6 Halloween Kids’ Games Ideas for Your Class Party

Easy Halloween Party Games Ideas for Kids

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!)

  1. Costume contest!

Fun Kids Games for Classroom Halloween Party

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!)

  1. Ring toss!

Halloween 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!

  1. Guessing game!

Candy corn 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!

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Touch and Guess!

Halloween Party Games for Kids

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


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Constellation Map Art for Kids – Goes with Mystery Science “Spaceship Earth” Unit

Constellation Star Maps - Kids Astronomy Science Activity

In the class that I work in, we use and love Mystery Science. If you have not heard of it, check it out! It’s super engaging and the kids love it so much more than learning from a textbook. I believe you can still get one free year of membership.

Each lesson (mystery) is set up with an “exploration” – usually a combination of video, pictures, and discussion questions. Followed by that is an activity – a fun, hands-on small project that the kids complete individually or in groups. Some activities require supplies that need to be purchased ahead of time, but usually they are inexpensive household items.

Following the activity, there is always a list of extras, including an assessment – usually 3-5 questions that check for understanding.

Here is what the beginning of each lesson looks like:

Mystery Science Spaceship Earth Unit

As amazing as Mystery Science is though, there aren’t enough mysteries to get through the whole year. We try stretch the lessons out by sprinkling in a few fun projects or activities to go with each unit. (And I always try to create a related reading list on Epic!)

We’re currently working through the “Spaceship Earth” unit of 5th grade science. It’s all about astronomy – the sun, stars, constellations, seasons, etc.

For a quick activity in between mysteries, the kids made these cute constellation maps to hang on the wall.

Constellation Star Map Art Project

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We put a list of constellations on the board and each student chose one to work with. I put my sample up on the board then turned them loose with half a sheet of black card stock, some gold star stickers, a white colored pencil, and a ruler.

They looked up their constellations on their computers, drew out the shape of it with their ruler and white pencil, then stuck the star stickers on. The constellation names were written on the front with the white pencil.

A simple, fun activity for any kid old enough to handle a ruler!

Does anybody else use Mystery Science? What kinds of activities do you use to go along with it?


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Back to School! Fun Activities for the First Week of School

Back to School! Fun Activities for the First Week of School

Back to school time is quickly approaching, and I’ve been searching Pinterest for some fun things to do during the first week of school. The first few days are always a little weird until we get into the routine of a regular schedule. These are some of my favorite activities that I’ve found so far and plan to try when school starts. Some we used last year and will be doing again, some are new ones to try.

Back to School Emoji Activities (Emoji Back to School Activities)

Back to School Emoji Activity – Last year’s class really enjoyed these decoding sheets, and of course emoji-themed things are always a big hit! This would make a nice, quick activity for getting settled first thing in the morning.

Back To School Craft for Kids

Back to School Class Puzzle Mural – I have been wanting to try a class puzzle, and the first week of school would be a great time to do it. The kids would really have time to get creative and it gets some art work on the wall right away.

Back to School ~ FREE ~ Getting to Know You ~ Ice Breaker ~ First Day BINGO

Find a Friend Bingo – Back to School Ice Breaker – I love these! We did something similar last year and every single person participated and interacted with students they had never met.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s in Your Circles – Getting to Know You Game – We actually used this one a couple of times throughout the year last year, and the kids really enjoyed it. Those who don’t spell so well yet just drew a picture in the center. A bonus is it gets everybody out of their seats and moving around for a couple of minutes.

Morning Work for the First Weeks of School - activities/worksheets (10 days)

Morning Work for the First Weeks of School – Interest Inventory – I used something like this last year, and it’s a great way to learn some helpful things about each kid right away. They could even share some of their answers with the class and find people who have things in common.

Tinfoil and Pipe Cleaner Challenge that your kids will love!

Pipe Cleaner Challenge – I love this idea, and I think a lot of our kids who love to build would really come up with some cool stuff. This would probably be fun to do at any time during the year, and maybe switch out the materials each time and see what happens!

This DIY back-to-school time capsule is a fun way to preserve first day of school memories. Fun back-to-school activities for kids.

Back to School Time Capsule – I actually tried to do something like this last year, but I could not remember where I put the papers by the end of the year! Putting them in a cute jar and setting it somewhere obvious seems like a much better plan.

 

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