31 Fun and Educational Halloween Games for the Classroom

Mix fun and learning this Halloween season.

Best Halloween Classroom Games

Delight your little ghouls and goblins with these spook-tacular Halloween games, crafts, and activities for the classroom. Your students will be so distracted with their wickedly wild fun that they won’t even realize that they’re also learning.

1. Make ghost bombs.

Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose

Do a little spooky science with these exploding ghost bombs. The main ingredients are hollowed-out eggs (make sure you rinse them well with antibacterial soap and hot water) and cornstarch. Click above for a full tutorial. 

2. Try candy corn math.

We’ve got some fun printables to get you started.

3. Experiment with Halloween candy.

We love these easy ideas that will challenge students to think like scientists!

4. Read a spooky story.

Our free Halloween early readers are super cute and perfect for grades K–2.

5. Make monster slime.

Source: Little Bins for Little Hands

Most kids love getting their hands on anything that oozes. Add eyeballs into the mix, and it’s a recipe for thrills and chills.

6. Carve reading- and math-themed pumpkins.

Click here to get your free templates!

7. Make straw skeletons.

Source: Education.com

Insert a little biology lesson about the skeletal system when you work on these bone-chilling skeletons for Halloween.

8. Make Play-doh monsters.

Source: A Dab of Glue Will Do

Blobs of Play-doh, sections of pipe cleaners, pony beads, googly eyes, and little kids’ big imaginations—that’s the recipe for this fun activity. 

9. Do some Halloween writing.

Our free writing paper is spook-tacular! 

10. Play Witch Pitch .

Source: Oopsey Daisy Blog

Test students’ candy-tossing abilities with a themed game but encourage them not to eat all the candy corn before they start playing!

11. Make ghost rockets.

Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose

What kid wouldn’t love to see a ghost rocket flying through the air? This project is definitely meant for the outdoors, though.

12. Create Halloween shadow puppets.

Source: First Palette

Tie this shadow puppet activity with a Halloween-themed story (or have the kids write their own!).

13. Make a goblin guts sensory bag.

Source: Growing a Jeweled Rose

This disgustingly delightful sensory bag gives kids a feel of icky goo, without the mess. 

14. Make spinning pumpkin tops.

Source: Buggy and Buddy

First paint then play with these adorable little pumpkin spinning tops that “break dance” while teaching a lesson in physics.

15. Make a pumpkin volcano.

Source: Little Bins for Little Hands

Pumpkins are just waiting to be made into a science experiment, aren’t they? These pumpkin-canos will cause kids to erupt with sheer excitement.

16. Make egg carton bats and leaf ghosts.

Source: Handimania

These cute little Halloween creatures are fun to make and hang around your classroom to celebrate the season.

17. Write pumpkin patch stories.

Source: Runde’s Room

This teacher waved her magic wand and turned plain old pumpkins into a beautiful lesson in story elements.

18. Make geometric bats.

Source: Math Four

Teach a lesson in shapes and geometry while making this friendly bat.

19. Make—and graph—a seasonal treat.

Source: Third Grade Thinkers

Students learn about mixtures and solutions in this experiment. And as a bonus they get to eat the treats afterward!

20. Calculate candy costs.

Source: Teaching with a Mountain View

Learning how to add and subtract decimals is fun when candy is involved! Bring in some Halloween candy ads for a comparison shop of the best candy prices in town.

21. Experiment with Jell-O brains.

Source: Schooling a Monkey

Gross out your students with this mound of Jell-O that closely resembles brains. Incorporate a science lesson and dare them to try a bite afterward.

22. Draw spooky spiderwebs.

Source: Pink and Green Mama

This tried-and-true art technique uses colored chalk and school glue to make some pretty awesomely creepy spiders.

23. Make a ghost dance.

Source: Science Bob

Isn’t science fun? Make this cute little tissue ghost dance with just a balloon and a little static electricity.

24. Make glittery spider webs.

Source: Woojr

If the words glitter and glue in the same sentence put you in a mild panic, this project is probably not for you. But if you give it a try, you’ll love the results.

25. Make spider headbands

 Source: Fantastic Fun and Learning

Imagine a parade of the cute little kindie-spiders in your school walking down the hall! They’ll love them and so will their parents.

26. Try some Franken-fun.

Source: A Turtle’s Life for Me

We love this collection of learning and fun ideas based on everyone’s favorite monster, Frankenstein.

27. Make cinnamon leaf ornaments.

Source: The Imagination Tree

Add a little spice to your salt dough recipe to make these sweet-scented ornaments to adorn your classroom.

28. Use straws to create ghosts.

Source: Crafty Morning

Pucker up and blow some strange and eerie ghosts, using straws and white paint. Add googly eyes and a mouth with a black marker to give them each their own personality. 

29. Create dotted pumpkins.

Source: Art is Basic

Teach your students about the work of artist Yayoi Kusama and let them create beautiful dotted pumpkins of their own. 

30. Create a climbing spider.


Source: San Diego Zoo

Teach your students how spiders use their sticky webs to catch their food. Then let them make their own climbing spider, using the free template found at the link above. 

31. Make a robot hand.

Source: Instructables

Nothing says Halloween like a skeleton. Teach your students how our joints, muscles and tendons work together to move our hands using just construction paper, plastic straws, string, and tape. 

What are your favorite Halloween classroom games and activities? Come and share in our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE group on Facebook.

Plus, our favorite Halloween books and teacher costumes.

31 Fun and Educational Halloween Games for the Classroom

Posted by Crystal Rennicke

Crystal Rennicke is a writer, Sunday School teacher and mom of two. Since most of her family members are teachers, she has an appreciation and admiration for all teachers in her life.

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