It is too hard, here in the mountains, to take the kids door to door. Some driveways are straight UP or DOWN and quite long and you can not always see the houses from the roads. You would be exhausted after just a few houses.
o the schools usually put on some kind of Halloween activity at night for the whole community to come and have fun at.
One school does "Trunk OR Treat" it is outside and sounds like what it is; people who like to hand out candy to the kids, park their cars in the lower field in an inner and outer circle - some people really get into it and decorate like MAD. they are awesome!. The kids go all around from car to car and fill up their bags. They usually have a haunted bus for the older kids to walk through and the fire and police dept.'s are there as well to give out cany or stickers and pencils. It is a lot of fun. but cold.
At the school my kids go to, we do an INDOOR Halloween Hall. The teachers, the PTA and ANYONE who wants to, helps transform the school in a mere hour from a place of learning to a Haven of Haloween fun. The lower grades decorate appropriately for the younger kids and the higher grades for the older kids. The kids go "door way to door way" (not ALL the doors are done, some of the teachers get together and make one BIG display and just give out a lot of candy at it.) We also do a haunted bus. The bus drivers wanted in on the fun. They are really great about it too. They let the kids on, in age appropriate groups, and scare to the "proper" level for those kids :). We also do a dinner. It used it be spagetti but this year it will be chill and hot dogs (chilli dogs!). For the first year ever the PRINCIPAL is in charge of this. Usually the PTA sponsors it, organizes, and pays for everything. But the Principal wanted it to be more the schools event so we are "just helping" lol. We will see how this goes.
I hopefully will report how this went the Saturday after Haloween. It should be LOTS of fun :)
Either of these options are much safer for the kids (no traffic and they are supervised the whole time) and at our school we buy all the candy so no worries there either.
SO how do YOU celebrate Halloween????