5 Fun Twists on Halloween

There are other ways to enjoy Halloween with your kids in addition to going door to door. Mighty Mommy shares five fun twists you can add to your Halloween festivities this year.

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #401

Halloween has quickly climbed the charts as one of America’s most popular holidays.  According to an article on CNN.com, consumers spent 6.9 billion dollars on Halloween in 2015; $74.34 was the average amount Americans spent on candy, costumes, and decorations.

If you have a family, particularly young goblins, chances are you’re up to your pointy witch’s hat with zombies, black cats, ghoulish masks, and of course, candy corn right about now. During the Halloween season, these things and the like go with the territory. Many neighborhoods are decking the halls with frightful decorations in anticipation of receiving dozens and dozens of trick-or-treaters, but there are also other ways to enjoy Halloween with your cherubs in addition to going door to door.  Mighty Mommy shares 5 fun twists you can add to your Halloween festivities this year.

#1:  Go Daytime Trick-or-Treating

My kids attended a timeless nursery school called The Gingerbread House. What I loved about this pre-school was how old-fashioned it was. They didn’t incorporate high-tech toys or the latest technology in any of their lessons or play time. All the handouts that they shared were on old-fashioned dittos! They believed in lots of unstructured playtime, especially when it came to things like dress up and make believe. As each of my eight kids attended, it was like time stood still, and because many of my kids attended for three years, we were there for nearly 15 years. So I really appreciated the nostalgia that was created with each passing year. One of my favorite experiences all those years was celebrating Halloween with The Gingerbread House families. Because we had so many little ones under the age of five, the teacher helped to create a tradition of daytime trick-or-treating.  She worked it out with the town that the school was in and every year on Halloween we took the kids trick-or-treating down Main Street and to the homes in the local neighborhood that abutted the school. Even we parents got dressed up. After the trick-or-treating was done, we headed back to the school for a party with cookies, juice and even bobbing for apples.  Best of all, we didn’t have to head out at night when they were already tired and cranky.  They helped answer the door to our own trick-or-treaters which gave them the chance to see lots of fun and spooky costumes. My kids still talk about those daytime Halloween parties.   See Also:  Halloween Resolutions

#2:  Trunk or Treat

If you’re familiar with trunk shows, you know that it’s an event in which vendors present merchandise directly to store personnel or customers at a retail location or another venue such as a hotel room. The term is derived from the common practice of merchandise being transported to these events in trunks. Trunk shows have become popular with home businesses, jewelry lines and even at flea markets. There are even on-line trunk shows making it very convenient for busy families and working folks to get some shopping done and save some money as well.

In recent years, this popular trunk show idea was introduced to the Halloween season and is known as Trunk or Treating.  The immediate appeal of Trunk or Treat is that it provides “one-stop-shopping” for kids in a single safe location.  An article on Buzzfeed.com explains that Trunk-or-treat events bring Halloween to parking lots where kids go from car to car and get candy. They’re popular at schools, churches, in rural areas where homes are far apart, and in places where trick-or-treating isn’t safe.  To get some festive ideas for your own Trunk or Treating, check out the ideas listed on Buzzfeed.com.


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.