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Halloween Crafts and Games for Kids

Sam is the mother of two young boys, Juju and Blaze. Their family enjoys going on trips, crafting, learning, and exploring.

Collaborate with your little one by letting them trace shapes on a pumpkin that you can cut out for them.

Collaborate with your little one by letting them trace shapes on a pumpkin that you can cut out for them.

Halloween Crafts, Games, and Activities for Kids

Halloween is my favorite holiday! My oldest son is three this year, so finally he is old enough to really get excited about Halloween. I want my boys to share my love of the holiday so I came up with these October crafts to help me do it.

I always like to add educational aspects to the crafts and activities I do with my toddlers so I used I Can Teach My Child's "33 Ways to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten" to develop these activities.

I've sorted the crafts based on what skills I designed them to develop specifically, but many of these crafts and activities develop several skills. They are sorted by:

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Language Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

(I apologize for the lack of original photos of the activities. Throughout the month I plan to do these with my sons and take photos, but I wanted to get this out before Halloween so others can have fun with these activities too. Will update soon! Promise!)

Personal and Social Development

Key Points:

  • Approach to Learning
  • Self-Control
  • Interactions with Others
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Self Concept

Monster Menu

  • Cut sandwiches with Halloween cookie cutters.
  • Make Jell-O, ice cubes, or candies from Halloween silicone molds.
  • Add gummy worms to chocolate pudding.
  • Choose green, blue, or other strangely colored drinks.
  • Use colorful cups and let the kids add face stickers to them to create monsters.

Little Monster Lunch

Tea Party Activity

Need:

  • Snacks and Drinks
  • A place setting for each little monster


Optional:

  • Costumes/Props for each Little Monster (Check out the Little Monster Mask craft)
  • Toy/Puppet to play the Grubgub Monster (Check out the Shape Monster craft)


How to Play

Tea parties are a great way for little ones to learn how to interact with each other in general. Unfortunately, they have been gendered as a "girl" activity which, sadly, turns off some parents of boys and robs little boys of the opportunity to learn how to interact with their peers.

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Referring to this activity as a "lunch" rather than a "tea party" may combat the gendered connotations of a "tea party." Plus, it will prepare our little ones for the future when they "do lunch" with friends and co-workers (how many adults do you know have discussed business over a tea party? Not often, I'm sure, at least not here in the USA.)

You may go about this activity as you would any other tea party, but do it in a Halloween theme with Halloweenie treats.

If you want to make the activity more interesting and teach your toddler about manners and etiquette, you could include the Grubgub monster.

The Grubgub monster is never had a lunch with other little monsters before, so he doesn't know how to behave. Have the Grubgub monster act out impolite actions at the table then encourage the preschoolers to correct his behavior and teach him how to act properly at the table. By the end of the lunch, the Grubgub monster should have learned how to be a perfect gentleman (or lady).

Here are some manners you may want to consider going over:

  • Sharing (Grubgub wants all the cookies!)
  • Cleaning up a mess (Grubgub spills his juice.)
  • Saying "please" and "thank you" (Grubgub says "gimme gimme, now!")
  • Clearing the table when finished (Invite Grubgub to help too)

Pumpkin Jack's Little Helpers

Scavenger Hunt-styled Group Adventure Game

Need:

  • Flashlight
  • Basket
  • Toy Coins (enough for each child to have a turn at holding the flashlight, basket, map, or all three)
  • Map of the room
  • Bag of Wrapped Candy or some sort of treat


Optional:

  • Costume for Pumpkin Jack (Check out the Jack's Pumpkin Hat craft)


How to Play

This game is set at night or in a darkened room (not too dark though)

Before the game, hide the toy coins in places that are not too easy to spot, but easy enough. Try making the hiding spots in places that will need the flashlight to be revealed. Draw a little map of the area you're playing in, highlighting places where you may have "dropped" your coins.

You are Pumpkin Jack and you are looking for your lost coins! You are so sad because without your coins you cannot buy yummy treats to share with all the kids on Halloween, boo hoo! There's no way you could find all those missing coins by yourself, won't anyone help you look?

Let the kids know, before the game begins, "This is a sharing game. We are going to practice sharing so we can learn to be better friends. Everyone is going to get a turn to be helpful." You don't have to use those words exactly, but you should emphasize that the rules of the game involve teamwork and sharing. Hopefully, establishing this in the very beginning will cut down on trouble later.

Once you have your little helpers ready, choose one helper to be the basket carrier, one helper to be the navigator with the map, and one helper to hold the flashlight.

Ask the navigator where the group should look first. Once it's decided, the flashlight holder will lead the way to the spot. When the group arrives at the spot all helpers will have a turn pointing at a spot to check and the flashlight holder will move the flashlight to each area. Pumpkin Jack will, of course, throw a few hints to assist the little helpers until the coin is found.

The basket carrier gets to pick up the coin and put it in the basket, then tell the group how many coins they have collected.

After the coin is found, all little helpers will switch roles.

If you have a group of 3, repeat until each player has had a turn with the basket, flashlight, and map at least once.

If you have a larger group, repeat until each player has had a turn with at least one of the helper items.

