As you’re planning for Halloween activities in your classroom, you’re sure to find a gazillion great ideas! Included in this post is a list of 30 favorite lesson plans, crafts, STEM activities, literacy activities, and more! You and your students are sure to have a terror-ific time!
30 Halloween Activities for the Classroom
Don’t waste any more time searching for Halloween activities. Below are the best ideas for those kiddies who are looking forward to candy and costumes on October 31st. These are the classroom plans for which your excited little monsters, ghouls, goblins, and witches will actually sit still!
Arts & Crafts
Grab the buckets of scissors, glue, crayons, and glitter! Your hands-on learners are going to love these cute Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities.
1.Entertain the children who love to draw with a simple-to-use Frankenstein directed drawing lesson.
2. Students who love patters and can grasp the elements of artistic design will love designing their own pumpkin.
3. Can you believe that with a few simple supplies – a couple of sheets of construction paper, some toilet paper rolls – your students’ creativity can result in a spooky Halloween paper scene?
4. Use glow-in-the-dark paint to create DIY window clings in the shape of jack-o-lanterns – or any other fun Halloween subject!
5. If you need a creative way to decorate pumpkins, without the use of sharp tools that are difficult for little hands: confetti pumpkins are the way to go.
Science & STEM
Don’t forget to include engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math activities in your Halloween planning! Here are some ideas to help you.
6. Have the spiders begun to leave webs around the school and grounds? Take the opportunity to teach your class all about spiders.
8. Build a skeleton and talk about basic body vocabulary such as the skull, ribs, and femur.
9. Learn about how baking soda and vinegar react with a fizzing eyeballs Science experiment.
10. What happens to candy pumpkins when places in various liquids? Have your students test it out.
11. Spooky shadow puppets are great for learning about how shadows change throughout the day.
Literacy, Writing, & Books
Want to pique your students’ interest in reading and writing this Halloween? Use topics that excite their imaginations.
12. Use a Halloween writing lesson to build important vocabulary and writing skills with a spooky subject – a haunted house.
13. Encourage reading and make it festive by letting the kids mark their pages with a fun Halloween-themed printable bookmark.
14. Here’s are fun pumpkin craftivities to do alongside reading the book Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy.
15. Bind students’ writing projects into a Halloween cereal box book that they decorate themselves.
16. Let children trace their letters and practice handwriting with these letter tracing ghosts.
1-2-3’s and counting, addition and subtraction, colors, shapes, and more fun can be found in these activities for primary students. And yes, they are all Halloween-themed!
17. Discuss basic shapes as children piece together their own individual monster on this decorative banner. Hang them for the whole class to enjoy!
18. Counting pumpkins is fun with painted rocks or other pumpkin counters – perhaps pumpkin candy!
19. If your students are learning to count to six, or can even begin simple addition up to 12, try these Halloween spin and cover games.
20. Make a counting book about spiders for the children to count, color, and create fingerprint spiders on a web.
21. Q-tips make the perfect “spooky bones” and you can teach about shapes with them!
22. Take the holiday’s favorite candy – candy corn – and teach number concepts and counting with it.
23. Add teeth to a jack-o-lantern in this easy addition game using candy corn.
Just for Fun
Who says everything has to be educational? Sometimes it’s fun to put away the books and standards and just take some time to enjoy a holiday. (These activities do, of course, have some educational value – but, shhh…. the kids don’t have to know that!).
24. Try an active game, a Franken-buddy craft, or a creative writing activity– each activity is perfect for a classroom Halloween party.
25. Your Halloween party will be a howl with these DIY activities – pumpkin bowling, digging for witches’ fingers, and a spider web toss!
26. Let kids create and use Halloween mummy cans to hold their school supplies in on their desks.
27. Go on a nature walk and find large rocks to paint like monsters, ghosts, zombies, or jack-o-lanterns.
28. Want to give your students a *healthy* Halloween treat on party day? Fruits and veggies are perfect when paired with a “Fruits/Veggies don’t scare me!” topper!
29. Harvest Hash makes a special snack time treat – there’s a little bit of everything in there from salty to sweet!
30. Treat the kids to a silly but boo-tiful door as they come in on Halloween!
Take a break from your regular routine and throw in a few of these 30 Halloween activities for the classroom! Your children who are counting down the days until they get to go trick-or-treating will be delightfully engaged in learning.