Best Halloween Activities for Kids (with free printables)
Are you ready for some spooky fun? If so you are in the right place! I have put together the best Halloween activities for kids.
The Halloween activities are broken down into the following sections:
- Elf on the Shelf Ideas for Halloween!
- Educational Halloween worksheets
- Halloween handprint templates
- Halloween arts and crafts
- Halloween games
There are lots of Halloween activities for both younger and older children, so I am confident you will find something you will enjoy.
These Halloween activities for kids are great for the classroom, homeschool, the library, or at a Halloween party.
We homeschool year-round check out all of the other holiday fun we have.
If you homeschool as we do, or your kids go to school, you can have loads of fun with the kids in October. Other fun holidays we celebrate in October include:
- Columbus Day (see our Christoper Columbus coloring pages)
- Diwali (see our free Diwali coloring pages)
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Halloween Elf on the Shelf Ideas
Traditionally the Elf on the Shelf doesn't make an appearance until December, however, in our home, she comes a little early!
See what mischief our Halloween elf on the shelf gets up to. Along with our favorite Halloween Elf accessories.
She is only with us for the day of Halloween and then she won't come back until Christmas. This year I am going to treat her to a new skeleton costume!
Educational Halloween Activities
Have fun at school (or homeschool like us!) with our fun educational Halloween activities.
Included in this section are all of the free Halloween printables we have too. Keep checking back for more!
You don't need to homeschool to enjoy our educational Halloween activities, there really is something for everyone.
There are over 20 largely free resources to learn about the history of Halloween.
Learn the ABCs this Halloween with our spooky but fun Halloween alphabet activities the preschoolers are going to love!
Including coloring, tracing, writing, finding the letter, and more.
If you are working with younger students they will really enjoy our free fall alphabet activities.
There are 26 pages with coloring, tracing, and writing activities. It really is such a fun way to explore the alphabet this fall.
These are the very best spooky Halloween books for middle school aged kids and above. There are also some non-fictional books to learn about the history of Halloween.
Encourage the kids to write poetry with our free Halloween acrostic poem templates.
You can also see some of our fun examples too if you need inspiration.
Halloween is a great time to encourage the children to write.
They are writing about a topic they enjoy, and I have found from my very reluctant writer that for Halloween he just can't stop!
Download our 12 Halloween writing prompts today.
Who doesn't enjoy a good Halloween word scramble?
This is aimed at upper elementary through to adults.
Some of the words can be quite tricky to unscramble so I have included an answer sheet for you too.
There are 2 Halloween mad libs to print out for lower and upper elementary aged students. But you can't beat the original Trick or Treat mad libs book too!
This Halloween word search is a great way to talk about the history of Halloween while having some fun.
Let's have some number fun this fall with our free Halloween counting worksheets.
Learn to count 1-10 with these spooky images.
Have fun with our free Halloween graph worksheets where you can color count and graph.
Halloween Handprint Templates
Grab the paints and get creative with our spooky Halloween handprint templates.
We absolutely love handprint crafts, but these are really aimed at children under 7.
It doesn't stop us from having fun with them still though!
If you are in a rush and tired of searching for Halloween handprint templates you can purchase all of mine for a small fee here. There are 4 exclusive templates that can not be found anywhere else, and 16 pages to print!
- Halloween stickers (2 pages)
- Spiderweb handprint template (exclusive)
- Witch on a broom handprint template (exclusive)
- Trick or treat handprint template (exclusive)
- Happy Halloween hand in the witch’s cauldron (exclusive)
- Bat handprint template
- Owl handprint template
- Witch broom handprint template
- Frankenstein handprint template
- Spider handprint template
- Pumpkin handprint template
- Boo ghost handprint template
- Cat handprint template
- Mummy handprint template
- Reaper handprint template
Create a wonderful spooky keepsake with our Frankenstein handprint template.
There are Halloween stickers included that you can add to the picture if you want.
Or add them to your trick or treat bags. We have used a green traditional paint, but let the kids choose what color they want.
I love this little pumpkin, why not add googly eye stickers to it to make it even more special?
There are Halloween stickers included that you can add to the picture if you want. Or add them to your trick-or-treat bags.
Create this spooky Halloween grim reaper handprint art, and get your coloring in pens and color him in.
Incy wincy spider climbed up the spout!
I don't know about you but I am not a fan of real spiders, but our spider handprint art looks awesome! You can of course create a black spider, but I think you will agree it looks less scary in purple!!
Halloween will be here before we know it. It is one of our favorite times of the year to bring out the paint and get creative.
Download our free bat handprint template and create a wonderful keepsake.
Twit twoo! This handprint owl art isn't just for Halloween, but I think you will agree it makes a great handprint art!
As it comes with Halloween stickers though it can be made more spooky looking!
Boo! We have created a spooky ghost handprint that the kids are going to love this Halloween. It includes lots of Halloween stickers too, so the kids can really get creative.
This spooky mummy template is really fun, we have used a red painted handprint so it looks more like blood! But of course, you can use whatever color you like.
Create this witch's broom with your child's handprint.
Have fun with our spooky cat handprint and the free Halloween stickers. This little cat can be used year round as well as on Halloween of course!
Halloween Arts and Crafts
Halloween is such a great time to get out the art and craft supplies. These are all of the kids Halloween activities that will get your creative juices flowing.
Delight friends and family with our free printable Halloween cards to color
We love reading in our homeschool, every day of the year. But on special holidays we like to create new festive bookmarks to add to them.
Download our 6 different free printable Halloween bookmarks and get creative.
Have fun searching for the differences between these 2 spooky images with our free Halloween spot the difference printables.
Let's have some fun with these 6 free Halloween Dot to Dot Printables. A great way to learn numbers 1-25 and then enjoy coloring the pictures in after.
We love to color as it calms everything down! These 6 printable free Halloween coloring pages for kids are a great way for them to relax from all the excitement and candy this Halloween.
If the kids are looking for something not spooky this Halloween these free fall coloring pages are a great alternative.
I have scoured the internet to find the best Halloween crafts for kids that you and your kids are going to love this holiday.
Let's have a party this Halloween! See what games we play, and party ideas so you can have the best time ever!
We LOVE treasure hunts in our home! I don't care how old the kids are, I am sure we will still be playing this into the teenage years!
Download our free rhyming Halloween treasure hunt clues and hide them around the house.
Have fun with the older kids this fall with our free Halloween photo scavenger hunt for teens and tweens.
Put the kids in groups, set a timer, and see what photos they can take of the items on the hunt.
Bingo! Halloween bingo is a great game to play with younger children either at school, at homeschool coops, or just with the rest of the family.
For even more on Halloween why not get the younger kids together and play our free fall bingo printables?
Escape rooms are one of our favorite activities, in this post, you will find the BEST Halloween Escape Room ideas you can do at home (school) plus some FREE spooky Halloween escape room party invitations.
Have fun this fall with our free Halloween scattergories printables. There are 4 boards to complete, see who can find the most unique words!
We love playing memory games in our home, and this Halloween memory game free printable is a great game to play on Halloween.
October only means one thing for kids.
Halloween! Candy, pumpkins, costumes, and parties, make it the best month of the year. If you want to be the best parents in the neighborhood this year then host a Halloween party. Carry on reading for our favorite Halloween games to play.
Last Updated on 27 January 2023 by homeschoolof1