As October rolls around, you can’t escape Halloween! From giant spider displays at Costco to the endless advertisements for haunted houses, it seems like Halloween is ALWAYS spooky. But for families with little ghouls or even those who prefer not to be spooked, there are some really awesome alternatives throughout Omaha for our non-creepy crowd.
5 Non- Scary Halloween Activities in Omaha
We live in the Midwest. It doesn’t make any sense to NOT visit any of the many farms throughout town! My kids’ favorites are Wenninghoff’s and, of course, the Bellevue Berry Farm! These two places both have countless activities, pumpkin picking, hay rides, and did we mention kettle corn? It also wouldn’t be the harvest season in Omaha without ONE visit to Vala’s Pumpkin Patch. (Talk about kettle corn!) There are also so many pumpkin patches to visit throughout the area where you can go pick out a pumpkin and make pumpkin dinner. Feel free to draw a face on your pumpkin to keep it silly!
Check out our Guide to Pumpkin Patches and Apple Orchards.
Try a Trunk or Treat
Various churches and schools throughout the area host fall festivals with overwhelming supplies of candy! They have cake walks, face painting, and carnival-type games where your non-spooky little ones can go around enjoying themselves without worrying about catching a fright.
See our guide to Family-Friendly Halloween Activities.
Check out Cobweb Castle
Celebrate Halloween without the scary as you learn about spiders, go through a maze, climb a castle wall, and more at the Omaha Children’s Museum.
Visit a Nursing Home
This is my favorite alternative to traditional trick-or-treating. Many nursing homes in town sponsor a trick-or-treat event for residents to say hello to little ones. My children love saying hello to these sweet people! Let’s just say, between you and me, these places are not only where you can be greeted with a smile, but they also have the sweetest candy!
If you don’t have a candy tooth, it is definitely worth your time to cook up your own treats for neighbors and friends! We like to make pumpkin dinner as our annual tradition, but we also really love making pumpkin bars and other sweet treats. Get your little ones involved in making treats or making treat bags for those who serve you in your community! Mail carriers, firefighters, police officers, and sanitation workers especially love receiving treats. What a better way to say hello and treat someone who serves your community!
In any way you choose, we hope you have the sweetest holiday full of fun and many treats!
*This post was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2023