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11 legitimately fun Halloween alternatives for teens

Bethany Ramos is an editor, blogger, and chick lit author. Bethany works as Editor in Chief for Naturally Healthy Publications.

Here's how to keep teenagers busy on Halloween without getting the house egged

The fact that there’s an unwritten rule that the older kids, and especially the teenagers, shouldn’t trick-or-treat anymore leaves most teens between a rock and a hard place. Halloween is an awesome holiday — when you’re a kid. But as you start to get a little bit older, the opportunities for good, clean Halloween fun are more limited.

While the age to stop trick-or-treating is a hotly debated topic that deserves a post all its own, some cities have set age restrictions as young as 13, dating back to the 1970s. Results from a small FiveThirtyEight survey from last Halloween seem to match — most people think the age bracket of 12 to 15 is when kids should stop trick-or-treating for good.

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So, you’ve got an extra-tall trick-or-treater on your hands (who isn’t a toddler who had a growth spurt), and you’re racking your brain to come up with something for them to do this year. Lest they turn to neighborhood tricks, we’ve come up with some treats to keep teens entertained this Halloween.

1. Local haunted house

Groupon may be one of the best places to start on the hunt for a local haunted house, especially if you have a big group of teens looking for something fun to do on Halloween. If your town has a well-known haunted house — like an old haunted hotel with a 13th floor, for example — you’re probably going to find a discount deal for it on Groupon or another shared coupon site, starting in early October.

2. House party

This one’s easy if you’re brave enough to do it. Instead of turning your teens loose to run wild in the neighborhood, offer to host a Halloween house party for them. Trust us when we say that Pinterest is loaded with Halloween party ideas for teens — including fun games, spooky food, glowing mocktails and more.

3. Progressive dinner

Compared to a house party, this one may take a little more work and community cooperation, but it’s well worth the effort. A progressive dinner, in which parents in the neighborhood are responsible for different courses of the meal, is a fun idea for any regular teen night out, but a haunted progressive dinner makes the event even more thrilling.

4. Cookie-baking party

If your teen loves to bake — or just loves to eat sweets — a cookie-baking party can keep them ocupados during the trick-or-treating hours of Halloween. We suggest starting with an easy recipe, like this spooky sprinkled Halloween cookie pop, before moving on to the big guns, like a cookie pizza made with Halloween candy.

5. Scary movie marathon

Need we say more? Depending on your teen’s age and ability to withstand a good fright, you can also pair the scary movie lineup with a Ouija board — and make sure to dim the lights.

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