Looking for last-minute Halloween activities to do with the kids? These are sure to please.
1. Cotton swab skeletons
What you need: colored and white paper or card, cotton swabs, school glue.
To make: Put a little school glue on a paper plate. Cut cotton swabs into three sizes. Have kids dip the cotton swabs into the school glue and begin assembling the skeleton onto the colored paper starting with the rib cage. Have your kids experiment with moving the legs into different positions to show them walking, dancing, karate kicking, and kneeling before gluing them down.
2. FRANKENSTEIN BALLOONS
What you need: green balloons, black sharpie, or alternatively black paper and glue.
To make: Blow up your green balloon and tie a knot in the end. Carefully draw Frankenstein hair, scars, and facial features onto the balloon, don’t press too hard though or your balloon will pop. Alternatively, cut out the features using black paper and glue them onto your balloon.
3. Halloween Bowling
What you need: empty bottles or tin cans, paint, ball or pumpkin
To make: Spray the bottles or tin cans with paint then add facial features for Jack O’lanterns, monsters, ghosts, vampires, skeletons, and Frankenstein.
4. Movie Night
What you need: Halloween movie, snacks, drinks, blankets, pj’s, and candles.
To make: Freeze toy spiders in ice cubes to place in beverages. (Use a straw to drink beverage to avoid swallowing the spider once the ice melts) Make trail mix including popcorn, Reece’s Pieces, jumbo Halloween sprinkles (such as skulls or spiders), and pretzels. Bring out a couple of movie options that are kid-friendly and age appropriate. Turn off the lights, snuggle under blankets and enjoy the movie with snacks and fun drinks.
5. Backyard Camp-out
What you need: Tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, pj’s, snacks, drinks.
To make: Pitch a tent in the backyard, turn on the flashlights and take turns telling spooky stories while enjoying creepy treats and fun Halloween drinks.
6. BOO! The Neighbors.
What you need: A small trick or treat bucket, assorted Halloween treats and toys, ‘You’ve Been Boo’ed’ sign.
To make: Fill the bucket with the treats and toys. Print out a piece of paper letting your neighbor know that they’ve been boo’ed, and giving them instructions to “boo” 3 other houses. You will also need to give them a piece of paper to hang on their front door saying that they have been “boo’ed,” that way the boo’ing can continue around the neighborhood without the same house being hit more than once.
7. Rock Painting
What you need: Rocks from your garden and outdoor paint.
To make: Paint the rocks and add fun facial features to look like ghosts, pumpkins, Frankenstein, vampires, and monsters.
8. Play with your candy
What you need: Halloween candy including Twizzlers
To make: Use Twizzlers to create a tic-tac-toe game. Find about 5 matching matching candies per player, such as Hershey’s kisses or Jolly Rancher’s to use as playing pieces. Then play tic-tac-tow with your candy!
9. Egg Carton Spiders
What you need: Egg carton, pipe-cleaners, black paint, googly eyes, and glue.
To make: Cut out an egg cup from the egg carton, turn it upside down and paint it black. Set aside to dry. Once dry attach googly eyes and pipe-cleaner legs with glue.
10. Mummy Game
What you need: Toilet paper and at least 4 players
To play: Put 2 players on each team, one to be wrapped as a mummy, and one to do the wrapping. Compete against your opponent to see who can wrap their team member as a mummy using the toilet paper in the quickest time.