Halloween is known for its infamous tricks and treats, but that’s not all there is to do – especially when you have kids. Even in today’s new normal with social distancing and common activities on hold, I have rounded up some pretty good ideas for activities you can do with your kids to keep this Halloween season full of fun and adventure.
Ideas for Having Fun with Your Kids This Halloween
Host a Trunk or Treat
You don’t have to go far for this fun event. Gather together with a few neighbors and host a trunk or treat. Each family can decorate the back of their vehicle, stock it with some sweet treats, and allow the kids to visit each one. This is one of the best social distancing Halloween activities you can find.
Spice it up by having a contest for the best decorated vehicle, have a running theme (like Disney or carnival), or offer mini games like toss the candy in the pumpkin to win a small prize. The possibilities are almost endless and so the fun will be too!
The fun doesn’t start or stop with gathering candy. Consider having a Halloween inspired cookout filled with good foods that can be roasted over a fire (hot dogs, smores, etc.). Add some Halloween-themed music to have a dance-off, musical freeze game, or cake walk. Similar to Easter, hide candy around your backyard and send the kids off with their buckets to find it. Make it a full shindig by adding bobbing for apples and butternut squash ring toss.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Most pumpkin patch farms have a lot of activities available for kids to do. Take advantage of all they have to offer from hayrides and corn mazes to pumpkin picking and feeding farm animals. This will be a great way to help teach your kids about the fall season as well as help them get ready for halloween (with those pumpkins they picked). If you’re looking for an idea of what to do with those picked pumpkins, you’ll like the next suggestion.
Pumpkin Painting Party
Hosting a pumpkin painting party is a great way to get kids together and get a little messy. This can be done a few days before Halloween to give time for paint to dry. Once the paint is dry help your kids carve something in it to make it a jack-o-lantern. Other ideas for decorating pumpkins are:
- Use washi tape.
- Use a stencil to create designs before painting.
- Try reversed painting.
- Add embellishments like buttons, gems, stones, etc.
Once it’s done, use it as decoration!
Educational Halloween Activities
Keep learning fun with Halloween-inspired educational activities.
Halloween Activities for Kids
I have a free Halloween Fun Activity Pack for you. Click the link or the image below to download.
I’ve also rounded up a few more for you to check out:
- Free Printable Halloween Activity Pack (from Artsy Fartsy Mama)
- Halloween Activity Sheets (from For Mommies by Mommy)
- Halloween Printable Games (from Happy Successful Mommy)
- Halloween Printable Pack for Toddlers & Pre-K (from Totschooling)
- Halloween Coloring Pages (from Fun For Littles Ones)
If you’re looking for some good Halloween-inspired children’s books, consider adding these to your read-aloud time:
If you plan to have a Halloween party with some of the ideas mentioned above (dance-off, treat walk, dance freeze, etc.), here are some good classics for your playlist:
- The Monster Mash (Bobbie Boris Pickett)
- Ghostbusters (Ray Parker Jr.)
- Halloween Sharks (Pinkfong)
- Monster Boogie (Laurie Berkner Band)
- Five Little Pumpkins (the Kiboomers)
- Ghost In My House (Jumpin’ Jamie)
- I Put a Spell on You (Performed by Bette Midler, From ‘Hocus Pocus’)
With these activity ideas, your kids are sure to have fun this Halloween season!