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4 fun Halloween alternatives to trick-or-treating

Halloween is right around the corner, which means choosing a fun costume, decorating your home, and collecting all the best candy. However, trick-or-treating isn’t always an option. Maybe you live on a busy street, or just don’t feel like dressing up this year. That doesn’t mean you can’t still be in the Halloween spirit! Here are some fun Halloween-friendly activities to enjoy instead of trick-or-treating.


Stream a Scary Movie

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to stay in for Halloween! So, pop some popcorn, curl up under a warm blanket and prepare to be scared. You could stream a classic, like The Shining or A Nightmare on Elm Street, a super-creepy thriller like The Haunting in Connecticut, or a feel-good family film like Hocus Pocus.

If you want to browse more movie options or see what’s on TV, YouTube TV is a great place to start! You can get a month free with the purchase of a new smartphone on an Unlimited data plan. With YouTube TV, you’ll have access to 70+ live channels and unlimited DVR storage space, so you can record your favorite shows and movies!

Once you’ve found the perfect movie, you can stream it straight from your smartphone, tablet, or TV in the comfort of your own home – and Halloween pajamas.



Visit a Pumpkin Patch or Corn Maze


If you’re looking for something to do outdoors or a place to bring the whole family, try finding a local pumpkin patch or corn maze! On PumpkinPatchesAndMore.org, just click on your state and city and it will instantly connect you to all the pumpkin patches in your area, their addresses and how to buy tickets.

The same goes for CornMazesAndMore.org and MazePlay.com. MazePlay even shows a birds-eye view of the corn mazes near you, so you can check out the impressive designs before you go.

You can also check out our blog, Hack the Corn Maze this Halloween, to learn more about using your smartphone to guide you through almost any corn maze.

Don’t forget to wear your Apple Watch in the maze! You can track how many steps you’ve walked, keep an eye on the time, and make a call if you accidentally get lost. For the kiddos, check out the Verizon GizmoWatch. It’s fun, kid-friendly, and designed with your child’s safety in mind.



Carve a Pumpkin


Want to stay home but still do something festive? Grab a couple of pumpkins at your local grocery store or market and carve away!

To find a design or pattern you love, try downloading the Pinterest app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. You can also find pumpkin carving do’s and don’ts, helpful tips, and more.

If you don’t want to make a mess or risk using a sharp knife, paint on the surface of the pumpkin instead! Then, your friends and family of all ages can safely join in and still have a blast.



Throw a Halloween Party


What better way to celebrate Halloween than with your friends and family? A Halloween party may be the perfect way to bring everyone together for good food and an even better time.

Use your creative side to make some spooky treats, like a haunted gingerbread house or a pumpkin cheese ball, or play some classic Halloween party games, like bobbing for apples.

Want to invite your other neighbors who may not be trick-or-treating? The NextDoor app is like a private social network for your neighborhood, connecting you to the people around you. Just post your party plans in the app and let the good times roll! You can download it in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.

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