Since Halloween with our kids last year was, shall we say, underwhelming, I wanted to be better prepared this year. So, I’ve come with some fun activities and games we can play during Halloween this year, that the little ones will actually also enjoy.
If you want to read about what I’ve learned from last year’s Halloween and what you can do if your little one is a bit frightened head right over here to my post on Halloween with a frightened toddler.
Halloween can be fun at any age!
Don’t let the fact that your toddler is too little to really enjoy the scary stuff or stay up late mean that you won’t have any fun this Halloween.
Download this list of Halloween Activities for Toddlers Pack and have a stellar Halloween, even if trick or treating and scary costumes are out of bounds for you toddler.
These are fun and easy things to do with your toddler. And they cost next to nothing! This list is a fun and sweet way of celebrating Halloween without frustration or boredom because your tot doesn’t want to play along
REMEMBER: you don’t have to do all of this. Pick and choose what you like; it’s not your job to keep the kids entertained all day. Choose a few activities so that you as a family get a taste of Halloween that is fun and positive.
From new & scary to fun & active!
RELATED: 17 free printable monster resources
Check out these 12 Halloween Activities for Toddlers!
You can find these anywhere on the web (or Pinterest). Simply type “free halloween coloring pages” in the search bar and you’ll be overwhelmed by coloring pages. Download, print, set your kids and yourself to coloring. It’s a simple and fun family activity.
Light fake candles around the house
This is one of the easiest, but also one of my favorite Halloween activities for toddlers. I love these led candles, they’re inexpensive and completely safe. Even my 2,5 year old now know how to turn them on. I give the kids each their own set of led candles and let them distribute them across the room once it starts getting dark. They love doing this.
I’ve a treasure hunt printable for you that you can download. While one of you keeps the kids busy (if you’re a single parent, put them in front of the television, or do this while they’re asleep the night before) hide the pictures of the items on the treasure hunt list around the house. Then have the kids find each item. If the children are very young, then limit the search area to one or two rooms. You don’t want the to be discouraged. If they find all items, you could let them win a small price.
Candy dice roll
Only do this if you think the kids are up for it! And then it’s still probably best if you have some spare candy of the variety that’s favorite with them.
The game works as follows: each child has a stash of candy.
Each takes their turn to roll the dice. With each number of the dice they roll, there’s a certain action they need to perform.
For instance, rolling one means giving a piece of candy to the person on their right.
Rolling two means they get a candy from mommy.
Family friendly movies or cartoons
Do you have Netflix? Of Amazon Prime? A lot of Halloween movies are just too scary for the really little ones. But fortunately there are also some family friendly ones out there. Think of :
- Tom & Jerry’s Halloween
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse – Mickey’s Treat
- Hotel Transylvania
- Disney’s Snow White
- Disney’s Sleeping Beauty
Play hide and seek in the dark (or with the curtains closed)
This is also one of the easy, but incredibly fun and loved Halloween activities for toddlers. Play the Halloween version of this tried and true game! Little kids absolutely love to play hide and seek. Make it Halloween appropriate by playing in the dark after sundown, or by closing the curtains. You can add flash lights for even more excitement.
Another fun variation is where mommy tickles the kids when they are found. Sometimes I even pretend to be the wicked witch in Hansel and Gretel. When I find the kids I pretend to lock them up (you can use a foldable crate or some chairs for this) so I can fatten them up. Of course, they always escape and then I have to go look for them again.
Play that the kids are the monsters
My boys love to pretend they are monsters. They raise their hands in the air like claws, hang their tongues out of their mouths and walk funny (a bit like a zombie would). I’m supposed to run away squealing from fear and go into hiding (where they can find me) / stand on a chair (where inevitably they can reach anyway) and do lots of running away.
Make scary snacks together
Kids love helping in the kitchen. So instead of preparing everything in advance, select some easy to make snacks and allow the kids to help. This also makes it more likely that they’ll actually be willing to eat the sausage buns that look like they have cut off fingers on them (I’m not even sure if I’m willing to eat those, let alone the kids…they really look grizzly!)
Eat scary snacks together
Of course, if you’ve made them you have to eat them. Take the time to taste everything and to giggle over how scary the food looks. Ask the kids whether it tastes different now that it looks different and what the food feels like in their mouths. This will get you some fun answers.
Read them a Halloween story
Read a book to them that’s appropriate for Halloween. This can be a genuine Halloween book, but, as with the movies, this can also be a fairytale that suits nicely with Halloween. If your child is easily frightened, a fairytale that they already know might work better than a real Halloween story. If it’s a new story, make sure you’ve read it yourself in advance to check whether it’s appropriate for you child.
Simply go to the library and find something that is suitable for your child.
Craft a ghost
As I noted in last week’s post, crafting the decorations themselves is not just a fun activity. It also helps little children understand that the props and decorations are just that: fake.
Download and print the ghost and get some cotton wads. Apply some glue to the ghost (avoid the black eyes and mouth) and stick the wads to the ghost. Once done, let the kids hang their ghosts as decorations.
Pop some corn
Unfortunately, Halloween is too late in the year to run through the corn fields. The corn will be gone by then. But you can still pop your own corn with the kids. Let them experience the magic of corn morphing into something else. If there is any real magic with Halloween, then it’s the corn magically popping into popcorn.
Tip! If you’ve never popped corn before, try this by yourself at night when the kids are asleep before doing this with the kids. You’ll need far, far less corn then you’ll think. If you’re trying to keep things under control, you don’t want corn popping through the entire kitchen while the kids are messing things up further.
This looks like a good list of stuff to do with toddlers and you kids during Halloween. I can’t wait! Download the Toddler Halloween pack right here and enjoy the fun!