Halloween Activities for Your Toddler and Preschooler

by Sarah Normandie

Looking for some creative ways to celebrate Halloween with your young child? Look no further! Here are several spooky crafts and other activities that are sure to be a hit!

halloween activities for preschoolers

Each activity will also help your child practice their counting, literacy, fine motor, and listening skills. How’s that for a trick?

Footprint Witch

Footprint Witch

What You Will Need:

    • White and black construction paper

    • Green, purple, and yellow paint

    • Paintbrush

    • Brown marker

    • Green string

    • Popsicle stick

    • Glue

    • Your child’s adorable little foot!

Paint your child’s toes and foot purple. Paint the heel green. Have your child stamp their footprint on white construction paper. Next, glue a black triangle on top of the green paint for the witch’s hat. Glue the popsicle stick by your child’s stamped toes.

Let your child swish yellow paint with a small paintbrush in a circular motion to make a moon. When the paint is dry, let your child draw the witch’s face and add brown lines to complete the witch’s “broom.” Last, but not least-don’t forget to glue green string for her hair!

To finish this fun activiy, read Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Also, there is a great animated video to follow along with the story.

Spiders, Spiders everywhere

Spiders Everywhere

  What You Will Need:       

    • White Construction Paper

    • Black Paint

    • Black Marker

    • Google Eyes

    • Your child’s thumb

Paint your child’s thumb black. Let your child make thumbprints on white paper. When the paint is dry, have your child draw four legs on each side of the thumbprints. Count and discuss that spiders have eight legs. Glue wiggle eyes.

Another spider craft you can make is spiders with paper cups.

Spider Paper Cup

First, carefully poke holes in the cup, four on each side for your child. Next, have your child paint the cup. When the paint is dry, have your child weave pipe cleaners through the holes for the spider’s “legs”. Glue wiggle eyes and let your child draw a funky spider smile with black marker. Follow up by reading The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle.

Boo! It’s a Ghost!

Paper Plate Ghost

  What You Will Need:

    • Paper plate cut into a ghost shape

    • White cotton balls

    • Glue

    • Black Construction Paper

    • Child safe scissors

    • Clear string

Older preschools can cut out their own ghost shape and ghost face from the paper plate and black construction paper. Younger children will need your help. Let your child dip cotton balls in the glue and stick to the ghost. Glue on black eyes and a mouth. Punch a hole; add clear string to hang your ghost up so he can swoosh through the air!

You can also make paper plate ghosts by gluing black circle cutouts to a paper plate, and tape white crepe paper or white tissue cut into strips to the bottom.

Paper Plate Ghost 2

Hang with your cotton ball ghost! Don’t forget to read Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O’Connell!

Pumpkin Time

Pumpkin Time

 What You Will Need:

    • Paper plate

    • Orange paint

    • Black and brown Construction Paper

    • Glue

    • Child Safe Scissors

Have your child paint a plate orange. As it dries, let older children cut a pumpkin face and stem from the construction paper. Younger children will need your help. Glue the face onto your pumpkin. Get creative-you could discuss different emotions and make happy/sad, excited/surprised faces on your pumpkin!

Another thumbprint activity –paint your child’s thumb orange and make prints just like you did for the spider activity in #2. When the paint is dry, let your little one add faces with black marker, or draw a “fence” with brown marker.

Pumpkin Time 2

Even young children can draw the fence. Simply have your child practice drawing lines horizontally and vertically. This will help your child practice their fine motor skills and learn to follow directions. Add some glitter and don’t forget to sing Five Little Pumpkins Sitting on the Gate! There is a great animated film for Five Little Pumpkins here.

Have a “Treat and Greet!”

Treat and Greet

Every year Halloween feels like a mad rush. The kids want to go trick or treating throughout the neighborhood, but the grandparents, aunts and uncles all want to see how adorable they look in their costumes too. Even when relatives live nearby, they don’t always live in walking distance or near your trick or treating neighborhood. It can be exhausting to visit each one and still go trick or treating.

So instead, why not have a “Treat and Greet”? Send out invitations for family and close friends to stop by your “haunted” house about 1-2 hours before you take the children trick or treating. Let your children decorate the house with their amazing new Halloween crafts. Serve up your favorite Halloween punch and don’t forget the Halloween music! Family members can pose for pictures and then join you for your neighborhood trick or treat if they dare!

With these bewitching activities, your Halloween is sure to be full of thrills! Happy Halloween!

Don’t forget to check out our growing list of preschool activities here.



Email Author    |    Website About Sarah Normandie

Sarah Normandie is a writer. She's been making up stories since age two, when she figured out how to record her narratives into her mother’s cassette recorder. To date, Sarah is an award winning law student at Western New England School of Law where she is a merit scholarship recipient and Phi Alpha Delta member. She has a Masters in early childhood development, and a Bachelors in child psychology. Additionally, she was a student in the UCLA Writer’s program, where she penned her first novel, The Broken Girl. Sarah’s literary works and essays have been featured in Works In Progress Journal (WIPs) and NPR’s This I Believe Project. Sarah is also a frequent contributor at 5MinutesForMom.com. Her early childhood articles have been featured by the National Association for the Education for Young Children and utilized as teacher training modules for early childhood professionals across the country. When Sarah is not hard at work writing her next novel or studying law, she is a mom to two amazing kiddos. She is happily married to her high school prom date. You can find more information about Sarah and her writing at http://redroom.com/member/sarah-normandie.

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