Is Halloween one of your kids’ favorite times of the year? Let’s make it even better! Here are 31 fun Halloween Activities for kids (and the whole family) to countdown to Halloween all through October!

My kids love Halloween. Maybe it’s the candy. Maybe it’s just because it’s the first holiday of the Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas trio. But whatever it is, Halloween is always a big deal!

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We love to do 25 Days of Christmas activities each year as a way to countdown to Christmas, but you don’t have to wait that long- you can have a 31 Days of Halloween filled with fall and Halloween activities to make the holiday season more exciting and full of memories!

Here are my 31 Halloween activities, outings, and crafts to with your kids this October as you countdown to Halloween!

 

31 countdown to halloween activities and ideas for the month of october

 

31 Countdown to Halloween Activities for Kids for a Fun October!

 

Visit a Pumpkin Patch

You can’t have Halloween without a pumpkin, right?? 

Find a local pick your own pumpkin patch and let the kids pick out their own special pumpkin for the holiday!

 

Carve Jack-o-Lanterns

Once you get your pumpkins, make a day of carving them. Add a candle and light them at night!

Note- don’t carve your jack-o-lanterns too early or they will mold before Halloween!

 

pumpkins painted as candy corn, a monster, and a minion for Halloween

 

Paint Pumpkins

Painting is another great way to use your Halloween pumpkin.

Just give the kids some paints and brushes and let them paint however they wish! Toddlers and preschoolers might enjoy washing the pumpkin after it’s done (so they can paint again)!

 

Watch a Halloween Movie

Have a Halloween Themed movie night! Here are some of my family favorites:

  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • The Witches
  • Hotel Transylvania 
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Labyrinth
  • Ghost Busters

 

Read Halloween Books

Head to the library or a bookstore and pick up some Halloween themed books for story time. Here’s some of my favorites:

  • Biscuit Visits the Pumpkin Patch
  • The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat
  • Room on the Broom
  • Trick or Treat, Little Critter
  • Five Little Pumpkins

 

 

candy corn slime

 

Make Edible Candy Corn Slime

Candy corn is one of the favorite candies of Halloween. Why not make it into edible slime??

With  just a few ingredients you can make edible candy corn slime that’s fun to play with AND taste!

Here’s how to make it: How to Make Candy Corn Slime

 

Listen to Halloween Music

Find a Halloween playlist on Amazon Music, Spotify, or your favorite streaming service and have a dance party!

Some songs to listen to:

  • Monster Mash
  • Flying Purple People Eater
  • Ghostbusters
  • This is Halloween

There are tons of kids song available to stream online as well. 

 

 

Hammer Pumpkins

We love to use pumpkins for more than just jack-o-lanterns in the fall. There are just so many fun activities to do with pumpkins. 

Such as hammering into them! This is a great fine motor activity for young kids, but kids of all ages will have fun!

Here’s how to do it: Hammering Pumpkins Fine Motor Activity

 

Roast Pumpkin Seeds

You can’t go through fall without making some roasted pumpkin seeds right?

Save the seeds when you carve your pumpkins. Then just wash, season, and roast!

Here’s how to do it: How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

 

masking tap spider web in a window

 

Make a Tape Spider Web

I love spider web crafts for Halloween! This a fun way to decorate your house for Halloween and gives you a place to display your crafts.

Simply place masking tape, sticky side out, in a window or doorway in a spider web pattern. 

Then use it to stick crafts or treat to!

 

Make Your Own Treat Bags

Prep for trick-or-treating by making your own treat bags! Sure you can use one of those plastic pumpkins, but making your own is a lot of fun. 

We’ve made them out of colored duct tape before and they make really great, personalized treat bags. Just take a gallon sized ziploc bag and place the duct tape overtop. Then use a folded piece of tape to make the handle. 

You could also get blank fabric bags and decorate with fabric paints or markers. 

 

Halloween decorated homemade sugar cookies

 

Make Halloween Cookies

Halloween’s all about the candy and sweets! Make your own homemade cookies for Halloween. 

My sugar cookie recipe is the perfect base for cut out Halloween cookies. Use royal icing to decorate them!

Then eat them or save them to give away to friends and family for treats!

 

Make Your Halloween Costume

A quick search will give you tons of DIY Halloween costumes. We stopped buying costumes years ago, and now it’s up to the kids to come up with an idea and bring it to life for Halloween. It’s less money and tons more fun. 

We’ve had a DIY Lego from a large box, a arrow and target, a cowboy, Teen Wolf, a princess, a lumberjack, and so many more!

