13 Alternative Ways to Celebrate Halloween

I don’t let my daughter celebrate Halloween…

…at least in the traditional sense; meaning – at night, in the dark, in a largely uncontrolled environment where the costumes are scary enough to give you nightmares, and she could slip away from me in an instant!

Yes, it’s true! No trick or treating in this family! When you have a child with a disability, every activity is evaluated not just for the fun factor but also how safe it will be for them. For Kendall, who has a tendency to bolt unexpectedly, being out in the dark, on crowded streets is a recipe for disaster.

When you have a child with a disability, every activity is evaluated not just for the fun factor but also how safe it will be for them. For Kendall, who has a tendency to bolt unexpectedly, being out in the dark, on crowded streets is a recipe for disaster.

To be fair though, I do want her to have the opportunity to dress up and have fun like everyone else. So in true odd mom fashion, here are 13 ways you too can have fun during Halloween without the midnight scaries!

13. Chill at home with your fav kid-friendly Halloween movie

12. Visit a pumpkin patch 

11. Host a Halloween party

10. Go to a pumpkin show

9. Attend a school event

8. Attend a church event

7. Find a specially organized event for kiddos with special needs

6. Get treats from trunks

5. Visit your local Historical Society

4. Find a Boo at the Zoo

3. Take a Haunted Train Tide

2. Road trip to an Amusement Park

And #1…drum roll, please!

My new favorite option for celebrating Halloween – Find your nearest Renaissance Festival!

I love this option so much that I’ve dedicated a whole post to it! Check out our coverage of Fantasy Weekend at the Ohio Renaissance Festival! I have a feeling we’ll be back every year!

However you celebrate Halloween, have fun and be safe!

11 COMMENTS

  1. Sandi @ A New York Foodie | 26th Oct 17

    I love all your alternate ideas for Haloween. They are really great. Especially the Haunted train ride and the Renaissance festival. I hope you and your family have a very fun Halloween! 🙂

    • Tiffany | 26th Oct 17

      Thank you! You too! The Ren Festival was fabulous…great time!

  2. Darcy | 26th Oct 17

    Great ideas! The zoo where I live has “Night Eyes” and it is very popular. Also, love the name of your blog! I often feel like an odd mom 😂

    • Tiffany | 26th Oct 17

      Ooooh…that sounds like fun! And thank you! I so often feel like the “odd mom out”.

  3. Meaghan | 26th Oct 17

    I am definitely not a fan of Halloween either. I don’t like the dark, evil, death thing at all. Life is scary enough without someone dressing up as a zombie and scaring my kids! I love trunk or treats for this reason. They are more controlled and such a great alternative. Great post!

    • Tiffany | 26th Oct 17

      Yes! Agree 100%! Even if I didn’t have concerns about Kendall being out late at night in the dark, we probably still wouldn’t trick or treat…just not our thing.

  4. Caroline | 26th Oct 17

    Great ideas! Loved it!

  5. Sonia | 24th Oct 17

    Love the ideas 👏🏻 Will definitely try these with my kids

    • Tiffany | 24th Oct 17

      Great! I hope they enjoy them!

  6. Angelica Sereda | 20th Oct 17

    Great tips! I’ve been wanting to do the haunted train ride (maybe when the kids are older) and just found out about the trunk trick or treating. I love finding new things to do during my favorite time of year.

    • Tiffany | 21st Oct 17

      Thanks Angelica! I’ll admit, I’m too scared to do the haunted train ride, but for those like a thrill, it would be really cool!

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