Halloween is coming and there are lots of ideas to keep kids entertained. Think of eerie math activities, a silly skeleton and a pumpkin slime! Most of these fun Halloween activities are done with things you already have in your home.
Get in the spooky mood by working together on these easy Halloween activities to encourage little ones, preschool kids and big children at the end of the year.
Fun Halloween Activities for Kids
These kids’ halloween activities include fun Halloween crafts, Science experiments and easy-peasy ideas that are enjoyable for the whole family and perfect to bring the spooky festival home!
Let’s start with human anatomy! On a sheet of black craft paper, get the child to draw a scary skull. Use earbuds or cotton swabs and stick them below the skull on the black card paper to make the rib cage, spine and limbs.
Just the perfect Halloween activity to get kids excited and learning about skeleton system.
One of the most loved halloween activities for kids, this is a BIG hit with all kids. Hide some Halloween goodies in surgical gloves. Fill them up with colored water (use food coloring). Then, turn them ghostly by freezing them up in the refrigerator.
Cut out the gloves when you remove them. Let kids sprinkle salt — salt melts ice — on the frozen hands and dig out the goodies!
Use some glue, starch and food coloring to make slime (you should be an expert at it with any Halloween-loving kid). And oh, don’t forget to add glow-in-the-dark paint (we have got a recipe to make one below) to the mix!
Certainly one of the most fun halloween activities for kids!
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4. Magically Inflating Jack-O-Lantern
Halloween is all about magic and jack-o-lanterns. But this time instead of just carving it on a pumpkin, try summoning one with magic.
What you’ll need:
- Empty plastic bottle
- Baking Soda
- Black marker
- Orange balloon
How to do it:
Step 1: Using the black marker, draw the eyes and mouth of your jack-o-lantern on the orange balloon.
Step 2: Clean the plastic bottle and fill it one-fourth with vinegar.
Step 3: Place the funnel in the mouth of the balloon and one tbsp baking soda. Twist the neck of the balloon to secure the baking soda inside.
Step 4: Carefully slip the mouth of the balloon into the bottle top and untwist the balloon.
As the baking soda slips into the bottle, it reacts with vinegar kicking off a chemical reaction and realising bouts of carbon dioxide gas. This gas rises up and inflates the balloon, bringing your jack-o-lantern to life.
Spooky fun! Try doing it in a dark room with a focused light on the bottle to add real drama!
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5. Bouncy Eye Balls
Add a touch of horror to your Halloween celebration with bouncy eyeballs! This is a perfect science activity and also one of the spookiest Halloween activities for kids.
What you’ll need:
- Orange and black food colouring
- 2 Glasses
How to do it:
Step 1: Fill one glass – a little more than half – with vinegar and orange food colouring and the other with vinegar & black food colouring.
Step 2: Place one egg each in the coloured vinegar solutions and let them sit in the solution for a day.
Step 3: Replace the vinegar solution with fresh vinegar solution after 24 hours and let them sit for another day.
At the end of 48 hours, you will have your very own monstrous, orange squishy and bouncy EYEBALLS!! Make a bowlful of these monster eyes for a perfect Halloween night party.
Add glow-in-the dark jelly to your Halloween night menu for some extra spookiness. This jelly is super easy to make though not the most healthy option. But then Halloween is all about treats, right!
7. Pumpkin Oobleck
How about making a concoction that is neither solid nor liquid? Something that simply defies the three states of matter…sounds perfect for Halloween right!
Here is what you need to whip up this magical liquid (or solid!):
- Corn flour
How to do it:
Step1: Scoop out the flesh of the pumpkin and keep aside.
Step 2: Add the pumpkin flesh with a tbsp of water to the blender. Run the blender on high to make a smooth paste.
Step 3: Sieve the paste to get a lump free smooth pumpkin puree.
Step 4: Take half a cup corn flour in a bowl and gradually mix in pumpkin puree till you get a smooth, free flowing consistency.
Your pumpkin oobleck it ready! Roll it into a ball and see how it acts like a solid. Place the ball in a plate to see it condense into a liquid state. Spooky and weird!
8. Oozing Bubbling Blood
This experiment sounds both terrifying and bloody, making it perfect for Halloween. To make this creepy brew, you will need:
- Tomato puree
- Baking Soda
Step 1: Take a cauldron (or a beaker) and add tomato puree to it.
Step 2: Using a spoon add baking soda to the beaker and mix.
That’s all! Bubbling, oozing blood potion is ready. Who do you think would rather enjoy this oozing bloody drink, a witch or an elf?
