Halloween is a fun holiday without an extensive laundry list of obligations and commitments. Children and adults can dress up, mingle with friends and neighbors, and most people love a holiday where eating treats is expected. With the cooler weather, Halloween is a great time to reconnect with neighbors and spend some time outdoors.
A Little Planning Goes Long Way
Here are some ideas that we think are a great way for you to reach out to your neighbors or get involved in coordinating some safe, family-friendly community activities.
Neighborhood Pot Luck or Driveway Movie
Get your neighbors together and make a night of it. In many of the neighborhoods we have visited in recent years, several families and adult neighbors will be out in one driveway handing out candy. For the trick-or-treating children, it is like visiting an entire street of houses in one stop. If you are a parent walking around with the trick-or-treaters, the one driveway approach is appreciated. Host a neighborhood Chili Cook Off while watching a family friendly Halloween movie or play some Halloween hits while chatting with your neighbors. Spotify has several family friendly playlists to choose from like this one: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4tnR58E62pVBDKuyKnM0yq?si=970f6f38a96a46a9
Toddler Treat Time
If you live in a neighborhood with younger families, it might be good to work out a "Toddler Trick-or-Treat Time" before all of the spooky costumes hit the streets. Scheduling a 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm time for younger trick-or-treaters in you neighborhood may keep them from getting too scared and worked up.
Some neighborhoods, churches or schools host "Trunk-or-Treat" events with a truck decorating contest. Pinterest has some great inspiration if you haven't ever joined a Trunk-or-Treat. These events are designed to keep children safe as they visit as many vehicles as possible. Some people even set up games or activities as part of their "trunk decorations". Include your community and come together to keep everyone safe this Halloween.
The Teal Pumpkin
If you are a parent that has kids with food allergies, Halloween can be a little more frightening for different reasons. In recent years, the teal pumpkin has become a popular sign as a "allergy conscious" house. Putting a teal pumpkin out on the porch signifies that this house has some allergy free treats. Often it is non-edible items like glow sticks or small prizes. For those that want build community, putting a teal pumpkin out and having a small bowl of treats without nuts, dairy or gluten helps other parents in the community feel like they belong.
At The Family Core, we want you to have a safe and memorable holiday. We know that putting any effort into creating the type of community that you want to live in pays off. If you are lucky enough to live in a community that already has plans for Halloween, find out what you can do to help out. Many hands make the work seem lighter. Happy Haunting!