Trick-or-Treating Alternatives for a Rainy Halloween

Can you believe that in just a few weeks the kids will be dressed up in their costumes and will be going trick-or-treating. I'm going to be honest, I'm really not a big fan. One year I remember sending the kids off and just putting the bowl of candy on the front steps and not answering the door. Well I did answer but got tired after about the 10th ring of having to stop the amazing book I was reading to put a witch hat on just to answer the door.

Halloween however is a fun time of the year for kids. Not only do they get to dress up in their favorite costumes, they also get to walk around their neighborhood,  receiving free candy! What kid wouldn’t love this? I know mine actually look forward to Halloween because it's the one time of the year that our house actually has candy, unless it's someone's birthday. Unfortunately for parents, Halloween is oftentimes rainy or cold. Although kids can bundle up when it’s cold, what can they do when it’s rainy? These trick-or-treating alternatives are perfect for that rainy Halloween.

Nursing Home Trick-or-Treat

If it’s raining during your community’s trick-or-treating time, you might want to call your local nursing home and see if they have any trick-or-treating events going on for the residents. Many nursing homes will have the residents pass out candy to children in the hallways, allowing the residents to experience the joy kids have when getting candy and having the kids around.

Costume Party

Instead of chancing the weather on Halloween, plan ahead and host a costume party at your house or a local business. You can invite your children’s friends, asking them to dress up in a costume of their choice. You can even have a candy scavenger hunt so that the kids still get their chocolate fix.


Most malls usually have a halloween celebration for the kids where the retailers put out candy for trick-or-treaters. It's a great way for kids to stock up on candy, while parents check out the sales being offered in stores. However, not only will the kids be warm and cozy, but they'll also be able to show off their costumes without having to be bundled up.

Scary Movie Date

If it’s a rainy Halloween, you can always choose to skip the trick-or-treating and go see a scary movie instead. Check your local theaters and see if there are any kid-appropriate scary movies playing. If there aren’t any movies playing, you can stay at home and watch scary movies right in the comfort of your living room instead. Make your living room creepy by hanging blankets over the window, making it dark and scary.

A rainy Halloween isn’t the end of the world. There are plenty of opportunities for you and your kids to have a wonderful Halloween, despite the rain.

What are your favorite trick-or-treating alternatives for a rainy Halloween?


  1. We go out rain or shine. Although one year it snowed and the town rescheduled it for a week later.

  2. These are such great ideas! It rained here last year and I had no idea what to do with the kids. I'm hoping the weather stays clear this year but in case it doesn't, I'm glad to have some alternate ideas.

  3. These are really great ideas! We live in Maine so it's not unheard of to be tromping over snowbanks for Halloween. :P A lot of malls and shopping centers offer a trick-or-treat too so kiddos can be out of the weather which is really nice. :)

  4. Our church has an indoor festival on Halloween when it rains. It is a lot of fun, but we will check out your suggestions too!

  5. That happened to us last year! Total rain. So we went to an indoor party and did mall trick-or-treating for a bit. Luckily we were able to do the parade in town!

  6. Halloween is our favrouite time of year. We go out rain, snow or shine. I love your idea's, especially the nursing home visit as seniors would love to see the kids all dressed up.

  7. Great ideas! I loved when we lived in Manhattan and the kids could just go trick or treating in our building and hit hundreds of apartments without having to go outside!

  8. Oh yeah, I didn't event think about this! Great ideas. We'll have to think of a backup plan!

  9. I know the kids around here are hoping for a no rain Halloween. Its a good idea to have a backup plan just in case. Rain can really ruin the fun!

  10. We have gone when it's rainy or too cold. Neither are any fun at all. This year we're back in a warm weather state so I'm hoping for a better time It does pay, however, to have a good contingency plan in place.