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Halloween is arguably the day kids look forward to the most. What’s not to love, especially when the day revolves around you dressing up, hanging out with friends, and asking for free candy?
The spooky season is an opportunity for parents to get as creative as possible with their celebrations, and make this day one to remember. So dust off your Halloween costume, break out the giant bowl of candy, and start your festivities.
In this blog post, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities that kids can do this Halloween. With these activities, Halloween this year will surely be a ghastly affair.
Let’s dive in!
1. Pop a crafted pumpkin
This is a fun little game you can play with your kids around the house, or with other kids when they come to the door for trick or treating. Simply get some scary rubber spiders, some tiny skeleton keychains, a lot of candy, and any other tiny Halloween knick-knack you can find.
Then put one of each in a bright orange balloon and blow it up. You can decorate your balloon to make it look more like a pumpkin. Get some black chart or construction paper and cut out a spooky pair of eyes and a mouth for your pumpkin balloon. You can play around with this and cut out different expressions for your pumpkin balloons.
Have a bunch of these ready by Halloween, and let your kids go crazy stomping on them, trying to get to the prize inside.
2. Play candy corn “Minute to Win it”
Everyone knows the fun game “Minute to Win it” – it’s a great way to get the adrenaline pumping while doing tasks with a time crunch. Over the years, people have used “Minute to Win it” games at their own parties and gatherings, and they’re always a hit.
So why not create a Halloween version of the game? It’s challenging so it’ll get the kids excited, and it involves some free candy too.
All you need for this game is a couple of bowls, some chopsticks, and lots of candy corn. Place the bowls at equal distance from each other, and place the chopsticks and candy corn on the other side of the room. The goal is to carry as many pieces of candy corn from point A to point B in the least amount of time, using only chopsticks.
3. Run a Halloween scavenger hunt
Who doesn’t love a scavenger hunt? It’s good fun that lasts the entire day and ends with the kids tired, hungry, and satisfied. For this Halloween scavenger hunt, you can get as creative as you’d like.
Hide Halloween-themed items around your house – these can be little plastic skeletons, rubber insects, cobwebs, pumpkins, you name it. You can also have some rare big ticket items like a whole bag of candy, a tasty dessert, or a free costume. Whoever finds it, keeps it!
Hide your items in strategic areas where kids won’t find them very easily. But also make sure you’re not hiding them too well because you do want them to be found. To streamline the game, pass around some scavenger hunt cards to the kids before the game so they know exactly what to look for.
Whoever finds the most Halloween items should receive a prize – bragging rights, more candy, or tickets to a haunted house!
4. Play “Mummify!”
Mummify is a super fun, albeit messy, Halloween game that kids will absolutely go nuts for. You can play this with as many kids as you want. Here’s how it goes.
Split the kids up into teams depending on the total number of kids. Give each team a stack of toilet paper rolls. One kid from each team will volunteer to be the mummy. The goal is for the rest of the team members to wrap the toilet paper around the kid and turn him or her into a functioning mummy in only one minute. The team that does the best job of this by the end of the minute wins.
You can have multiple rounds of this until only one undead victor emerges!
5. Bob for donuts
This is a fun and crazy game to play with kids during dessert time. All you’ll need is a string and some donuts. Go out into the backyard and hang the donuts from low tree branches. Then, invite the kids outside and tie their hands behind their back.
The game is to finish as many donuts as possible in this position until the donut tree is donut-free!
These activities are so fun that you can’t just do one or two. Why not try them all? Try one activity with your kids every day during the days leading up to Halloween. PosterMyWall’s Halloween Calendar can help you keep track of the spooky season, and it has some witchin’ ideas for how you can take these activities to the next level.
Also, make sure to put up a Halloween poster or two around your home’s entrance so that your
kids’ friends know where to come for the festivities.
Of course, do accompany these activities with the classics – trick or treating, haunted house adventures, and maybe a costume party. Trust us, your kids will thank you for it. Have a fa-boo-lous Halloween!