If you don’t feel comfortable taking your kids out door-to-door right now, we’ve got you covered. Here are some alternative, family-friendly Halloween events to fill the candy-basket-shaped hole in your heart this year.
The Goblin Drop is an initiative from FosterAdopt to keep kids stuff without taking the fun out of their spooky season. The Goblin Drop brings the Halloween candy to you, so you can make your own at-home Halloween hunt. If you don’t have kids but still want to take part, you can also donate a Goblin Drop. Check the website for full details.
Friends of the Garden and the Farmers Market of the Ozarks team up to bring a special Halloween event for all ages, the Moonlight MASKerade. Costumes are encouraged for this evening event that takes place at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden on Thursday and Friday, October 29 and 30, from 5 to 8 p.m. Food and drinks are available from local vendors, and treat shops for kids are available along the lighted trails of the stroll garden. Head to the Friends of the Garden website for full details and grab your tickets before they sell out.
Trick-or-Treat Cinema at Alamo Drafthouse
[Editor’s Note: Unfortunately as of 10-13-2020 the Springfield branch of Alamo Drafthouse is temporarily closed.] You might have heard that Alamo Drafthouse is offering private screenings of select films for groups, but you might not know that the chain is also offering Halloween party screenings for kids, too. Every weekend in October, Alamo Springfield is screening family-friendly Halloween movies like The Addams Family (2019), Casper and The Nightmare Before Christmas, complete with costumes and relaxed noise rules (because it’s a theater full of kids who are also full of sugar).
Trunk or Treat Drive-Thru with Willard Parks
Trunk-or-treat! Willard Parks is hosting a drive-thru event to give local kids their Halloween fix. Local businesses will have reserved spots to make sure everyone stays socially-distanced while they hand out treats, and there’s even a trunk decorating contest.
Got any trick-or-treating alternatives for this Halloween that you’d like to suggest? We’ll keep adding to this blog as more events are confirmed, so let us know.