Halloween activities 2020 - pumpkins covered in spiderwebs

Halloween Activities

I’ve hunted high and low for the best Halloween activities to keep you and the family entertained over the October and the school holidays. 

Halloween Crafts

Craft Kits

*cough, cough* I’ve created a rather marvellous Halloween craft kit for children aged 5-12, packed with 3 fun crafts and a spooky experiment (plus it’s fairly mess-free – yay!).  There’s also a wand craft kit available for any aspiring witches and wizards!

Each kit comes 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!

Halloween craft kit showing ghost tassel, pumpkin lantern, pumpkin decoration

Biscuit decorating

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.

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Pumpkin Pandemonium

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.

Pumpkin Painting

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.

Play Dough

Play dough is a brilliant activity to keep kids both young and old entertained. Kids love to get involved with making the play dough as well, check out this autumnal recipe from Sophie at This Mum Oils.

If you don’t have time to make your own, Oki Dough Ki 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.

Halloween play dough kit

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.

Rock Painting

Fun and free is always a win, so how about doing some Halloween rock painting?

Rocks painted as pumpkins, ghosts and monsters

Halloween Activities

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!).

They’ve 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.

Tickets are £10 per family and you can find out more or buy them here. Add on biscuit and wand kits can also be purchased.

Virtual school of magic

Shire Hall Slime Making

Throughout the half-term holidays, Shire Hall (in Dorchester, Dorset) will become home to spooky family-friendly fun. Join them for slippery slime-making workshops, count the spiders trail and spooky story-telling throughout the week.
Slime making will be to current government Covid guidelines.

Halloween Party Games

I know many of you are planning a small family Halloween party, so why not try some of these games?

  • Apple bobbing.
  • Hanging doughnuts on a string and eating them with no hands.
  • Toilet paper mummy wrapping.
  • Bingo – A quick search on Pinterest brings up lots of free Halloween themed bingo cards. My favourite is by Paper Trail Design.
  • Spagehtti rummage (grim but fun).
  • 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 instead of trick or treating. 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
  • Goosebumps
  • Ghostbusters
  • Paranorman
  • Spiderwick Chronicals

Spooky Food & Treats

When I’ve ventured into the supermarkets, I’ve noticed that there’s a lot less Halloween decorations, sweets and treats to buy. But fear not! The wonderful duo at the Bon Bon Boys has put together a gruesome selection of sweets for your delectation. Halloween is saved – hurrah!

Halloween sweets including worms, spiders, teeth, skulls and maggots

If you’re after further foodie inspiration how about…

  • worms and eyeballs (meatballs and spaghetti)
  • witches fingers (hot dog sausages)
  • mummy hot dogs (wrap pastry round to look like bandages)
  • spooky faces/mummy/spider web homemade pizza

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 events or activities happening this half term and of course what your favourite film is! Let’s share the Halloween love and inspire each other. xoxo

PS Please note that this blog contains links to affiliate links. (This means if you click on a link and purchase something, you won’t pay a penny more, but I’ll earn a small commission.).

Autumn Crafts for Kids

Weekend Craftsperation – the best Autumn crafts for kids

This month, I’ve searched high and low for the best autumn crafts for kids and indeed the whole family.

I’ve been running a weekly slot over on Facebook for over a year called Weekend Craftsperation, where I share gorgeous and (fairly) simple makes that you might like to try with your children at the weekend. I’m really picky about what I share with you because it needs to be useful and achievable. I’ve now put all my crafty discoveries into one handy blog so you don’t have to go ferreting around on social media for them! I hope you like it.

Having spent a lot of time searching the internet for crafty DIYs I’ve come across a lot of sites that bombard you with advertising and are hard to load, read and follow. So I’ve avoided all of those and brought you only the best craft websites that I can muster (and for you to pin for a rainy day!).

Pine Cone Mobile

First up is this wonderful pine cone mobile by the amazing Art Bar. You can have loads of fun hunting for pine cones on a lovely autumnal walk and then go home and paint them whilst enjoying a hot chocolate.
These mobiles will look beautiful in your home and the whole family can take part! This is definitely high on my list of things to make (and yes, it’s a long old list!).

The best Autumn crafts for kids.
Beautiful autumnal pine cone mobile by Art Bar
Photo courtesy of Art Bar

Leaf Jar

Have you ever needed to ‘encourage’ your kids to go out on a walk to get fresh air?

The leaves are in full flow of turning all the beautiful colours at the moment. I love nothing more than spending a cool, sunny, autumn afternoon on a walk with the family kicking the leaves!

My kids love taking a bag out with them to collect autumn ‘treasure’, it’s a great way to get them outside in nature and to get them excited about making too. I hope it works for you too and keeps the whole family happy.

Once you have your stash of leaves, you could try these glass tea light jars by Spark & Chemistry. (I think the leaves don’t need to be too dried out as they’ll just crumble, so I’d recommend doing the craft soon after your walk).

The best autumn crafts for kids
Autumn leaf tea light jars by Sparkle and Chemistry
Photo courtesy of Spark and Chemistry

Ceramic Leaf

OMG … these leaf bowls by Dainty Dress Diaries are ABSOLUTELY beautiful! I’m not entirely sure that my efforts will be quite so amazing but I’m going to give it a go!
These bowls would be a brilliant rainy day activity during the school holidays. You could also use the left over clay for all sorts of fun projects such as making beads and animals, or for the next project.

Need to buy some clay?

The best autumn crafts for kids.
Gorgeous autumn leaf bowl made with air dried clay by Dainty Dress Diaries
Photo courtesy of Dainty Dress Diaries

Clay Hedgehog

Does your child struggle to sit still and craft or perhaps the leaf bowls are a bit tricky for them? This idea from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots is quick and simple and perfect for littlies.
My son made these at school this term and he’s so proud of his! I’ll share his beauty in the comments (he’s called Spiky).

The best autumn crafts for kids - clay hedgehog DIY by Sun Hats and Wellie Boots

Lego Pumpkins

Finally, I couldn’t let October pass without a nod to Halloween and this Lego DIY by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls is so imaginative!
You can even pop an led tea light in it and it looks awesome 😍 (the website is a little slow, but stick with it, I promise it’s worth it).

Need some orange Lego?

The best autumn crafts for kids.
Brilliant Lego pumpkins by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

If you’re fairly new to crafting with your children, I’ve written a useful post about creating a craft kit for children and where to buy your supplies from to get you started.

Have you tried any wonderful autumn crafts with your children? I’d love to hear about your favourite activities in the comments?

The best autumn craft ideas for kids.  A round up of the cutest seasonal crafts I can find on the web!