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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

Here's how to keep teenagers busy on Halloween without getting the house egged
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6. Backyard camping

A backyard campout is going to keep ‘em busy all night long, and it also works well for preteens and teens of all ages. Gather up some sleeping bags, hot cider, hot dogs, s’mores supplies, and of course, a few ghost stories to read around the fire.

7. Pumpkin-carving contest

Even the surliest of teenagers will appreciate these pumpkin-carving templates from popular movies, including Angry Birds, The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy. And when the masterpieces are finished, don’t forget to put it to a vote and give out a whole pillowcase of candy as the grand prize.

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8. Corn maze

Clearly, Halloween corn mazes are more popular in the Midwest, where cornfields are aplenty, but you might be surprised to find a haunted corn maze in your local area. Use this corn maze finder to locate the closest — and the coolest — corn maze in your neck of the woods.

9. Scavenger hunt

Here’s a whole different reason for teens to go door-to-door on Halloween: to solve their spooky clues and continue on with the hunt. As always, Pinterest never lets us down — this printable Halloween scavenger hunt is quick and easy. Again, we suggest keeping a pillowcase of candy on hand for the big prize.

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10. Coffin parades

Yes, this is a thing, and it could be happening on Halloween in a town near you. Manitou Springs, Colorado, is known for its annual coffin race that takes place the weekend before Halloween, while other major cities may roll out the coffins as part of their Halloween parade.

11. Fun runs

Killing two birds with one stone, doing a 5K fun run can keep your teen active and burn off some of that Halloween candy. Most local Halloween-themed runs strongly encourage the runners to dress in their craziest (or goriest) costumes. Even better, 5Ks normally only cost $20 to $30 per person and come with some cool gear, like a custom trick-or-treat bag or a free T-shirt.

Originally published September 2011. Updated September 2016.

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