Once all of the coins have been collected, Pumpkin Jack will go and exchange the coins for a candy or treat for each child.

Language Development

Key Points:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Literature and Reading
  • Writing
  • Alphabet Knowledge

Interactive Reading

Read a Halloween story and when you're done ask your toddler to tell you what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

While you're reading use your finger, a pen/pencil, a card, or something to trace the words as you read so your toddler will become familiar with the direction words go (and maybe even try having a go at reading).

If you've read a book enough times that your preschooler is able to recite it, make reading more theatrical. You can take the role of narrator and let your child do the voices of various characters. Or you can do the voices together. Have fun with it and your child's love for reading is bound to grow.

Halloween Alphabet Coloring Pages

Spooky Halloween Words A - Z

Below are some printable Halloween coloring pages I've found featuring spooky words. I've tried not to pick ones too scary for our little ones.

Practice writing the words before or after you colour the images. Point out and name other things in the images. Describe the subjects; are they furry, scary, slimey?

A - Apple

B - Bat

C - Cat

D - Dragon

E - Eyeball

F - Frankenstein

G - Ghost

H - Haunted House

I - Insect

J - Jack O' Lantern

K - Kappa (If you're wondering, "what the heck is a kappa?" It's a Japanese water spirit, not exactly Halloween, but it fits in with the rest)

L - Leaves

M - Moon

N - Nuts

O - Owl

P - Pumpkin

Q - Queasy(too much Halloween candy will make you queasy!)

R - Raven

S - Spider

T - Toad

U - UFO

V - Vampire

W - Werewolf

X - X-Ray

Y - Yeti

Z - Zombie


The Halloween Mission

Scavenger Hunt Adventure Activity

Need:

  • Index cards
  • Flashlight
  • Basket
  • Cottonballs (or ghosts from the Little Ghost craft)
  • Candy, treat, or prize for an award--perhaps ghost related.


How to Play

This activity can be played with one child or a group. It is a 3-part adventure game. The Halloween ghost adventure I've put here can be customized to anything you want it to be.

On an index card write a two-step instruction. (If you're comfortable with your drawing skills you can illustrate the instructions as well as Step 1 and Step 2) Alternatively, you can print photos of the steps and label them Step 1 and Step 2

"Go to the kitchen. Put this card on the fridge with a magnet."

When your toddler completes the first stage of the mission, reward them with a basket with the next index card inside.

On the next index card write (draw or photograph) the next two step instructions.

"Go to your room. Look under your pillow."

When your preschooler checks under their pillow they should find a flashlight and the last set of instructions. These instructions are three step instructions and a bit more challenging.

"Look under your bed with the flashlight. Collect the ghost eggs in the basket. Bring them to the kitchen."

When your child has completed the final stage of their mission, reward them with a prize.

Alternatively, your toddler can collect materials for a craft in their basket and the reward can be making the craft together.

Cognitive Development

Key Points:

  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Number Concept and Operations
  • Geometry and Spatial Relations
  • Measurement


Halloween Connect the Dots Coloring Pages

Templates

Printable Construction Paper monster Template

Printable Construction Paper monster Template

Printable Paper Pumpkin Leaves and Pieces

Printable Paper Pumpkin Leaves and Pieces

Cutting Spirals

Shape Monsters and Paper Pumpkins

Construction Paper Crafts

Need:

  • Construction or Colored Paper
  • Scissors
  • Gluesticks


Optional:

  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Crayons/Markers
  • Etc.


On my Printable Templates for Kids Hub I shared a few paper stencils you can use to make construction paper monsters and paper pumpkins, among other things.

I have posted them again here for your convenience. (Please disregard the Crafty Mom link, I no longer maintain that blog D: I will have to update these images at some point, sorry!)


Shape Monster

For this craft, print and cut out the shape monster template and trace it on the colored paper sheet your toddler wants their monster to be. You can cut out the body yourself, or let them use safety scissors to try on their own.

Cut out various shapes and let your preschooler use them to decorate their monster. Maybe they want to add a big trapezoid head, or triangle spikes, or hexagon spots, or a large circle cyclops eye. Help them use their imaginations and see the shapes as more than just shapes.

Add other decorative elements if you like.


Paper Pumpkin

Print and cut out the paper pumpkin template and leaves. Then trace the pieces on colored or construction paper. You will need one large pumpkin piece, two medium sized pumpkin pieces, two small pumpkin pieces, one nubby stem, and as many leaves as you want.

Cut spirals for vines.

Glue the pumpkin together with the large pumpkin piece in the center, with a medium piece on the right and on the left, and a small piece on the right and on the left. Practice comparing big and small, right, middle/center, and left.

Glue the stem on top. Compare the directions "top" and "bottom"

Add as many vines and leaves as you like. There is a large and a small leaf, so you can use this as an opportunity to compare size too.

Cut out shapes in black construction paper and use them to make a face on your paper pumpkins.

Halloween Shape Drawings

In the spirit of my drawing with shapes Hub, here are a few Halloween-inspired drawing tutorials using shapes, lines, and angles. I've organized them as easiest to hardest. This may be a bit challenging for a toddler to do on their own, so offer lots of help and encouragement.