Halloween is a great occasion to get young kids involved in some fang-tastic sensory play and to get in touch with our inner child and have some fun while participating in these fun Halloween activities!
I made a list of our favorite sensory activities we have played. The setup can be done fast and you might already have the supplies, or get them from the dollar store.
Let’s Pumpkin Spice Things Up and check out our favorite Halloween sensory activities!
Halloween Potion Mixing for Halloween Sensory Ideas
Halloween brings so many ideas for decorations and all those things can be used for sensory activities. It was so easy to get creative in the witch kitchen!
One fantastic fun activity to do with your kids is a spooky Halloween potion. All you need are a spoonful of imagination and simple ingredients that you probably have on hand.
Witch Materials Do You Need for Halloween Sensory Potion?
A Guide to Mixing Potions for these Sensory Halloween Activities
Prepare the baking soda in a cup, and vinegar in another cup or glass. Spread the spooky toys to have on hand for the fun Halloween brew.
To make your spooky Halloween potions, mix food coloring, and water, each color in separate cups, as many colors as you like.
Add baking soda and vinegar to the cauldron with some color and watch the colors fizz and mix together! Add a little glitter for extra sparkle.
Let your kids get creative and mix up their own potions. They’ll have a blast watching the colors change and making up their own spooky recipe creations.
Little House in the Pumpkin – Carving Idea
Halloween is almost here, whitch 🧙 means it’s time to grab the pumpkin carving knives and get busy as a zombee🧟🐝!
You can go traditional with a jack-o’-lantern face, or get creative with any design you can think of. But have you ever thought about carving a little house into your pumpkin?
We used our hands for cleaning the inners and squished the pumpkin guts. That’s why I have marked this project as a sensory activity. By touching the berries, leaves, and other natural bits, children will feel the different textures too.
This cute carving idea is perfect for anyone who prefers a less spooky and a cute design. It’s a fa-Boo-lous way to use up that tiny pumpkin you may have lying around.
It will look BOOtiful 👻 fur sure!
What Will You Need for a Pumpkin House?
- Big Pumpkin
- Small Pumpkin
- Leaves (and more natural items you like)
- Glue Gun
- Googly Eyes
Tips for Making a Little House in the Pumpkin
First, use the knife to behead the pumpkin (I mean to cut a hole in the top) and scoop out the insides with your hands. Save the pumpkin seeds and guts for other Halloween sensory ideas, like the Pumpkin Carving Tea activity.
Use the knife to carve windows and a door. Be careful when you cut the door, because you will need it in one piece.
Attach the door cutout next to the hole with a toothpick, to make it look like the door is open. Using a glue gun add twigs for the window grids.
Decorate your pumpkin house with leaves and berries. Add googly eyes to the tiny pumpkin and place it into the pumpkin house.
Pumpkin Carving Tea – Halloween Fun
What if we told you that those slimy pumpkin innards can be used for some sensory play? That’s right, save the pumpkin guts from carving and let your little ones get their hands dirty with this fun Halloween activity.
Satisfy your carving for something new!
Pumpkin Carving Tea Ingredients
- Pumpkin Guts
- Tea Set
- Water Beads
- Food Coloring (optional)
Tea Time! The Secret to Making the Ultimate Pumpkin Carving Tea
Simply put the guts and seeds in a bowl and let your little ones explore. Pour some water and food coloring, then let your little ones stir and smell the concoction.
They can scoop, pour, and squish to their heart’s content…and make a HUGE mess with those little hands!
Add in some water beads for a fang-tastic Halloween tea party.
So go ahead, delicious tea awaits!
Scented Shaving Foam Pumpkin Pie for Halloween Sensory Bin Ideas
Scented shaving foam pumpkin pie sensory play is the perfect fall activity for kids!
It’s really fun to squish and play with the foam, and it smells amazing. The scent of pumpkin spice is like a warm hug on a chilly day.
It’s simple to set up, and kids will love exploring the different textures and smells. Plus, it makes a great mess!
Shaving Foam Pumpkin Pie Ingredients
How to Make Shaving Foam Pumpkin Pie?
First, cut out circles from the cardboard.
Squirt some shaving cream into a bowl. Color it with a few drops of orange food coloring, then use a chopstick or skewer to swirl the color and foam together, then add a little pumpkin spice.
Let your child dump the shaving cream onto the cardboard base. Finally, top with sprinkles for extra fun!
Halloween Sensory Play Kitchen Idea
Looking for a fun and easy Halloween themed activity?
Have some extra Halloween by adding some spooky flair to your child’s play kitchen! Create a sensory play bin with colored rice, and watch as your little one explores the different textures and colors.
It’s a great activity if you need a quick idea to entertain a bored toddler.
