Halloween Isn’t Cancelled - Host Drive-By Trick-or-Treating!

Dated: October 14 2020

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With Boise area trick-or-treat plans still up in the air, it may be time to consider alternative arrangements to celebrate this spooky day with your family! Don’t get discouraged if Halloween is shaping up to look a little different this year. You can still maintain social distance and hand out candy - you just have to try something else! Consider hosting drive-by trick or treating in your neighborhood!


Drive-by trick-or-treating gives the kiddos a chance to wear their fun Halloween costumes and still stock up on some candy. While you may not be handing out candy from the front porch, it’s still a great way to celebrate the excitement of Halloween.


  1. Work with Neighbors

    An event like this can’t happen without some coordination from the folks in your neighborhood. Many neighborhood associations have Facebook groups or the NextDoor app - so reach out to your neighbors to see if anyone is interested in participating. You’ll want to consider a starting point, endpoint, and time frame. Or, you could keep it very simple and ask neighbors to be out in their yards or driveways from 6-8 pm to hand out candy to anyone who drives by! Decide what is best for the health of your neighborhood.
  2. Decorate Your Vehicles or Candy Stations

    Kids love seeing the decorations as they walk around to get their candy! Seeing the cars and candy stations all decorated will only add to their excitement as they drive around to pick up candy! Use a theme, if you’d like. If your kids are going to be superheroes, deck out the van as if it were their character’s primary mode of transportation. Hang some lights in the minivan, put up some window clings, play some spooky music in your lawn - don’t hold back!
  3. Make It an Event

    Maybe you don’t feel ready to take the kids out and collect candy from strangers, but you could still hand out candy! Let the kids dress up and help hand out the candy. Throw a dance party in your lawn while the cars drive by, get out the bubble machine, decorate the sidewalk with chalk - whatever gets your family pumped to experience Halloween 2020!


Things may look different this year, and traditional trick or treating may not be an option. Pack some hand sanitizer or quarantine the candy for a few days if you think something might be extra germy - luckily, Halloween candy is individually wrapped! Don’t let Halloween pass by without the treats, costumes, and family fun. It might not be what we hoped for, but there’s still plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween with the kids...and still get some candy for Mom and Dad, too! 

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Scott Trefaller

Scott grew up in Orange County, CA. and he and his family moved to Boise in 1972. He graduated from Meridian High School, then obtained a BA in Marketing from Boise State University. He has over 20 ye....

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