While dressing up and trick-or-treating may be the focal point of the holiday, there are plenty more ways to celebrate (and even learn something). Below I’ve collected some Halloween music and movement, art, healthy treat ideas and more for you. I hope you enjoy!
Halloween Music and Movement
Pumpkin Chant. This is a popular chant at my daycare. The kids love rolling around on the ground like a jack-o-lantern!
5 Little Jack-0-Lanterns. I like to use 5 mini-pumpkins as a visual aid for this chant. Or you could draw faces on 5 oranges!
The Monster Mash. A classic Halloween tune to boogie to. The sounds at the beginning might be scary for some kids. If so, just start start the song at 40 seconds. Try creating your own Halloween dance to this song, or just dancing freely!
Paper Plate Masks. Cut eye holes in a paper plate and invite your kids to decorate them. Use paint, yarn, pens – whatever you can think of!
Pumpkin decorating. Use glitter, glue and paint to decorate pumpkins instead of carving them. This is a great activity for younger children who aren’t able to carve pumpkins themselves yet.
Make a Bat Cave. Turn your hallway or bathroom into a bat cave! Simply print out these bats to use as a pattern. Cut one out and trace it onto paper. Cut out as many bats as you like – the more you make the more impressive your bat cave will be! Invite your kids to decorate the bats with paint, pens or glitter. Finally, hang them on the ceiling using black thread and tape.
Halloween Books for Preschoolers and Toddlers
Pumpkin Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington (affiliate link). Watch Jamie grow a pumpkin from seed all the way to Jack-o-Lantern.
Pumpkins: A Story for a Field by Mary Lyn Ray (affiliate link). This beautiful story follows a man doing everything he can to save a field from being developed. Using all his resources, he manages to succeed by growing and selling pumpkins around the world.
Healthy Halloween Treats
Pumpkin Clementines from Space Ships and Laser Beams. Make cute “pumpkins” from clementine oranges and celery. This site has some other great healthy but spooky treat ideas too!
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Kids Activity Blog. These have long been a favorite of mine. Why throw away all those jack-o-lantern seeds when you can enjoy them? Try them with a little garlic powder for extra flavor.
More Halloween Activities
Halloween Oobleck. Make a batch of this gooey substance and add plastic spiders or other creepy crawlies. A few drops of green food coloring would make it extra icky!
Dress up. Encourage dramatic play by providing dress ups of all kinds before and after Halloween.
Smashing Pumpkins from My Nearest and Dearest. Need to dispose of your Halloween pumpkins? Get out the goggles and a hammer!
Sensory Gloves from Carrots are Orange. Fill plastic gloves with popcorn kernels, cornstarch, rice – you name it! This sensory activity is perfect for Halloween.
Play with Halloween decorations. Help curb fears by offering your toddlers and preschoolers safe Halloween decorations to explore.
Remember that children will need time to process all that went on during Halloween time after the holiday is over. Save a few activities for the week after Halloween and keep the dress ups and decorations available for a while.