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9 Simple Halloween Activities For Kids The Whole Family Will Love

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Inside: Celebrate the holiday season with these printable Halloween activities for kids that are the perfect bringing the family together for good old fashion fun! These are part of the ultimate printable activities for kids collection

When I was a kid, my parents didn’t believe in celebrating Halloween.

There was no picking out costumes from a giant wall plastered in photos, no 99 cent plastic Jack O’lantern buckets filled with candy and no school Halloween parties.

Weird, huh?

I thought so and everyone I tell seems to think the same thing.

But now that I’m grown and have my own children, I love Halloween.

I don’t love the goriness, the skimpy Halloween costumes for women or heaven forbid the sugar high that comes from letting my kids eat candy they never get the rest of the year, but there is one thing I do love:

Using the excitement of the holiday to build my relationship with my kids.

Because now I have one more holiday where we can, as a family, spend time together doing something special.

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Use Halloween As An Excuse To Connect With Your Kids

This year, I decided to create a printable Halloween activity pack that is kid friendly and allows me to strengthen my relationship with my boys.

How exactly will I achieve that?

By planning simple activities we can do together throughout October that are fun, easy and festive. These Halloween activities for kids are the perfect way to do that.

Just check out all the fun activities:

Halloween Activities For Kids

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After you download the printable pack, there are just a few items you’ll need before you’re ready to go.

Materials:

Halloween I Spy:

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Every kid I know loves I Spy games, so I created this Halloween themed I Spy to include in the pack. It’s great if you laminate them and then use dry erase markers, so they can be used over and over.

I find them especially useful to have on hand when we’re out to dinner or waiting at a doctors office.

Halloween Art For Kids:

halloween art for kids | easy printable frankenstein, witch, pumpkin

I’ve also included three different finish the drawing pages including one Frankenstein monster, one witch, and one Jack O’lantern. This activity is awesome for getting your kids to think creatively and it’s also a perfect example of how everyone thinks differently.

I love to do this as a family and then compare everyone’s drawings at the end.

Halloween Countdown Poster:

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To kick off the holiday season, there’s a printable Halloween countdown poster featuring jack o’lantern style balloons. You can choose from a print-at-home 8.5″x11″ size or a larger 12″x18″ poster.

Beginning on October first, allow your kids to take turns crossing off one balloon each day (starting at the 31 balloon) with a marker or by using some cute Halloween themed washi tape.

Pin The Hat On The Witch:

halloween games for kids | pin the hat on the witch game

This game is great for a family game night in October or for a fun activity for kids at the Halloween party. With this game, you have two print options, printing a 16″x20″ poster or a 20″x30″ poster. I like to use Costco because they almost always have the best prices on poster prints.

After you get the background printed, simply print the corresponding sized witches hats out at home on 8.5″x11″ cover paper. Stick the poster to the wall.

Print as many hats as there are players. Cut them out and put double sided sticky tape or glue dots on the back. Give one hat to each player.

Blindfold the player and give them a quick spin (if they’re old enough to visualize where the poster is), then let them attempt to put the hat on the witch. Record the player’s name next to their hat after each attempt.

The player who gets their hat closest to the actual witch’s hat outline wins.

Halloween Lunch Notes:

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I’ve talked before about how much I love putting random lunch notes in my kids’ lunches. I think it’s a fabulous way to let them know you’re thinking about them, even when you’re not around.

Halloween Spot The Difference:

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This printable activity is a great way to not only entertain the kids but also to sharpen their observation skills. Again, this activity can be laminated and used over and over for siblings.

Build-A-Face Jack O’Lanterns:

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Ahh, this activity is one of my favorites. Yes, it does involve some prep work before hand because you’ll need to cut out all the eyes, noses and mouths, but I assure you, it’s worth it.

You can just let your kids have fun building silly faces or you can give them an emotion and have them build a face that represents that emotion.

If you use this in a classroom setting or you want to reuse them, be sure to laminate the pieces then cut them out.

Halloween Don’t Eat Pete Game:

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This game is a classic. There’s no reading, no complex rules, and everyone gets to eat a delicious snack! What could be better, right?

To get the game ready, print out the game board, then use some sort of edible markers (m&ms, marshmallows, etc) to cover every spot on the board.

The object of the game is for the person who is “it” to avoid eating Pete so he can eat as much candy as possible. The person chosen to be “it” will leave the room. While he is gone, all the other players determine which space will be Pete.

Then, the “it” person returns, and starts, one at a time, eating the candy off of the spots. When he goes to eat the candy from Pete’s spot, all the other players yell, “Don’t Eat Pete” and that person’s turn ends.

Play as many times as you want. And believe me, your kids will want to take a turn more than once!

Jumbo Printable Halloween Coloring Page:

giant halloween coloring page | Cute printable witch, vampire, ghost, bat, frankenstein

Lastly, I’ve included one of our favorite family activities, a jumbo Halloween coloring page. There are two printing options available; one is 24″x36″ and one is 30″x42″.

All you need to do is bring or upload the file to your local print shop (OfficeMax, Staples, Kinkos, etc) and have it printed as an engineering print (these are really inexpensive; my local place charges $3.60 for 24″x36″ and $5.30 for 30″x42″).

Don’t Miss Out On Building Memories

These activities are just some of the ways I use Halloween as an excuse to strengthen our family bond.

I’d love to know some of your family’s Halloween activities, traditions or ideas. Let me hear about them in the comments below. 

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