Scare up some fun with these spooktacular Halloween preschool activities! With some creativity and planning, you can have a blast with your little ones this October 31st.
From fun crafts to yummy snacks, we’ve got everything you need to make the most of Halloween.
So get ready to let the skeletons out of the closet and have some fiendish family fun!
Halloween Activities for Preschoolers
Halloween is a beautiful time to engage young children in various activities that tap into their creativity, fine motor skills, and excitement for the season. Here’s a list of Halloween preschool activities for parents and teachers:
1. Pumpkin Decorating
- Paint: Use washable paints to let kids decorate small pumpkins.
- Stickers: Provide stickers that children can place on their pumpkins.
- Glitter: Spread glue and sprinkle glitter for a sparkly effect.
2. Halloween Sensory Bins
- Fill a bin with black beans or orange lentils as a base.
- Add Halloween-themed items: plastic spiders, mini pumpkins, skeleton bones, etc.
3. Halloween Playdough
- Make orange, purple, and black play dough.
- Provide Halloween cookie cutters: bats, ghosts, pumpkins, etc.
4. Spider Web Walking
- Create a “web” on the floor using painter’s tape.
- Kids walk on the lines, developing balance and motor skills.
5. Monster Footprints
- Cut out monster-shaped feet from cardboard.
- Dip them in paint and let kids create footprints on paper.
6. Halloween Collages
- Provide magazines, colored paper, glue, and scissors.
- Kids can cut out and glue Halloween-themed pictures and shapes.
7. Ghost Bowling
- Decorate pins as ghosts using white fabric or paper.
- Use a soft ball to knock them down.
8. Pumpkin Seed Counting
- Use natural or plastic pumpkin seeds.
- Provide numbered cups and let kids count and place the right amount of seeds into each cup.
9. Witch Hat Ring Toss
- Create or buy witch hats.
- Use glow-in-the-dark necklaces or hoops for rings.
10. Halloween Dress-Up
- Set up a Halloween costume station with hats, capes, masks, and more.
11. Candy Corn Craft
- Cut out candy corn shapes from paper.
- Kids can layer orange, yellow, and white tissue paper or paint.
12. Monster Dance Party
- Play fun Halloween tunes.
- Dance like mummies, werewolves, and witches.
13. Spider Slime
- Make a basic slime recipe and add plastic spiders.
14. Halloween Storytime
- Read age-appropriate Halloween books such as “Room on the Broom” or “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.”
15. Pumpkin Volcano
- Carve out a small pumpkin.
- Add baking soda and a few drops of dish soap.
- Pour in vinegar and watch the bubbly reaction!
16. Shadow Puppets
- Use a flashlight to create Halloween-themed shadow puppets on the wall.
17. Halloween Obstacle Course
- Include stations like spider web crawls, pumpkin lifts, and broomstick rides.
18. Floating Ghosts
- Blow white balloons and drape them with white tissue or fabric to create ghost faces.
- Hover them with static electricity or let them float if filled with helium.
19. Mummy Wrap
- Using toilet paper or white streamers, kids can work in pairs to “mummify” each other.
20. Potion Station
- Fill jars with colored water, glitter, and other fun items.
- Kids can mix and pour to create their magical “potions.”
Safety is paramount. Please always supervise any activity, especially those with small parts or potential allergens. Halloween can be an enjoyable learning experience for preschoolers when presented playfully and educationally!
Even More Preschool Halloween Activities
Make a pumpkin out of paper plates.
You will need two paper plates, orange paint, a black marker, and some string or ribbon. Cut the center from one of the paper plates to make the pumpkin’s mouth.
Paint both paper plates orange, and then let your child use the black marker to draw eyes, a nose, and a mouth on the face plate.
Once the paint is dry, glue the two leaves together and tie a string or ribbon around the edge to secure them.
Make ghostly handprints.
You will need white paint, black construction paper, and googly eyes (optional). Paint your child’s hands white and help them press their hands onto the black construction paper.
Add googly eyes if you like. Let the paint dry completely before displaying your child’s artwork.
Make a spider web out of yarn.
You will need a piece of cardboard, some white yarn, and a black marker. Cut a small hole in the center of the amount of cardboard. Tie one end of the rope to a pencil and then thread it through the hole in the cardboard.
Wrap the string around the cardboard in a spiral pattern, then tie it off when you reach the end. Use the black marker to draw a spider in the center of the web.
