10 Family-Friendly Halloween Activities

Fall means cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and my most favorite, Halloween. Halloween is such a fun day, especially for kids. And with fun holidays come fun activities! Take some time to try some of these out with your kids this year to help pass the time while waiting for Halloween to arrive. 

  1. Pumpkin Painting or Pumpkin Carving. This is a staple of Halloween for most people, but I know many others who don’t do it every year. Go to a pumpkin patch or buy one at your local grocery store. Try something new with the carving or painting! Painting pumpkins is a great sensory activity too! The Artful Parent has some great ideas if you decide to paint instead of carve your pumpkin. 
  2. Jack O’Lantern Calm Down Balls from Little Bins, Little Hands are a great idea for some stress relief! They’re made with a balloon and filling (can be rice, beans, etc).
  3. Spider Ice Cubes. Making spider ice is fun for parties or to just scare someone! Add those cute little spider rings to an ice cube mold, filled with water, and voila! 
  4. Themed Treats. It isn’t Halloween without Halloween themed treats! ActivityVillage.co.uk has some super fun desserts to make. These are great to do together as a family! 
  5. Play Spooky Tic Tac Toe. Smashed Peas and Carrots uses some crazy cute painted Halloween Rocks to play this traditional game. What an adorable idea! 
  6. Kid-Friendly Halloween Pong. As much as us adults love to play beer pong, this is a similar game for kids using cauldrons and pumpkin candies. Playground Park Bench shows how to set it up. Such a simple yet fun game! 
  7. Spidey Hair Salon. If you like to play hairstylist with your kids, then this activity is perfect for Halloween! Simple as That shows you how to turn a bun into a spider with just 5 supplies! 
  8. Turn Your Home into a Haunted House. Haunted houses are great for the older kids (and maybe a few younger ones) – so why not turn your house into a haunted one? Do it Yourself gives you some great ideas on how to do just that. Who knows, maybe you can even sell tickets and make your costs back!
  9. Spook Your Neighbors. Have you ever been spooked? No, I don’t mean scared! I’m talking about when someone delivers a Halloween gift to your door, rings the doorbell and runs away! Preparing spook gifts with your kids can be a fun activity, and they can even help you ring the doorbell before running away.
  10. Watch a Scary Movie. Scary movies are always a fun activity. I guess they don’t have to be scary, just Halloween movies. Country Living put together a fantastic list of must see Halloween flicks. 

So much to do, so little time. Halloween will be here before you know it!

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