7 Easy Halloween Play Ideas

7 easy activities to inspire some Halloween Fun!

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1. Ice Monsters

This one was a huuuge hit with my 3 year old! The ice Monsters are just food colouring, water and googly eyes frozen in an ice tray, super simple to make!

For this set up, I chose to mix up some plain goop (cornstarch + water) and added it to a large tray with the ice monsters on top. I gave my little guy a spoon and a bowl of water with a pipette and let him explore. He loved scooping the goop onto the monsters then rinsing it off with the water. I love how you can really watch the colours run into the white goop!

You could also add these ice monsters to your water play, or simply play with them on their own sprinkling salt and water on top to melt them! This one was definitely our favorite this year!

2. Fizzy Play

I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t love watching baking soda and vinegar eruptions! And I think fizzy play is a perfect Halloween Activity!

Some ideas to try:

  • Cut open a little pumpkin, scoop out the insides and place the baking soda inside!
  • We have a pumpkin shaped ice cube mold, and I added some baking soda mixed with a little dish soap and added a scoop to each cavity then let Mr. 3 add vinegar using a pipette.
  • I found mini cauldrons at Dollar tree and we made a little erupting witches brew. I will definitely try adding some chunky glitter or googly eyes next time!
  • Fizzy pumpkins: Mix Baking Soda with orange water (orange food colouring + water) adding small amounts at a time until you can form the mixture into balls (you can hide a small trinket inside for your little ones to find too!) Add a pipe cleaner or stick on top and let dry overnight. Then just add vinegar to melt the pumpkins

3. Abstract Monster Painting

All you need:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Googly eyes
  • White triangles cut from cardstock, craft foam, felt, etc
  • Glue (optional, we didn’t use glue and the items stick well to the paint)

Just provide the materials and watch what your little ones create! My boys are 1.5 and 3 and they created these masterpieces on their own! Older kids will likely put the eyes and teeth in a more defined way, but I think they are pretty darn cute no matter what!

I have also made this activity mess free for my boys their first Halloween by putting the paper, paint and googly eyes in a ziploc bag taped to their high chair.

4. Stencils/Resist Art

This is one type of painting I LOVE for little artists, because they have the freedom to paint all over, and then when you remove the stencil/shape, a fun image appears! Bats, pumpkins, spiders , witches hats are all great symmetrical shapes that are easy to cut out for stencils. I also prefer to use sponges for resist art and model the technique of dabbing the sponge vs. swiping it all around the paper.

Here are two examples of Halloween resist art we have done:

  • The pumpkins were done on a canvas and the stencil was cut out of contact paper. This method is great for younger artists because it is very forgiving. (My youngest was just over 6 months old when we made these and we used his feet to paint!)
  • The spiders were done using small stencils made from cardstock using my Cricut Disclaimer: there is definitely a more smudging with this method! This was a hit with my 9 year old.

5. Sensory Bins

Dollar stores usually have great items to use as loose parts for every holiday! Add some Halloween themed items, scoops, tongs, bowls for sorting, etc and let your children have fun exploring! Black beans, green split peas, and red lentils (that look more orange I think) are great options for bases or you can use coloured rice as well.

6. Spooky Spiders Watercolour Resist

We did thus activity on a large paper roll but you could do it on individual papers as well. I find we get the best results drawing the images using a white oil pastel and using our diluted Liquid watercolours for painting. (I drew spiderweb, spiders, and fun words to find, but if you are more artistic feel free to get creative 😉)

7. DIY Painted Ghost Hunt

This is a fun one we did last year. I cut out ghost shapes from recycled cardboard and the kids had fun painting them white. When they were dry I wrote numbers 1-10 on the ghosts and hid them around our playroom for a fun little ghost hunt!

I hope theses ideas give you some inspiration for some Halloween Fun at home!

Happy Halloween and be inspired to play always!

❤Hannah

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