Celebrating Halloween at Home
Though Halloween may look very different than it has in the past, that doesn’t mean families still take part in some spooky fun! Here are 10 fun Halloween and autumn themed activities families can enjoy right in the comfort of their own home:
- Pumpkin Bowling: Make bowling pins out of empty water bottles and take turns rolling a small pumpkin to knock the pins over. For added fun, decorate the water bottles as ghosts, witches, etc.
- Fall Playdough: Make your favorite playdough recipe using fall colors. Add textured materials such as corn kernels, dried beans, oats, or nature items for extra sensory fun!
- Pumpkin Planting: After opening up a pumpkin and getting out all of the guts, try and plant some of the pumpkin seeds with the children. Ask your children questions such as, “What do you think will happen when you plant the seeds?”
- Fall Leaf Wreath: Go outside and collect leaves of different colors, shapes, and sizes. Use a paper plate and cute out the middle. Use the leaves on the paper plate ring to create a special fall leaf wreath!
- Pumpkin Toss: Line up a few pumpkins (make sure they have their stem!). If you don’t have your own rings, cut out the center of paper plates and toss the plates or rings at the pumpkins! For added fun, have little prizes for each time they get a ring on a pumpkin!
- Cotton Ball Ghosts: Use cotton balls to create a ghost collage. Provide your children with construction paper, tissue paper, and other art materials, so they can create their own unique ghost.
- Pumpkin Guts Sensory Bin: Empty out a pumpkin into a large container for your children to explore. Talk about the different parts of a pumpkin and what they are playing with.
- Sorting and Counting Nature Items: Gather nature items outside and have your children sort them out by size, color, or type. This is a great activity to practice counting and recognizing colors.
- Pumpkin Volcano: This is a science experiment the whole family will love. Empty out a pumpkin to use as the base for your volcano. Add baking soda to the pumpkin and then add vinegar. Ask older children questions during the process such as, “What do they think will happen when you add the vinegar?”.
- ABC Leaf Hunt: Hide paper leaves with letters on them around the house or outside if the weather is nice. Have your children search for them and help identify the letters. For older children, once you have collected all the leaves, practice spelling their names.
What fun Halloween activities will your family be enjoying to celebrate this year?