Last updated on February 5th, 2024 at 12:57 pm
Have you ever wondered how to handle trick-or-treaters while out trick-or-treating with your twins on Halloween night? Well, Twiniversity has your back. Keep reading to learn some of the best and most creative ways to (symbolically) be in two places at one time!
I love Halloween and have always enjoyed handing candy to all the neighborhood monsters! For me, it was the next best thing to going trick-or-treating. When my twins were infants, I couldn’t wait for the day we could take them out trick-or-treating. But now that they are big enough, I feel torn. How do I enjoy Halloween with my little trick-or-treaters while still treating the other trick-or-treaters? Do you abandon your house with a bowl of candy on your porch? Will grandma come and help you out? Is this something I can find help with on care.com? How do you handle trick-or-treaters while out with your children?
We’ve racked our brains and scoured the internet for creative ideas to keep the candy flowing even if you’re not there.
Ideas to Handle Trick-Or-Treaters While Out Trick-Or-Treating
Spooky Treat Tree
Creating Halloween treats for trick-or-treaters and hanging them from your outdoor tree is a fun and festive way to handle trick-or-treaters while out trick-or-treating with your twins. Although adorable and creative, this will take some time to prepare, so if you are short on time, this might not be for you.
Prepare the treat bags with a selection of candies, snacks, and non-candy items. Make sure they are individually wrapped and suitable for outdoor conditions. Seal each treat bag securely to prevent moisture and insects from getting inside. Attach a ribbon or a hook to the bag and hang them on tree branches and bushes for little hands to grab and take home.
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Want to go above and beyond? Decorate the tree with spider webs and spiders, maybe some flying bats…anything to bring out the Halloween spirit.
Be sure to provide instructions for your trick-or-treaters. Place a sign on your porch telling them to visit the “tree for a treat. “trick-or-treat tree.”
Want to take this spooky tree to the next level? Don’t settle for plain treat bags, turn your treats into ghosts with a coffee filter! Simply draw black eyes and a black circle mouth, place a glue dot on the back side, and stick your wrapped candy to the ghost. Thread your hook through the top of your ghost’s head and hang away.
If you are looking for something fun for handling trick-or-treaters while out trick-or-treating with your twins, but with less work than the Spooky Tree, try this haunting idea.
Pumpkin Patch Egg Hunt
My best friend, who does a Halloween Egg hunt with her kiddos, inspired this idea, who says Easter eggs are only for Easter? A Halloween egg hunt is a fantastic way to add some Halloween magic to your celebrations. It combines the excitement of a scavenger hunt with the festive spirit of Halloween. Plus, it is age-inclusive for the young and the young at heart.
- Plastic Eggs/Pumpkins
- Candy and treats (individually wrapped)
- Glow sticks
- Black Permanent Marker
Grab your Halloween-themed eggs and plastic pumpkins, or reuse all those plastic eggs you have left over from Easter! Draw jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, skulls, monsters, and Frankenstein faces on all the orange, green, and white Easter eggs. Fill with candy, treats, and a glow stick. Make sure you crack the glow stick before inserting, so it will illuminate once the sun goes down. Place the eggs all over your front yard with a sign letting your haunting visitors to come take an egg.
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This next idea is from a fellow twin mom, and I love it! Basically, she said she would carry a bag of candy with her as she walked with her kids. As trick-or-treaters pass, she drops candy in their buckets and says this is from the house on the corner. Simple enough and gets the job done, but I took her idea and made it into a game!
The Man Hunt
- Picture of your family
- A sign that says, “This is not a trick….come find us for a treat.”
- Bags of candy
Take a picture of you and your family (Instax/Polaroid) dressed up, and tape it to your door with a sign that says, “This is not a Trick, Come Find Us for a Treat.” The picture helps to:
- Let the other parents know you’re not some creepy random person their kids are taking candy from, and
- it creates a fun manhunt-type of game for those who stop by your house
So while you are out and about enjoying the Halloween festivities, you and your family can hand out candy to fellow Trick-O-Treaters as they approach you and tell you they saw your picture! This is also a great way to meet and get to know some of your neighbors.
DIY Candy Dispenser
Thanks to @milliongears, you can make your very own cardboard candy vending machine. Once completed, this machine can be placed on your porch and simply requires a push to dispense candy when little ghosts and goblins approach!
- Hot Glue Gun
- Rubber Band
Once finished, use paint, markers, or stickers to personalize your candy dispenser and make it more festive. A DIY candy vending machine is an awesome way to handle trick-or-treaters while out trick-or-treating with your twins.
If all of this just seems like too much, then by all means, go for the tried and true: Bowl on the porch with a sign that says, “Take one, please.” Still in the market for something more fun? Keep reading.
Take One, Please. If You Dare…
Creating a scary hand candy bowl for Halloween is a great way to add a spooky and interactive element to your porch candy bowl.
Place the large bowl or cauldron on a stable surface, such as a small table or stool. Position the hand in the center of the bowl (as if it’s coming out of it) or attach it to your front door (again, as if coming out of it). Fill the bowl with Halloween candy, and make sure it is easily accessible to trick-or-treaters. Add a sign that says, “Take one, please….If you dare.”
However you decide to handle trick-or-treaters while out trick-or-treating with your twins, remember to consider the weather conditions. If it’s likely to rain or be windy, make sure your setup is secured to prevent any mishaps or injuries. But, also have fun with it and embrace the spooky spirit of Halloween! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Stephanie Miller is the proud mom of twin cyclones Zach and Carter (20-month-old). Every day in the Miller house, you’ll find rooms turned over, floors covered in bits of Lego and puzzle pieces (mind your step), and the sound of “Brown Bear Brown Bear” read over and over, and over again. You’ll typically find her being used as the seat to reading time for the two bookworms, covered in bubble solution as they try to excel in their Bubble Wand skills, or being the voice to command Alexa for their favorite tunes. She and her husband are working on their traveling skills cause she can’t wait to show them the amazing world that is out there for them.