Halloween Activities For Kids: The Halloween activities and lesson plans will provide you with great resources for this very popular and super spooky holiday! Ideas within these Halloween pages include: bats, spiders, jack-o-lanterns, Halloween puzzles, Halloween classroom activities and everything else to make your classroom frightfully fun!
Gearing up to entertain the toddler, preschool or kindergarten set on Halloween, but want to skip the spooky stuff? There are plenty of ways to celebrate that won’t keep younger kids up at night. Try these silly, not scary, Halloween activities at your next ghostly gathering.
Amazing Halloween Painted Pots
Help your child turn an empty flowerpot into a spooky pumpkin or any other creepy creature.
- Terracotta clay pot
- Black, grey, or yellow construction paper
- Clear acrylic sealer spray
- Paint the pot orange.
- Let the paint dry.
- Now, on one side of the pot, paint a jack-o-lantern face (this printable template can help).
- Once the paint is dry, spray the pot with the clear acrylic sealer.
- Make other creatures like Frankenstein or a ghost!
‘Tis the season for ghosts and goblins! For a fun party treat, you and your kids will love making this festive punch. Plus, check out our other ideas for delectably disgusting Halloween treats.
- Orange juice
- Mountain Dew
- Blue KOOL-AID
- Playtex gloves
- Food coloring (optional)
Fill gloves with water or juice tinted with food coloring, and secure openings with sturdy rubber bands. Freeze overnight. Mix liquid ingredients to create a radioactive shade of green. Remove gloves from freezer and quickly run them under warm water. Carefully peel off the gloves. Float the frozen hands in the punch bowl.
Pumpkin carving is a tradition when it comes to Halloween. Spend some creative quality time with your family making jack-o’-lanterns this Halloween.
Here are some pumpkin carving tips:
- Decide on a design. Use our jack-o’-lantern creator to help!
- Let kids participate according to their ability. Older kids can help carve (supervise them closely). Younger kids can draw designs for older kids to cut out. Very small kids can help by removing seeds and getting them ready to toast.
- Thumbtack your paper design onto the pumpkin so it won’t move. Prick an outline of your design with a skewer. Remove the paper.
- Carve out the design using the right tools. There are special tools just for carving pumpkins, although wood carving tools work well, too.
- Put your carved pumpkin in a cool, dry place when you’re not displaying it, and limit the time you light it. The more heat it is exposed to, the quicker it will spoil.
Spend a fun fall afternoon with your child creating a trick-or-treat candy bag for her to use on All Hallows’ Eve.
- Canvas tote bag (sold at local craft stores)
- Tempera paints (Halloween colors)
- Paper plates
- Wiggle eyes, felt, glitter, buttons, or other decorative materials
- Fabric glue
- Lay newspaper over your work area in case of spills.
- Pour a bit of paint on a paper plate.
- Have your child decorate the bag with paintings of witches, black cats, pumpkins and ghosts, using her fingers, handprints or paintbrushes.
- Add any other designs or decorative items on the bag.
- Let the bag dry completely – then fill it with treats on Halloween!
Costumes are the best part of Halloween, which makes a daytime costume parade perfect for little kids who are too young to trick-or-treat into the evening hours. It’s easy to do too — just lead your littlest superheroes, animals, witches and princesses on a short “parade route” through the neighborhood, so they can show off their costumes.
Nix the knives and little kid-proof your pumpkin decorating with art supplies like paint, markers, glue and glitter. Provide each child with a pint-sized pumpkin, and let them get creative (and messy) making a Halloween masterpiece. Bonus: The uncarved pumpkins will last longer than their jack-o-lantern counterparts.
A great activity for ages 4 and up, Halloween BINGO is simple and fun. To create the card, divide a page into a 5 x 5 grid and fill each square with popular Halloween characters like cartoon ghosts, witches, pumpkins, black cats, broomsticks, bats and skeletons. Don’t forget a free space. Not up for making your own card? Search Pinterest for printable options. To play, roll a dice (1 = B; 2 = I; 3 = N; 4 = G; 5 = O) and randomly choose characters from a bucket, then call out letter-character combinations (i.e., O-Bat, B-Skelton). The first child to yell “BINGO” wins a prize.
While it may cause you bridal shower flashbacks, the mummy wrap game is hit with younger kids. All you need is several rolls of toilet paper. Put kids in groups of 3 to 4, and choose one to be the mummy. The rest of the team has a certain amount of time (5 minutes or so) to wrap the mummy as best they can with toilet paper.
Kick your monster mash up a notch by incorporating an element of red light/green light. Choose your favorite Halloween-themed tunes — our favorites are Monster Mash, Purple People Eater, Ghostbusters and Thriller — and make sure there’s plenty of space for little ones to bust a move. Pause the music at random intervals and yell “Freeze!” Encourage kids to freeze in silly or scary poses.
Skeleton Bone Hunt
A skeleton bone hunt is similar to an Easter egg hunt. Hide plastic skeleton bones, which can be purchased at party supply stores or on Amazon, in your yard or a nearby park. The child who finds the most bones wins a prize, or use a permanent marker or stickers to indicate special prizes for certain pieces of the skeleton.
Check out a stack of books from your local library for a Halloween-themed storytime. Use this activity toward the end of a Halloween party to help kids wind down from all the excitement. Great books for storytime include, “Click Clack Boo!,” “5 Little Pumpkins,” “The Night Before Halloween” and “Max’s Halloween.”
Homemade Treat Bags
For an easy and creative Halloween craft for young children, decorate bags they can use to hold their tricks and treats. Brown or white paper gift bags work best, just make sure you don’t choose bags that have a glossy coating. Let kiddos customize their bags with markers, crayons, stickers and construction paper cutouts. Avoid mix-ups and meltdowns by adding names to the bags.
Skip the sugar, and opt for healthier Halloween-themed treats that young kids can help you prepare. Make cheesy spiders with mini-cheese rounds and pretzel sticks for the legs. Banana ghosts are another Halloween hit. Add eyes, a nose and a mouth to a banana using regular and mini-chocolate chips.
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