Halloween Activities for Kids

Brooke White

Posted on October 19 2018

Halloween Games for Kids

Are you throwing a party, or just looking for a little spooky fun?  Consider playing some traditional Halloween games that will bring back memories from your own childhood.  Nostalgic games have stood the test of time because they’re simple, and they’re fun for all ages.  Remember bean bag toss or corn-hole games?  How about bobbing for apples, running with eggs (or scary eye balls) balanced on spoons, or knocking down a pyramid of tin cans?  Good Housekeeping has a wonderful list of traditional games that your kids will love, with easy modifications to make them even more Halloween-themed.  

One of our favorite Halloween games for kids is “Boo-ing” our neighbors and friends.  The kids make little goody bags of small toys and treats and then leave them on the neighbors doorstep, ring the doorbell, and run and hide.  They then get to watch their friends open the door and find their surprise treats, while trying not to let on that they did the Boo-ing. Often you leave behind a cute flyer that says “You’ve been Boo-ed” and explains to them what Boo-ing is, and how they can pass on the fun by Boo-ing someone else.  The Happiness Is Homemade blog has an adorable printable flyer that you can use to start your own Boo-ing fun.

You've been boo-ed flyer with frankenstein

Kids love crafting, but sometimes it can seem like there’s not enough time for making messy Halloween craft activities that need lots of supplies.  However, finding simple Halloween activities for preschoolers and elementary kids is easier than you may think!  Check out The Best Ideas for Kids blog of 50+ Halloween Crafts for Kids for some crafting inspiration.  There are tons of easy craft ideas using inexpensive materials that you probably have around your house; like paper plates, construction paper, markers, toilet paper rolls, paint, and yarn.  They even have the crafts grouped by theme, such as pumpkin, bat, ghost, spider, etc. to make it really easy to find something your child will love.

Spider crafts for kids

Halloween Events for Kids

There are so many fun things to do at Halloween!  Our family’s favorite Halloween activities tend to be a very low key.  A few years ago we invented “Family Fall Day” where we pick out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch or the store, and then we go home and enjoy fall-themed activities all day.  We put on fun Halloween music and decorate the outside of our house with spider webs, then we carve/decorate/or paint pumpkins.  We usually end the day with popcorn and a Halloween-themed movie, and we bake pumpkin bread. 

While we like to stay at home and relax, there are definitely times that we go all out for Halloween fun.  For those that have zoos or Disney parks near them, Boo at the Zoo events and Mickey’s Halloween Party are two very popular activities this time of year.  Also, most local pumpkin patches have petting zoos or rides that children enjoy.  Local libraries often have Halloween story times, and our nearby mall and even our dentist’s office have Halloween events this year.  One of our kids’ favorite events is the Trunk-Or-Treat night at their school.  Families decorate their car trunks and hand out candy to kids on the school field.  Local churches may have similar events and fall festivals as well.  There are opportunities for fun around every corner!

Halloween Meals

English muffing pizza with ghost shaped cheese

Halloween doesn’t just have to mean candy and treats!  There are tons of great Halloween themed dinner menus and recipes at Delish.  My kids love the Jack O’ Lantern Quesadillas, and they are SO simple to make.  There are also other Halloween food ideas like adorable ghost pizza bagels, and creepy eyeball pasta that are big hits at my house.  

Have a fun and safe Halloween everyone, and enjoy those special moments as a family!


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