31 Cute Halloween Decorations and Activities for Teachers on a Budget

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31 Cute Halloween Decorations and Activities for Teachers on a Budget

No need to rely on tricks to treat yourself and your students to spooky fun. In fact, it’s frightfully easy to find cute activities, games, and classroom decor for Halloween without breaking the bank!

Although we love a good DIY project (and have a bunch of great Halloween ideas to try!), it’s also nice to pick up some easy, ready-made options. With that in mind, we rounded up tons of incredible Halloween party decorations and games that all cost less than $20. We even found some amazing choices for under $5! The best part? Kids will have too much fun to realize they’re learning and honing essential skills with each one.

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1. Halloween Countdown Calendar

Halloween countdown calendar with ghosts and bats, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

This adorable classroom decor for Halloween helps kiddos keep track of how many days are left between now and their candy hauls. The bat is attached to this adorable felt calendar with ribbon and hangs out in each day’s pocket until it’s time to move him. Then mark off the previous date with a ghost.

Price: Under $20


Buy it: OurWarm Halloween Advent Calendar 2021 at Amazon

2. Pumpkin Dartboard

Pumpkin dartboard with soft balls instead of darts, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

Don’t worry, this “dartboard” uses soft bean bags rather than any pointy objects. Students can take turns tossing them at the jack-o’-lantern design as a playful way to work on math skills while they rack up points!

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Pumpkin Dartboard at Oriental Trading

3. Halloween Even and Odd Math Worksheet

Halloween even and odd math worksheets

How delightful are these Halloween Even and Odd math designs? You can print them off to display in your classroom or as individual sheets. Either way, kids will enjoy learning with them!

Price: Under $5

Buy it: Halloween Even and Odd Math Worksheet at Etsy

4. Halloween Classroom Wall Art

Halloween wall art with pun-inspired phrases, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

Looking for some new classroom decor to put on display for Halloween? This artwork with punny phrases is a perfect way to make everyone smile.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Wall Art at Etsy

5. Spider Web Halloween Game

Colorful spider web with sticky spiders to toss onto it

We can always count on Target to have Halloween decorations that are fun and budget-friendly! The sticky spiders will be a big hit with students while they fling them at the target. Bonus: It looks cute on your wall in between rounds.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Web Splat Game with 4 Spiders at Target

6. Halloween Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Felt pumpkin with tic tac toe game using ghosts and bats, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

Bats and ghosts take the place of traditional X’s and O’s with this lovely spin on the old-school game. It comes with 12 game pieces (six each), and the soft felt material is easy to fold up and store between playtimes.

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Ankishi Felt Tic-Tac-Toe Game Set at Walmart

7. Halloween Floor Toss Game

Floor toss game with silly faces, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

The goofy faces on this large game will definitely give kids the giggles as they play. The vinyl fabric is easy to clean and super durable against grabby hands or little feet inevitably trampling across it.

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Halloween Floor Toss Game at Oriental Trading

8. Peanuts Halloween Decorations

Peanuts themed bean bag toss game, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

The Great Pumpkin might be a no-show again this year, but you can still have a blast with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang. Psst: Take a look at our favorite fall bulletin boards and door ideas for some matching classroom decor for Halloween!

Price: Under $20

Buy it: Peanuts Halloween Bean Bag Toss Game at Oriental Trading

9. Halloween Bingo Game

Dry erase boards with Halloween bingo game design

Teach your kids that the thrill of yelling “Bingo!” can be even sweeter than their Halloween night sugar rush. This reusable dry-erase version also makes it easier to play without having to worry about tiny pieces getting jumbled around or printing off a ton of paper copies.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Ghoul Gang Dry-Erase Halloween Bingo Game at Oriental Trading

10. Halloween Dice Game

Halloween dice game with funny activities written on it, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

A quick roll of these soft foam dice will get creativity flowing with prompts to dance like a ghost, sing like a spider, howl like a werewolf, and countless other silly combos. Aside from acting things out, students can use them for fun writing prompts. Plus when you’re not playing with them, they make super-cute Halloween decor you can display around the classroom.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Dice Game at Target

11. Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin

Pin the nose on the pumpkin game with smiling pumpkin, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

Younger kiddos will get a kick out of this pumpkin’s silly face while they attempt to get its nose in place. The paper is a bit thin, though, so it’s a good idea to run the pieces through a laminator before playing. (Check out our list of the best laminators for teachers!)

Price: Under $5

Buy it: Silly Pin the Nose on the Pumpkin Halloween Party Game at Oriental Trading

12. Halloween Spider Ring-Toss Game

Inflatable spider with rings to toss on legs, as an example of classroom decor for Halloween

Inflatable Halloween decorations like this little guy will look great hanging around the classroom even when he’s not getting rings tossed at his legs.

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Spider Ring-Toss Game at Amazon

13. Halloween Maze Puzzles

Mini mazes with Halloween pumpkin, candy corn, and "trick or treat"

Nothing teaches the importance of patience and focus quite like these little puzzles. There’s also a valuable lesson in bouncing back from frustrations when the tiny ball doesn’t do exactly what they wanted!

