31 Halloween-Themed Activities for Kids

Who’s ready for Halloween this year? (Or not so ready) We’re still working on costumes in my household but we already have all of our fun Halloween themed activities planned out. Truthfully, we’ve actually had those planned out since Halloween LAST YEAR. ­čÖé If you’re looking for some fun ways to celebrate Halloween with the kids this year, you will definitely want to check out this list of 31 Halloween-Themed Activities. Enjoy.

  1. Zoo Boo– Go to a boo bash at your local zoo.
  2. Pumpkin decorating– Make pumpkin lanterns or simply decorate pumpkins with glitter, markers, stickers, and any other fun craft items. Here are a few ideas to get you started. We typically use fake pumpkins because they’re less messy.
  3. Make costumes– I love DIY costumes and they actually make for a great family activity. Last year we put together Alvin and the Chipmunks costumes for the kids.
  4. DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags– Another one of my favorite activities. The kids love creating and decorating their own bags. You can check out these cool DIY trick-or-treat bags here.
  5. Cook a Monster breakfast– Try out some of these cool Halloween themed breakfast ideas.
  6. Throw a Halloween Party– You can do this right from the comfort of your own home. It doesn’t have to be anything big. I will actually be doing a small Halloween party for my little family of 4 the night of Halloween. We’ll dress up in costumes, play some fun Halloween-themed games, eat some yummy treats, and watch a good movie. It’ll actually be lots of fun and we get to stay warm and comfy!
  7. Make Halloween Crafts– You can check out Pinterest for some really good Halloween craft ideas. My girls really enjoy doing holiday themed crafts so this is perfect for us.
  8. Decorate the house for Halloween– after making your fun Halloween crafts, you can decorate the house for the occasion!
  9. Watch Halloween movies– There are quite a few family friendly Halloween films out there. Hocus Pocus, Beetlejuice, and Scooby Doo: Halloween Hassle at Dracula’s Castle are just a few of our favorites to watch. You can stay in and just watch a good film with the family.
  10. Make Halloween treats– Bake pumpkin shaped cookies, make fun Halloween cupcakes, or try something on this list of Homemade Halloween Treats.
  11. Haunted hayride– take the kids on a “haunted” hayride at your local farm, park, or pumpkin patch.
  12. Trunk-or-treat– lots of churches and schools usually do a trunk or treating event. This is a great (and safer) way for kids to get some yummy Halloween treats in their bags.
  13. Send candy and care packages to deployed troops– there are usually programs set up for these types of donations. You can send excess candy overseas to our troops along with a lovely little care package, letter, and/or drawing.
  14. Tell scary stories– pull the tent into the living room or basement, whip out the flashlights and tell not-so-spooky stories with the family.
  15. Dracula’s Dinner– Make a Halloween-themed dinner. Here are some ideas.
  16. Put together healthy snack packs or dental care kits for trick or treaters– Make it a family project to create nutritious snack packs using these healthy treat ideas here. You can also hand out kits filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and/or floss.
  17. Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt– hide some cool Halloween treats in your backyard and have the kids grab their trick or treat bags and go on a scavenger hunt!
  18. Donate old costumes-pack up old costumes and send them to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  19. Read Halloween books– we ordered a few Halloween books through Scholastic and we’ve been reading them throughout the entire month of October and will definitely be reading a couple the night of Halloween.
  20. Go on a Zombie Walk– get some exercise and raise some money for a great cause in the process by participating in your local zombie walk or walk for a cause.
  21. Visit a pumpkin patch– find the perfect pumpkins to decorate for this Halloween.
  22. Attend a Halloween concert– see if a local venue has any musical performances taking place on Halloween night and go out with the family to hear some tunes.
  23. Go to the movie theater– watch a Halloween film at your local theater.
  24. Visit a Haunted House– what’s Halloween without a visit to the haunted house? Find a family friendly haunted house and go have some fun!
  25. Check out a free Halloween event in your city– individual cities typically have their own Halloween events for residents. Try to find some free local Halloween events to attend.
  26. Paint your nails a Halloween theme– my daughter loves to paint my nails so this is one of her favorite activities. Really get into the spirit and get some festive nail art!
  27. Visit a corn maze– take the family to a corn maze and enjoy the challenge of finding your way out.
  28. Bob for apples– a Halloween tradition! This is another activity you can do right at home.
  29. Bust open a pi├▒ata– take a break from the traditional trick-or-treating and crack open a pi├▒ata instead.
  30. Face painting– take turns painting each other’s face, you can even turn it into a contest.
  31. Dance to Halloween music– purchase a spooky Halloween album or pull up some fun Halloween tunes online and just DANCE!

I hope this list helps you out as you prepare for some fun with the family this Halloween. Feel free to share some of your favorite Halloween activities in the comments below. Thanks for stopping by. Happy Parenting!

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21 thoughts on “31 Halloween-Themed Activities for Kids

  1. Great ideas! Been trying to figure out something fun to do with my one year old, this helps!

    1. I’m glad it helps. Thanks for reading! ­čÖé

  2. Great list of ideas, girl! I can’t believe Halloween is almost here though, I need to get going on some of these! haha

    1. Isn’t that crazy? The month went by SO fast!

  3. these are great and easy ideas I can use for our halloween party!

    1. Sounds like a great plan! ­čśë

  4. I love the Dracula’s Dinner idea. We will have to plan to do this sometime this weekend! My boys will love it!

    1. We’re doing the breakfast tomorrow morning and I’m planning on doing the dinner the day of Halloween. ­čśü

  5. I love these ideas, I’m definitely doing some over the weekend with my little one ­čśŐ

  6. Love this, such fun ideas! Love how you did 31 of them ­čśë

    1. Haha. You see what I did there?

  7. Great list! I love the zombie walk – I need to find one of those around me!

    1. I’ve been looking for one near me this year. I missed one already but there’s usually another close to my town.

  8. caseyp1110

    All of those are such great ideas! I didn’t know about Boo Zoo so I’m going to have check it out!

    1. A lot of zoos put on a Halloween event. It’s such a cool concept!

  9. Great ideas! My kids are ready, but I’m not….it snuck up on me too fast. Luckily, we’ve done a few of the things on the list like a pinata (at my son’s birthday last weekend) and carved a pumpkin. I’d love to do the face painting with them. I remember loving to do that as a kid.

  10. What a great list of ideas. I love the idea of healthy snacks and dental care kits. Not sure what the kids would think about it but I know that parents would appreciate it for sure.

  11. Great ideas! I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to try some of these out!

  12. Such an exhaustive and detailed list for a fun night for the kids!

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