Halloween Activities for the Classroom

It’s October, so let’s get ready for some Halloween fun! Today I’m sharing all my favorite Halloween activities and picture books for the classroom.

Halloween Sensory Bin

It’s no secret I love sensory bins. They are hands down my favorite way to sneak in language and learning in the classroom AND at home with my little guy. Check out this one I made a few years ago!

For this bin, I got everything from the Dollar Tree and the erasers from the Target Dollar Spot. Materials include: dried black beans, black and orange straws cut up, pom-poms, mini erasers, mini pumpkin and cauldron buckets, spider rings, and skeleton arm scoopers.

Scoop and Pour Jack O’ Lantern Sensory Bin

Water beads are SO MUCH FUN! We scooped them up and poured them into the plastic jack o’lantern. Then, we dumped it out and played again!

Pumpkin Marble Painting

This craft from our Made For Me Literacy Pumpkin Unit would be perfect for a jack-o-lantern craft! Have students follow the directions in the unit, then add fun black shapes to make the funny jack-o-lantern faces. Click here to read more about our MFML Pumpkin Unit.

Easy Halloween Jack-o-Lanterns

Painting a pumpkin after returning from a pumpkin field trip.. no thanks. Also, carving is clearly out of the question due to safety. I love using these decorating kits so students can add faces to their pumpkins and they turn out so cute! Read more about the decorating kits from Oriental Trading here.

Favorite Halloween Picture Books

Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman

It’s Pumpkin Time! by Zoe Hall

The Halloween Play by Felicia Bond

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro

The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams

Here is an example of how I set up story time activities with my free story map and Halloween Story Time Pack.

In the classroom, we read the story a few times and then we completed a story map together. My story time packs includes everything you need to make the story maps as well as interactive comprehension questions about the stories. They are a life saver!

Halloween Easy Art Crafts

This month’s easy art pack includes 9 fun crafts for students to do. I think these Frankensteins are my favorites for the month! All easy art packs include prep plans, easy print sheets, picture visual direction cards, whole page NO PREP step by step visuals to pull up on any device, differentiated writing pages for the 9 easy art activities.

photo by @collaboratewithkris

The writing pages are perfect for students to complete at a daily writing center. I also have Halloween Sentence Builder activities you can use for writing to help students build and write complete sentences.

Pipe Cleaner Spiders

I set these up for our fine motor tubs in October, but they would be so fun as a craft station during a Halloween Class Party! Click here to read about more fine motor and gross motor activities for your classroom Halloween party!

Save the Spiders Fine Motor Activity

Students use tweezers or fingers to save the spiders from the spider web.

Watercolor Spider Webs

Another easy art activity! To prep, draw webs using a white crayon on watercolor paper. Have kiddos paint over the webs to make them appear!

Halloween Playdoh Tray

This is another fun center you can have in your classroom for students. I used cookie cutters from this set and fun, colorful loose parts. My son loved making monsters!

Halloween Pumpkin Volcano

One of the BCBA’s at my old school did this experiment with my class years ago and I have done it every year since with my own kids. Here’s a tutorial I found online.

Halloween Student Treats

Halloween treats can be tricky if you have allergies in the classroom or you aren’t allowed to give candy out. I made these glow stick treats for my son’s class last year! Click here for the free printable tags.

In the past, I’ve also done bubble wands as student gifts. They always have these bubble wands at Walmart or the Dollar Tree. Click here for the FREE printable tags.

Halloween Teacher Treats

Don’t leave out your favorite staff members, paras, or your own children’s’ teachers. Chocolate is always a good idea! Click here for the free printable tags.

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