Dressing up is always fun...especially for kids! Forbidding them from participating in "Trick-or-Treating" is such a downer for them.
Where I live there a huge subdivisions filled to the rim with kids. On Halloween the whole place comes alive, all laughing and giggle and running around. It's pretty safe, so other than the really tiny ones, the older kids run around in little mobs....with a chaperon meandering behind at a distance.
Not to be a complete "stick in the mud", we put a twist on the event last year.
A few weeks prior to Halloween, we organized the kids of our chapter of the Jr. Ukrainian Orthodox League to collect cans for local homeless shelters. We made a flyer and the kids passed this flyer out along their "trick-or-treating" routes, along with a plastic bag.
On Halloween evening, when I drove to my nieces' neighborhood, I was smiled to see a number of houses with the flyers attached to filled bags sitting by the mailboxes and front porches.
The kids then went out and instead of pulling pranks or causing mischief, they collected these canned goods.....and sometimes got some candy, as well. It was a win-win situation. They got to dress up, walk around with their friends....and do a good deed at the same time.
This was the flyer:
...and here are the results: