- waste basket
- white Kitchen Catcher bag or white garbage bag
- black or orange yarn
- black marker
- lollipops (round ones like Tootsie Roll - I used mini Tootsie Roll pops)
- black construction paper
- Halloween Stickers
- Squares (the size of a large birthday card) of orange Bristol Board
- Cover a waste basket in a white Kitchen Catcher bag, or a white garbage bag. It just needs to cover the outside. Tape it to secure it.
- Cut 3 circles out of black construction paper. Tape them to the white bag on one side of the waste basket to make a ghost face.
- Cover each of 5-10 lollipops in Kleenex, and tie a piece of yarn just under the candy part.
- Draw 3 dots on the ghost's head (candy part) to make a simple face.
- In black marker, write one child's name on the top of each of the orange squares of Bristol Board. (Each child/player should have their own card).
- Have children take turns. The child (whose turn it is) stands a few inches behind the waste basket (mommy ghost) and tries to throw the lollipop (baby ghost) in. Each child gets 3 tries, and receives a Halloween sticker regardless of whether he/she gdts it in. Give them their card after their turn, so they can put the sticker on it.
- When children tire of the game, they can continue choosing and adding stickers to their cards.
Memory Matching Game
- orange Bristol Board
- medium to large Halloween stickers (8-12 pairs of stickers - each pair should look exactly the same)
- Cut 3 inch by 3 inch squares out of the orange Bristol Board. How many you cut depends on how many you would like to use in the matching game. I cut out 16 (8 pairs) for the 3-year-olds in my care. I wouldn't recommend more than 10 pairs (20 cards) for toddlers, since they are just learning how to play formal games and it could get overwhelming for them.
- Place one sticker on each square, making sure you have cards with matching stickers for the number of pairs you wish to use.
- When you are ready to play the game, shuffle the cards and lay them out, face-down on the floor. Have each player take a turn flipping over any 2 cards. (Make sure all players can see these two cards.) If the two cards match, the child keeps them until the end of the game. If they don't match, the child turns them back over. Keep playing until all the cards have been matched. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
Find the Pumpkin
- 10 small pumpkins
- Have the kids stay in one room while you hide the little pumpkins in another room. Then have them come and find the pumpkins! You can give them clues if they are having difficulty. It's also fun to count the pumpkins each time you find one. Then you can see how many you still have left to find.
- You can also play this game outside, and even hide them in the leaves!
- With kids dressed in costume, take a walk around the neighbourhood, wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. You can bring musical shakers or other noise-makers to make a real commotion!
- 3 of your large, plastic recyclable bottles
- 1 small pumpkin
- Stand the 3 bottles up, close together. Have each child take a turn rolling the pumpkin and trying to knock them down.
- one small pumpkin per child
- This is probably best done as an outdoor game. Have children stand a few feet apart and side by side. See who can roll their pumpkin the farthest. It is also a great game to play at the top of a hill.
- Gather paper cut-outs of Halloween objects. They can be hand-made or store bought. Cut the objects into 2 or 3 pieces to make a simple Halloween themed puzzle.
- colour Halloween themed pages
- stick Halloween stickers to little paper books, squares of Bristol Board or to a large paper (collage of stickers)
- Halloween themed crafts and food ideas can be found on my site by clicking "Halloween Crafts and Activities" under "Browse Posts"