Alternative & Creative Halloween Décor & Treats

Halloween is just around the corner. How prepared are you for trick-or-treating?

If the season has gotten away from you lately, there’s no need to rush for go-to plain pumpkins or classic Halloween sugary treats.

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For your pumpkins and décor, instead of entrusting your toddler with a carving knife, painting your pumpkins can give them a unique look that can accentuate your existing decorations. If you’re looking to glam up your porch this season, try covering your pumpkins and other gourds in shades of black, gold, silver, or glitter spray paint. You can even accent them with reflective pushpins or specialty designs such as a chevron pattern, by using different colored paints with masking tape.

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Forget the mess of pumpkin carving and paint instead.

Double the use of your masking or painters’ tape by letting your little ones create faces with the tape on their own pumpkins. They’ll get the satisfaction of creating their own designs. You can even paint them like their favorite characters, such as the minions from Despicable Me.

If your kids really want to put their mark on your house this season, give them a way to do so that won’t leave you with a big mess to clean up on November 1st. Let your little ones show their Halloween spirit by using sidewalk chalk to create some spooky designs. They’ll get the satisfaction of participating and you’ll be happy knowing the cleanup will be a breeze.

For treats and giveaways, you don’t have to pass out full-sized candy bars to be the favorite house in the neighborhood. There are some treats that can be just as welcomed, and help lower the neighborhood sugar intake!

Halloween-inspired temporary tattoos can be a welcomed break among the high-caloric treats of the evening, as well as fun gifts like glowsticks or mini bubble toys.

Of course treat-or-treating in itself can be stressful if you’re traveling with a toddler. As an alternative, you could look for a “trunk-or-treating” get-together in your area. They’re frequently held by community organizations as a substitute for the traditional door-to-door option.

For a more personalized experience, you can even host a scavenger hunt get together with neighbors and friends that have children of similar ages. You’ll have a chance to socialize with other parents, and the kids will have fun searching for their favorite treats.