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

by Jean Van't Hul
August 3, 2023
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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!

Updated October 2023

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.

Since our list of Creative Fall Activities for Kids was so popular, we’ve done the same for Halloween.

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

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Here’s our list of our favorite Halloween activities for kids and families! Be sure to save or print out the printable version so you have ideas all month long!

31 Days of Halloween Activities for Kids

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Photo by Rachel Withers

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. Try these pumpkin decorating ideas for kids

4. Learn how to carve & decorate a pumpkin fairy house for kids

5. Try this super cool Lite Brite effect for your Jack-o’-lantern

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5 Recipes Perfect for October

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

7. Make mini Halloween gingerbread houses

8. Bake teddy bear bread for dinner (or use the bread dough to make monsters!)

9. Make delicious and healthy pumpkin waffles

10. Decorate sugar skull cookies for Día de los Muertos

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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, or owls?)

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

14. Carve potatoes and make Halloween potato prints

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

16. Make playdough monsters with poke-ins

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Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

5 Spider Arts and Crafts Ideas

17. 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. Make black glue resist spider webs!

21. Try making Halloween spider webs with a marble and paint!

spooky bat garland
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

3 DIY Halloween Decorations

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

23. A Jack-o’-lantern melted bead suncatcher

24. Create Doodle Tissue Paper Lanterns

Children in DIY costumes
Photo by Jean Van’t Hul

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. Check out our list of creative DIY Halloween costumes for kids for more inspiration!

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Photo by Anna Harpe

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

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

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

To help you remember these fun ideas, we created a printable version for you. (If you missed it, clear your cookies and refresh this page!)

How about you? What are your favorite Halloween activities for kids?

Want even more Halloween fun?

Check out our Halloween Creativity Pack!

This 45-page printable eBook is full of seasonal coloring pages, drawing prompts, games, and art projects.

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