Need preschool activities for Halloween or preschool lesson plan Halloween ideas? Also grab these free Halloween cutting activities for preschool! Great to go with pumpkins, jack o lanterns, bats, spiders, ghosts Halloween themes or other fall activities for preschoolers / pre-kindergarten.
Fun Preschool Activities For Halloween
What do preschoolers do for Halloween?
Try these Halloween preschool activity ideas for preschool themes for Halloween:
- Do a Halloween sensory bin for Halloween sensory activities for preschool
- Have a trick or treat scavenger hunt
- Make a STEM fizzy jack-o-lantern (Halloween science activities)
- Practice with Halloween cutting activities
- Grow a pumpkin inside a jack o lantern (!)
- Make friendly monster slime
- Learn about spiders and do spider activities
- Do candy counting for preschool math activities for Halloween
- Have a costume parade for fun activities for preschool Halloween party
- Read books about Halloween
- Have fun with Halloween bingo
- Do Halloween cooking activities for preschoolers
(See the full details for childrens activities for Halloween below!)
Don’t miss the free Halloween activities for preschoolers printable cutting activity pack at the bottom of the post!
Let’s get our fun halloween activities for preschoolers!
Creative Halloween Theme Activities for Preschoolers
Add these fun but simple Halloween activities for preschool to your autumn learning ideas!
1. Have Fun With Pumpkin Face Shaving Cream Painting
Need Halloween preschool crafts ideas?
This is an adorable sensory activity that children of all ages can enjoy! (And, it might get a little messy, so be sure to grab some disposable paint aprons.)
- Shaving cream (plain white, no scent) or whipped cream
- Yellow, orange, and green food coloring
- Paper plate
- Small bowls or small paint pallets.
- Spread shaving cream or whipped cream in a layer on each paper plate.
- Have kids dip their paintbrush into the food coloring and create a jack-o-lantern face on the shaving cream or whipped cream!
2. Grow a Pumpkin in a Pumpkin Preschool Halloween Project
For this Halloween activity, preschoolers decorate a small pumpkin and then grow their own pumpkin vine in the decorated pumpkin.
- One small pumpkin for each preschooler, top cut out and seeds still intact inside
- Markers, non-toxic paint, or pumpkin face stickers
- Potting soil
- Have each child decorate their pumpkin.
- Place potting soil directly into the pumpkin (on top of the seeds that are in the pumpkin).
- Water lightly and place in a sunny area. In about a week, you should see your pumpkin vines start to sprout. When they’ve grown a little, plant pumpkins (with vines sticking out) outdoors or in a planter. (Be sure to remove the stickers first if you used them!).
This isn’t just a great Halloween preschooler project, but makes a fun fall preschool project or Thanksgiving preschool activities!
3. Play Glow in the Dark Halloween Monster Bowling
- Empty water bottles (with the lids)
- Monster sticker faces
- Small glow sticks
- Halloween glow in the dark balls
- Decorate the water bottles using monster stickers.
- Activate the glow sticks and one or two to each water bottle. Screw lid on.
- Let your preschooler line up the water bottles. (If they’re having trouble lining them up in a straight line, you can create a tap line o help them out.)
- Then, turn out the lights and have fun bowling! To give preschoolers a little extra help, you can stand behind the bottles to show which one they should aim for or pick a monster and see if they can bowl that one down or see if they can hit specific colors. (Make sure the glo in dark balls are “charged” before by putting them on a sunny window sill.)
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4. Make Halloween Sensory Bin
Sensory bins add fun play learning for preschoolers to work on fine motor skills. And, there are many cool things that you can add to a Halloween theme sensory bin!
What do you put in a Halloween sensory bin?
- Small plastic bin with lid (make sure they’re deep enough that the items don’t easily spill out, like these)
- Dried black beans (enough to fill the bottom of bin, 1-2 bags)
- Dried white rice, 1 bag
- Orange sugar sprinkles, 1-2 jars (or a Halloween sprinkles mix with different shapes)
- Plastic spiders and insects
- Mini skeletons
- Halloween items like these
- Colorful mini Halloween cups
- Purple, orange, green, black and white pipe cleaners
- Different scoopers, tongs, and tweezers (we love this set!)
Mix all of the items in the bin and give your child free play with it to explore, use their imagination, engage their senses, practice fine motor skills, and build and create with Halloween theme learning!
5. Cook with Books for Halloween
What’s more fun than reading Halloween children’s books and making theme recipes based on the book?
6. Make Worms in Dirt
This is an easy Halloween recipe because you can make everything ahead of time and then have your preschoolers assemble the recipe. (You can even make rebus recipe directions to go with it so they can practice following directions.
Plus, kids will get a kick out of eating “worms” crawling out of “dirt.”
7. Spider Studies
Read about spiders and then make a Halloween spider craft.
Learn how to make a spider web for preschoolers
8. Make Fizzy Jack o Lanterns
If you’re looking for Halloween science activities for preschool, you definitely need to make a fizzy pumpkin!
It’s not only a cool science project for kids, it looks kinda gross (like a vomiting pumpkin) and kids will love that for the holiday season!
9. Work on Preschool Cutting Skills with Fun Halloween Printables
Get our free printable Halloween worksheets for practice with cutting, sorting, and coloring!
(see below for the Halloween printable cutting worksheets for preschoolers)
Free Halloween Activities For Preschoolers: Halloween Cutting Printables
Need some free Halloween preschool activities? Get this fun Halloween preschool worksheets pack to practice preschool cutting skills!
(The free printable cutting practice worksheets are great for Halloween activities for kindergarten, too!)