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19 Must-Do Spooky Halloween Activities For All The Family

Posted by Lauren Petrullo on
Happy children during Halloween art lesson at home

Halloween is just around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your spooky festivities! 

You can go trick or treating, watch horror movies, or even dress up as your favorite character. But if you're looking for something a little bit more spooky, then why not try out some of these activities? 

From making spider webs to bobbing for apples, there's something for everyone here. Keep reading for our top tips on how to make this year's Halloween activities the funniest and *maybe* scariest! 

Happy holiday season!

19 fun Halloween activities

Halloween is a great time to get the whole family together for some spooky fun. There are plenty of activities that everyone can enjoy, from carving pumpkins to decorating the house. 

Here are just a few Halloween activities ideas to get you started:

6 Halloween activities for kids

The spooky season is a great time to get the kids out of the house and active. Here are some Halloween activities for kids that will keep kids entertained and moving:

1. Scary pumpkin carving

Pumpkin carving is a fun Halloween tradition for kids and adults alike. There's something about transforming a humble pumpkin into a spooky work of art that just gets people in the Halloween spirit!

For kids, there's an additional element of excitement involved in carving a pumpkin. After all, what could be more fun than turning a big, orange fruit into a grinning skeleton or a cackling witch? 

Just make sure to always oversee your kids and help them out, since they’ll be working with sharp objects to do the carving. 

2. Ghost hunt

There are few things more thrilling for a kid than a good ghost hunt. 

Maybe it's the suspense of not knowing what you'll find, or the rush of adrenaline that comes with being in the dark. And of course, there's the potential for finding actual ghosts!

Ghost hunting is a great activity for older kids because it encourages them to use their imaginations and be creative. It's also a great way to teach them about history and local legends.  

3. Color Halloween-themed free printables

Coloring is a great way for kids to express their imaginations, and it's also a lot of fun. There are no rules when it comes to coloring, so kids can let their imaginations run wild. And what could be more fun than turning a simple piece of paper into a work of art? 

A Halloween-themed free printable gives kids the opportunity to color in their favorite spooky characters and have fun during the season. 

4. Go on a Thriller dance lesson

You’re never too old or too young to learn the iconic dance from Michael Jackson’s Thriller. There are loads of helpful videos online that can teach even the littlest ones the basic steps. 

Add in some spooky costumes and make-up and you’ve got yourselves a Halloween party dancefloor hit!

5. Make some spooky crafts

Spooky crafts are a great way to get kids into the Halloween spirit.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to this. For example, a simple sheet of paper can be transformed into a ghost with just a few cuts and some careful folding. Or, an empty toilet paper roll can be turned into a witches' finger with a little bit of green paint and some black crepe paper.

Best of all, spooky crafts are a great way to bond with your kids and create some lasting memories.

6. Make your own slime

Making slime is one of the most popular activities for kids these days. And there's no wonder why - it's oozy, it's gooey, it's slimy, and it's just plain fun! 

Plus, making slime is a great way to learn about science. By mixing different ingredients together, kids can see first-hand how they interact and change. For example, by adding food coloring, they can watch as the slime changes color. Or by adding glitter, they can create sparkly slime.

So go ahead, and create your own Halloween-themed slime!

7 Halloween family ideas

There’s nothing like family fun during Halloween and we know it! If you want to involve every member during this season’s activities, here’s a must-do list with our favorite Halloween activities for the whole family. 

1. Visit a pumpkin patch or go on a hayride

For kids, there is nothing more exciting than visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out the perfect pumpkin. Really, what could be better than running around in the cool autumn air, surrounded by pumpkins of all shapes and sizes?

Plus, these places also have a lot of fun family activities! For example, many pumpkin patches have hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and offer delicious goodies like caramel apples and candy corn.  

After you've found the perfect pumpkin, you can take it home and carve it into a jack-o-lantern or bake it into a delicious pie. Either way, visiting a pumpkin patch is a great way to enjoy the fall season.

2. Make homemade Halloween decorations

One of the best things about homemade Halloween decorations is that they can be as unique as the kids who make them. 

Unlike store-bought decorations, which are often mass-produced and can look exactly like everyone else's, homemade decorations are one-of-a-kind. That means that each one is special, and it also means that there's no limit to what kids can create. 

There are so many great ideas out there for DIY Halloween decorations, from ghosts and goblins to witches, bats, and plastic spiders. And the best part is, they can be made with items that you probably already have around the house. 

So break out the glue and glitter, and let your kids loose to create their own unique Halloween decorations.

3. Bake a Halloween treat

Halloween is a time for spooks, scares...and sweets! While it's important to limit the amount of sugary treats your kids consume, there are some benefits to baking a Halloween treat together. 

For one, it's a great opportunity to bond with your little ones as you work together in the kitchen. And let's be honest, who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked cookies? 

Baking also allows you to control the quality and quantity of sugar that goes into the treat, so you can feel good about giving your kids something sweet. And if your little monsters are anything like mine, they'll be so excited to eat their delicious treats that they won't even realize they're learning about measuring, following directions, and patience. 