Make pumpkin seeds out of play dough.
You will need orange play dough, black Sharpie markers, and some toothpicks or skewers. Roll small balls of play dough into seed shapes and then use the Sharpie markers to add lines for texture.
Poke a toothpick or skewer into each seed for stems if you like.
Make ghosts out of marshmallows and pretzels.
You will need marshmallows, pretzel sticks, white chocolate chips, and black icing gel (optional). Stick a pretzel stick into each marshmallow for ghostly arms.
Melt the white chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl or a double boiler on the stovetop. Dip each ghost into the melted chocolate and cool them on a waxed paper sheet.
After cooling completely, you can use black icing gel to add eyes and mouths. Serve these spooky treats at your Halloween party!
Make Halloween-themed snacks.
There are many delicious and creative ways to make Halloween-themed snacks for your little ones!
Make Jack-o’-lantern pizzas with orange bell pepper slices and black olives, pumpkin spice cookies with cream cheese frosting, or googly eye fruit skewers with strawberries, blueberries, and bananas.
Get creative and have fun with your preschoolers!
Watch Halloween-themed movies and read Halloween books.
There are so many excellent Halloween-themed children’s books and movies that you can enjoy with your little ones! Some classic favorites include “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party,” and “Trick or Treat.”
You can check your local library for other great Halloween reads and movie suggestions.
Create a Halloween scavenger hunt.
Your little ones will have tons of fun playing a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt! Please write down the names of spooky items they can find around your homes, such as mummy wrapping paper, Frankenstein’s Monster, black cats, spiders, and bats.
Then, hide these items around your house and see who can find them all first. You might even want to turn this into a trick-or-treat scavenger hunt by having your children go out and collect the treats instead!
Whatever you decide, have fun with your little ones on Halloween!
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Your child is sure to love helping you decorate Halloween-themed cookies! Gather some cookie dough and other baking ingredients, such as butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and flour.
Once the dough has been prepared according to the recipe instructions, let your little one help you roll it out and cut shapes out. You can use a variety of cookie cutters or freehand some fun designs.
Bake the cookies according to the recipe instructions, then allow them to cool entirely before inviting your preschooler to help decorate them! Some fun ideas for decorating include adding frosting in spooky colors like black or purple, using icing gel for eyes and mouths, and sprinkling on some Halloween-themed candies like candy corn or gummy worms. Enjoy!
Host a Halloween costume parade at your preschool.
The best way to get into the spirit of Halloween is to host a fun and festive costume parade at your preschool! Gather all your little ones in the classroom or schoolyard, and then have them show off their costumes for everyone to see.
You can let them walk around as they wave and smile, or you can also play spooky music in the background to turn this into a real costume party! Be sure to take many pictures to remember this special day for years. Happy Halloween!
Go “trick-or-treating” in your neighborhood.
If you have the time and are adventurous, why not trick-or-treating with your preschoolers? Gather some of their favorite Halloween treats, such as candy or mini toys, and head into your neighborhood to see who is handing out goodies.
Help them say thank you when someone hands them something unique, and enjoy this exciting holiday tradition together! Remember to watch your little ones to stay safe while collecting their sweet treats.
Have a spooky movie night at home.
If you don’t feel like going out to a crowded store or getting caught in bad weather on Halloween, consider hosting a spooky movie night with your little ones.
Pop some of your favorite Halloween movies into the DVD player and prepare a special snack for everyone. Some fun ideas include popcorn covered in orange sprinkles, vampire teeth fruit snacks, or spider-web cake pops.
After a long day of trick-or-treating and enjoying other Halloween festivities, have time to relax with your preschooler and watch some spooky movies together!
Create a “spooky” sensory bin with your child.
Your preschooler will have tons of fun creating their spooky sensory bin! Start by gathering materials, such as boxes and tubes of different sizes, small toys, plastic spiders or other Halloween figures, googly eyes, and colorful tissue paper.
After you have everything you need, let your little one help you arrange the items inside the container in a way they like. Then invite them to play with it however they want!
This can be an excellent activity for promoting creative thinking and imaginative play. So why give it a try today? You won’t regret it!
You can take a trip to the pumpkin patch.
If you’d like to get into the holiday spirit, why not take your preschooler to a local pumpkin patch? They will have fun walking through rows and rows of pumpkins in different shapes, sizes, and colors.