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Trick-or-Treat Maze Puzzles at Oriental Trading

14. Halloween Matching Pairs Game

Halloween match game pieces

It will be hard to forget the adorably ghoulish characters behind each of these 28 matching pairs while boosting memory skills! The 3.5-inch pieces are perfect for letting little hands flip around without falling into sneaky classroom crevices and getting lost.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Ghoul Gang Matching Game at Oriental Trading

15. Halloween Stacking Game

Orange stacking Jenga game with pumpkin shaped topper

You can leave these stacked up as Halloween decorations when they’re not being used to hone hand-eye coordination and dexterity. They can also be a colorful year-round activity with the pumpkin toppers stored away after the spooky season ends.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Stacking Game at Target

16. Halloween Spoon Game

Long spoons with plastic eyeballs

These bugged-out eyeballs are pretty easy to keep balanced in the deep pockets of the long spoons, making it great even for younger kids. You can make it more of a challenge for your older students with a tricky obstacle course.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Spoon Game at Oriental Trading

17. Halloween Witch Hat Ring-Toss Game

Witches hats stacked together with rings to toss

This game is another clever way to get more bang out of just a few bucks. Leaving the hats out on their own will add to your classroom’s bewitching decor when they aren’t getting rings flung over them for points!

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Ring-Toss Game at Target

18. Pumpkin Pop It Fidget Toys

Pumpkin shaped pop it fidget toys

Step 1: Check out a few of our favorite ways to use these popular fidget toys. Step 2: Add a few adorable pumpkin options to your classroom collection to help everyone embrace the Halloween spirit while they learn!

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Halloween Pumpkin Pop It Fidget Toys at Amazon

19. Halloween Mini Puzzles

Halloween mini puzzles with werewolf, mummy, and Frankenstein designs

You can never have too many puzzles, especially when they have such delightful Halloween designs like these! They’re sold in sets of 12 with 24 pieces in each puzzle, so you can stock up on plenty to pass around.

Price: Under $10

Buy it: Halloween Mini Puzzles at Oriental Trading

20. Jack-o’-Lantern Bean Bag Toss Game

Jack-o-lantern shaped bean bag toss game

It’s hard to decide which is cuter, the pumpkin or the little candy corn bean bags that come with it. The cutouts add an extra challenge for older kids, while the sturdy design and net backing make it easy to hang on to for repeat uses over the years.

Price: Under $20

Buy it: Jack-o’-Lantern Bean Bag Toss Game at Oriental Trading

21. Mummy Bowling Game

Mummy-shaped bowling game

Spare yourself from wasting tons of TP on homemade versions of this popular game with a budget-friendly option, which, again, makes for quaint Halloween decor while sitting on a shelf in your classroom in between strikes.

Price: Under $15

Buy it: Mummy Bowling Game at Target

22. Halloween String Lights

Halloween string lights

Create a spooky atmosphere with this super-cool set of Halloween string lights, which includes a timer function. They also turn off automatically after six hours, which is great in case you accidentally leave them on!

Buy it: Halloween String Lights at Amazon

23. Halloween Party Favors

Halloween party favors

This 168-piece Halloween party favor set is a super value! The pack, which features fun Halloween designs, comes with 24 of each: pencils, erasers, rulers, Halloween notepads, pre-inked stampers, goody bags, and decorative stickers.

Buy it: Halloween Party Favors at Amazon

24. Halloween Cutouts

Classroom decor for Halloween cutouts

Does your classroom decor for Halloween include a bulletin board? If so, you might want to check out this set that includes 68 adorable cutouts that your students will love!

Buy it: Halloween Cutouts at Amazon

25. Inflatable Zombie Happy Halloween Drink Cooler

Inflatable zombie drink cooler

This spooky inflatable cooler might be a bit intense for lower grade levels, but it’s a fun choice for a Halloween classroom party with older kids. It’s made of thick and durable, high-quality PVC, so it’s built to last.

Buy it: Inflatable Zombie Happy Halloween Drink Cooler at Amazon

26. Halloween Banner

Halloween banner for classroom

Love banners but hate having to string them? These cute, decorative Halloween banners are pre-strung so you won’t have to fumble around with them. Just hang and enjoy!

Buy it: Halloween Banner at Amazon

27. Pumpkin Photo Backdrop

Halloween backdrop with pumpkins

Your kids will have so much fun with this pumpkin-themed photography backdrop. It features a scarecrow and pumpkin, which is great for Halloween but also perfect for fall and Thanksgiving parties!

Buy it: Pumpkin Photo Backdrop at Amazon

28. Luminous Halloween Temporary Tattoos

Luminous Halloween temporary tattoo

These Halloween-themed temporary tattoos glow in the dark and are waterproof, so they’ll last longer. They’re perfect for gift bags so students can take them home!

Buy it: Luminous Halloween Temporary Tattoos at Amazon

29. Pin the Spider on the Web

Pin the spider on the web

This Halloween spin on a classic game will be a hit in your classroom. The set includes one game poster, 16 reusable spiders, and an eye mask.

Buy it: Pin the Spider on the Web at Amazon

30. Candy Corn and Pumpkin Bowling Set

Candy Corn and Pumpkin bowling set

This 11-piece set of candy corn pins and pumpkin bowling ball will strike up some fun during your Halloween celebration.

Buy it: Candy Corn and Pumpkin Bowling Set at Amazon

31. Halloween Carnival Can Bean Bag Toss

Halloween carnival can bean toss

Perfect for indoor or outdoor activities, this Halloween-themed carnival game set includes 10 tin cans and three bean bags. It’s fun, but it’s also a good challenge!

Buy it: Halloween Carnival Can Bean Bag Toss at Amazon

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31 Cute Halloween Decorations and Activities for Teachers on a Budget