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October 22nd, 2012 at 5:00 am

Halloween Games and Activities

Halloween is a fun time for kids full of some tricks, some treats, and lots of fun! One of the easiest ways to make Halloween fun is by incorporating some games. Last year, I talked about the Halloween party I had at school for the kids. We played BINGO, had a witches hat toss, and wrapped each other up like mummies. All super fun ideas that are great in a group or even just as a fun activity in your living room. This Halloween, I want to share some more ideas that will make your Halloween fun!

An easy activity to keep kids occupied is by drawing a cut out of a person. I usually just trace a the largest gingerbread man cookie cutter I have. The kids love to transform the shape by drawing a costume on it. They draw on pirate clothes, make it into Frankenstein, or even add a Dracula outfit. When the boys have friends over we even sometimes end up with a princess or a fairy. Be ready to provide lots of papers with the initial drawing because the ideas can be endless! You can even make these life size by tracing your child.

Another craft idea is to take some leaves and stick them under a piece of paper. Use a crayon with all the paper off to make a leaf rubbing. Create a fun picture or use the design to be the background to a fun shape that you cut out. Or, did you ever notice that your foot upside down looks like a ghost? This is a great craft for really young ones. Paint the bottom of their feet and toes and place down on paper. Add some eyes once it dries and you have a spooky, but cute ghost!

We did a fun sight word BINGO game in my sons classroom last year, but this printable one looks fun and easy to coordinate. Add some candy corn or M&M’s and you have a game that can take as much time as you want.  Give prizes like spider rings and pencils for easy and inexpensive prizes.

Tic Tac Toe, anyone? A great game for people of all ages this printable is an easy way to make it Halloween worthy.

Have some buckets? Cut out some shapes to make them look like Jack-O-Lantern faces and line them up in a row away from you. Give the kids ping pong balls to throw at the buckets one by one. First person to get them in all the buckets wins!

We have lots of costumes lying around from past years. Another fun activity is to see how many different costume ideas can come out of that box. Have a timed race to see who can put the best costume together the quickest. Have little ones? Then do a Halloween fashion show complete with pictures.

The last idea, is one of my favorites – Pumpkin Bowling! Take some toilet paper and make it look like ghosts with cutouts from construction paper that you attach. Take an extra pumpkin and drill three holes in it, just like a bowling ball. Hours of entertainment!

You don’t need a party to have fun with all these ideas –  Do some each day or have a Halloween Party night with your family, complete with pumpkin carving,  a fun dinner and possibly a Halloween Show to end the fun!


Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.


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