Like many events in 2020, Halloween is shaping up to look different than years past. But no matter the fate of trick-or-treating in your neighborhood, you can make for a very happy Halloween at home! We collected some awesome activities to get your kids into the spooky spirit.
Spooky Science Projects
Take your pumpkin game to a new level this year with this creepy chemical reaction! The leaky pumpkin foams up all over the place because of yeast. Yes, the same fungus that’s normally used to make bread rise! You can learn more about the science behind the reaction as you try it out.
If you want more chemistry this Halloween, mix up some citric acid, baking soda, and water to create a bubbling brew that blows up a balloon! Acids (like citric acid) and bases (like baking soda) do something special when they’re combined in water. In water, their molecules (the smallest piece of a substance) are free to float around and react with each other. This chemical reaction creates something completely new and gas is released into the balloon!
This project is a perfect way to combine science and art! Your kids can create their own pipe cleaner crystals using borax and water. We recommend doing this experiment in late-September or early-October, so your kids can watch their crystals grow in the weeks leading up to Halloween!
At KiwiCo, we love launchers because they’re a super fun way to play with physics! With this project, your kids can turn a few rubber bands into a stretchy web that launches spiders across the room. While they make their launchers, you can talk to your kids about the difference between potential and kinetic energy!
This may not seem like a science project at first glance, but you can easily turn this craft into a hands-on lesson about the science behind mummification. You can get even more use out of your kid’s mummy by starting a new at-home Halloween tradition! While your kids are sleeping, move the mummy into a different spot in the house just like the holiday tradition of Elf on the Shelf.
Candles make for a perfectly eerie Halloween glow. Grab some air dry clay and mold little ghosts to illuminate Halloween dinner-time stories. These ghosts can serve as fun gifts for friends!
These cute little mummies are the perfect craft for preschoolers. It’s simple and my kids loved adding the googly eyes. If you pick a scented soap, you can actually have your home smell extra yummy too!
This project is a Halloween classic! All you need are a few old white pillowcases, scissors, and a marker to make your yard a spooky scene.
Add some dimension to your decor with a spherical spider web!
We love DIYs that only use two ingredients! Create some creepy-crawly spiders to pair with a 3-D yarn web or have your kids hide them around the house!
Decorate your pumpkins without the goopy mess! Inspire your kids to come up with unique designs using different shapes.
Save your next egg carton for this craft! You can use fishing lines to hang your kids’ bats from the ceiling so they look like they’re in flight.
Create this trio of Halloween characters using dessert plates from the dollar store and a short list of supplies!
Creepy Crafts & Snacks
These spiders bring a different meaning to trick-or-treat! Hide them around the house or take a walk and leave them in your neighbors’ yards as a spooky surprise.
This is a nostalgic craft for a lot of parents at KiwiCo! Use a few bad apples to carve some spooky shrunken heads.
Stir up some fun by transforming simple wooden spoons into silly Halloween monsters. Have each family make a different monster to make up a spooky squad!
Give your scarecrow a job to do this Halloween with these cute puppets!
With just a couple ingredients, you and your kids can whip up this wicked treat!
This is a simple project that can consume hours! You can turn it into a learning lesson by looking at the different bones that make up a skeleton before you start.
Caramel apples are one of the best parts of fall! Turn this treat into a craft with a few extra ingredients.
While you wouldn’t eat real spider webs, you can make an exception with this sweet treat.