Whether you have a second grader obsessed with STEM experiments or a kindergartner who loves squishing slime, get into the spooky spirit by working together on these easy Halloween activities for toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids.

By Christin Perry
July 30, 2020
Fluffy Pumpkin Slime
Credit: I Heart Arts n Crafts

Feeling stretched a bit thin trying to come up with cool new activities for your kids? Join the club. Luckily, Halloween is on the way and with it comes tons of spooky inspiration when it comes to keeping kids entertained as we continue to social distance.

From spooky math activities for school-aged kids to a silly sensory bin that'll entertain your toddler or preschooler for hours, we rounded up a few of our favorite Halloween activities to get you going. Bonus: Many can be completed with things you already have at home!

Crafty Halloween Activities

Make Pumpkin Slime

Here's an easy way to level up slime time in your household—try this fluffy pumpkin slime for Halloween (pictured above!), courtesy of the I Heart Arts n Crafts blog. Your little ones will be fascinated by this light, airy slime that's easier to play with than Play-Doh. It's perfect for little fingers and comes together quickly with simple ingredients.

Cut Paper Spiderwebs

Enlist your kids' help with the Halloween decorating this year when you make these parchment paper spiderwebs from Debbie at One Little Project. They may look difficult, but have no fear—this Halloween activity for preschoolers is an easy and fun way to learn basic cutting skills.

Set Up a Spooky Sensory Bin

If you have a toddler or preschooler at home, you've got to try a sensory bin. It's an easy, inexpensive way to keep little ones busy for hours on end. And when you're done, simply snap on the lid and store it away for another day. We love this amazing Halloween version from Productive Pete with black, white, and green dried beans and peas set the spooky scene. Toss in toys like skeletons and pumpkins to add an extra boost of Halloween fun.

Make a Bat Puppet

This moveable bat paper plate puppet is perfect for preschoolers and it sure is cute! Make your bat "fly" against a night sky in this simple but oh-so-cute craft from Kids Craft Room.

Make a Silly Faces Flip Book

When it comes to Halloween activities for toddlers, not-too-scary is the name of the game. Enter this silly faces pumpkin flip book from I Heart Crafty Things. Little ones will have a blast flipping the pages to see how many silly faces they can make.

Play Halloween Bingo

Who doesn't love a good game of bingo every now and then? Camille at Growing Up Gabel has adapted this classic game into one of the cutest Halloween activities for preschoolers. Plastic spiders or miniature Halloween erasers would make great markers for this spooky game.

Halloween STEM Activities

Tea Bag Ghosts

Halloween STEM activities are the perfect way to combine fun and learning in a way your kids will never forget. These flying tea bag ghosts, courtesy of the Gift of Curiosity blog, are a great way to demonstrate how hot air rises.

Catapult Halloween Candy

Popsicle sticks and rubber bands are all you'll need to pull off this super-simple Halloween STEM activity courtesy of There's Just One Mommy. Kids can learn all about tension, torsion, and gravity when they create a catapult to fling candy pumpkins into the air.

Conduct a Fizzy Science Experiment

If you're looking for a new spooky STEM lesson for your school-aged kids, try creating these baking soda pumpkins that magically dissolve when you pour vinegar on them. Add a surprise trinket in the middle and watch their eyes light up.

Halloween Math Activities

Print a Spooky Worksheet

Looking for Halloween math activities? Snag these printable spooky buddies from the What I Have Learned Teaching blog to help your school-aged kids with their measurement skills.

Frightful Fun with Numbers

Roll and cover games are perfect for even the earliest learners. Teach your little ones number recognition spooky style when you use this spiderweb printable from Fun Learning for Kids. It's definitely one to add to your list of Halloween math activities.

Count with Creepy Bats

Have a kindergartner? These adorable bats can help with their budding math skills! The bat's body contains a number, then it's up to your child to write the number before and after on the wings.