Entertain your little monsters this Halloween

October 19, 2015 Published by

Halloween is creeeeping up on us, and if your child loves getting into the spooky spirit, this is a great theme to use for arts and crafts, baking, and even experimenting. Here are some hauntingly brilliant play ideas for you to try at home, whether you’re throwing a party or just looking for some activities to entertain your little monsters.


Halloween play ideas

1. Grab a pair of scissors and some coloured paper, and get creative with monster making! You could even use a cardboard box for the body/head, and cut out the features to make a 3D monster.

2. Mix up some green and orange jelly inside a plastic cauldron, and hide some spooky objects in it (you can get plastic spiders from lots of shops around Halloween) as well as some sweets. Then get your child to try and find the sweets! This is a great sensory activity (do not use with children aged 3 or younger due to the choking hazard)

3. Create some cool Halloween-themed paper lanterns 

4. Decorate your house with a haunted forest 

5. Don’t want the mess of a real pumpkin? Try making these felt pumpkin faces instead! 

6. This glow in the dark slime looks amazing and gives children a strange new sensory experience (again, do not try this with children aged 3 or younger as it is not edible!)

7. This is a really simple craft to make glowing ghosts for decorations or to guide trick-or-treaters up the driveway!

8. If you’re keen to use your child’s Halloween enthusiasm to encourage their cooking skills, have a look at these simple pumpkin recipes for children.

Halloween apps for children:

Here are some of our favourite Halloween themed apps, tested and approved by the Good App Guide:

Toca Boo (ages 3-5)

This app is great fun and ideal for Halloween. Children will love guiding Bonnie through her house, spooking anyone she finds. Don’t be surprised if your child starts jumping out at you at every chance he/she gets!


Duckie Deck Monsters (ages 2-3)

Not all monsters are mean! This lovely app lets children play with monsters and learn that the shadows at night aren’t as scary as they think, helping children face their fear of the dark.


Harry and the Haunted House (ages 3-7)

Encourage your child’s reading with this interactive story book. Words are highlighted and read aloud to help teach word recognition, and there are also lot of fun things to find on every page.


Halloween Kids Puzzles (ages 2-8)

A collection of spooky Halloween themed puzzles to help children develop their logical thinking skills. You can change the number of pieces to suit different levels of ability, and make it more challenging!




We hope that you and your family enjoy Halloween! If you’ve tried any of these Halloween play ideas, please let us know what you think of them on our Facebook or Twitter.

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