13 Days of Halloween Activity Suggestions

It is no secret that I love Halloween and I want to make the most out of it.  So I came up with a countdown list of activities that can be enjoyed each day leading up to Halloween. I made sure that most of the activities are easy, because I know how busy things get around this time of year. These suggestions are for the 13 days leading up to Halloween and will begin on October 18th.

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Pick out or make costumes.

You need to prepare for that fun night of trick-or-treating with a costume. Plan a special trip to the store with your child or get them involved in making their costume. If you are looking for a DIY Lilo or Incredibles costumes, we’ve got you covered.

Halloween Mad Libs.
Mad Libs is a fun activity anytime of the year, but when you add in some Halloween magic, you’ve got the perfect ingredients for a fun Halloween activity.

Make Halloween cookies.
A lot of people have a tradition of making Christmas cookies. Why not make a new tradition of fall or Halloween cookies? They don’t need to be fancy or time-consuming. You can even find easy kits at the store.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodles – yum!

Make a boo kit for a neighbor.

A Boo Kit is just a fun little treat box (or bag) with some goodies, candy, maybe stickers or an activity book, depending on who it’s for.  Leave it on their doorstep with a note that says, You’ve Been Booed!

Go to the pumpkin patch.

I look forward to this all year. The pumpkin patch is a perfect place to pick out your perfect pumpkin and make some family memories. 

Pumpkin Patch Fun

Carve your pumpkin.
It is time to take that perfect pumpkin and turn it into a perfect Jack-o-Lantern. Don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds so you can roast them.

Do a Halloween craft.

Make coffee filter ghost lollipops, paper Jack-o-Lantern chain, hand print spiders, etc. Pinterest has so many great options to choose from. Or you could let Night In Boxes handle it for you. They have a Kids box option. If you didn’t catch the Halloween box, be sure to check out the next box. 

Kids Night In Halloween Box

Read Halloween stories.

Get ready for bed, snuggle in, and read some fun Halloween stories.

Watch a Halloween movie.
There are so many good Halloween movies to choose from. Take it a step further with our tips for a Charlie Brown movie night.

Charlie Brown Movie Night
Glow in the dark fun.

Grab some glow sticks, Halloween lights, and your Jack-o-lantern for a glow in the dark dinner. Add in some Halloween music and you’ve got the perfect setting for a Halloween family meal.

Try on costumes and have a photo shoot.
Let’s be honest. This is more for me than the kids. It is best to get that perfect costume photo before Halloween night when they aren’t all hyped up about candy. Be creative with it.

Camping in the backyard.
Combine carved pumpkins with some battery powered candles for a safe Halloween light source.

Playing in the leaves.
The leaves are starting to fall. Turn that chore into a family activity. Rake up the leaves, jump in the piles, and then put them in a pumpkin leaf bag. You just cleaned up the yard, created some special moments, and created a cute decoration for Halloween.

Use these tips to create a magical Halloween!


Beth is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom and photographer. She spends her days coming up with creative ways to inspire and teach her two oldest kids. Let’s be honest though, a big part of the day is spent chasing after the smallest one. She hopes to spread goodness and magic with her DIYs, recipes, and tips. Follow her on Instagram @PaperAngelsPhotos

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