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Spooktacular Family Friendly Halloween Activities

Spooktacular Family Friendly Halloween Activities

Halloween activities to try this year

What comes to mind when you hear Halloween? Trick-or-treating, pumpkin patches, and lots of candy probably come to mind. If your family is stuck doing the same old things every Halloween, it’s time to switch things up this year with some new family-friendly Halloween activities!

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Spooktacular Halloween Activities

Candy Wreath

Not only do they make a tasty treat, but they can also be used as decorations for a Halloween wreath. Simply take a craft Styrofoam wreath and hot glue your favorite candies onto the wreath until it’s completely covered.

You can take your favorite wrapped candy like Snickers, Hershey’s kisses, or Reese’s, or take unwrapped traditional candy-like Autumn Mix Candy Corn and hot glue them on.  

While using traditional candy will take more time, the result is actually quite beautiful! Next, add some decorative elements like orange and black ribbon to add a finishing touch.

Halloween themed sensory bins

Sensory bins are amazing for children’s development! Add elements like objects that represent the colors of Halloween (orange, black, and purple) and fun Halloween-themed objects like plastic spiders, spider webbing, googly eyes and so much more!  

Some sensory bin fillers to use include:

-Dyed purple or orange noodles or rice

Dried Black cat pasta

-Dried Black beans

Purple or orange water beads

If you need more ideas, check out the article Sensory Bin Fillers From Everyday Objects!

Pumpkin golf

Pumpkin golf is one of the fun family-friendly Halloween activities that’s played indoors. Take a plastic pumpkin and carve out a large hole where the mouth is (make sure the hole is level to the floor).

Next, grab a kid’s plastic golf set with clubs and golf balls and start some indoor put-put golf.

Halloween theme slime

Sticky and icky, slime is a sensory activity perfect for any age child, even adults. It has a calming effect for adults, while children will love exploring their senses with slime.

Add splashes of Halloween colors like green, purple, or orange. Toss in some googly eyes and plastic spiders to make it more spooky.

HERE’S a 3 ingredient slime recipe I love!

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Spooky tic-tac-toe

Spooky tic-tac-toes is a simple game with a twist. Instead of drawing x’s and o’s to mark spaces, paint small rocks to resemble ghosts, Frankenstein, or pumpkins!

Flashlight tag

Flashlight tag can be played indoors or outdoors with flashlights. Just wait for the sun to go down, turn off all your lights inside the home and porch lights, and designate one person to be ‘it.’

Halloween books

I’m slowly adding Halloween books to my children’s mini-library. Here are some of the one’s we have:

Goodnight Little Monsters

Room On The Broom

The Night Before Halloween

Spooky Bus (with creepy sounds)

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Apple bobbing

Bobbing for apples is a fun way to celebrate this Halloween. Add Red delicious apples to float on water in a small barrel, kiddie pool, or clay/plastic planter.

Pumpkin patch

There’s something special about picking out the perfect pumpkin to decorate and put on your front porch. Many pumpkin patches include music, fun activities, games, contests, and corn mazes for spooktacular family Halloween fun. Once each member of your family has picked their perfect pumpkin, go home and decorate them with some of the following ideas:

Puffy paint pumpkins

-Stickers

-Glow-in-the-dark paint

-Glue and glitter

DIY Halloween costumes

Challenge your family to make their own Halloween costumes! This can be difficult for younger children under 5 because it requires the use of scissors, glue, and possibly some needle and thread. But if you have older children this is a great way to bring your family together!

Try gathering random objects around the house (old bedsheets, large buttons, belts, etc.) and tell your family to use their imagination to create their own unique costume.  

Halloween cornhole toss

Everyone loves the game of cornhole! Gather your family outside (or inside if you have enough room) and play a game of cornhole toss except with custom-made small ghost, spider, or pumpkin bags like these!

Ring toss

A ring toss game is accomplished with glow-in-the-dark tape wrapped around glass bottles and rings made of glow stick bracelets. Turn out the lights and have some family fun!

Halloween desserts

Whether you choose to go all-out healthy or divulge in making sugary sweets there’s something for everyone! Here are some spooktacular treats to make and snack on this Halloween.

Decorate DIY masks

This can be as simple as using paper bags with holes cut out for eyes and coloring on them for small kids. Or you can make it a little more complicated with paper mache. 

Halloween scavenger hunt

Hide spooky objects around your home and have your children find the objects. This can be things like a candlestick with a black candle, an old Halloween mask, a Halloween cape, and more. But you need to make it worth their wild by encouraging participation with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for the most items found in the shortest amount of time.

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Final Thoughts

Halloween kicks off the holiday season, but many people tend to do the same Halloween activities. Not that trick-or-treating is not fun, but maybe your family this year wants to combine your regular Halloween activities with some new ones. That’s when you need to try some of the above Halloween activities.

Last year, my kids went to the pumpkin patch and came home to paint them with puffy paint. This year we will be adding in the fun Halloween game of glow-in-the-dark ring toss! What are your favorite family-friendly Halloween activities?

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