew, consider these alternatives. The Halloween egg hunt and sensory bin offer delightful ways to celebrate the spooky season while staying safe and having fun indoors or outdoors.
Get into the Halloween spirit, create lasting memories, and enjoy quality time with your loved ones. Happy Halloween!
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