 

Make Pumpkin Slime

Slime is fun any time of the year! Here’s a couple pumpkin slime recipes to try:

 

father and son in a corn maze

 

Go to a Corn Maze

Many local pumpkin patches will also have a corn maze as part of their activities. These are so much fun for the whole family!

You can do it in the daytime or try a haunted corn maze at night-  if you aren’t too scared!

 

Search for Bats

Bats live in most areas of the USA. Have you ever looked for them outside at night?

Go outside in your yard (or to a park if you live in the city) and search the sky for bats. The best time to see them is right around dusk, when there’s still enough light to see but it’s dark enough for them to come out to hunt. 

 

Make Halloween Paper Crafts

Paper crafts are tons of fun for kids of all ages. This isn’t the time for picture perfect crafts, but just hand out some raw materials and have fun together making Halloween crafts. 

Gather supplies such as: 

  • paints
  • construction paper
  • glue
  • googly eyes
  • pipe cleaners
  • markers/crayons

And then get crafting- bats, monsters, Frankenstein’s Monster, werewolves, skeletons, witches- whatever you want!

 

rocks painted for halloween

 

Paint Halloween-Inspired Rocks

Rocks are another great medium for Halloween activities. You can use them to decorate your yard, garden, porch, or leave them in places such as the park or greenway for others to find. Smooth rocks and acrylic paints make for the best final product.

Here’s some Halloween rock painting ideas: 

  • Candy corn
  • Pumpkin/jack-o-lanterns
  • Aliens
  • Monsters
  • Spider/Spider web
  • Ghosts

Just use your imagination!

 

Play with a Halloween Themed Sensory Bin

Kids love sensory bins! Make a Halloween one to explore. 

You can use color, cooked pasta for a fun filler or just colored rice. Add in some spiders, pumpkins, or other ghostly toys and treats to play with. 

 

Pumpkin Bowling

Pumpkin bowling is a fun outdoor Halloween activity for kids of all ages! 

All you need is a few plastic bottles (raid the recycling bin!) and a small round pumpkin. Set the bottles up and roll the pumpkin down just like in real bowling. 

 

homemade pizza shaped like a jack-o-lantern for halloween

 

Make a Jack-o-Lantern Pizza 

Make pizza night more exciting by turning it into a jack-o-lantern!

Use pepperoni or other toppings to create the face and don’t forget to make a little stem in the crust!

 

Decorate Your Front Porch/Yard

Get the kids involved in decorating the house for Halloween. 

Grab some pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, and maybe even make a scarecrow to create a scene in the front yard. 

You can also go spooky if you want!

 

Have a Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Make your daily walk more exciting by turning it into a scavenger hunt! Here are some things to include in your list of things to find:

  • a jack-o-lantern
  • a spider
  • a ghost
  • black cat

Take a neighborhood walk or a trip to the park with your list. You could also hide items around the house or yard and then have the kids search for them!

 

young girls picking apples off of a tree

 

Go Apple Picking

Apple picking is a fall family tradition in our house. 

Take a trip to a local u-pick farm and pick apples. Them make homemade applesauce!

 

Hold a Halloween Party 

Get together with friends or family and hold a Halloween party. 

Don’t forget the fun foods, music, and activities!

 

Take a Walk or Drive to Look a Decorations

Some people and neighborhoods go all out for Halloween in terms of decorations. Take a drive (or walk if you live in one) and take a look at all the different decorations and scary scenes in the front yards!

 

kids playing in a leaf pile and throwing leaves in the air

 

Make a Leaf Pile

What is fall without jumping is the leaves?

Get out the rake and make a big pile of leaves to jump in! My kids also love to bury themselves in the leaves and throw them EVERYWHERE!

 

Have a Bonfire or Cook Out

Cool fall evenings are a great backdrop for a family cookout or bonfire. 

Get some hot dogs and some supplies to make s’mores and keep warm by the fire one night!

 

Visit a Fall Festival

You can usually find all sorts of festivals going on in the month of October.  

Search your local paper or online for festivals near you- Bigfoot, Apple, Pumpkin, or even just general Fall festivals put on by schools or churches. 

 

homemade caramel apples with nuts on top and forks for sticks

 

Make Caramel (or Candy) Apples

Caramel apples are one of my favorite fall treats to make for Halloween, so we always make sure to set aside a day to make a batch as we countdown to Halloween. 

Here’s a great recipe to try: Homemade Caramel Apples

 

Go Trick or Treating

You can’t have Halloween without some Trick-or-Treating can you?

Put on your costumes and grab the treat bags and head out for some old fashioned trick or treating!

You can do a trunk or treat at a church, a neighborhood door-to-door, or even set up you own at home!

We’ve done our own version at home setting up different stations throughout the yard- front door, back door, barn door, a couple car trunks, etc. 

 

 

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