If you live in the country or a rural setting like us, you know that trick or treating is quite unlike the city. First of all houses can have lots of farmland, open fields or forests between one another making walking from house to house impractical; often there are no lights on rural and country roads which poses a safety risk; and there are no sidewalks to keep the kids safe either.
It doesn’t make sense on your wallet or the environment to drive from house to house collecting candy. Plus you may encounter a lot of rural homes which don’t have candy on hand because they never get kids trick or treating.
However, just because country living can have an impact on trick or treating, it doesn’t have to ruin your Halloween celebrations altogether. Here are 10 fun ways to celebrate Halloween in the country, without trick or treating:
1. Host or attend a Halloween Party
A Halloween themed party is a great way to celebrate in a spooktacular way! You can keep the decorations simple with pumpkins, fake spiders, hay bales and cobwebs. Or you can get your ghoulish creativity on and have scary music, ghosts, witches, cauldrons and more! Add Halloween music, treats and fun activities.
2. Go pumpkin picking and get creative with pumpkin painting
Spend time at a local pumpkin patch picking pumpkins to paint or get one from your very own garden. Pumpkin painting is a safe (knife-free) kids activity where they can paint faces and other fun designs. Anything goes! Adults can paint pumpkins too, try more complex patterns like sugar skulls or something trendy like ombre pumpkins. Want to try something different? Decoupage fall foliage to the tops of white pumpkins.
3. Have a Halloween night movie-a-thon
Rent age appropriate Halloween themed movies, create monstrous snacks and beverages, turn down the lights then enjoy your scary movie-a-thon!
4. Create themed food dishes and snacks
Make sweet treats and nutritious eats that are Halloween themed. Check out my Pinterest board Halloween Snacks, Treats and Recipes for lots of fun ideas.
5. Visit your local library for special programming
Our local library is hosting Monster Mash for their afterschool club. Check your library for scheduled Halloween events.
6. Attend a local haunted house attraction
Create your own haunted house for your family, friends and neighbours to experience, or visit a haunted house attraction. If you’re in Ontario, you can refer to the Haunted Houses & Halloween Attractions directory to learn places to visit.
7. Visit a local farm, take a hay ride and visit with the animals or host your own hay day
Keep it simple by attending a local farm for a hay ride, see the farm animals and maybe enjoy other special programming. Alternatively you could have your own hay day on your property. Toss a few straw bales onto your wagon, add some wool blankets, make hot chocolate, and add some spooky surprises along your hay ride route. If the weather is nice, you could also create a spooky Halloween scavenger hunt area too.
8. Enjoy a Halloween night bon fire
Everyone that I know in the country has a fire pit, but if you happen not to have one at your country property (or any property), you could carve flames into several pumpkins. Then simply create a circle and stack a few pumpkins on top, add candles or flameless candles and enjoy the flaming pumpkin bon fire!
9. Have a Halloween Barn Party
Decorate a barn with Halloween decorations, have kids games like bobbing apples, relay races, etc and don’t forget the treats. Try Halloween pinatas or a scavenger hunt to deliver treats to guests. Admission with Halloween costumes only and why not make it extra fun and have guests perform a trick too!
10. Make Halloween Crafts
Get crafty and create some Halloween themed craft projects. Upcycle items from your recycling, or purchase craft supplies for your creations. Check my Halloween crafts Pinterest board to find ideas and inspiration for kids and adults craft projects.
Tell me have you ever celebrated Halloween without trick or treating? Which Halloween celebration idea is your favourite?