I’ve brainstormed some Halloween Activities for Teens because so many of them want to enjoy the holiday but don’t have the same options as younger kids. Classroom parties and trick-or-treating might not be options anymore, but there are still plenty of great ways to enjoy Halloween as a teen.
Although I personally don’t mind teen trick-or-treaters, some neighborhood associations, towns, and cities ban high school-aged kids from trick-or-treating. There are plenty of alternatives though that are just as fun, perhaps more so, and that is ideal for teens.
Halloween Activities for Teens
Unlike young kids, teens can handle scarier activities and don’t require close parental supervision so they actually have more Halloween activity options than when they were younger. Here are some Halloween activities for teens that are both fun and age-appropriate.
Tour a Haunted House
Most communities have at least one haunted house tour open leading up to Halloween. Find a haunted house near you by searching:
- Local newspaper
- Area convention & visitor bureau
Look for Special Events at Malls and Local Businesses
Many malls and downtown areas host Halloween events. Sometimes they set up haunted houses and other times, they host community trick-or-treating.
Unlike neighborhoods where some residents aren’t welcoming of teen trick-or-treaters, malls and businesses usually welcome them with open arms.
Take a Historical Ghost Tour
Search for tours of historic houses, towns, or battlefields. Find tours that are offered at night or by candlelight to add to the Halloween atmosphere (see resources section below for help locating one).
Popular tours include Civil War sites and battlefields offered by private companies. Historic towns or districts may offer their own tours.
Many of these tours are long, possibly an hour or more. Be prepared by wearing good walking shoes and dressing for the weather.
Hayrides, Corn Mazes, and Pumpkin Patches
Find local farms that offer hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin picking. Many local farms are tucked away in suburban areas, so be sure to conduct an internet search to find all available options (see the resources section below for help).
Working farms often have a variety of Halloween activities scheduled during the fall harvest, including haunted hayrides and nighttime bonfires.
Check sites like Groupon, Living Social, and Yipit for deals on tickets.
Most amusement parks run special Halloween-themed events during October. The park is decorated for Halloween, staff members wear costumes, and there are special live performances scheduled throughout the day and evening.
During the day, they have kid-friendly activities like mazes and trick-or-treating. At night, they have haunted attractions and thrill rides.
Check with the amusement park nearest you to see if they host Halloween festivities.
Halloween Party Ideas for Teens
If you are looking for ideas to stay home to enjoy the spooky season. Then why not consider hosting your own Halloween party?
Here are a few ideas that you can use for your teen Halloween party:
Scary Movie Marathon – Pop up a large batch of popcorn and line up all your Halloween movies for a scary movie marathon. To make it even better, invite some friends over and turn down all the lights in your home for the marathon.
Halloween Costume Party – This is a party where everyone comes in their Halloween costume. Turn it into a costume contest and offer a small prize for the winner.
Halloween Party Games – You can have fun Halloween games like bobbing for apples and a piñata. You could also play Halloween charades, Halloween bingo, or even have a Halloween scavenger hunt.
Murder Mystery – You and your friends can become characters in a murder mystery. You can make up your own story or use one of the many murder mystery games that are available.
Halloween Dance Party – Put on some spooky music, decorate your home with Halloween decorations and have a dance party. You can even invite a DJ to come and play if you have the budget for it.
Resources for Halloween Activities
To find Halloween activities in your area, the local paper and a quick internet search are usually pretty helpful. Here are some sites geared specifically towards helping you find Halloween activities in your area no matter where you live:
- Fright Find: Haunted houses, real haunts, patches, and mazes.
- Haunts.com: Haunted houses, hay rides, zombie hunts, mazes, spook walks, theaters & plays, haunted river tours
- HauntWorld.com: Haunted houses, hayrides, escape games pumpkin patches, corn mazes, ghost tours
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