Wednesday, October 8, 2014

30 Halloween Activities

It's October!  I love everything about October: autumn in full swing, Halloween, wearing sweaters & scarves, Halloween, pumpkin everything, Halloween...

Okay, so I'm a little Halloween obsessed.  Halloween is MY holiday.  Growing up my mom always in charge of Easter and Christmas, but she left Halloween to my siblings and me.  We created haunted houses in our basement.  We came up with epic ways to decorate the house.  We designed our own pumpkin carving patterns.  So many good memories!

Although I'm late getting started (thanks to a surprise appendectomy) my kids and I wrote down 30 activities we could do leading up to Halloween.  Time to make some memories!  Here is what we came up with:

As we do the activities I will update this page to let you in on the fun.

1. Paint Rocks
2. Play with Popsicle Stick Puzzles
Making puzzles is one of my kids' favorite things.  These Popsicle stick puzzles are cheap, compact, and easy enough for a 3-year-old to put together on their own.  Click HERE to get your own free Popsicle stick puzzle templates.

3. Pumpkin Patch/Ghosts in the Graveyard
Your kids will love trying to find these balloon "ghosts" all around your yard.  Ours were even filled with goodies!

4. Make Bookmarks
5. Paint Nails
My girls love painting nails.  Time to get festive with some Halloween designs.  Click HERE for the free printable. 

6. Make Halloween Pennant Banners
7. Play with Slime
Even my girly-girls enjoyed squishing and squeezing their glittery slime creatures.

8. Beanbag Toss
9. Masking Tape Mummies
Make masking tape mummies of your kids.  They will love toting around their little mummy-me (it's like mini-me; get it?).

10. Make a Haunted House
I bought a haunted house kit from Walmart and put it together.  So cheap and easy to make!

11. Make Halloween Puppets
12. Make Pumpkin Owls
13. Make Wreaths
If your kids love to decorate, this is the craft for you.  Make paper plate pumpkin wreaths and let your kids hang them wherever they want.

14. Color Halloween Pictures
15. Play Grab the Ghost
An easy and entertaining game that will keep your kids busy and get them moving.

16. Make Paper Pumpkins
17. Pumpkin Bowling
18. Drink Witch's Brew
19. Mummy Wrapping
20. Play Witch Pitch
Help your kids practice counting as they try to toss candy corns into cauldrons.  This is also a fabulous group date game.

21. Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Get out some pent-up energy by going on a scavenger hunt.  Add an extra level of difficulty and fun by doing it at night with flashlights!

22. Make Pumpkin Bracelets
What's better than making bracelets?  Making edible bracelets!  (Tutorial will be added soon.)

23. Have a Halloween Photo Booth
24. Carve Pumpkins
You can't go wrong with this classic Halloween activity.  I love watching my kids' reactions to the pumpkin's insides.

25. Decorate the Bat Cave
I let the kids decorate their toy room with bats.  They now call it the bat cave.  Princess even hung some bats from the ceiling.

26. Draw Bats in Cages
27. Decorate Suckers
28. Make Halloween Hair Bows
29. Decorate Treat Bags
Let your kids use paint and Q-tips to decorate their treat bags.  They will love showing them off on Halloween.

30. Make a Treat
I whipped up a nice, Fall treat (it's a favorite from my childhood).  We had applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon & sugar.  I topped it off with vanilla ice cream and some Halloween sprinkles.  This treat is fast, easy, and semi-healthy.

How do you celebrate Halloween with your family?

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