One of my favorite things about working in a school is the different parties and celebrations throughout the year! Halloween is by far my favorite holiday, so I can easily go overboard thinking of fun things to do for a party. Below are some ideas I thought would work especially well in a classroom, but they could really work for any Halloween party.
These are all fairly simple to put together, and can be pulled off on a small budget. If you have more than one adult in the room, it might work best to set a few of them up center-style so they don’t get overcrowded (AKA chaotic!)
- Costume contest!
Most of the kids are probably wearing their costumes to school anyway. Incorporate small prizes or treats and come up with a bunch of categories to include everyone (ex: most creative, spookiest, funniest, most colorful, etc!)
- Ring toss!
Use a witch hat or a pumpkin with a long stem and glow in the dark necklaces for the rings. Try it with the lights off!
- Guessing game!
Fill a jar full of candy corn or pom-poms and have the kid’s guess how many are in the jar. Closest guess wins a prize!
- Boo Bowling!
Draw spooky ghost faces on clear or white plastic cups. Stack them up into a pyramid and have the kids use a tennis ball (or any small ball) to knock them down.
- Witch’s Potion!
Everyone participate in making a witch’s potion. Have available a selection of ingredients, such as water, different juices, sodas, chocolate syrup and a few odd ingredients like lemon juice, different condiments, soy sauce and anything else weird. (Watch out for any allergies in the class though!)
Each child gets to choose one ingredient to add, either weird or ordinary. Every child has to taste the brew at the end though, so remind them of that when choosing their ingredients!
An adult should add the ingredients so the brew doesn’t get too crazy! I would also start with a base of water to keep the sugar content down.
- Touch and Guess!
Blindfold each child and have them touch a selection of food items. You can either have them guess what “creepy” thing they think it feels like or guess what the item actually is. Make sure to keep the items hidden until blindfolds are on so they don’t know what’s coming! Use edible items and let the kids smell and taste if they can’t figure it out by touching.
Here are some ideas to use:
- Pumpkin: Guts
- Grapes: Eyeballs
- Cooked Spaghetti: Brains
- Yogurt: Slime
- Jello: Guts
- Broken Potato chips: Fingernails
- Gummy worms: Earth worms
- Sun Flower Seeds: Witch’s Teeth
- Raisins: Boogers
- Pretzel Sticks: Bones
- Thin Cheese Slices: Pieces of skin
- Crushed Oreos or Graham Crackers: Dirt