Looking for some fun Halloween activities preschoolers? How about some non-spooky learning activities? I’ve got you covered! These are free printable preschool lesson plans for Halloween fun.
16+ Halloween Activities for Preschoolers
These Halloween activities for preschoolers are so fun and easy! Even better: they’re non-spooky, making them perfect for 3-5-year-old preschoolers and even younger toddlers!
There are so many different themes within a Halloween theme, like spiders, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, mummies, and friendly monsters! These Halloween lesson plans for preschoolers cover a little bit of all that.
How to Teach Preschoolers About Halloween
Halloween can be a tricky theme to teach in preschool. In fact, some preschools don’t even allow Halloween activities. Here are some ideas for introducing your preschoolers to a Halloween preschool theme.
- Check with parents to make sure they are ok with celebrating a non-spooky Halloween in preschool.
- Keep Halloween activities for preschoolers lighthearted and fun.
- Teach preschoolers about all the “creepy-crawly” insects and animals that go with Halloween, like bats, rats, spiders, centipedes, wolves, etc.
- Get hands-on and messy by exploring ooey-gooey sensory materials, like the inside of a pumpkin or some borax-free slime.
What to Include in your Halloween Preschool Lesson Plans
The best preschool lesson plans are those that are not only engaging, but also offer a variety of activities. When writing preschool lesson plans, think about the different components within early childhood education that make up a well-rounded learning experience.
Consider including the following kinds of activities in your Halloween lesson plans for preschoolers:
- literacy activities
- math activities
- science activities
- sensory activities
- process art activities
- fine motor and gross motor activities
- dramatic play activities
- social-emotional activities
Now, not every single set of weekly lesson plans for preschoolers needs to include everything in the above list, but a good set will include a lot of it. This allows preschoolers to learn in multiple content areas as well as multiple ways within your Halloween theme.
But don’t forget, skills will often overlap in a single activity.
Halloween Centers for Preschoolers
One easy way to add some Halloween flair to your preschool learning activities is by making Halloween preschool centers extra fun. For example, you could try my printable Halloween Activity Pack! It’s one of my favorite printable holiday packs.
Halloween Activity Pack$5.00
Fun and Educational Halloween Activities for Preschoolers
These Halloween activities are just too fun!
Halloween is always an exciting time for kids. From dressing up and trick-or-treating to all the delicious Halloween themed treats, it’s no wonder our kids love Halloween so much.
Bring that excitement to your classroom or home with these awesome Halloween educational activities for your preschooler!
Literacy Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Alphabet Googly Eye Hunt – Play a game of hide and seek with large googly eyes. Hide the eyes around the house for your preschooler to find and place a letter or word by the eyes. Have your preschooler use their fingers to make binoculars around their own eyes as they identify both the letter and sound. Repeat for multiple letters. If you don’t have googly eyes, it takes no time at all to make some out of printer paper and a black marker.
The Very Hungry Ghost Book – Preschoolers love the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This literacy activity will be a big hit as your preschooler recreates the story but this time using ghosts instead of caterpillars!
Print the book template and invite your preschooler to brainstorm foods that a ghost might eat during each day of the week. Allow them to draw their ideas in the book and get creative and silly. You can also incorporate stickers or stamps to make this activity even more exciting.
Math and Science Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Ghosts and Ghouls Counting – Make some fun ghosts and ghouls using dried lima beans, green paint, and a permanent marker. Paint the lima beans with green paint and draw faces on them once they have dried. Use them for all kinds of counting practice!
Playdough Spiders – Place a straw into a small ball of playdough and stack spider rings onto the straw. Count or sort by color. Spider rings are available at most dollar stores.
Pumpkin Playdough Science – Mix up some pumpkin playdough and add 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon and nutmeg. Add orange food dye and offer your preschooler Halloween cookie cutters.
Playful Learning Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Copy Dance – Turn on some music and start moving! Have your preschooler copy the dance moves that each family member does. Then match your preschooler’s moves too!
Squiggle Art – Invite your preschooler to draw a squiggle or quick draw on a piece of paper. Each person then trades their art with someone else. Each player gets a piece of paper, makes a squiggle on it, then trades with someone. Then everyone makes a picture from the squiggle.
Ghost Craft – Use cotton balls to create a ghost craft! Grab some black or dark paper and glue cotton balls on with liquid glue in the shape of a ghost. Add googly eyes for more fun!
Social-Emotional Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Taking Turns Halloween Relay – Gather some Halloween materials including a spoon and googly eyes or fake Halloween eyeballs. Like the classic spoon-and-egg relay, invite your preschooler to place the eye on top of the spoon and walk slowly and carefully until they reach a specific location. Then trade places with your preschooler and take a turn walking carefully back to the start. This game helps preschoolers learn how to take turns and wait patiently.
Talk Trick-or-Treat Manners – Trick-or-treating is a very exciting aspect of Halloween. It’s time to talk trick-or-treat manners! Invite your preschooler to think of some polite “rules” for trick-or-treating. Make a list together and invite your preschooler to draw pictures to match. Some ideas might include: waiting my turn at the door for candy, saying please and thank you, saying hello and goodbye, and sharing candy with family members or friends after trick-or-treating is over.
Just Plain Fun Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Pumpkin Races – This is a fun gross motor game to play all Halloween season. Place a mini pumpkin on each player’s head and have them race to the finish line. The trick is to not go so fast as to let the pumpkin fall off their head!
Witches Brew – Find a large pot and have your preschooler gather a variety of smaller toys. Invite your preschooler to make up their own witches brew and help them “record their recipe” on a sheet of paper by drawing or “writing.”
Candy Sort – Grab some Halloween candy and sort it by different attributes such as chocolate, lollipops, or fruit-flavored. Then re-sort into favorite candy types!
Get Online Activities for a Halloween Preschool Theme
Online Story – Go to YouTube and listen to the book The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Scared of Anything by Linda Williams. Ask your preschooler if they are afraid of anything…especially scarecrows!
Trick-or-Treat Song – Listen to the song Hello Trick or Treat. This song has a catchy beat and is a simple way to celebrate one of the best parts of Halloween…the candy!
5 Little Pumpkins Song – The classic song 5 Little Pumpkins is a perfect rhyme for teaching rhyming words and creating silly jack-o-lantern faces together.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.