31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids
Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids (with Printable List!)


Here’s a FUN list of 31 Halloween activities for kids that includes Halloween crafts, art activities, decorations, book suggestions, recipes, costumes, and more! Plus, download the FREE printable list!

31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids

October means autumn is in full swing with fall leaves, sweater weather, pumpkin patches, and, of course, all things Halloween. It’s an exciting time of year, especially for kids.

October Quote by Anne of Green Gables

Since my 30 Days of September Activities was so popular, I decided to do the same for October.

Would you like some ideas of creative activities to do with your children this month?

Some of our October traditions include picking out our pumpkins (perhaps at a pumpkin lot or a local farm), decorating our pumpkins, planning and making our Halloween costumes, baking with pumpkin, and making lots of Autumn and Halloween arts and crafts!

Plus reading Halloween books, of course. I’m including a list of favorite children’s picture books about Halloween at the bottom. (Please add to it in the comments—I always love more recommendations!)

Here’s my list of Halloween activities for kids and families!

31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids

If you’d like a printable version of the list, scroll down to the bottom of this post to get a handy PDF version!

Halloween Activities for Kids - Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

5 Pumpkin Decorating and Carving Ideas for Kids

1.) Pumpkin Painting with Kids (it’s the perfect Halloween sensory activity!)

2.) Make awesome 3D pumpkin faces with playdough and poke-ins (you can do this fun activity early in the month and then still carve the pumpkin closer to Halloween!)

3.) The best pumpkin decorating ideas for kids (that they can actually do!)

4.) How to carve & decorate a pumpkin fairy house for kids (plus more pumpkin fairy house inspiration)

5.) How to get a Lite Brite effect for your Jack-o’-lantern (super cool!)

Halloween Activities for Kids - Halloween and Pumpkin Recipes

5 October and Pumpkin Recipes

6.) Bake a batch of the best pumpkin chocolate chip muffins

7.) Make mini Halloween gingerbread houses

8.) Bake monster bread for dinner

9.) Make delicious and healthy pumpkin waffles

10.) Make Jack-o’-lantern pumpkin pancakes for breakfast (or brinner!)

Halloween Activities for Kids - Halloween Art Ideas

6 Halloween Art Ideas for Kids

11.) Tape-resist skeleton paintings (full-sized!)

12.) Make not-too-spooky drawing prompts for kids with eye stickers (are they ghosts, monsters, bats, Jack-o-lanterns, witches, spiders, owls?)

13.) Raised salt painting with Halloween themes such as pumpkins, Jack-0′-lanterns, spiders, webs, ghosts, and witches

14.) Double-doodle art with Halloween themes (see above)

15.) Halloween scratch art (an easy peasy DIY method!)

16.) Make playdough monsters with poke-ins

Halloween Activities for Kids - Spider Arts and Crafts Activities

5 Spider Arts and Crafts Ideas

17.) How to make a Halloween spider web from coffee filters (super easy, plus they look awesome in the window!)

18.) Make glue resist spider webs and pumpkins

19.) Zentangle spider webs (a fun tangle art activity for older kids and adults)

20.) Spider web crafts (so many more ideas here!)

21.) How to make Halloween spider webs with a marble and paint!

Halloween Activities for Kids - DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas

3 DIY Halloween Decorations

22.) DIY bat garland (the perfect Halloween decoration!)

23.) How to make a Jack-o’-lantern melted bead suncatcher

24.) Make a super easy Jack-o’-lantern suncatcher with colored tissue paper and contact paper

Halloween Activities for Kids - DIY Costumes

3 DIY Costumes for Kids

25.) Have a costume making party for kids and make paper plate masks, cardboard wings, and more!

26.) The easiest ever glow-in-the-dark skeleton costume

27.) DIY Fairy wings and wands

Halloween Activities for Kids - Forts, Drawing Prompts, Books, and more

4 More Halloween Activities for Kids

28.) Fill-in-the Jack-o’-lantern faces (a Halloween drawing activity for kids)

29.) Make a spooky Halloween fort and drape colored lights on it for evening play (or a witch house play fort)

30.) A not-too-spooky Halloween music for kids activity

31.) Head to the library and check out some Books about Halloween

Need some suggestions? Ask your children’s librarian or try some of these:

Halloween Books for Kids

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How about you? What are your favorite Halloween activities for kids? Something from this list or something different? Please share in the comments!

Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

The Artful Parent Amazon shop for Fall Crafts & Play Ideas.

See our FALL family fun list on my Amazon storefront!

It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.

Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

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31 Halloween Activities for Kids
31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids (with Printable List!)


  • Reply
    Laura Davis
    October 2, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.
    I am a new director of an after school program and you have saved my day!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 2, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      You’re so welcome, Laura! :) Good luck with your after school program!

  • Reply
    Ashley Covert Glaza
    October 10, 2017 at 12:54 am

    The tape resist skeletons are so fun! I did one for my 3yo and 10 mo old. So cool! Thanks!

    • Reply
      Jean Van't Hul
      October 11, 2017 at 6:17 am

      You’re welcome, Ashley! Aren’t they fun?! (We may need to do those again this month…)

  • Reply
    Shweta Kale
    October 22, 2018 at 4:04 am

    Wow! Great ideas. Thanks for sharing with us. I have come across an another Halloween math activity. It’s a fun. You can go through this and give it a read. https://logicroots.com/MathBlog/halloween-math-activity-color-pumpkins/

  • Reply
    October 9, 2019 at 3:42 am

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  • Reply
    Shreiya Aggarwal
    October 22, 2020 at 6:31 am

    Nice list, Jean — so many ideas I’ve never seen before! There’s no end to Halloween fun I guess :) I’m a STEM blogger and I’ve put together a list of STEM-related activities for Halloween.. see if it piques your interest – https://kidpillar.com/best-halloween-resources-for-kids-history-diys-activities-movies-and-much-more/ (added some history and a few scary movies too!)

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