It’s time to plan for Halloween Kids Fun! While we have tons of ideas for getting out and having fun in the Twin Cities on Halloween, staying home can also offer families’ fun festivities. FFTC has created a simple formula for you to make your Halloween at home the most fun your family has ever had in October.
Whether you are staying a home for a simple family event or hosting friends before or after trick-or-treating, we’ve collected ideas for all ages. Our advice–if you are unsure what your child can handle –is to lean into the innocent side of childhood instead of the slightly more mature side of childhood.
A Simple Formula for Fun Halloween Activities
To make Halloween a super fun experience for the kids and to keep it simple for the grown-ups, here’s the simple formula for every grown-up to use.
- Choose two or three categories
- Choose one item from each of those category.
- Put a costume on everyone (including the grown-ups).
- Do Halloween activity one.
- Eat some candy. (I guess I’m assuming you will have some candy around. If you don’t, this is easy enough to skip.)
- Do kids activity two.
- Eat some supper. (Make it easy and super fun like frozen pizza, or again skip it if the timing is wrong)
- (Optional) Do activity three
Halloween Kids Fun Categories
My kids’ parties always start with a story. And there is something especially fun about reading a story in costume. So even if reading stories is something your family regularly does, this category is still magical. It’s easy and everyone enjoys a good story. Here are our suggestions:
Spooky or Fun Movies
Movies can be as interactive as you want them to be. They are a great way to set the flavor of the party playing in the background or as the main activity and focal point. Again anything done in costume is more fun.
We have collected a bunch on the list below. Use it as a resource or purchase the one you want right there!
Easy Halloween Treats
Food can make or break your celebration. And you can make it as elaborate or as simple as you want to. You can even support some local shops for festive treats.
- Nadia Cakes: Special Fall Flavors
- Lynn’s Cake and Candy Supplies is our go-to place for stocking up on fun baking supplies — food color, buttercream frosting, toppers and seasonal items of all types.
- CandyLand Candy Store is great for finding unique Halloween candy to mix in with your treats or top your cupcakes.
Halloween Recipes: Make at Home Treats
- Monster Cookies with Eyes (we are totally doing this)
- Ghosts (bananas) and Pumpkins (cuties)
- Crawling Spiders
- Pumpkin Bars (our favorite fall standby). Here is a pumpkin bar recipe from Open Arms Minnesota.
- Halloween Candy Bark
- Candy Corn Treats. Sweet River Candy Company in Anoka has several ideas for candy corn recipes
- Haunted Gingerbread Houses. Christmas is right around the corner. Mix two favorite holiday traditions by making haunted house creations out of Gingerbread. You could even enter your creations into the Norway House’s Gingerbread Wonderland (and find your recipe and directions here too).
Joy has more ideas that would work for a party here: 40+ Ideas for School Halloween Treats
Halloween Kids Fun and Games
Let’s face it. Halloween is all about the candy. But there are some other festive activities we can include that isn’t simply eating lots of candy. Here’s a list of ideas.
You can dance, sing songs, tell stories, or simply roast hotdogs or marshmallows. Best for grade school and up if you are hosting a party, but preschoolers and toddlers do okay with parent supervision.
Why not make it an activity for the actual day of festivities. You can carve jack-o-lanterns with bigger kids, paint a pumpkin with preschoolers or just glue on googly eyes with tots.
Check out how to do it here at Halloween Party Idea #14.
Candy Hunt – A Halloween Scavenger Hunt:
Think Easter Egg Hunt but in the fall. You can even use our ideas for where to hide Easter eggs when hiding your candy.
Monster Mash Dance Party:
You can never go wrong with a fantastic dance party for your little monsters. Here are some songs to include.
A Harvest Moon Walk:
This year the moon will only be waxing towards a half-moon on Halloween, but October moons are always beautiful, no matter where they are in their cycle. Younger kids will like this activity best, but bigger kids may enjoy it more if you tell scary stories while you walk.
Make A Mummy from an Apple
Add a little STEM lesson into your fun and learn the science of mummification with an apple, baking soda and salt. Find the full lesson plan here.
Oozing Monster Heads – Halloween Slime
Gather some 8 oz water bottles, glue, Borax detergent, baking soda and vinegar for this oozy, slimy experiment from Liz Heinecke, the Kitchen Pantry Scientist that would make any party a hit.
Halloween Party Games
For hours of fun, Minnesota Miranda offers free printables of Halloween games and puzzles that you can pull out when you need to take things down a notch.
Watch a video to learn how to make your own skeleton x-ray sketch with black construction paper and white chalk from the Bell Museum of Natural History Spooky Science.
Craft Kits & DIY Ideas
ArtStart Halloween Kits
Have a Spooktacular Halloween with ArtStart Halloween Creativity Kits! Get 3 Halloween Creativity Kits in one and you’ll have everything you need to make Halloween decorations togher this year!
Heartfelt’s Autumn Crafts
Heartfelt’s fall craft menu always include several fun Halloween crafts – spiders, pumpkins, witches and ghosts. Find this year’s craft menu here.
Paper Roll Frankenstein
Steph from Non-Toy Gifts shows us how to make a Frankenstein from a toilet paper roll, black construction paper and a cupcake liner.
Upcycled Pumpkin Crafts
We have some fun ideas for upcycled pumpkin crafts from items you might be able to find around the house – Tin Cans and Books. 25 Easy Arts & Crafts for Kids Throughout the Year – October.
- Click here for Halloween Costumes
- Click here for FFTC’s Halloween Guide
- Click here for Halloween for Tweens and Teens
Disclosure: We are an affiliate of Bookshop.org, Fun.com, Green Kids Crafts & Amazon.com and FFTC will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. But at no extra cost to you. Bookshop.org gives a percentage of its proceeds to independent book stores, and you can choose the bookshop of your choice to receive this percentage. An an Amazon affiliate, Family Fun Twin Cities earns on qualified purchases.