You can even let them pick out one or two special pumpkins to take home once you’re exploring! Please keep an eye on them so they don’t feel like they are on your little trying to find their perfect pumpkin (or pumpkins). Happy hunting!
Spend some time making Halloween-themed crafts together at home.
You and your preschooler will love creating Halloween-themed crafts together at home! Start by gathering various supplies, such as paper plates, paint or markers, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners.
Then, let your little one help you create whatever your heart desires! You can make scary monsters to hang on the walls, jack-o-lanterns out of toilet paper rolls, or spooky ghosts from pretty pieces of colorful fabric.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to crafting with kids. Just make sure you have lots of fun while doing it!
Host a fun Halloween party for all of the children in your neighborhood.
If you want to get into the Halloween spirit with all the other kids in your neighborhood, consider hosting a fun Halloween party.
Invite all the children who live near you to your house and let them enjoy some delicious snacks, such as pumpkin or monster-shaped cookies or candy corn dipped in melted chocolate (yum!).
You can even have your preschoolers help you make these tasty treats before everyone arrives! This will give them something special to look forward to while having fun at the party.
See a local play production of a classic Halloween story.
If you want to spend an evening doing something special with your little one, why not take them to a local production of a classic Halloween story?
They will love dressing up in their costumes and watching their favorite characters come to life on stage. You might even want to see if you can sit together in the front rows so they have a better view of everything!
This could be an excellent opportunity for you to spend quality time together while also helping them get excited about Halloween and all the fun activities coming up soon.
Have your child help you decorate your home with festive decorations.
If you’re looking for an easy way to get into the holiday spirit, why not invite your preschooler to help you decorate your home with festive decorations?
All kids love being involved in making things pretty, so this is sure to be an activity that both of you will enjoy. You could have them lay out the decorations around your house, or they can help you hang things up on the walls and ceilings (with your help!).
If you want to make things extra unique, consider letting them get into all their favorite costumes and putting on a little performance for you before they start decorating!
Attend a local pumpkin-rolling contest to see who can roll their pumpkin the farthest.
If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate Halloween with other families in your neighborhood, why not attend a local pumpkin-rolling contest together?
These events are usually held at local farms or community centers and are fun for children and adults alike! Bring some comfy clothes and a good pair of sneakers, as you’ll probably have to run after your pumpkin when it rolls too far.
You can also pack a picnic lunch to make a full day!
Visit a local pumpkin patch with your child and pick some pumpkins together.
If you’re looking for something fun with your little one this Halloween season, why not take them on an adventure to visit a local pumpkin patch?
You’ll both love the beautiful autumn weather and colorful scenery while you enjoy choosing the perfect squashes together. Encourage your preschoolers to try different sizes and shapes until they find what they want (maybe even two!).
Then, go home and help them carve the faces into their pumpkins for a fun outdoor activity you can do together.
Host a scavenger hunt for your preschoolers and their friends!
If you have some fantastic home hiding spots, why not hold an awesome scavenger hunt? Start by writing down some clues or riddles on paper and laying them around your house with small treats (such as candy or toys) hidden underneath.
Then, could you write down the solutions to these clues and hide them somewhere else in the home, along with a little prize they’ll get when they find it?
This way, you encourage your child’s critical thinking skills while rewarding their efforts! Just be sure that everyone is safe and that you have a babysitter to watch the kids while they play.
Host an impromptu Halloween costume contest with your child’s friends!
If you want to put your creative skills to the test, then why not host an impromptu Halloween costume contest at your home?
Encourage all of the little ones in your neighborhood to dress up in their costumes before coming over for some fun trick-or-treating or pumpkin carving.
Then, hold a little competition where each kid shows off their outfit and takes photos for everyone to enjoy (and for you to remember fondly!). This will help them get excited about Halloween, too!
Work together with other parents to host a community costume parade.
If you’re feeling particularly generous and festive this Halloween season, why not work with other parents to hold a community-wide costume parade?
This can be an excellent opportunity for the neighborhood children to dress in their costumes before parading them in front of everyone.
You could do this right before trick-or-treating (so that it’s more like a preview) or set up booths along the way so they can show off their costumes while also getting some candy!
Either way, your child is sure to have a fantastic time.
Host an epic costume party with your child and their friends at your home!
