With the brrrr!-months rolling in, you’re probably already excited for Halloween! There’s loads of fun to be had during this season. We put these 31 Halloween activities for preschoolers to welcome the change of pace, season, and the upcoming holiday.
In case you’re wondering what to do, look no further – I’ve searched high and low and have 31 Halloween activities for preschoolers that you can enjoy with your child.
In this article, we’ve got it all.
You’ll find many ideas, including pumpkins, sensory play, and ghost activities to keep your toddler busy. You’ll have enough things on your list to fill up your entire month. So without further ado, let’s dive right in!
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Halloween Activities to Try With Your Kids
Pumpkin Activities to Keep Your Toddler Busy
- Fine Motor Pumpkin Patch: Get children to create curved lines by following mini pumpkins placed on paper.
- Halloween Mini Eraser Graph: Find the mini erasers for a fun way to bring on Halloween and practice sorting.
- Memory Alphabet Game for Fall: Write letters on pieces of paper and the same ones on mini pumpkins. Mix the letters and hide them underneath a pumpkin so children can match them.
- Preschool Color by Number for Halloween: Draw a pumpkin, write a number in each section, then create a key chart for kids to match a number to a color.
- Pumpkin Faces for Halloween: Cut out different shapes so your child can make a pumpkin face.
- Pumpkin Fizz: Halloween Science Activity: Get mini pumpkin lanterns and add baking soda. Give your child a squeezy bottle of vinegar and watch it fizz!
- Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt Bark: Make pumpkin-flavored frozen yogurt.
- Pumpkin Guts Squish Bag: Fun Fantastic Learning: Add the insides of a pumpkin to a freezer bag and let them squish away!
- Pumpkin Number Scoop: Stay at Home Educator: Write numbers on pumpkins and the same numbers on a sheet of paper. Add the pumpkins to the water so your children can scoop and match the numbers!
- Save the Pumpkins – Days with Grey: Place mini pumpkins on the table and see if your child can pick them up using tongues and put them in a jar!
- STEM Pumpkin Play – Preschool STEAM: Create a pumpkin patch with play dough and pipe cleaners.
Sensory Halloween Activities for Kids
Kids love sensory play all year round, but it can’t hurt to spice things up with some Halloween-themed sensory activities! Creating sensory set-ups with child-friendly spookiness catches your toddler’s attention. It also keeps their Halloween spirit alive all October.
I love to have my son work on set-ups together and bond over our different ideas to make these activities more fun!
- Black Rice Sensory Bin – Busy Toddler – add black rice to a sensory bin with some Halloween objects.
- Fall Pour and Scoop Sensory Play – Days with Grey – use things like pumpkin seeds and other fall sensory objects in the house. Pop them in a sensory bin along with spoons and jugs.
- Halloween Sensory Bin – Busy Toddler – dye rice orange for your sensory bin and take it to the next level with Halloween additions.
- Halloween Sensory Eyeball Play – Days with Grey – kids love shaving cream! Fill a sensory bin with some plus spooky eyeballs.
- How to Make a Robot Costume: Do you have some boxes in the garage? Scoop them up along with some odds and ends for the perfect DIY costume.
- Pumpkin Kerplunk: How many mini pumpkins can you balance on dry spaghetti? Find out with this Halloween STEM activity.
- Skeleton Sensory Play – This bean bin allowed me to catch up on some work as my child scooped and added black beans into plastic skulls.
Halloween Crafts for Kids With Monsters and Spiders
Having fun with creepy crawlies on Halloween is always a hit with the kids. These preschool activities involve monster puppets and spiders and are a chance to get creative.
- DIY Spider Ring – Fun Fantastic Learning: make a spider ring out of black pipe cleaners.
- Monster Puppets – Toddler Approved: create monster puppets using lollipop sticks, cards, and googly eyes!
- Spider Dots – Days with Grey: get your kids to create mini spiders on a spider web using colorful sticker dots.
Bats, Bones, and Ghosts Halloween Activities for Preschoolers
Activities involving bats, bones, and ghosts are a great way to get your Halloween on. Letting your imagination run free with household items and purchases makes the possibilities endless. From paper puppets to window ghosts, there are just so many options for Halloween crafts for kids.
- Bat Headband – Fun Fantastic Learning – make this fun headband from black card and googly eyes!
- Bone Painting – Days with Grey – use Halloween bone decorations and get your child to paint them different colors.
- Eyeball Soup – Days with Grey – pop some plastic eyeballs in waterplay and watch kids scoop away!
- Ghost Eyes – Days with Grey – draw outlines of ghosts on paper and see if your toddler can add the eyes using stickers.
- Ghost Walk – Toddler Approved – create spooky ghost footprints so your child can walk along them.
- Skeleton Crayons – Happily Ever Mom – melt old crayons into a skeleton mold.
- Sticky Ghost – Happy Toddler Playtime – make a ghost out of sticker paper and give your child white tissue paper to bring it to life!
Miscellaneous Halloween Activities for Preschoolers
There are so many ideas out there that you may want to let your child pick out activities randomly.
If you and your toddler get into it, the Halloween activities you do together will fill your days with smiles and laughter.
- Halloween Bubble and Water Play – add spooky food coloring to water along with bubbles and Halloween decorations.
- Halloween Frozen Water Play – make frozen Halloween pods and add them to water.
- Halloween Parade Line Up – Busy Toddler – get your child to place plastic spiders along different shaped lines.
- Retell Room on the Broom – Days with Grey – make simple props to act out Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson.
- Room on the Broom Paint by Number – draw a witchy outline inspired by Room on the Broom, then add numbers and a color chart.
- Sticker Shirt Design – Days with Grey – draw the outlines of shirts on Kraft paper and give your child stickers to decorate them.
- Try a Peanut-Free Halloween Party – Days with Grey – serve peanut-free food at a Halloween party and add a banner letting children and parents know it’s peanut free!
Halloween-Themed Activities Provide Endless Fun and Learning
There are many Halloween-themed activities, but not enough days in October to try them all out! Getting into the spirit of Halloween with your child is a way to motivate them to play, grow and develop.
It’s an excellent opportunity to bond and let them know the fun is only limited by their imagination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Halloween activities are a lot of fun for children of many ages. Five traditional Halloween activities are designing your costume, visiting a pumpkin patch, playing spider dots, reading Halloween-themed books, and watching Room on the Broom (a favorite!)
Three-year-olds can prepare for Halloween by visiting a pumpkin patch, racing around a spooky Halloween Track, and decorating Halloween sticker shirts.
Practice! Halloween is a wild and chaotic holiday. Practice walking up to the door, talking about foods they are allowed to accept and how to stay close to adults, all while having fun.
Have fun! Halloween can be spooky, magical, scary, or funny. Think about how your child reacts to the Halloween aisle at Target to gauge what they may be interested in. Talk with your child before Halloween trick or treating to make a family plan on how to stay together and safe.