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Halloween Activities for Toddlers

Halloween is a fun and inviting time for children. There are decorations and interesting and intriguing symbols that are associated with Halloween. Halloween comes in the fall of the year where the weather is cool in many parts of the world. Fall provides a great opportunity for spending outdoor time with your toddler exploring and learning. Halloween activities forHalloween activities for toddlers toddlers will keep you engaged and active for many weeks.

Halloween Activities

Visit the Pumpkin Patch

A pumpkin patch is a great place to spend time with your toddler. At the pumpkin patch, you will find a variety of Halloween activities for your toddler. Corn Mazes, pumpkins, animals, pony rides, flowers, hay rides, pumpkin fields, haunted house or scarecrow patch are a few of the things you will find to do at a pumpkin patch.

The activities will vary based on the location you choose. If you are in a rural setting you may find a few more Halloween activities for your toddler. Many urban areas have expanded their offerings at farm stands and farmers markets as the consumer has demanded.

This is a time to spend quality time with your toddler playing and learning.

Carving Pumpkins

Select the pumpkin that is the correct size for your toddler.

Cut off the top of the pumpkin and loosen the insides of the pumpkinHalloween activities for toddlers

Allow your toddler to scoop out the inside of the pumpkin and separate ou the seeds.

Allow you toddler to select the design for your jack-o-lantern. Guide them through making the decisions on what type of features their pumpkin should have. Mouth, teeth, nose, how big, what shape, etc. You will do all the carving and your toddler will make the decisions on what is will look like; making this a safe Halloween activity for toddlers.

Be sure to provide a space for a candle to light up your pumpkin after dark. Battery operated candles will provide a very safe way to light their pumpkin.

Outdoor Spider Web

Chairs or stakes and Ropes

Position chairs or stakes in a circular shape in your yard or large indoor space.

String the rope between, around and through the chairs forming a spider web. Be sure to keep this low to the ground so that your toddler will be able to step over all ropes.

Allow your toddler to climb under, around and through the spider web.

 

Food Ideas for Halloween

Pumpkin Soup

1lb Pumpkin flesh (after it has been peeled and the seeds scooped out)Halloween activities for toddlers
You will probably need a pumpkin that weighs about 3lb/1.2kg
1 Large onion peeled and chopped
8oz Peeled potatoes
1½ pints of Vegetable stock
½ pint Milk
2oz Butter
Salt and freshly ground pepper to season
Optional carton of double cream.

 

In a large saucepan cook the chopped onion in the butter until it
becomes soft and transparent.
Cut the pumpkin flesh into small chunks and add to the saucepan along with the potatoes. Cover the pan and cook slowly for 20 minutes until the vegetables are soft.
Add the stock, milk, and the salt and pepper and bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
Liquidize the soup until it becomes a purée then pour back into the pan and simmer without boiling.
A swirl of cream can be added to the soup as it is served.

Halloween Trick Or Treat Pancakes

Ingredients

Your favorite buttermilk pancake recipeHalloween activities for toddlers

Purple, Green and Orange food coloring

Candy Google Eyes

Maple Syrup

Directions

  1.  Divide pancake batter into three bowls.  
  2.  Use food coloring to color batter purple, green and orange.
  3.  Cook pancakes.

4.  Stack pancakes then pour over syrup and top with candy eyes.

Halloween Crafts

Preserve Leaves with Wax Paper to Construct a Leaf Mobile

Materials

  • Iron
  • waxed paper
  • Two thin towels
  • Surface to iron on
  • Fall leaves

Directions

1. Turn your iron on a high setting that does not use steam.

2. Lay one towel down onto your ironing surface. Lay a piece of waxed paper on the towel.

3. Place your fall leaves onto the wax paper in a single layer.

4. Lay another piece of wax paper on top of the leaves.

5. Place the second towel on top of the wax paper.

6. Iron the leaves for about 20-30 seconds.

7. Flip everything over and iron the other side for another 20-30 seconds.

8. Let everything cool.

9. Remove the towel. Slowly and carefully peel off the top layer of wax paper. Then gently peel the leaves off the second piece of wax paper.

10. Place these leaves inside a heavy book to lay flat.

11. Glue leaves to various lengths of string or thin pieces of paper to attach to a hanger or round ring to form your mobile to hang.

Halloween Spider SlimeHalloween activities for toddlers

This slime is very easy to make, and it makes a big bucket full so there’s enough for 3-4 kids.  Here are the supplies you need:

  1. 2 (5 oz) bottles of clear school glue
  2. 10 oz water
  3. 8 oz liquid starch
  4. 1/4 cup glitter
  5. 1/4 cup Halloween confetti
  •  In a bowl pour out the entire contents of both bottles of glue.
  • Add the water to the glue.
  • Add the glitter and confetti spiders and stir it all up.
  • Slowly add about half the starch to the concoction and stir.  If there is still some liquid, add about half of what is left of the starch and keep stirring.
  • When it looks like a big glob of goo (like the picture above), then stop adding liquid starch.  If there’s still liquid in the bowl, then keep adding the starch a little bit at a time until it forms a glob.
  • Once it’s too thick to stir, then start kneading the slime with your hands to work any excess water into it, so that it’s no longer sticky.

Now it’s time to play!  Your kids will get hours of fun from this slime.

Sparkly Pumpkins

Pumpkins (Any size and shape)Halloween activities for toddlers

Choose Autumn colors of acrylic paints and golden glitter paint.

Use chunky paintbrushes and paint all over the pumpkins

Use PVA glue and Sequins of your choice.

Decorate the pumpkin any way you like.

Let your pumpkin dry and use to decorate.

 

What activities do you enjoy with your toddlers?

Please share your experiences by leaving a comment.

Happy Halloween!

4 Comments

  1. Teresa Davis

    What a great post! My sons are looking forward to going to the pumpkin patch and carving pumpkins this weekend, but I hadn’t even thought of making them trick or treat pancakes – what a neat idea! My 3-year-old and I have started doing ‘date night’ where just he and I go to dinner together and a fun activity afterward – usually taking a walk to the fountain to make a wish, window shopping and stopping for a sweet treat on the way home. He loves the alone time, and my husband spends time with our younger son, so everyone gets som focused time!

    Reply
    1. Janice Martin (Post author)

      HI Theresa,
      Thank you for commenting on the Halloween Activities.
      Anytime that you can make connections with your children is great. The activity can be very simple. It is the time together that is most important.
      Best regards, Janice

      Reply
  2. Marlaine

    I LOVE these ideas… and I have 2 toddlers who would agree that you’ve picked out some fun stuff.
    We did the Pumpkin Patch last weekend for the first time – so much fun!! The kids loved riding on the tractor to the field, and you’re right… most farms make it a real experience for their little guests!
    I really like your “decorate the pumpkin” with sparkles and stickers idea. We tried carving one a while back and our oldest, who is 3, really wasn’t into it at all. Sparkles and glitter… now that would be a hit. Absolutely. 🙂

    Reply
    1. Janice

      Marlaine thank you for visiting the site and leaving your comments.

      I am so happy to hear about your Pumpkin Patch experience. Children can make their own fun almost anywhere.

      Try the sparkling pumpkins. I think your kids would like the variety.

      Best regards, Janice

      Reply

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