5 Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for the Whole Family

Looking for some wickedly fun Halloween activities that the whole family can enjoy? These simple ideas are as festive as they are educational—and they guarantee good times, whether you’re hosting a weekend monster mash or simply counting down to October 31.

Plan a ghoulishly good dinner

Halloween may be all about trick-or-treating and candy consumption, but these fun dinner ideas will get the whole family in the Halloween spirit. You can even get the kids involved in the cooking—measuring ingredients and reading recipes are great ways to practice key math and phonics skills!

Experiment with spooky science

Channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein and try some easy Halloween-themed science experiments. There are plenty to choose from, including ghostly experiments, a pumpkin clock, and dancing frankenworms.

Tell ghost stories

Grab some popcorn and flashlights and let the kids tell some tall tales with a Halloween twist. Not a fan of ad-libbing? Check out some fun early reader Halloween books or YA reads from your local library and settle in for a special holiday storytime.

Get hands-on with Halloween art

Add more art to your pre-Halloween weekend by making your own pumpkin play dough, candy corn buddies, or masking tape mummies.

Play Halloween games

There are lots of Halloween-themed games that involve getting active, solving puzzles, and learning new things—and they’re great entertainment for Halloween parties, too. Sharpen motor skills with this spider web activity, go on a scavenger hunt around your home or neighborhood, or play Pin the Eyes on the Spider!