Halloween is a great way to get creative with the kids. We've got some suggestions on how to get your little ones involved with the celebrations, with some of the best games to play with your tots. Get those pumpkins carved and the decorations put up and prepare for Halloween with these fun games!
Halloween games and activities
Pin the nose on the pumpkin
This is just like Pin The Tail On The Donkey but replace the donkey with a pumpkin and get your little one to try and guess where his nose would be. Simple, but effective, this is a great learning game for your tot, but will also be fun for your older children. Replace the pin with a sticker, for safety reasons.
EVERYONE is talking about slime at the moment aren't they? If you haven't tried it with your tots yet (we don't blame you), Halloween is a good time to start. Simply mix PVA glue, water, starch, glitter and some sort of Halloween themed confetti to a bowl and stir.
Wrap some paper around some skittles and draw ghostly faces on them. Alternatively, just stick some googly eyes onto toilet rolls. Split up into two teams and see who can knock the most skittles down – it’s a great one to boost your toddler’s co-ordination skills and is lots of fun. Just move anything fragile out of harm’s way before the game begins!
As giving your toddler a carving knife probably isn’t the cleverest idea, hand him a crayon or washable felt tip pen to go crazy with instead and encourage him to decorate his pumpkin. As well as being a fun game for your toddler, this encourages him to be creative and starts the tradition for the future. The whole family can get involved with a prize for the most creative design.
Dress the Mummy (literally!)
DISCLAIMER: You’ll need lots of loo roll for this! If you can face cleaning up the mess afterwards, a mummy making game is great fun. Let your toddler run riot with the paper, wrapping it around you like a mummy. If there are other mums with you, get their kids to do the same and the child to wrap their mum the quickest wins!
Hide a few pumpkin around the house and garden and set your tot the challenge of finding them all. You can even create some (obvious) clues to help him along his way, or perhaps a map with some treasure at the end. This is a good alternative to trick or treating if your little one is still too young.
Ghouls and ghosts dress up
It wouldn’t be Halloween without spooky costumes. Which is why one of the best ways to celebrate Halloween with your toddler is offering him a huge chest filled with dressing up options to go crazy with.
Split into teams and see who can race on a broom from one end of the garden to the other the fastest. Throw in a few capes and some witches hats for added effect.
Bobbing for creepy crawlies
Fill a bucket with water and throw in some (fake) creepy crawlies that your toddler can catch – you can them count them together and award prizes.
Forget baking cakes or buying bags of sweets for the trick or treaters – invest in some icing and get your toddler to decorate some Halloween inspired biscuits.
Paper plate pumpkins
Another easy option if you don't want to trust your tots with carving a pumpkin, simply get some paper plates and orange paint and let them design their own pumpkin plates! These also make cute decorations for years to come.
All you'll need for this one is a couple of straws and plastic toy spiders. The first one to blow their spider across the finish line is the winner!
Halloween isn’t just about dressing up – there’s lots of potential for some brilliant crafting, too. And you won’t need to spend much. So check out our gallery of crafts and grab the glue, some pens and some pumpkins and get making spiders, ghosts, skeletons and lots more ghoulish friends with your toddler…
Spider hand print
All it takes to make this creepy crawly friend is a sheet of paper, some black paint and a pair of stick-on googly eyes. Your little one will love splatting his hands into the paint. Just be sure to stay close, so the hand prints only go on the paper and not on the floors or walls! [Pinterest via indulgy.com]
Your child can craft himself his very own scary mobile with the help of some toilet roll tubes, paint and pipe cleaners. He can have a go at painting the cardboard while you make holes for the pipe cleaners to slot through. [Pinterest via happyhooligans.ca]
OK, so this one may get a little messy (cotton wool and glue don’t make for the cleanest crafting) but it’s a really simple art idea to get in the Halloween spirit. [Pinterest via classifiedmom.com]
Save up some lolly sticks to fashion this spider web with your toddler. Task him with pulling apart balls of cotton wool, which he can then glue to the sticks to make the web. [Pinterest via craftclub.com]
While you’ll need to do the scissor work for this one, your tot can paint the paper plate and then together you can put together the cat. [Pinterest via pinner]
Simple and effective, this paper plate pumpkin is a fun activity to make together and will definitely brighten up the fridge door. [Pinterest via swellchel.blogspot.com]
Put on your coats and go and collect some crispy leaves together before transforming them into ghosts with a lick of white paint. [Pinterest via familyholiday.net]
Thumbprint pumpkin patch
Your little one will have lots of fun making this thumbprint pumpkin patch. You may need some wet wipes on hand because this is bound to get messy! [Pinterest via thepreschooltoolboxblog.com]
Cotton bud skeleton
Keep an eye on your toddler while he’s making this friendly skeleton as cotton buds can be unsafe, but it’s a really easy Halloween activity to make. [Pinterest via crazyaboutmybabybah.com]
Rather than going down the carving route, you could just arm your toddler with some bandages to create this mummified pumpkin. [Pinterest via thedailybuzz.au]
Spider web plates
Your toddler can paint some paper plates with black paint and then help you to wrap wool around them, to make these spider web plates. And the bonus? It will provide hours of fun for your little one once the webs are finished. [Pinterest via alittlecraftinyourday.com]
Hanging ghouls and ghosts
This art idea is a little fiddly (painting polystyrene balls isn’t the easiest task) but looks effective and is simple to make. Plus, they’ll look great hanging in the doorway or in front of the window for trick and treaters to admire. [Pinterest via funfamilycrafts.com]
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