7 best Halloween activities for kids: the fun doesn't stop at pumpkin carving!

These top Halloween activities for kids will keep them entertained for hours (and you'll love them too!)

Halloween decorations from Lights4fun
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These Halloween activities for kids are easy and fun alternatives (or additions) to traditional pumpkin carving. Halloween won't be quite the same this year, but that doesn't mean we can't all still enjoy it in different ways. If anything, we need a little magic more than ever before, so why not go all out with a Halloween weekend jam-packed full of fun.

From potion-making to pumpkin decorating, we've gathered the best five kids' Halloween activities that you can all do together at home. Suitable for kids aged five to 95, for a well-needed sprinkling of fun and laughter. 

1. Get crafty and decorate your own pumpkin

halloween kinds activity of decorating a wooden pumpkin

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Love the idea of pumpkins but hate all this mess? Go for a wooden version instead! Halloween is the perfect excuse to get all crafty and this kit from Not on the High Street comes with all you need to paint a cute decoration that'll last for years. Including all the good stuff like stickers, pipe cleaners, glitter and even string for hanging - it's a great afternoon activity that'll give you a keepsake too. 

2. Create monster slime popcorn (complete with eye balls)

halloween kids activity of making green gooey popcorn

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Hands up if your kid loves slime! We know all those hands are raised, so what could they possibly enjoy more than edible popcorn monster slime?!  This gross gooey recipe is sure to be a winner, and it's as fun to make as it is yummy to eat. The set from Not on the High Street includes popcorn kernels, colouring, marshmallows and eyeball decorations for a disgusting-looking bowl of popcorn they'll love. 

3. Go all hocus pocus and make your own potions 

halloween kids activity of making colourful potions

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If your little ones are Harry Potter fans, they'll love nothing more than conjuring up their own magical potions and watching them bubble up! This potion making set from Etsy comes with everything you need - magical ingredient stickers to stick on bottles, and a potion recipe for the kids to follow. If the recipe works and they make a colourful potion, it means they've got magical powers! A really fun and exciting idea.

4. Keep them entertained for hours with this classic game

kids halloween game of throwing the bean bag into the hole with a girl dressed as a witch

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An oldie but a goodie, you just can't go wrong with the bean bag toss game. And now it's even better with a Halloween twist! Hang this design from Amazon up in your garden, and the kids will be entertained for hours, while you get to put your feet up and keep cosy. Sounds like a winner to us. 

5. Bake some spooky mummy cookies

halloween biscuit gingerbread men

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Get your bake on with these cute little gingerbread man mummies! Simple but effective, this a great way to introduce your kids to the joy of baking. This cookie baking kit from Etsy comes with all you need for the perfect bake, first time, including a gingerbread mix, cutter, icing mix, piping bag and even edible eyes. We must admit, those eyes are getting us nicely spooked already...

6. Organize a Halloween party on your doorstep

'Happy Halloween' by Paper + Design

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Halloween celebrations with kids will be more challenging this year if you're in an area currently affected by Covid-19 restrictions on indoor gatherings, but there is a way for your kids to still enjoy hanging out with their friends while abiding by the social distancing rules. Throw a doorstep Halloween party! This way, they can still show off their amazing costumes and pumpkins to each other.  

7. Create a spooktacular indoor display

Halloween decorations from Lights4fun

(Image credit: Lights4fun)

Don't want a pumpkin indoors? We bet your kids will love transforming your home into a haunted house with these lights and decorations from Lights4fun. All the fun, without any mess. 

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Anna Cottrell
Anna Cottrell

In 2018 Anna moved into the world of interiors from academic research in the field of literature and urban space and joined Realhomes.com as Staff Writer. She has a longterm interest in space-making and the evolution of interior style. She can also be found looking for the latest innovations in sustainable homewares or buying yet more bedding.