The spooky season is here, and there are so many ways to celebrate and learn. These Halloween games and activities include ideas for reading, writing, STEM, and more. Most will work for socially distant classroom or you can challenge kids to try them at home. Plus, check out our favorite Halloween books and videos.

1. Build STEM structures with toothpicks and pumpkin candy

Halloween Games Lemon Lime Adventures

STEM building challenges are always a hit with kids. Give this classic example a Halloween twist by using gummy pumpkins in place of marshmallows.

Learn more: Lemon Lime Adventures

2. Assemble a geometric bat

Halloween Games Math Four

Sesame Street’s The Count would definitely approve of this bat. It’s made up of ONE rectangle, TWO squares, SIX triangles…mwuah ha ha!

Learn more: Math Four

3. Do some Halloween-style creative writing

We didn’t come up with this hilarious writing prompt, but we do have fifteen more ideas plus free printable writing paper for you to use! Find them all here.

4. Practice sequencing with Room on the Broom

Sequencing is a key skill for kids to master, so use the beloved book Room on the Broom to work on the concept.

Learn more: Pencils to Pigtails

5. Read a Halloween book or two

If you’re looking for some not-so-spooky stories, try our roundup of pumpkin books. For kids who love to be scared, check out some of these terrifying tales instead.

6. Erupt a pumpkin-cano

Every kid loves the standard baking soda and lemon juice volcano, so add some Halloween flavor by doing the whole thing in a pumpkin!

Learn more: Little Bins for Little Hands

7. Carve up a pumpkin pi

Halloween Games Pumpkins

How amazing would these look in your classroom, or flickering away in the background of your Zoom screen? They’re easy to make, too, using our free printable templates.

8. Craft a climbing spider

Halloween Games San Diego Zoo

Teach your students how spiders use their sticky webs to catch their food. Then have them make their very own spiders that really climb!

Learn more: San Diego Zoo

9. Explode ghost bombs

Save and clean your hollowed out eggshells, then fill them with cornstarch to create exploding ghost sidewalk bombs! Experiment with dropping or throwing them from different angles and heights to see what sorts of patterns you can create.

Learn more: Growing a Jeweled Rose/Smoking Boo Bombs Halloween Activity

10. Make straw skeletons

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

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11. Roll and stack spiders

The best Halloween games involve simple supplies and simple setup. Stick a drinking straw into a ball of Play-Doh, then roll the dice and add that number of spider rings to your stack. The first to fill up their spider tower wins!

Learn more: Learning With Mrs. Langley

12. Create dotted pumpkins

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

Learn more: Art is Basic

13. Make a ghost dance

Nothing spooky here! Make this cute little tissue ghost dance with just a balloon and a little static electricity.

Learn more: Science Bob

14. Crawl like a spider, tiptoe like a cat

Need a movement break? Roll this free printable Halloween die, and let the fun begin!

Learn more: Pre-K Printable Fun

15. Experiment with Halloween candy

There’s always plenty of candy to go around on Halloween, so kids can definitely spare some of it for cool science experiments. Find Dancing Franken-worms and a dozen more fun candy experiments here.

16. Decorate pumpkins with string art

Halloween Games Hello Wonderful

Pumpkin carving is pretty messy in a classroom, so try this clever string art activity using thumbtacks instead.

Learn more: Hello, Wonderful

17. Use candy corn for math activities

Pick up a few bags of candy corn and grab our free printables, then engage your students in meaningful math activities from matching to multiplication.

18. Spin inverted pumpkin tops

Paint wooden inverted tops to look like pumpkins, then give kids a lesson in physics as they try to spin them so they land on their stems!

Learn more: Buggy and Buddy

19. Work on writing with hair gel baggies

Halloween Games Pocket of Preschool

Fill a zipper baggie with hair gel and a few drops of orange food coloring, then knead to mix. Add pumpkin seeds or googly eyes, then lay it flat for kids to practice tracing letters or numbers.

Learn more: Pocket of Preschool

20. Turn leaves into ghosts

Take a nature walk to gather leaves, then paint them to create spooky little ghosts. Add bats made of egg cartons for more seasonal holiday decor.

Learn more: Handimania

21. Stencil craft stick puzzles

Wood craft stick activities are inexpensive and lots of fun. Tape sticks together, then turn them over and stencil or draw a Halloween design on the front. Remove the tape and shuffle up the sticks, then reassemble your DIY puzzles.

Learn more: Active Littles

22. Explore story elements with pumpkins

Craft 3-D paper pumpkins, then use them to break down a story into elements like plot, theme, and characters.

Learn more: Runde’s Room

23. Construct bone bridges

Cotton swab “bones” turn a bridge-building STEM challenge into a Halloween treat! You’ll need wood craft sticks, pipe cleaners, and rubber bands too.

Learn more: Feel Good Teaching

24. Learn about mixtures and solutions

Students learn about mixtures and solutions in this STEM activity using homemade snack mix. They get practice counting and graphing too. 

Learn more:Third Grade Thinkers

25. Stack paper cup ghosts

This is bound to become one of your favorite Halloween games. Draw faces on disposable cups to turn them into ghosts. Then challenge kids to stack and unstack them quickly, build the highest tower, and more.

Learn more: Turner’s Tots

26. Comparison shop for candy

Learning how to add and subtract decimals is fun when candy is involved! Get the free printable task cards at the link, then use Halloween candy ads for a comparison shop of the best candy prices in town.

Learn more: Teaching with a Mountain View

27. Count with spiderweb 10 frames

10 frames are excellent learning tools for early math students. We love these free printable spiderwebs, which add a spooky seasonal twist to the learning.

Learn more: Fun Learning for Kids

28. Blow-paint silly little ghosts

Halloween Games 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. 

Learn more: Crafty Morning

29. Play Pumpkin Emotion Bingo

Pumpkin faces help kids learn about different emotions as they play special Halloween games of Bingo.

Learn more: The Kindergarten Connection

30. Engineer a robot hand

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. 

Learn more: Instructables

31. Seek and find Halloween images

Use this free printable when you need a quick Halloween activity for your little monsters. It gives them counting practice with a seasonal theme.

Learn more: And Next Comes L

32. Calculate and match with pumpkins

Label mini pumpkin bowls with numbers, and write equations on wood craft sticks. Kids do the sum and place the sticks into the correct pumpkin.

Learn more: Kids Activities Blog

33. Go bowling for ghosts

Stuff empty plastic bottles with cotton balls to turn them into ghost bowling pins, then have fun knocking them down. You can even turn this into a math activity by having kids tally or graph the number of pins they get on each turn.

Learn more: No Time For Flashcards

34. Explode ghost rockets

What kid wouldn’t love to see a ghost rocket flying through the air? This is a science demo that’s always fun to see in action.

Learn more: Growing a Jeweled Rose/Ghost Rockets Halloween Activity

35. Complete spider equations

How many different ways can kids come up with to make equivalent equations? They’ll need at least 8 for this silly spider craft.

Learn more: Mr. Elementary Math

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