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14 Halloween Activities for Kids That Won’t Break the Bank

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Halloween is just around the corner, and you’re looking for some budget-friendly activities that will keep your kids entertained. We can’t blame you for being a little strapped for cash! Hey, it happens to the best of us. Grab some candy, carve a few pumpkins, and have fun trying these 14 Halloween Activities For Kids That Won’t Break the Bank:

What Benefits Children Get From Doing These Halloween Activities?

Some benefits of these Halloween activities for kids include:

  • It helps them to enhance their fine motor skills.
  • This will help them to develop their creativity.
  • They will get a chance to connect with their friends and family.
  • It’s an excellent way for them to express themselves.
  • It gives you and your kids something fun to do.

Halloween Activities for Kids

Here are the 14 Halloween activities for kids that won’t break the bank.

1. Wrap A Mummy With Yarn

wrap a mummy with yarn

This Halloween activity is great for kids learning how to tie their shoes. It’s also a great way to keep the little ones occupied while preparing dinner or preparing for your Halloween party. To make this mummy, you’ll need to print out the mummy template, get some yarn and googly eyes, and let the children make some mummies! It is great to teach children how to follow instructions, practice hand-eye coordination, and gain fine motor skills.  

2. Let Children Design Their Costumes

It is a great way for young children to be creative and express themselves. They can choose their favorite character from a movie, book, or video game and create their version of it! (You may refer here for some ideas) You can also let them select their favorite color or pattern and help them pick out some accessories. Also, this is a good way to save a lot of money on costumes, because you don’t have to buy anything new. Just let them raid their closets and use the clothes they already own. 

3. A Spider Web Maze

A great addition to any Halloween party! If you have a lot of kids, this can be a fun way to keep them occupied and out of the way. In order to perform this activity, you will need painter’s tape and a couple of plastic spiders you can typically find at the dollar store. The next thing to do is use the tape to lay out a spider web. Make a start and finish line, then instruct your children to walk the web without straying from the lines. They have to pick up all the plastic spiders you have scattered about without losing their footing. Further details can be found at No Time For Flashcards.

4. Paper Plate Bat Puppet

This moveable bat paper plate puppet is perfect for young children just starting with puppets. It’s easy to make and needs only a few materials that can easily be found around the house. You will need paper plates, Paint, glue, scissors and Posca Paint Pens. This cute craft from the Kids Crafts Room is easy to do with your kids and will be a hit at any Halloween party.

5. Swap Scary Stories

halloween story time

One of the best ways to get your kids into the spirit of Halloween is by telling them scary stories. This is a great way to bond with them, as well as give them something to talk about when they go trick-or-treating later in the day. You can tell one of these kid-friendly Halloween tales or even make up some new ones for this occasion.

6. DIY Mummy Bowling

When you get together with friends and families, you can have fun with the kids by doing this easy mummy bowling. For this activity, all you need is a set of plastic bowling pins and a couple of rolls of toilet paper. Next, wrap the pins with TP, add some googly eyes, and voila: They have been mummified. Wrap the bowling balls, too. Then start the fun! Full details can be found on Giggles Galore.

7. Make Use of Candy Corn

There are so many ways to use candy corn. You can eat it, of course, but did you know it’s also good for other things? You can totally create your version of Minute to Win It. Here’s how to play: Provide each child with a stack of candy corn, a bowl, and a pair of chopsticks. Then set the timer to 60 seconds. The goal of this game is to see who can transfer the most candy corn to the bowl using chopsticks. 

8. Halloween Pudding Dirt Cups

halloween pudding dirt cups

Can’t go to pumpkin patches this? No worries! Halloween Pudding Dirt Cups are the perfect alternative. These are super easy to make, and they look delicious! All you need is pudding cups, Brach’s mellow creme pumpkins, Reese’s peanut butter ghosts, and Oreos. Once you gather all of the ingredients, together with your child can now start to create your delicious Halloween Pudding Dirt Cups.

9. Catapulting Pumpkins

A cheap way to get your children in on the Halloween fun is by creating your own catapult. This is a great activity to do with kids because it’s simple, yet you can make it as difficult or easy as you want. You only need to gather large Popsicle sticks, bottle caps, rubber bands, and candy corn pumpkins and see who can shoot the farthest.

10. DIY Sticker Match

It is a simple and fun Halloween activity you can do with your kids. It will help them practice their shape and color recognition skills while developing their fine motor skills. For this activity, you will need a booklet of Halloween stickers to begin. Then, trace the outlines of each one—say, the ghost or the pumpkin —onto a piece of paper. Instruct your child to match the stickers to the spot you have outlined for them. This will also help them learn how to follow directions.

11. Spider Web Cookies

spider web cookies

These cookies will be perfect for any Halloween party you have coming up. They are easy to make and delicious too! Have your little ones help you prepare the ingredients for this recipe, and then let them decorate the cookies. You can also use chocolate chips to make spiders and webs. 

12. Pumpkin Carving

Your kids will love getting their hands dirty with some pumpkin carving. It is a great activity for a sunny day or when you’re looking for something fun to do with your kids outside! You can find some great pumpkin carving ideas online or get creative and come up with your own design. You could even let your kids create their own designs! Safety is a priority, so make sure you are using a good knife and wearing gloves.

13. Fun Halloween Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger Hunt is a fun activity you can do with your kids on Halloween night. Give each child a list of things to find, such as a skeleton key or something that starts with the letter “B.” You can also use this time to talk about safety and what to do if they come across something unsafe while hunting for items on their lists!

14. Witch Hat Decorating

halloween activities for kids

Witch hats are a must for this Halloween season. You can make your own or buy a pre-made one, but either way, it will be fun for kids and adults to decorate their own witch hats! All you need materials available in your homes like black craft foam, scissors, duct tape, string, wire, and ribbon. Wiki How shows you how to make your witch hat, and it turns out it’s a lot easier than you might think.

Final Thoughts

Here at NY Baby Steps Daycare, we are about making learning fun. We have a lot of different activities, and we also do seasonal activities like this one. So to share the fun, we have created this list of activities, and we hope you will enjoy them. You can now add this spooky Halloween activities for kids into your Halloween plans. You can do so many things for your family to get into the spirit. These activities will be fun, and it’s also a great way to bond with your children. If you have any other ideas for Halloween activities for kids, please feel free to share them in the comments below. If you would like to learn more about our daycare or schedule a tour, contact us today!