10 Fun Halloween Activities for Kids this Half Term

There's less than a week to go until Halloween and with the kids home for half term in the UK I've been looking for some activities I can do with my boys - particularly with some covid restrictions still in place meaning we can't go out and do the normal soft play, swimming, cinema etc.

I found some great ideas which I've included here. The question is which one to do first?

10 Fun Halloween Activities for Kids

Halloween Ideas

1. Pumpkin Picking at your local farm's pumpkin patch

Pop on your wellies and go and check out your local farmshop's pumpkin patch and choose a pumpkin (or 2) to carve or decorate. You can usually take pics of the kids in the pumpkin patch too so it's a great opportunity for some photo's Some farmshops have mini cafes/drink stalls which are still open (despite covid restrictions) so you can grab a coffee and hot chocolate with the kids once the hard work is done.

The pumpkin patch


2. Pumpkin Carving/ Decorating - whether you carve them, paint them or stick stickers to them, Halloween wouldn't be halloween without a Pumpkin or Jack-O-Lantern. Take a look at my tutorial on painting pumpkins in pastels and adding vinyl stickers for inspiration

happy halloween pumpkin

3. Decorate your windows - Why not get the kids decorating your front windows with these halloween themed window decorations. They are made from reusable window cling with no adhesive so they are easy to remove, don't leave marks and you can use them again next year. My eldest loved putting these on and spent ages positioning them in our window. Alternatively why not cut your own shapes out of card and paper and tape them on.

Halloween window cling


4. A Halloween Activity pack - Another option is an Halloween Activity Pack like this one from my store - it includes some ideas to keep the kids occupied this Halloween with a Halloween Wreath, activity book, notebook, stickers, puzzles, stationery and bag of haribo.

5. Make some spooky treats - if you're handy in the kitchen, get the kids to help you make some halloween themed treats like these biscuits by crumbs & corkscrews. The kids can spend ages decorating them (especially if you buy some sweets to go on them too). If baking isn't your thing or you're short on time, you can normally buy biscuit decorating kits from the supermarkets this time of year - they have some great halloween ones (are local co-op had 3d pumpkins!), why not take a look?

6. Read a spooky halloween book

Here's a great idea and one you can do year on year. Why not take out your favourite spooky book, turn off the lights, grab a torch and read to the kids - the spookier the better. This is a great one for all ages, just choose a book thats appropriate. Here are some of my favourites (affiliate links - I may receive a small commission if you purchase through these):

7. Watch a (not too scary) film

We all have a favourite spooky film, Hocus Pocus, Casper, Ghostbusters, Corpse Bride, The Nightmare Before Christmas (just to name a few). Why not turn off the lights, light up your pumpkin/halloween decorations, grab the popcorn and settle down with the family to watch a (not too scary) movie.


8. Make a Halloween Mask

A great activity for an afternoon, here is a free printable provided by The Printables Fairy - so the kids can make and colour scary Masks

9. Halloween Photobooth -  A great idea by birds party, with a lot of halloween fancy dress parties cancelled this year due to Covid why not create a diy photobooth, grab some props (halloween themed or not), put on your halloween costume and strike your best post. Perfect for creating some fun photographic memories you can also pop them onto social media for all your (and their friends) to see.

10. My Halloween I-Spy Trail

If you are looking for a fun outdoor activity you can do with the kids, why not take a look at my free Halloween I-Spy trail. Go for a walk and see how many of these spooky items you can find whilst you are out and about. 

Halloween I spy trail


Hope you have a fab Halloween - don't forget to tag me (JolliepopCreations) on social media if you follow any of our suggestions

Published Monday, October 26, 2020