October is a time for ghosts, goblins, pumpkins, and witches. My class goes all out for Halloween. We do it up big. It’s a big “let kids be kids” time in my mind. Here are some of our favorite activities for October & Halloween:
Oreo Cookie Spiders
Delicious, easy, and ties in lots of sequencing!
Costumed Mini Pumpkins
A fun alternative to carving or painting and they turn out adorable!
Painting Mini Pumpkins
You can incorporate color identification, color mixing, follow directions, and more!
Get traditional and messy with it! A perfect sensory treat 🙂
Seriously creepy and takes loads of fine motor abilities to create!
Work on counting, counting, counting! Give directions for the number of legs and number of eyes!
Golf Tee Pumpkin Hammering
A past OT at my school brought us this amazing idea. Grab a few pumpkins, some golf tees, and plastic hammers – students build fine motor skills by hammering the tees into the pumpkins.
Halloween Sensory Bins
Get nasty with it and create edible version of your favorite disgusting things. Red jello for blood, marshmallows and pistachio pudding for boogers, chocolate pudding for dirt (or…), cooked pasta with red food dye for guts, and cooked spaghetti that you let cool in the colander for brain!
Halloween Wh- Questions
Work on those tricky wh- questions with these fun, Halloween themed resources!
Hand Print Spiders
You kids will either love it or hate it!
Last year we went all out for our hallway decorations complete with a herd of bats, massive spiders, and a whole gaggle of ghosts.
Candy Corn Real & Make-Believe
Halloween is the perfect time to work on real/make-believe and fact/fiction because of everything silly and pretend that comes up at Halloween!
Visual Schedule for the Halloween Party
Thinking of doing a Halloween party? Great idea but don’t throw all routine and structures out the window! You’ll have a class filled with monsters by the end of that afternoon. Use a visual schedule for your party so your kids know what’s going on!
Carved Pumpkin Photo Shoots
These make the perfect pictures! Great for your yearly scrapbook!
Toilet Paper Mummy
You don’t have to get as massive as we did but this is a super fun craft and you’ll likely have all the materials right in your school! (don’t tell the janitor!)