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9. Witch’s Colour Changing Potion
No halloween science party is complete without the witch’s colour changing potion. This potion is truly magical and will garner all the Ooos and Ahhas!
What you will need:
- Red Cabbage
- Baking Soda
- Dish soap
Step 1: Make red cabbage juice by blending it with water in a mixer.
Step 2: Sieve the mixture to get lump free red cabbage juice.
Step 3: Pour the red cabbage juice in your cauldron. Add dish soap to the juice and stir.
Step 4: Add baking soda to the cabbage juice and stir. Does it change colour?
Step 5: Now, after you have observed the colour change, time to add vinegar to the concoction and stir.
Your colour changing witch’s potion is ready! Watch out for the colour change! The bubbling, fizzy concoction is nothing short of spectacular!
Definitely one of the most fun Halloween activities for kids!
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This super-fun wicked experiment clubs water with Halloween. A total hit with children, this will surely make Halloween celebration memorable.
11. Halloween Clings
These gelatin based window clings make the perfect decorations for Halloween. Nothing beats window cling, full of Halloween inspired spookiness!
12. Halloween Candy Catapult
How about a science project that has candies as props? Turn trick-or-treating into a catch-your-treat game with a sample DIY popsicle catapult. This simple catapult guarantees hours of Halloween fun.
What you will need:
- Orange Craft Sticks
- Rubber Bands
- Double Sided Tape
- Plastic Bottle Cap
- Halloween candies
Step 1: Stack five craft sticks together and secure them at ends with rubber bands.
Step 2: Insert a craft stick between the first and second craft stick on the stack.
Step 3: Take another craft stick and secure it with the craft stick from step 2, so as to make a V shape. This is your launcher craft stick.
Step 4: Secure the assembly with an elastic band so as to hold all the craft sticks together.
Step 5: Using double-sided tape, paste a plastic bottle cap at one end of the launcher craft stick. This is your launcher stick.
Place a Halloween candy in the cap and pull down the launcher stick with your finger and release. The one who catches the candy wins the treat!
13. DIY Halloween Slime
Halloween is the perfect time to whip up slime. Make batches of Halloween inspired slime and your kids are set for hours of fun. Plus it is a great science experiment to do with kids.
14. Get Creative With Pumpkin Golf
Give your old golf toy set a halloween makeover with this game.
This game requires you to make a giant jack-of-lantern with a mouth to insert golf balls. Easy-peasy, this fun halloween activity is also a great for birthday party games for kids born in the autumn months.
15. Build STEM structures With Toothpicks and Pumpkin candy
STEM construction challenging is always a hit with kids. Use the pumpkin candy (or diced pumpkin) instead of the marshmallows for your own STEM halloween challenge.
Since we are engaging in fun STEM activities, why not turn your kids into little scientists with these wonderful STEM Activities for Kids. Just perfect for upcoming winters!
16. Create Dotted Pumpkins
One of the art-inspired halloween activities for kids, this one teaches students about Yayoi Kusama’s work.
Famous for painting with dots, this Japanese artist inspired Halloween themed activity is perfect for young as well as older kids. Simply take a sheet of paper and let kids create a colorful pumpkin of their own. Let their imagination flow!
Learn more about Yayoi Kusama and other famous artists with these biographies for kids. They are certain to inspire and open their minds.
17. Create Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a fun way to enjoy the day on the streets exploring the neighbourhood. Children can also stroll in the neighborhood scouting as a family as they take part in the fun Halloween scavenger hunt.
Look out for spider webs, pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns and neighbours dressed as Dracula (or witches) to make your Halloween hunt exciting. It’s a perfect family fun Halloween activity that respects social distancing norms.
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This is an excellent way to get your kids moving and crawling. This real-life maze for kids will challenge your kids to move under, over and around the spider web to accompanist the task.
A great halloween activity for a dull afternoon, this one is great fun.
Tip: Let your kids dress up in their halloween costumes to notch up the fun quotient.
19. Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe
Planning a Halloween party? Here is a cool Halloween inspired version of classic Tic-Tac-Toe. Simply print out the Halloween tic-tac-toe cards and let the fun begin. We have also included halloween themed counters to fit into the festive theme.
20. Sponge Painting Halloween Ghosts
One of the forever loved halloween activities for kids that is a must for every spooky season is sponge painted ghosts.
Super simple and easy to do, this activity for kids is always a big hit. All you need is a sponge, scissors, white paint and black construction sheet.
Simply cut out the sponge in the shape of a ghost and dip into white paint before you dab it on the black construction paper. That’s it! Your super spooky halloween ghosts are ready.
Tip: Make a garland of these sponge painted ghost for a cool Halloween decoration.
