I’ve hunted high and low for the best Halloween activities for kids, plus creepy crafts and putrid party ideas to keep you and the family entertained over the October and the school holidays.
*cough, cough* I’ve created three boo-tiful Halloween craft kits for children aged 5-12, packed with fun crafts. Choose from the Get Spooky Box, Hocus pocus box or the wand craft kit (suitable for aspiring witches and wizards!).
All kits come with exclusive tutorial videos for the ultimate stress-free craft experience!
You can also find some autumnal craft inspiration over on my Autumn crafts blog post. the Lego pumpkin is especially cool!
My wonderful friend at Biscuits By Sarah B has made the most gorgeous biscuit decorating kits. My children and I have been lucky enough to try out a few of Sarah’s kits and they’re so much fun and delicious.
Pumpkin picking and carving has taken off exponentially over the last few years, so why not make a day of it and take a trip to a pumpkin picking patch to choose your perfect pumpkin? If you’re local to me in Dorset, Kara and her family from Are We Nearly There yet? went to Sopley Farm. There’s also a great patch at Fordingbridge.
How about mixing things up this year and paint your pumpkins? This is especially good for little ones.
Turn mini pumpkins into doughnuts with this wonderful tutorial by Studio DIY
Kailo chic has created some gorgeous 80s inspired pumpkins and just look at those gold storks!
Finally, if you’re feeling brave just let the kids go wild and do their own thing with Art bar’s painting pumpkins with kids tutorial.
Playdough is a brilliant activity to keep kids both young and old entertained. Kids love to get involved with making the playdough as well, check out this autumnal recipe from Sophie at This Mum Oils.
If you don’t have time to make your own, MumsMemoryBox over on Etsy makes THE MOST adorable play dough sets. Check out Rachel’s Halloween kit. I have it under good authority that they smell divine and inspire awesome imaginative play.
Fun with clay
If you’re local to Dorchester, Deborah at Creative Clay for All has put together some takeaway clay kits. She’ll walk you through adding textures and shapes to create clay creations to be proud of!
Free Halloween Colouring
You can download and print a free spooky pumpkin colouring download from By Charlie’s Hand.
Fun and free is always a win, so how about doing some Halloween rock painting?
Halloween Activities For kids
The Enchanted Nanny’s School Of Magic
This October half-term, the Enchanted Nanny brings you the VIRTUAL School of Magic! Five days of potion-making, wand crafting, transfiguration (cookery), astronomy, herbology and more! (Guess who’s doing the wand making – yup! Meeeee!).
The team have conjured each of the lessons, games and activities into something virtual that will transform your little one’s world at home, into their own magic academy over the half-term break.
Halloween Party Games
If you’re planning a Halloween party (or just want to do something a bit sily with the kids), why not try some of these games?
- Apple bobbing.
- Hanging doughnuts on a string and eating them with no hands.
- Toilet paper mummy wrapping race.
- Bingo – A quick search on Pinterest brings up lots of free Halloween themed bingo cards. My favourite is by Paper Trail Design.
- Spaghetti rummage (grim but fun – hide spooky feeling and looking things in cooked spaghetti).
- Pin the mouth on the pumpkin/ nose on the witch etc.
- Pumpkin treasure hunt – Samantha Prewett from Samantha Prewett Photography suggests ‘We are doing a sweet hunt around the house. Turning off the lights and giving the kids a torch to find the sweets.’
Halloween Films …
There’s bound to be a rainy day or 2 over half term, so take cover and pop on the TV, snuggle under a blanket and enjoy a Halloween favourite! Here’s some inspiration if you need it. (Let me know your go-to Halloween film in the comments).
- Hocus Pocus
- Spiderwick Chronicals
Spooky Food & Treats
The wonderful duo at the Bon Bon Boys has put together a gruesome selection of sweets for your delectation. They’re perfect for a spooky movie afternoon or for those of you not going out to trick or treat this year.
If you’re after further foodie inspiration how about…
- worms and eyeballs (meatballs and spaghetti)
- witches fingers (hot dog sausages)
- mummy hot dogs (wrap this pastry strips round to look like bandages)
- decorate your own pizza with spooky faces/mummy/spider webs
If in doubt, add edible eyes to everything!
Do You Have Any Ideas To Add?
I hope you’ve found some Halloween activities inspiration.
Don’t forget to check out my Halloween craft kits before they’re all gone!
Let me know in the comments if you know of any fun Halloween activities for kids happening this half term and of course what your favourite film is! Let’s share the Halloween love and inspire each other. xoxo
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