4. Throw a Halloween party

Halloween is a great time to throw a party for kids. It’s the perfect opportunity to get them dressed up in costumes, eat candy corn, and have some spooky fun. But did you know that there are some hidden benefits to throwing a Halloween party for kids? Here are four reasons why it’s good for them:

  1. It helps them make new friends. If your child is shy or introverted, a Halloween party can be a great way for them to meet new people in a safe and fun environment.
  2. It boosts their confidence. Dressing up in a costume and going to a party can be a big confidence boost for kids. They’ll feel like they can be anyone they want to be, and they’ll have a blast doing it.
  3. It helps them express their creative side. From coming up with the perfect costume to decorating the house for the party, throwing a Halloween bash is a great opportunity for kids to tap into their creativity.
  4. It gets them moving. A Halloween party is the perfect excuse for kids to get up and move around. They can dance, play games, and run around – all while burning off some extra energy.

5. Trick or treat adventure

One of the classiest and funniest Halloween activities is definitely trick or treating!

Every year on Halloween, kids across the country don their costumes and head out into the neighborhood in search of candy. For many children, this is one of the most anticipated nights of the year. And it's easy to see why - going trick or treating is a ton of fun! 

First of all, there are the costumes. Dressing up in a spooky or silly costume is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit. Then there's the excitement of knocking on doors and receiving candy from strangers. And of course, who doesn't love getting a huge haul of Halloween candy at the end of the night?

So organize a trick-or-treat adventure with your neighbours and involve the whole family in this fun Halloween tradition. 

6. Create a haunted house

Creating a haunted house with kids can be a fun and spooky activity for the whole family. 

First, you'll need to decide on a theme. Do you want your haunted house to be scary, or funny? Once you've settled on a theme, it's time to start decorating. If you're going for a scary theme, add some spooky props like fake bats and spider webs. For a funnier take on a haunted house, use props that are more silly than scary. Either way, make sure to involve your kids in the decoration process. 

They'll love coming up with creative ideas and will be eager to show off their handiwork to trick-or-treaters. With a little planning and some imagination, you can easily create a spooky - or hilarious - haunted house that your kids will love.

And, if you just don’t feel like it, at least organize a little trip to visit some haunted houses with your kiddos!

7. Do a Halloween movies night

Whether you're looking for a classic like "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" or something a little more modern like "The Nightmare Before Christmas" or “Hocus Pocus 2”, there's sure to be a Halloween flick that's perfect for your little ones. And don't forget the popcorn - it's not a movie night without popcorn! 

So invite some friends over, dim the lights, and get ready for a spooktacular good time.

6 Halloween games ideas

Games are the key to increasing the Halloween spirit, so here’s a list with our favorite game ideas for the spookiest season of the year: 

1. Bob for apples

Bobbing for apples is one of the most classic Halloween activities, and for good reason - it's a ton of fun! 

There's something about trying to catch an apple with your teeth that just makes kids giddy with excitement. Plus, it's a great way to get a little bit of exercise in during all the Halloween candy-eating.

You can do this by filling an inflatable pool with apples. It’s super easy and fun! 

2. Scavenger hunt

Scavenger hunts are the perfect activity for kids of all ages. They're a great way to get everyone moving and searching for clues. 

And what could be more fun than finding Halloween-themed objects? Kids love the challenge of finding all the items on the list. Plus, they get a big thrill when they find the prize at the end of the hunt.

You can play this classic game in your own house or in a park with some friends! Either way, this is one of the funniest Halloween activities ever!

3. Play pumpkin golf

Pumpkin golf is a fun game to get the kids outside and moving this fall. All you need is a small pumpkin for each child and a few simple supplies. 

First, you’ll need to find a suitable location. A driveway or sidewalk is perfect. Then, set up your “golf course” by placing buckets, laundry baskets, or other targets at various distances from the “tee.” 

Finally, provide each child with a small pumpkin and a “putter.” Can’t find a putter? A plastic bat or even a large spoon will do the trick.

Now it’s time to play! The object of the game is to hit the pumpkin into the target using as few strokes as possible. award points for each successful shot, and keep track of the score for each player. The player with the lowest score at the end of the game is the winner!

4. Do mummy race

It’s a mummy-wrapping, bandage-ripping good time! The sack race is a classic childhood game that’s perfect for a Halloween party.

You just need white crepe paper and tape. Wrap your kiddos legs with them and let them race from one point to another. The winner gets to eat all the candy corn they want!

5. Do a scary stories contest

Another cool Halloween activity that will get your kids thinking! 

To get started, simply gather the kids in a circle and explain that the objective of the game is to see who can tell the scariest story. Then, go around the circle and have each kid take a turn telling their story. 

Be sure to encourage them to use as much detail as possible to make their stories extra spine-tingling! When everyone has had a turn, vote on the best story and award the winner with a prize. 

Not only will the kids have a blast, but they'll also get to flex their storytelling muscles. 

6. Scary movies charades

One of the best Halloween-themed games is charades! 

One team will try to guess the movie title while the other team acts it out. The catch is that all of the titles will be scary movies. To make things even more challenging, you can set a time limit for each round. 

The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. 

Halloween plans for your kiddos: Final thoughts

And there you go, 19 Halloween activities to do with your kiddo during the spookiest time of the year! 

No matter if you choose to do all of them or just some, the most important part is that you and your family have FUN! 

Be sure to let us know which one is your favorite and which ones you tried during the season, we’re eager to hear your stories! 

And don’t forget to visit our blog section to find even more activities, tips, and tricks for parents and kiddos!

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