Safe Ways For Teens to Celebrate Halloween

Okay, so Halloween might not be what it used to be. When you were younger, there was the thrill of getting all that candy and dressing up in a way that expressed your imagination. Now, you might have your parents’ curfews and friends’ expectations to worry about. Perhaps you live in a big city and you’re concerned about your safety that night. Or if you’re not worried about your safety, likely your parents are.


Here are a few fun ways to celebrate Halloween that are safe and exciting at the same time:

  • Create a costume that expresses your dark side.  Experiment with being Goth for a night or wear black nail polish, black eyeliner and black lipstick for the hell of it.
  • Turn yourself into a zombie and invite your friends to dress as zombies too. Then walk around your neighborhood, reenacting the Night of the Living Dead.
  • Create a mini-haunted house somewhere in your home. You might use the porch, the driveway, or garage. Then, charge the price of candy for admission and spook all your neighbors.
  • Have a pumpkin-carving contest.
  • Watch a scary movie with your friends. Make it an extra scary night by screaming a bit more loudly than you usually would during frightening moments of the film.
  • Have a costume contest among your friends.
  • Have a sleepover party, watch scary movies together, and then play scary but harmless pranks on each other, like leaving rubber spiders near their feet or in the refrigerator.
  • Play horror video games.
  • Play games that require you being out in the dark such as Hide-n-Go-Seek or Ghost in the Graveyard. Make sure you use flashlights for safety.
  • Bake cupcakes and decorate them with Halloween candy and colors.
  • Mummify yourself and your friends with toilet paper.
  • Dress up in your costumes and visit a corn maze with your friends.
  • Join in your neighborhood’s Halloween parade.
  • Play Halloween History Jeopardy
  • Sing Halloween songs
  • Have a Halloween scavenger hunt.Offer to escort a group of little kids around the block.
  • Have you and your friends answer the door for trick-or-treaters so that your parents can go out for the night.
  • Have a Halloween crafts night with your friends and family
  • Let your pet be initial the door greeter to trick or treaters.
  • Dress your pet in a costume and take your scary dog or cat with you as you and your friend’s go trick or treating.


These suggestions are provided as a way to stimulate your creativity on a night that begs for your imagination. Use these suggestions along with the guidance of your parents for a safe and fun Halloween.