Its everyone's favorite time of the year again, or at least my households favorite time of the year. No matter if you celebrate Halloween, All-Hallows-Eve, Samhain or something else, everyone loves the spooky festivities this holiday has to offer. But sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to decide just how you want to celebrate, so here's a list of fifty activities you can do with your little witches, and goblins.
1. Carve a Pumpkin
The most common and perhaps the most complex item on this list but easily the most memorable.
Carefully cut a circle out of the top of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand through.
Scoop out all the pulp and seeds from the center and place them on a cooking tray for a tasty snack later (see #2) , draw your desired face on the outside using a using a marker or whatever is convenient for you. Alternatively, you can buy a pumpkin carving kit at Walmart, Dollar Tree or on Amazon Here
Then carefully carve out the features you have drawn. Or paint them on if your little one is too little to be around a knife.
Place a candle, electric tea light, or glow stick inside to create an eerie glow.
2. Make Baked Pumpkin Seeds
Pumpkin seeds are a very healthy (depending on the recipe) snack and incredibly easy to make. They're sure to become a household favorite in no time.
Step 1 Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Spread pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until dry and toasted. Larger seeds may take longer.
Step 2 Separate your pulp from your seeds and rinse seeds
Step 3 In a large bowl, stir together 2 tablespoons of white sugar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle the remaining sugar over them. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts, about 45 seconds. Pour seeds into the bowl with the spiced sugar and stir until coated. Allow to cool before serving. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Step 4 ENJOY!
Note: there are literally thousands of pumpkin seeds recipes, a quick Google search will help you find which one is right for you and your family.
3. Make Your Own Halloween Masks
This year, make your own Halloween mask using this simple technique:
Trace both your handprints on to cardboard or on the inside of an old cereal box.
Cut them out and paint them.
Cut out an eye from the palms and then glue the two handprints together, allowing them to overlap a little bit.
Embellish the mask using sequins, glitter, feathers, buttons or anything else you can find at home.
Glue a straw to the side to act as a handle for your fabulous mask.
4. Take a Spooky Fieldtrip
There are tons of spooky attractions around you, head to your local downtown or museum and see what is there. Make it educational and fun! Maybe even play some Pokémon Go and catch some ghosts together.
5. Make Halloween Cookies
No matter if you buy the premade "slice and bake" ghost cookies from Walmart or you make them from scratch baking together as a family is a fun activity. Just turn on a spooky playlist on YouTube or Spotify and then get to baking!
6. Tell Some Scary Stories
You can choose to write them down or sit in a circle with a flashlight on your face.
7. Make some Halloween Playdoh Creations.
Make some ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches with playdoh and see who can make the best spooky creations. You can buy some Halloween cookie cutters here
8. Make a Haunted House
Turn your living room into a "Haunted House" and have some friends over for some spooky games and goodies.
9. Mr. Skeleton Where’s Your Bone
One child (Mr. Skeleton) stands in the middle of the circle of children with eyes closed. With 24 children, I’d suggest having 3 or 4 Mr. Skeletons at a time in the middle of the circle with 3 or 4 bones passed out. Let the skeletons take turns guessing.
The children chant: Mr. Skeleton where’s your bone? Somebody stole it from your home. Guess who? Maybe you! Maybe a ghost from Kalamazoo Now Mr. Skeleton find your bone!
While they are chanting the leader hands a “bone” to one of the children. Make the bone out of cardboard for a bonus activity! All the kids then put their hands behind their backs and then Mr. Skeleton opens his or her eyes. He or she then guesses who has the bone (you can either give three guesses and then they has to be Mr. Skeleton again if they guess wrong or you can let them guess until they succeed). The person who had the bone now becomes Mr. Skeleton.
10. Halloween Charades
Divide into teams (or play individually and keep score) and act out Halloween words or characters (Like Frankenstein's monster or Dracula) for your family to guess.
11. Make a Magic Wand
You can use an old stick, a pen, or a pencil really the possibilities are limitless. Glue some sequins, fake crystals or whatever you want onto the wand. Remember the wand is yours and you're and you can do anything with it. Now if you'd like a more Professional looking wand you can find some on Etsy or you can buy some from my good friend at Magical Moon Trinketz
12. Pumpkin Balance Game
Purchase some small baby pumpkins or get some Orange balloons and draw lines on it for this game.
Use easy to remove tape to mark a line on the floor.
Ask the participants to walk the line with one foot in front of the other while balancing a pumpkin on their head.
Bonus: have other participants trying to scare them while they walk the line
13. Halloween Punch
There are tons of recipe's for punch on the internet. Here's a list of our favorites.
14. Apple Bobbing
Bobbing for apples is perhaps one of the oldest and most fun fall activities there is. The concept is simple you get a large tub or trough (I've even seen people use their bathtubs) and you fill it full of cold water and dump some apples (or any other fruit you want) in and then people have to try to get them out using only their mouths.
15. Have a Spooky Fashion Show
Dress up in your spookiest costumes or make some up on the spot using toilet paper or whatever else you can think of and show off your spooky talents. ( Save the photos to make a scrapbook later )
16. Make Some Slime
You knew this one would have to be on the list somewhere. No matter how hard parents try to get away from it, there is just no getting away from making slime. All you need is some glue, borax, food coloring, and water and then in Nickelodeon style green slime time!
Have a series of games that have a Halloween theme for your kiddos to compete in. Give out prizes for first, second and third place to each event’s winners. Award a grand prize to the contestant that wins the most events. Here’s a few ideas:
Throwing bags of sweets into the top of pumpkins from a few feet away.
Bob for apples.
Balancing "eyeballs" on a spoon in their mouths
18. Get Outside and Go for a Walk
I know Covid-19 has gotten most people spooked to go outside, but trust me its worth it to see the changing leaves, admire the full moon when it gets dark, or just to see all the decorations your neighbors have put up for Halloween.
19. Ghost Bowling
Paint some used water or soda bottles white and once dry add faces to them using a black marker making them look like "ghosts"
Fill the empty bottles with some sand or pebbles so that we won’t fall over easily.
Divide into teams and using small pumpkins try to bowl the “ghosts” over.
20. Have a Spooky Scavenger Hunt.
Do this in your own home if they're little, but if they're a little older go around town and try to find the items while you're trick-or-treating.
21. Pin the Face on Frankenstein
Create an image of a Green head and Black hair
Cut out eyes, nose, mouth, scars, ears and neck bolts
Blindfold and get each child to pin the face on one at a time
22. Coloring Books
Print of some Halloween coloring pages and see who can make the best Halloween crayon or colored pencil image.