Whether you’re hosting a Halloween Party or just need to keep your little monsters occupied while they wait for the big night, these three Halloween activities are sure to scare up some fun.
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Monster Making Halloween Activity
Halloween is all about monsters, but vampires, werewolves, and zombies are overrated. This year, let your kids create their own monsters. Before you let the mad scientists do their work, you’ll have to set up the lab.
First, you’ll need to cut the construction paper into interesting shapes. Start with large, simple shapes like circles, squares, and triangles. These will serve as the main body of your monsters. You’ll want at least one per child, but more choices mean more fun. Once you have enough monster bodies, place them in one of the cardboard boxes then set it aside.
Next, you’ll need to cut pieces in various shapes and sizes. These will end up as arms, legs, horns, teeth, or anything else your kids want to add to their monster. Just cut any shapes you want. Again, the more the better. Once you have enough monster pieces, put those into the other cardboard box.
Now to set up your mad scientists’ workstation. Place the two cardboard boxes in the center of the table. Pour the googly eyes into the plastic cup and place it near the boxes. Put the scissors away and place a piece of construction paper and a glue stick at each kid’s place at the table.
Give your kids some instructions on the art of monster making, then let them go for it. Imagination is key in this activity, so anything goes. By Halloween night, you’ll end up with a whole horde of crazy monsters.
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Spooky Slime Halloween Activity
If you don’t mind a mess, then mixing up a batch of slime can be an easy way to create fun for hours. Plus, there are so many ways to customize it for the Halloween season that your kids will be asking for slime from now until Christmas.
To make a basic batch of slime, you’ll need:
In the first bowl, mix one teaspoon of Borax with 1/3 cup of water. Set that aside, but stir occasionally. In the second bowl, pour the entire bottle of glue in then add 1 cup of water. When the borax is completely dissolved, pour the borax-water mix into the glue-water mix. Stir until all the water is absorbed and the mix becomes a slime. Store slime in an airtight container.
This basic recipe can be adjusted in order to create all sorts of Halloween-themed slime. If you want your slime to have some color, add a few drops of food coloring to the glue-water mix before adding in the borax-water mix. If you want to add plastic toys to the slime, add them after the slime is completely mixed. Here are a few examples of how you can customize your slime:
- Add plastic spiders to clear slime to create a nest of spider slime.
- Add green food coloring and googly eyes to make monster slime.
- Add orange food coloring and pumpkin seeds to make pumpkin guts.
Bake a spooky snack
These wafer treats inspired by The Pretty Life Girls Spooky Dipped Wafer Cookies are so simple to make with your toddler! Add everything to your shopping list, here, and you’re pretty much ready to go. I heat up the frosting in a glass bowl so all you have to do is dip the wafers into the icing, lay them on parchment paper to cool, and decorate to your heart’s content before they’re completely hardened. Your toddler will love dipping and sprinkling these spooky treats.
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Bonus Halloween Activity Idea: Haunted Hangman
If you’re looking for spooky fun without a scary mess, a few rounds of haunted hangman might be just the right activity.
- A dry erase board (or an easel pad)
- Dry erase markers (or regular markers)
- Paper cut into small pieces
- Small container (pumpkin bucket, witch’s cauldron, etc.)
If you have a dry erase board at home (or if you’re in a classroom), then using that will make setting up much simpler. If you don’t have a dry erase board, an easel pad has sheets of paper large enough to use for the hangman. Before you start playing, write down some words on the small pieces of paper. These can be Halloween-themed, like “ghost” or “skeleton”. If you have access to your child’s spelling or vocabulary lists, you can sneak in a few of those words, too. Place the pieces of paper into the container. Then play the game just like you would play regular hangman. When you start a round, let the child try to come up with a word on their own. If they have trouble, then allow them to pick a word from the container. This game can go on as long or as short as you want. If you’re waiting for friends to arrive before a Halloween party, distract your restless trick-or-treaters with a few rounds of Haunted Hangman.
Whether you’re throwing a party or you want to distract your trick-or-treaters while you snag a piece of chocolate, these three Halloween activities will entertain your kids long after they run out of Halloween candy.
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