Fun Halloween activities and games (for kids and adults)


With Halloween finally here, families have a whole weekend of fun festivities to plan. Every place is different, but there are a lot of great things families can do to bring together some spooky seasonal spirit.

Whether it’s popping apples, touring a pumpkin patch, or even curling up in front of a horror movie, Newsweek brings together some of the best ideas to try as All Hallows’ Eve approaches.

Trick or treatment

It might seem obvious, but knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking for treats is one of those traditions we all love on Halloween. Plus, it’s a great excuse to get dressed and get moving before eating a bunch of candy.

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Another way to get as much sugar as possible (and a bit of something healthy) is to make caramel apples. It’s as easy as putting a stick in an apple, making caramel, and dipping it in – you can even add food coloring for even spookier spots!

Visit a pumpkin patch

There are many pumpkin patches all over the country, many of which have visiting hours for families. You can choose your perfect pumpkin for carving, roasting, or even trying out a corn maze while you’re at it.

Watch a movie (scary)

Of course, with toddlers around, the spooky factor of a movie may need to be changed. However, streaming services like Amazon Prime Video have movies that will bring a bit of spooky to your home, but without giving you too many sleepless nights. Favorites for the whole family include Hocus pocus and Coraline.

Pumpkin carving

Once you’ve chosen your pumpkin from the patch, it’s time to carve! Stores like Walmart sell pumpkin carving kits, and you can place a candle inside after to light your Jack O’Lantern.

Apple pumping

If you have leftover apples after smothering them in candy, you can use the rest to play a fun game. Place them in a bucket of water, put your hands behind your back, and get started – maybe the winner can get a bigger slice of the Trick or Treat candy.

Make witch slime

For toddlers, slime is a great fun toy to play with, and it’s so easy to make at home. All you need is the cornstarch, shampoo and water, mix it and knead it until it’s ready to use. You can add food coloring to make it even more festive.

Dress yourself

Nothing says Halloween like a fantastic costume, and there are so many to choose from.

From superheroes to TV characters, from animals to the old-fashioned scarecrow. To add some fun to Halloween, you can even make it a contest or create your costumes from scratch.

Tell scary stories

Once the movies have been watched and there is no more candy to swallow, there is only one thing to do: scary stories. Grab a flashlight and turn off all other lights to create a campfire atmosphere, before scaring your family with a ghostly tale.

A file photo of children picking up pumpkins in a pumpkin patch on Halloween.
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