7 Ways To Keep Your Teens Busy On Halloween Night
Here are 7 fabulous ways to keep your teenagers busy this coming Halloween night (and by being busy, I don’t mean being out all hours of the night smashing innocent children’s pumpkins on your road.)
1. Have your teenagers gather their friends and dress up and go trick-or-treating for non-perishable food and hygiene items for your local Food Bank. Our food banks are in great demand of food and hygiene items during the winter months and an early start to their supply will be well received.
2. Have your teens set up a free hot chocolate stand in your front yard and have them pass it out to parents as they take their trick or treaters around the neighborhood.
3. Have your teens get together with other teenagers in the neighborhood and set up a very simple spook alley in a garage or yard. Remember to keep it simple and fun for all ages. My daughter participated in one of these a few years ago and had the best time! She still got to dress up and spend time with her friends but they offered something fun for the neighborhood children as well.
4. Have your teens gather their friends for a service scavenger hunt in the neighborhood. They could even divide into teams, use a point system, and race to see who can complete the most service in a given amount of time. (There are many ideas for service scavenger hunts online.)
5. We always hear of serving at local food kitchens at Christmas time, but wouldn’t it be fun for your teens to dress up with their friends, and go serve up dinner on Halloween night for some who need it most. I will never forget the few times I served in our local food kitchen when I was a teenager. It made a huge impact on my life and helped me look at my life differently.
6. Last year our family went and sang Christmas carols to patients in a nearby rest home and left them with a small gift. It was an amazing experience. (I’ll blog about it in December) Wouldn’t it be awesome if your teens went trick-or-treating at a nursing home dressed up in happy costumes? Instead of asking for candy, they could take a small treat or even a fall decoration (I got mine last year from the Dollar Store), chat with a few of the patients for a few minutes and leave them with a little gift. They will remember it for years to come!
7. Last but not least have your teen take your younger child/children trick or treating while you stay home and relax! Oh wait… while you stay home and answer the door! Have them wear something with big pockets because if they happen to come to my house I’m always sure to throw them a piece of candy or three just for spending time with their siblings and giving their parents a much needed break!