6 fun Halloween activities for kids to do at home
Are you wracking your brain for things to do on Halloween with your family this year? Maybe you’re trying to decide if you’re going to throw a kids Halloween party, or maybe you’re just looking for some fun Halloween ideas for a low-key night with the family. We’ve got you covered with game, craft, and spooky treat suggestions below!
We’ve compiled a few fun Halloween games for kids. Whether it’s in a party setting or a quiet weekend family hang, these are sure to keep the kids entertained.
Toilet paper Mummy
Grab a few extra rolls of toilet paper and break up into teams—this works for a family of four or a kids Halloween party. Ready, set, GO! Whoever wraps their partner up first, either by finishing the roll or by covering the most surface area, wins! And you’re left with a very Instagrammable photo op.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Next up, why not create an amusing Halloween themed scavenger hunt? Again, this is a great game for either a party or a smaller group. In fact, a scavenger hunt is a great Halloween party idea for kids! There are many printable pre-made scavenger hunt clues on the web, which saves you the time of crafting a dozen riddles on your own.
Try placing the clues all over the house and backyard to keep your kids on the move, tiring them out and combatting the sugar high from all of the Halloween candy. If you’re using this as a party game, or for a larger group, you can break up into teams and make it a friendly competition. At each found clue have a little treat or toy waiting, but save the big prize for last! If doing this at a party, maybe a spooktacular Halloween cake?
Candy Corn Bingo
If you’re still looking for things to do on Halloween—bingo is a classic, and the kind of game that can be adjusted to suit any age. You can use numbers, letters, or shapes depending on grade level. Once again, there are dozens of pre-made printable Halloween themed bingo games online, so setup won’t be time-consuming.
All you need to do is buy a bag of candy corn for the kids to use as their bingo card markers! Just make sure they don’t eat them all before playing the game—but that’s always a risk you take when playing Halloween games for kids!
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If you’re trying to figure out what to do on Halloween with your kids, look no further than art and crafts. Keep reading for some fun Halloween activities for kids.
Halloween Monster Slime
Kids of all ages love any kind of sensory play, so this DIY monster slime is sure to keep them busy for hours. And it’s really easy to make! You’ll need glitter glue, liquid watercolors or food dye, water, and liquid starch.
- Empty the bottle of glitter glue into a bowl, filling the empty bottle with warm water and pouring it into the same bowl, making sure all of the glue gets from bottle to bowl. Mix well.
- Then add in a few drops of watercolor or food dye to enhance the color of the glitter glue—neon colors are always a crowd favorite!
- Stir the mixture up and then add in the liquid starch. It’s best to use just a bit less starch than glitter glue, so if you used 6 oz glitter glue, try 5 oz of liquid starch. Mix the spooky concoction up until you can get the slime to stick against one side of the bowl.
- Now it’s time to knead, just like you would dough for a loaf of bread. Knead until you get the consistency of slime you’re happy with and voila!
The kids can play with it right away or you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge, letting it sit overnight to settle. To make the slime monster-themed, get a bag of googly eyes at the craft store, and cut some teeth out of construction paper. Let the kids make monster faces in their slime! Spooky!
Melted Crayon Pumpkins
This one is fun for everyone involved! Not only is it a great craft for the kids, but the end product is worthy of any Halloween decoration display. It’s especially cool if you can buy a white pumpkin because then the crayon colors really pop. In addition to a pumpkin, you’ll need crayons, tacky glue, cardboard or a garbage bag, and a hairdryer. Then follow the easy steps below:
- Unwrap your crayons—this can be a little tricky, so using a small Exacto knife is recommended. (Make sure you do that part though!)
- Cut the unwrapped crayons in half.
- Glue the crayons around the stem of the pumpkin. Let the glue dry completely.
- Place the pumpkin on top of the cardboard or garbage bag.
- Use the hairdryer to melt the crayons. Start with the hairdryer on a low setting. It’ll be easier to direct the flow of the melting crayons.
Making Spooky Treats
We’re going to focus on some healthy choices because we know it can be a challenge to keep your kids eating well on a holiday all about candy! Here are a few more fun Halloween ideas:
Ghost Pizza Bagels
This lunchtime favorite is sure to entertain the kids and provide them with a nutritious meal (no candy involved)! All you’ll need is: part-skim mozzarella ball, mini whole wheat bagels, marinara sauce, and olives. Then follow the simple directions below:
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the mozzarella and then cut the slices into the shape of ghosts.
- Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce over a bagel half and then top it with the mozzarella ghost. This is a fun step to let the kids help with.
- Bake until the cheese is melty, about 10 minutes.
- Cut the olives into little pieces and use for eyes for the ghosts!
Whole Fruit Candy Corn Ice Pops
Are your kids candy corn obsessed, but you’re less than thrilled to let them eat all of that sugar and artificial color? These ice pops are a healthy and fun way to give them a healthy treat alternative. The key to these is letting each layer freeze before pouring in the next—that’s how you get that classic candy corn orange, yellow, and white striping.
You’ll need: a popsicle mold, coconut milk, stevia, frozen pineapple, frozen peaches, orange juice or water. Then follow the simple steps below:
- Sweeten the coconut milk with stevia, then pour into the popsicle mold, filling it about 1/3 of the way. Place the popsicle sticks in and place in the freezer. Freeze completely.
- Blend frozen pineapple with enough water to make it smooth and pourable. This will be your second layer, fill up the molds another 1/3 of the way with the pineapple blend. Freeze.
- Blend frozen peaches with enough water or orange juice to make it smooth and pourable. This is your final layer. Fill the popsicle molds up the rest of the way and then freeze.
Your kids will love how these look just like candy corn and taste just as delicious, and you’ll love that they are having a natural, healthy treat!
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Who says a Halloween activity can’t be secretly educational? This is a great way to get your kids learning while still having fun!
Candy Corn Math
If you are going to let your kids have some candy corn, at least get them to do a little math in the process! If your kids are old enough to understand addition then this greater than/less than game will be perfect for them. Grab a box of dominoes and a bag of candy corn. Divide the dominoes in half and assemble them across from each other horizontally.
Next, layout a pile of candy corn. Have the kids add up each row of dominoes and determine if the number on the left is greater than or less than the number on the right. They can use a piece of candy corn instead of drawing the greater than or less than sign!
Make a Pumpkin Volcano
How about a fun science experiment to entertain and educate the kids? It’s the good old mixing vinegar and baking soda trick—it forms carbon dioxide bubbles and will overflow from the top of the pumpkin like a volcano. You’ll need: A small pumpkin with the top cut off and insides hollowed out, vinegar, liquid dish soap, food coloring or liquid watercolors, and baking soda.
This can get messy, so ideally do this experiment outside! Have the kids fill up the hollowed-out pumpkin halfway with vinegar, a squirt of dish soap, and a drop of food coloring/liquid watercolor. Then, on the count of three, let them add in a tablespoon of baking soda, stir it up, and step back to see what happens!
Whatever you decide to do, remember it can be exhausting doing all of the prep for a fun Halloween. While getting or making the costumes, decorating, hosting or attending parties…make sure you take care of yourself by taking your own multivitamin to keep you a mom-on-the-go. Pick up Mybite Hers, a delicious chocolate vitamin that contains all of the essential vitamins that’ll allow you to keep up with the kids this Halloween season!