20 Fun Alternative Ideas for Halloween

If you are trying to avoid the typical Halloween festivities and all the junk that comes with it, here are 27 #halloween-alternative-ideas for you to check out....Fall is one of my favorite seasons! I'm always looking forward to the leaves changing colors, the crispness in the air and everything pumpkin. With the arrival of Autumn... it seems as though many look forward to Halloween and focus on Halloween only. But, on the other hand there are many ways to avoid everything Halloween. No matter your preference, I hope that you enjoy family traditions this time of year and make lasting memories. This is where my focus lies.... Fall is one of my favorite seasons!

I’m always looking forward to the leaves changing colors, the crispness in the air and everything pumpkin.

With the arrival of Autumn… it seems as though many look forward to Halloween and focus on Halloween only.

But, on the other hand there are many ways to avoid everything Halloween.

No matter your preference, I hope that you enjoy family traditions this time of year and make lasting memories. This is where my focus lies.

I, myself, like to make family traditions by focusing on Non-Halloween activities. You may think there may not be too many ways to celebrate the Fall Season without the influence of Halloween. But, you would be surprised.

I have searched Pinterest and would like to share with you my findings. So, if it is your preference… there is no need for scary creatures, ghosts and goblins!

Here are some ways you can enjoy an Alternative Halloween:

 

Progressive Harvest Party
by Amanda Jane Brown

I have been inspired by this idea of a Fall themed Progressive Dinner Party! Although this showcases an online version, bring it to life with your friends.  Find your inpsiration by these bloggers, too.  This would be a fun time had by all.

Autumn Party

 

Progressive Leaf Raking Party
by Dot Com Women

If you want to avoid the dinner route, you won’t have to make food in a Progressive Leaf Raking Party. This is a great tradition to start.  In my neighborhood there are many elderly neighbors who could use help with raking each year. This activity will teach your children to serve others.  You could even buy some Apple Cider and Donuts to serve after the raking is complete. Or, make it a Rake & Cupcake event.

Rake & Cupcake

DIY Caramel Apple Bar
by Lauren Conrad

There’s no need to serve chocolate bars when you have a Candy Apple Bar.  Have a variety of toppings for everyone to make their very own Candied or Caramel Apple. This activity will be sure not to bring disappointment. You can get as creative as you want, or just keep it simple!

Candy Apple Bar

Reverse Treating, No Tricking

This is a sneak peek at one of my personal Fall Traditions!  We make a special treat and then deliver the festive treat bags to our Family and Friends. They always seemed surprise when we show up on their doorstep each year around Halloween. Very fun. Last year, I bagged up Hershey Bars, Candy Corn and Candy Corn Cookies 🙂

Halloween Alternative Activity

 

Harvest Party
by Meaningful Mama

Whether you host a Fall Festival or an Autumn Carnival, you will find inspiration at Meaningful Mama’s Harvest Party. She has many ideas for: activities, games, food and more.  She knows how to have a fun party!

Harvest Party Ideas Activities Game Food

 

Mommy & Me Autumn Crafts
by Pin-n-Tell

Moms love to craft with their children. Make it purposeful and have a theme!  Invite over other Mommies and kiddos and make it a party. To inspire you of great Fall Crafts for Kids, check out Pin-n-Tell’s Round up.

Mommy and Me Autumn Craft Party

Pumpkin Carving Party
by The Sweetest Occasion

Visit a pumpkin patch and pick out the best pumpkin!  Have your friends do the same and make it a Pumpkin Carving Party. The Sweetest Occasion will show you some ideas, get those stencils ready 🙂

pumpkin carving

Trunk or Treat Ideas
by C.R.A.F.T

If you’re family insists on constumes and collecting candy, try Trunk or Treat at your church or in your neighborhood. It’s safer than going door to door as it’s conducted in a parking lot.  Also, each “Trunk” has a family friendly theme. See a variety of themes that C.R.A.F.T. has found, I’m partial to the Noah’s Ark theme!

Non Alternative Halloween Idea

Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt
by Simply Sprout Educate

Make it a game while you’re at that Pumpkin Patch! Print of these Scavenger Hunt Sheets for all the kiddies in your crew. This is great if the pumpkin patch you visit does not have a lot of activities.  You get to make it fun!

Fall Scavenger Hunt

Corn Mazes
by Road Trippers

Check out these 5 awesome corn mazes in the Midwest! Intricate patterns for a great time. If you don’t live by one of the mentioned mazes, be sure to venture to a corn maze near you.

Corn Maze

Firefly Theater
by Tikkido

Enjoy an evening with the family, friends too, in your back your at Firefly Theater!  This is the ultimate DIY Dinner and a Movie with your Family.  What you serve is up to you. It can be as simple as only popcorn or a whole meal.

Famiy Dinner Theater Party

Geocaching
by Bon Bon Break

Have you heard of Geocaching? It’s a mondern day Treasure Hunt!  In almost every location, there is sure to be a Geocache to be found.  If you haven’t heard of this fun venture, or just want to learn more. Be sure to check out this article on Bon Bon Break.

geocache a family adventure

DIY Hay Ride
by Lia Griffith

No Fall bucket list is complete with out a Hay Ride.  If you cannot find a local farm, park, pumpkin patch or orchard hosting hay rides, why not create your own? Lia Griffith shows you how to turn your kid’s wagon into a fun Hay Ride!

Fall Hay Ride

Pumpkin Patches Near You 

Speaking of Pumpkin Patches, have you visited a Pumpkin Patch yet this Autumn? Instead of picking out a costume for Halloween, visit your local Pumpkin Patch to pick out some of your favorite Pumpkins!

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Photo Credit: Indian Country Today Media Network

Noah’s Ark Party
by Creative Youth Ideas

So, the kiddos want to dress up? Don’t want to Trunk or Treat? How about having a Noah’s Ark Party?  Creative Youth Ideas give several ideas on how you can have a festivie Noah’s Ark Party!

Alternative Halloween Party

Chili Cook Off
by Chica and Jo

Host a Neighborhood or Church Chili Cook Off!  Which Family will win?? These ballots will surely have the answer.

Chilli Cookoff

Cookie Decorating Contest
by Cool Mom Picks

We’ve all heard about a Christmas Cookie Contest, but I found a cookie contest for Thanksgiving. Which, could easily be turned into a Fall Cookie Decorating Contest!  Full of Leaves, Pumpkins and more!

Cookie Decorating Party

Pumpkin/Gourd Bowling
by Meaningful Spaces

Need to get out of the house? Host a Pumpkin Bowling night in your back yard! Use Gourds as pins and Pumpkins as Balls. This is sure to bring fun for all… can you get your pumpking to roll straight??

Pumpkin Bowling

Flashlight Tag/Scavenger Hunt
by All is Well at Home

Even when it gets dark, fun can be found.  The kids could have fun playing Flashlight Tag or you could even host a Flashlight Scavenger Hunt.  No need to make darkness scary. Light up the night 🙂

Flashlight Scavenger Hunt

 

Candy Bible Verse Game
by Danielle’s Place

Include your Bible in a fun game with the kids.  What can be better than a Candy Bible Verse Matchup Game? Get your free printable at Danielle’s Place for a fun alternative idea to Halloween this year!

Alternative Non-Halloween Fun

 

Do you have a FUN Alternative Idea
for the Fall Season?

Let us know in the comment section below!

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1 Comment
  1. Mario

    These are all great ideas and I do so love fall. A lot of my favorite things are pretty pedestrian, like wearing sweaters 🙂