If you’re a parent of tweens or teens, no doubt the way you celebrate Halloween has changed a lot over the years. First, it was more of a children’s holiday with trick or treating and class parties.
Now, many teens don’t even bother to dress up in costumes anymore because they’re busy with other activities like school clubs and extracurriculars.
In this post, I have some fun ways to make Halloween for Tweens fun!
Just because your kids are too old to trick or treat, it doesn’t mean that Halloween is no longer fun. In fact, there are plenty of ways to have a good time on All Hallows’ Eve without going door-to-door looking for candy or wearing an over-the-top costume.
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Teen-approved Halloween Ideas
- Visit a local pumpkin patch to pick out your own jack-o’-lantern.
- Find fun attractions like corn mazes and free hayrides – it’s a great outing for the entire family.
- Visit a local apple orchard with cider and donuts, then go pick out your own apples. This is an especially good option if there aren’t any pumpkin patches near you.
- Take the kids to a haunted house that is appropriate for their age.
- Throw a Halloween party with plenty of creepy snacks and themed drinks and prizes for creative costumes – think scariest, best makeup, or even best Halloween theme.
- Make and eat lots of delicious treats made with pumpkin, like pies, breads or cheesecake.
- Create a Halloween charcuterie board filled with your favorite spooky treats.
- For a fun at home activity, make a batch of ghostly berries.
- Have a Halloween movie marathon where you can watch The Nightmare Before Christmas or Hocus Pocus. If your kids are old enough you could even watch a real screamer of a movie like Nightmare on Elm Street or Child’s Play. (link the movie printable here)
Halloween Snack Ideas and Treats
Below are some of my favorite treats to serve during fall and around Halloween!
Halloween Would You Rather for Tweens
One of my favorite things to do is start a conversation at dinner, using questions that are silly but get the kids talking. And the best part is it’s perfect for families with younger to older kids.
This Halloween Would You Rather: Hocus Pocus Edition is the perfect way to ask fun questions and start a healthy debate about the way people answer. It’s a great way to get a peek into how your family and friends think too!
Let each person tell their answer to see what each person thinks and even encourage a healthy discussion of why they choose the answers they do.
The questions are fun and really have no right answer, so answering is just good old fun and laughter. Pair the game with a Hocus Pocus-themed meal and watch the movie for a whole night of fun with your teenagers.
The possibilities are endless! There are so many fun things to do on the holiday that don’t entail having to wear a costume or going from house to house asking for candy.
No one says you have to do anything you don’t really want to, so feel free to celebrate Halloween your own way with your tweens!
How did you celebrate Halloween when you were younger? What are your plans this year?
Let us know in the comments below and happy Halloween!