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40+ Halloween Activities for Kids

There’s way too much fun here not to share it. You’ll find crafts, things to cook/make/eat and learning games for the little ones.

I’m particularly fond of the Mummy Dogs– PERFECT for your Halloween or October birthday party! Scroll down the long list of ideas to about the middle for this one.

Little Family Fun: 40+ Halloween Activities for Kids

Pumpkin Tie Dye Shirt

You need to be a bit brave, but with proper forethought, doing tie dye at your Halloween or October birthday party is a great craft activity for the kids. They’ll remember it as long as they have the shirt they made.

Here are step by step instructions for this adorable pumpkin shirt: Mess For Less: Pumpkin Tie Dye Shirt You will have to let the dyed shirts dry and add in the pumpkin faces when dry before you give each child their shirt, but that just extends the memories of your great party!


Fancy Family Pumpkin Carving


PumpkinThis is just too far out and too much fun not pass along even tho’ it has nothing to do with kids birthday parties. But where there’s kids, there’s families and this makes for great Halloween Family Fun.

Would you believe 265 pumpkin carving patterns in 15 categories, and growing every day between now and Halloween! Yes, they’re in it to make some money so they aren’t free, but you can have all 265, or however many there ends up being, for $20 or the 2 you really want for $2. Get your 25 favorites for $5. Suits just about any budget.

Along with the printable pattern transfers to get the design on your pumpkin(s), there are full instructions for carving, preserving, lighting, even pumpkin photography- all on-line as well as printable to take with you.

Got a bunch of teens all ramped up about Halloween? Give them something constructive to do before it gets dark and host an afternoon, early evening pumpkin carving party. Display the creations on your front steps Halloween night and you’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.

Or, gather your extended family and a few select friends or neighbors for a cider and donut and pumpkin carving party Sunday afternoon, Oct. 30th. Everyone will have a great time. Just make sure you have enough carving tools to go around. Really- the best kids activities are those that involve everyone doing something fun together. And this will be remembered by all involved.


Painted Pumpkins

PumpkinThere’s no better party craft during October than having the kids paint their own pumpkins to take home. It’s a two-fer: a craft for them to do at the party and a great take home party favor that they’ll actually display and remember.

No dangerous knives and sloppy scooping out here– they’ll paint the faces on just like you see them selling at the market for a premium price. By one plain, unpainted pumpkin for each party goers, as big as your budget allows. Or, ask on your invitations that each child bring their own pumpkin. Be sure to request on your invite that each guest bring a smock or old t-shirt that can get yucky.

Use a pumpkin graphic such as you see here for your invitation– see yesterday’s post on superimposing your invitation wording on the graphic using just Word.

Have your craft table set up with your paints and brushes and paper towels and well covered for protection (or do it all outside in the nice autumn weather and the mess won’t be such a worry). Acrylic paints work best- here’s a great article describing everything you need for pumpkin painting. They do recommend cleaning the pumpkins ahead of time but I’m not sure you’ll want to seal them all and cover up all that lovely orange that makes them pumpkins in the first place.

Search for ‘pumpkin painting ideas’ and print out some pictures that might work as inspiration for your age kids to give them ideas for decorating their pumpkins. Provide some shaped stencils for mouths and eyes geared to your size pumpkins for those needing a little artistic assistance.

Clearly, the drink of the day would be cold or warm apple cider, perhaps accompanied by Dunkin’s pumpkin donuts.

Pumpkin painting makes a good autumn craft activity for kids old enough to handle the paints– age 9 and 10 is probably best but if your party group is artsy, perhaps younger.