If you want an enjoyable way to celebrate Halloween this year, to throw an epic costume party at your home? Pick a date and send out invitations in the mail (or post them on social media) so all children can come over on that day.
You could host it during the evening or even make it into a sleepover by holding it late at night. Just be sure that you have enough costumes for everyone!
Take part in trick-or-treating with your child’s preschool classmates!
If you want to help your child get excited about Halloween, why not take them trick-or-treating with their classroom classmates?
This is an excellent activity for any minor children who have become too old for trick-or-treating, and you’ll also get to spend some quality time with your child’s friends.
Plus, it will allow everyone to ask each other what they plan on dressing up as.
Host a pumpkin carving party at your home with friends and family!
If you want to celebrate Halloween in style this year, why not host a Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party at your home?
Plenty of pumpkin stencils are available if you invite adults over so everyone can start immediately.
You could also provide snacks, wine, and music so your guests feel comfortable while they leisurely carve their pumpkins.
Host a haunted house party at your home with family and friends!
If you want to celebrate Halloween in style this year, then why not host a Haunted House Party at your home?
This could be an excellent way for everyone to dress up in their costumes before showing them off to the rest of the guests.
You could even set all the lights down low and try to create the atmosphere of a real haunted house by playing spooky music throughout your home and setting out lots of candles.
Just remember to keep plenty of snacks on hand for hungry guests!
Go trick-or-treating with your child’s grandparents or other close relatives!
There’s no better way to get your child excited about Halloween than trick-or-treating with some of their favorite grandparents or close relatives.
Not only will they be able to spend time with their loved ones, but they’ll also enjoy all of the unique things that come with trick-or-treating. Bring a big bag and plenty of candy so everyone can enjoy treats!
Take your child downtown at night for some extra spooky fun!
If your child wants something more exciting this Halloween season, why not take them downtown at night for some extra spooky fun?
You could even dress up in costume if you want! Please just be sure you keep your kids close and safe while they’re out trick-or-treating, as they’ll be sure to get distracted by all the different sights and sounds.
Make some fun Halloween play dough with your child!
Another great way to celebrate Halloween this year is by making fun Halloween Play Dough with your child! All you need to do is find a recipe for homemade play dough online, then show your child how to turn it into something extra festive for the holiday season.
Once everything has cooled down, have them roll it into little balls to look like pumpkins, or let them go wild with their imaginations!
Create a “spooky path” in your backyard with Halloween lights!
If you’d like to give trick-or-treaters something extra this Halloween, why not set up a “spooky path” in your backyard with some Halloween lights? You could even assemble simple decorations to look like gravestones or spooky ghosts.
Please watch your children while trick-or-treaters pass by, and ensure they only eat candy at bedtime.
Create funny costumes for your pets using old clothes and accessories!
Halloween is just as much about having fun as it looks scary, especially if you have your four-legged friend at home. So why not use old clothes and accessories to create funny costumes for your pets?
You could even find some extra makeup at the local drugstore to give them a little extra spooky flair this Halloween season!
Visit a pumpkin patch with friends to pick out the perfect pumpkin!
To make this year’s Halloween celebration memorable, why not visit a pumpkin patch with friends to pick out the perfect pumpkin?
Not only will they be able to enjoy the outdoors while picking their pumpkins, but they’ll also get to spend time with one another.
Remember that it might be best to leave younger children behind if they’re not used to being around crowds or in the car for an extended period.
Organize a Halloween party for family and friends!
Another great way to celebrate Halloween this year is by organizing a Halloween party for your family and friends! You could create spooky decorations so everything looks extra festive, then play fun games with everyone once the food has been served.
Just be sure you have plenty of candy for younger kids and alcoholic beverages if anyone wants to enjoy them responsibly!
Bake your favorite Halloween treats!
To get into the Halloween spirit this year, why not bake some of your favorite treats?
Show your kids how to get the most out of their candy by creating a few fun recipes to adequately dispose of any leftover wrappers and packaging once everything has been eaten so that it doesn’t end up on the ground or in someone’s garage.
Halloween Preschool Activities.
It’s easy to see that there are plenty of fun things for families to do during Halloween. Whether picking out a pumpkin, baking your favorite treats, or organizing a party for all your friends and relatives, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Keep an eye on your children while they’re trick-or-treating and ensure they only eat candy once it’s bedtime. Have a safe and happy Halloween!