21. Halloween Cutting Skills
This halloween activity is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners who are learning scissor cutting skills.
These Halloween worksheets help children practise holding paper and scissors together and cut through various lines and also sort cut out objects according to size. Just the perfect way to club motor skills with early math activities to make learning fun.
22. Lentil Pumpkins
Another fun motor activity for preschool and kindergarten kids, this one is wonderful for little hands. Simply print out the Pumpkin template (or draw one) and let your kids glue orange lentils on the pumpkin.
Your kids may use assorted lentils to unleash their creative side with this easy-easy halloween craft for kids.
Halloween crafts are incomplete with paper plate pumpkin. Children simply love making these and hanging them around as halloween decorations.
Easy-peasy, paper plate pumpkin is a cute art project to do with little kids.
24. Swap Scary Stories
Halloween is the perfect time for scary stories. Sharpen your kids story telling skills with this fun halloween activity that revolves around sharing halloween tales and reciting them in the most fun way.
Here are a few Halloween Books for Kids to make this activity a great hit!
25. Halloween Musical Chairs
Nothing can be as fun as playing musical chairs dressed in halloween costumes. This old classic game is perfect for the fall parties and is always entertaining. Make sure to spike the fun up by playing Halloween themed music.
26. Halloween-Style creative writing
How about encouraging children to pen down their thoughts and let their imaginations run wild with these creative writing prompts?
Creative writing is an immensely beneficial activity that encourages children to think out of the box and get crafty with their language skills.
Such a lovely activity to get children practise creative writing!
27. Roll and Stack
Halloween definitely makes learning fun. Here is a fun math activity for kids that little learners will love.
Put a drink straw on a round of Play Doh for each player. Take turns in rolling the dice and lace the corresponding number of spider rings onto the straw. The one who reaches the top end of the straw fastest wins!
28. Halloween Origami
Make origami this halloween to spike up your Halloween decorations. These adorable paper crafts will not only engage your kids constructively but also build their observation skills along with motor skills.
29. Halloween Bingo
Bingo is always a great hit and perfect party game. This fall, try halloween themed bingo for added fun. Make sure to replace counters with candy corn to make it all the more enjoyable.
Simply print this template and you are all set for a fun-filled holiday!
Make most of the scary, spooky Halloween theme by making your very own glow in the dark paints. This easy recipe is quick and easy for kids.
Children will simply adore their painting coming to life in dark!
31. Make Climbing Popsicle Stick Spider
Halloween crafts for kids are an excellent way to entertain kids in fall. And this one tops the list. Let your kids learn how to make spider with popsicle sticks that can really climb!
What a fun craft to include when teaching students about arachnids.
Halloween is a great time to learn everything about ghosts and take a kid-friendly dive into the mysteries surrounding ghosts.
33. Halloween Symmetry
Math when gamified not only becomes fun but also far less intimidating. This halloween, practise symmetry using halloween themed math worksheets for kids.
Definitely one of the spookiest halloween crafts for kids, this one will really make your Halloween decorations stand out. Your kids will love making these with commonly found materials.
What could be more adorable than making these Pumpkin Spinning Tops! These fun toys are great for giving a hands-on-lesson in science the fun way.
36. Make Spooky Snacks
Halloween is all about candies, isn’t it! But what if you could sneak in some healthy Halloween inspired sandwiches? Kids can make their own appetising halloween sandwiches to add on the Halloween menu.
What could be more fun than learning letters with the help of cute little monsters! This preschool activity for kids not only helps in letter recognition but also keeps your tot busy searching for them, building their observational skills.
Kids will love matching pumpkins with the respective numbers with these free printables. Building counting and subitising skills could not get any easier.
Need help with phonics for your child? This resource is surely going to add fun to phonics and have your little one reciting them in no time.
40. Spider Counting
Kindergarten and preschool kids will simply love these printables and have a blast learning counting with them.
41. Pumpkin Patch
Who does not like coloring a pumpkin patch? Help your kid identify and color the shapes to discover a beautiful Pumpkin Patch.
This free printable for kids is a must do halloween activity.
42. Halloween I Spy
A Halloween ‘I Spy’ is sure to keep your little ones engaged and enhance their concentration skills.
This free printable helps little one identify ending sounds. Such a fun way to work on phonics and also practise three lettered words.
Build logical thinking skills with this free halloween printable for kids. Your kids are surely going to enjoy these.
45. Halloween Jigsaw
This halloween craft for kids is excellent at building their logical thinking and critical reasoning skills.
What could be better than creating your very own Halloween Jigsaw puzzles and challenging friends and family!