If you’ve decided trick-or-treating isn’t for you this year, make Halloween at home special with these incredible halloween activities for toddlers. Our family tested all of these out in advance, and the kids have not stopped asking if it’s time to for our Halloween party so they can play them again!
You know that we’re DIYers, and we’re definitely more comfortable with power tools than craft supplies. But, luckily, all of these activities are incredibly quick and easy to set up, and most of them require supplies you already have lying around the house. Plus, the good thing making halloween activities for toddlers is that they don’t care if your Ghost Ball Throw has uneven eyes, they’re just excited to play!
Halloween Activities for Toddlers
- Monster body parts (I used these free printables from Somewhat Simple)
- Rules (here’s the free printable I made)
Take turns rolling the dice and adding body parts. The first person to have a complete monster wins!
- Plastic spiders (I used spider rings from the party store)
- Yellow construction paper
- Start/Finish signs (here are the ones I made)
Set up your start and finish line. Cut strips of yellow construction paper to mark each lane. Two people lay on their stomachs at the starting line. Use the straws to blow the spiders all the way to the finish line. The first one to cross the finish line wins!
- Spider rings
Build a flat base out of playdough. Stick a straw vertically in each play dough base. Race to see who can stack the most spiders before time runs out. The spider rings like to stick to each other, so it’s harder than you’d think!
- Baking soda
- Red and yellow food coloring
- Mixing bowl
- Baking sheet
- Pipe cleaners
Pour 2 cups of baking soda into your mixing bowl. Mix red and yellow food coloring with 2/3 cup of water until you get a pumpkin-orange color. Pour the orange water into the baking soda and mix until fully incorporated. Add more water or baking soda as needed until you get a consistency that lets you pack it into balls. Pack spoonfuls of the mixture into little balls and place them on a baking sheet. You can try to hide little toys in the middle of each pumpkin, but we forgot that step. Cut small pieces of green pipe cleaner and insert it into the top of each ball to make it look like a pumpkin stem. Let the pumpkins dry for at least 12 hours. After 12 hours, put vinegar in a cup and take turns pouring it over each of the pumpkins, watching them fizz and bubble.
- Small pie pumpkin
- Rolls of toilet paper
- Black construction paper
- Glue stick
Cut out a set of ghost eyes and mouths for each roll of toilet paper. Glue them to the front of the toilet paper roll. Stack the toilet paper rolls into a pyramid. Use the small pumpkin as a bowling ball and take turns knocking down the pyramid of ghost toilet paper rolls.
- Orange paper plates
- Black construction paper
- Glue stick
Each plate will be a memory card. For younger toddlers, start with 2 sets of plates and work your way up to 4 or 5. Using the black construction paper, cut out matching eyes and mouths for each set of plates. Glue them onto the front of the plates. Flip all of the plates over and mix them up. Arrange them in a grid and take turns flipping over 2 plates until someone finds a match. The person with the most matches wins!
Ghost Ball Toss
- Lightweight balls
Cut the bottom of the poster board into a wavy line. Round off the top 2 corners to make a ghost shape. Trace 3 circles onto the poster board and them out to make the eyes and mouth of the ghost. Tape the poster board up at an angle. We propped ours up on a tripod and a kids’ chair the 2 times we played. Take turns throwing balls through the eyes and mouth.
- Popsicle sticks
- Rubber bands
- Candy Corn
- Plate, bucket, or bowl to use as a target
Place one popsicle stick on the ground and place the second one on top, perpendicular to the first. Stack several more popsicle sticks on top, oriented the same way as the first, until it is tall enough to provide some leverage for the top popsicle stick which is oriented the same way as the second stick. Place rubber bands around both ends of the horizontal popsicle sticks and around one end of the 2 other popsicle sticks. Place a candy corn pumpkin on the tall end of the catapult, push the popsicle stick down and release it to send the pumpkin soaring. Whoever gets the most pumpkins in the target wins.
Ghost Face Candy Hunt
- Chocolate chips, Skittles, M&Ms, or any other small candy
- Paper plate
- Whipped cream
Scatter the chocolate chips around the plate. Cover the entire plate in whipped cream. Participants must keep their hands behind their backs and use their mouths to hunt for each of the chocolate chips. When they find one, they must grab it with their mouths and place it next to the plate. Whoever finds all their chocolate chips the fastest wins.
Each of these activities is so simple to set up and provide loads of fun for the whole family. That’s a win! Hope these Halloween activities for toddlers make for a fun, safe, and memorable holiday for you and your kids!