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.
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…
Crafts, science activities and more can be found in these fun picture book unit studies.
Story Time: Room on the Broom
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!
Want to keep track of your Halloween reads? Grab this book chart.
Halloween-themed book tags are perfect for claiming ownership of their favorite new books! (I know–books, books books. It’s what I do.)
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.
Reading Halloween books this month? This simple Halloween-themed book report template will help your littles understand the basics of a book report.
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.
Want to sneak in some learning? This 5-page collection includes handwriting practice, creative writing, and poetry comprehension.
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.
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.
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:
And if you want some film-based recipes to go with your films, check out this post for Dinner and a Movie:
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.
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