I have a hard time listening to friends talk about their Halloween plans. Not because Iím not into Halloween Ė I am, but because I donít always approve of what they are planning to do. For example, I firmly believe trick-or-treating is for little kids. Once you can drive yourself from house to house, itís time to move on to more grown-up activities. If youíre looking for fun this Halloween
that is a bit more age appropriate, you have plenty of options. Some even earn you free candy!
Help Out with Trick-or-Treaters
If you canít go trick-or-treating yourself, you can still get in on the action by grabbing your friends, your favorite costume and helping out with a fire station, church, community center or even mall that has a special trick-or-treating event. More and more places are holding what amount to parties for kids to help keep them safe. Going door to door just isnít what it used to be.
When you take on the role of the candy passer-outer, you can have fun playing with the little kids who are still so impressed by the holiday and youíll also be able to pal around with your friends without feeling awkward ringing someoneís doorbell. Plus, helping out always feels good, and Iíd be willing to bet youíd be allowed to nibble on the treats youíre helping to distribute.
Try a Haunted House
Gather some friends and take a trip through one of the many haunted houses that are set up this time of year. A lot goes into some of these houses and they are pretty spooky. Others are just cheesy, and thatís actually a lot of fun, too. Scary or funny, haunted houses and other special Halloween events are a fun way to stay out of the way of little kids and have a good time with your friends, too.
Big Kid Trick-or-Treating
Make a pact with your friends ahead of time to prepare some special treats for Halloween. Then, gather together and do a modified trick-or-treating at your own houses. As you get to each house, you get to enjoy each special treat. You can make this simple and have the parent at home pass out candy to your friends, or you can make personalized treats like candy apples and cookies.
Another option is to make your big kid trick-or-treating more like a progressive dinner. In this option, your group of friends heads to one house for appetizers, the next for the main course, and the next for dessert and a scary movie. You get to wear costumes and eat a good meal, too.
Finally, if you just canít get away from trick-or-treating, you can take a laid back approach to the problem. Grab a younger sibling, cousin or even the sibling of a friend and take that child trick-or-treating. Dress in a costume
and stand a bit behind the child youíre supervising while he rings the doorbell. Most will rightly assume youíre just there as a chaperone, but more than a few will toss some candy your way for being such a good sport. If all else fails, you can just grab the leftover candy from your own house and enjoy that this Halloween.