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9 Fun Halloween Printables and Activities for Celebrating

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Celebrate Halloween at home with fun printables, crafts, games, and movies.

Halloween can be hard on a mama. How do you decide what’s safe to do and how to celebrate with your kids in a wholesome, fun way without doing background checks on all your neighbors?

Because Halloween should be magical for kids. They get to dress up and for a few hours be someone (or something) else. My boys have been scarecrows, Pokemon cards, ghosts, zombies, pirates, even Jason Vorhees. Even after we started celebrating at home with a family party, they still dressed up in costumes. My youngest, who is now 13, still dons his zombie makeup every year.

Because that stuff is fun.

Celebrate Halloween at home with fun printables, crafts, games, and movies.

If you’re looking for things to do with your kids to celebrate Halloween without risk, I’ve got you covered. My boys have never regretted their decision to stay at home on Halloween because we always make it so. much. fun.

Here’s how we do this…

Story Times

Crafts, science activities and more can be found in these fun picture book unit studies.

Story Time: In the Haunted House activities include a free capitalization printable, a printable unit on bats, a haunted house paper craft, and Pumpkin Ghost Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting recipe.

Story Time: In the Haunted House

Story Time: Trick or Treat Smell My Feet has crafts, activities, and printables for kids to make the picture book by Diane deGroat even more fun

Story Time: Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet

Story Time: Room on the Broom-Crafts and activities for the picture book

Story Time: Room on the Broom

Story Time: Goodnight Goon - Crafts, actvities, printables, and a recipe to go with the Halloween picture book

Story Time: Goodnight Goon

Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin - Crafts and activities from Lit Mama Homeschool

Story Time: The Littlest Pumpkin

Gus Was a Friendly Ghost activities, crafts, and recipes for fun reading time

Story Time: Gus Was a Friendly Ghost

Story Time: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything - Crafts and activities to go with the picture book

Story Time: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Halloween Printables

There’s all kinds of other cool stuff you can do with your kids, like read awesome Halloween books. Here are 9 printables to help you get started.

One of my very favorite-ist things!  Bookmarks!

halloween-themed-reading-list

Want to keep track of your Halloween reads? Grab this book chart.

halloween-themed-book-tags

Halloween-themed book tags are perfect for claiming ownership of their favorite new books! (I know–books, books books. It’s what I do.)

halloween-themed-library-list

A Library Shopping List will help your littles remember what they want to look for at the library. Because the library should totally be part of your celebration.

halloween-themed-book-report

Reading Halloween books this  month? This simple Halloween-themed book report template will help your littles understand the basics of a book report.

monster-pov-game

One more fun game is to try on a monster’s point of view for size.  Here are some Free Cards you can download to get you started.  You just read the prompts and answer them as if you were the object or monster in the prompt. Your littles will have a blast thinking like a monster.

ghost worksheets

Want to sneak in some learning? This 5-page collection includes handwriting practice, creative writing, and poetry comprehension.

halloween headbands

One of the funnest Halloween games we’ve played was Halloween Headbands.  If you’ve never played the game Hedbanz, you’re missing out.  You put on the dorky headband, attach a card to it without looking, and ask the other players questions until you can guess who’s on your headband.  You can only ask yes or no questions.  And you only get one question per turn.  We had a Disney version which didn’t suit, so I made up cards with Halloween monsters on them.  We play this one every year. Download of My Monster Cards and get your fun on.

halloween-poems

Can I tell you how fun it is to learn Halloween poems? This cute booklet contains 10 poems by some great poets that are all about Halloween.

Watch Movies

There are lots of fun movies you can watch with your kids that have the Halloween spirit without being gory or terrifying. Here are just a few:

The Haunted Mansion

The Frighteners

Hocus Pocus

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Paranorman

Monster House

And if you want some film-based recipes to go with your films, check out this post for Dinner and a Movie:

Recipes for Cast-Iron Skillet Pizza and Persimmon Snowballs to ohave with the film Goosebumps for a fun October family moive night

 

Dinner and a Movie: Goosebumps

 

Halloween games

We always make games part of our Halloween festivities. The great thing about games is they can get your kids thinking and creating, and they don’t even realize they’re learning and expanding their minds.

(Shhh. Keep that a secret.)

  • Monster Headbanz – make sure to grab that free printable!
  • Mummy Wrap – make teams and race to wrap each other in toilet paper
  • Pin the Head on the Skeleton
  • Fashion the Best Skeleton from Pasta – Pasta wheels, spaghetti, macaroni, rigatoni, whatever!
  • Be a Monster – there’s a printable for this one, too!
  • Tell the best scary story – the littles usually write theirs as part of school during the days leading up to the holiday
  • Play the board game Clue
  • Have scavenger hunt
  • Build a monster out  of household items
  • Play Halloween Pictionary– make the clues be spiders, monsters, bats, witches, pumpkins, candy corn, etc.

I mean, see? You can have a Halloween blast right at home. No scary creepers lurking about.

Except your own family, of course.

Looking for more autumn fun? Check out:

The Ultimate List of Autumn Books for Kids

The Ultimate List of Autumn Books for Kids

6 Sensational Pumpkin Picture Books for Fall -Lit Mama Homeschool

6 Sensational Pumpkin Books for Fall

Story Time: Autumn Crafts and Activities for Picture books ebook from Lit Mama Homeschool

Story Time: Autumn

Educational Apple Doll Activties for Story Time: The Apple Doll include an Apple Doll Science Project, a free acrostic poem printable, Apple Paper Dolls, and recipe for Apple Doll Cookies

Story Time: The Apple Doll

 

 

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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys.Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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KT Brison is a former children’s librarian and educator who gave all that up for the most important job in her life—homeschooling her boys. Though she loves the outdoors and rambling around her farm, she can usually be found with her nose in a book. Any book. As long as it has words.
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