What will you Need for the Halloween Sensory Play Kitchen?
- Acrylic Paint (orange, purple, and black)
- Zip Lock Bag
- Plastic Spiders
- Halloween Sequins
- Scoops and spoons
How You Make a Mess in the Play Kitchen?
To make colored rice, simply pour the rice into a zip-lock bag. Then, add a few drops of acrylic paint, and stir until the desired color is achieved.
Once the rice is tinted, spread it out on a baking sheet and let it air dry. Once dry, add it to the play kitchen’s sink. Add spooky accessories like plastic spiders and sequins.
Your child will love scooping and pouring the colorful rice into their play dishes, making a huge mess in the process! So much fun for practicing fine motor skills.
Erupting Pumpkins for Kids – Pumpkin Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment
What’s more fun than watching a pumpkin fizz and foam from its mouth? This easy baking soda and vinegar experiment is a spook-tacular Halloween activity.
This science experiment is a piece of (pumpkin) cake and requires only a few ingredients.
What Do You Need for the Perfect Pumpkin Baking Soda Vinegar Experiment?
- Baking Soda
Watch Your Pumpkin Puke! Ewww!
You’ll need a pumpkin that’s already been carved. If you don’t have one on hand, no problem! You can always carve one.
We reused our pumpkin from the Hammering Nails in Pumpkins activity. Cover the holes with googly eyes and carved a mouth for our cute pumpkin monster.
Once the pumpkin is ready, add 3-4 teaspoons of baking soda around the pumpkin’s mouth, then pour in half a cup of vinegar.
The reaction between the two will create lots of bubbles and make the pumpkin appear to be foaming at the mouth! This fizzy, bubbling reaction is sure to amaze everyone who sees it.
Don’t Watch Your Pumpkin Puke Alone! Share the Experience with Friends!
Halloween Pom Pom Bath for Fun Sensory Activities
Looking for a quick and easy Halloween sensory activity? Just head to your bathroom!
Give a boost to bath time by keeping your little ones entertained – and clean! However, they might not want to leave the tub again!
These fluffy balls are sure to bring a smile to a child’s face as they float around in the tub.
What Will You Need?
- Orange food coloring
- Pom Poms (orange, black, white)
- Bowl or Pot
How to Prepare the Pom Pom Bath?
Add orange food coloring to the bath water and throw the pom poms in. Give your children the scoop and bowl, and watch them have a blast! You can lean back and relax while they play.
Spooky Sensory Bin from Water Beads
When I needed a quick, Halloween-themed idea for a sensory bin, I decided to go with water beads. They make a faBOO-lously 👻 creepy addition to any spooky sensory setup!
I love how they look like little eyeballs, and they’re squishy and satisfying to squish!
What Will You Need?
What to Do?
To start, add your grown water beads to the container. You can find these at most craft stores, or online.
Once they’re in the container, add a few spiders or other small insects, googly eyes, pumpkins.
Finally, let your little ones enjoy exploring all the different textures.
Halloween Sensory Table with Spaghetti
Who knew that something as simple as spaghetti could provide a lot of fun? It’s more than just a plate of carbs – it’s a messy and relaxing experience for children!
Add some Halloween colors to make it bright and some spooky toys for an extra level of scary fun! Colored slimy spookghetti is a great way to have fun at home.
What are the Special Ingredients for Halloween Spookghetti Sensory Play?
- Food Coloring
- 1 tsp of Vegetable Oil
- Large Bin
- 3 Little Bins
Spook up your spaghetti sensory play with this easy guide!
To make this spooky sensory play, cook spaghetti as you normally would. Then, drain it and rinse it in cold water.
Divide it into 3 different zip lock bags and add a few drops of food coloring into each bag. Purple, green, and orange are a fun combination of bright and scary Halloween colors.
Rinse it again otherwise, your hands will turn into colorful monster hands. Toss the different colors in 3 different bowls, and add a little vegetable oil to prevent the spaghetti from sticking together.
It will make it shiny and slimy. Dump all the spookghetti into the sensory bin and top it with some Halloween sprinkles for extra texture.
Lean back and let your little ones enjoy exploring the thrilling feeling of different colors and textures of the spaghetti.
Messy sensory adventures will get their senses working for sure. Halloween sensory ideas in sensory bins are always a good choice for a busy toddler, so go ahead and engage your little goblin with a spook-tacular time!
Witch’s Brew Halloween Bubble Foam Sensory Bin: A Magical Experience
I just love Halloween, it’s a theme that gives so many opportunities for creativity and sensory ideas, there is something magical about this holiday.
Maybe it’s the suspense of waiting for spooky candies or it’s the excitement of picking out the perfect costume. Or maybe it’s the joy of preparing fun Halloween sensory activities for the kids.
Halloween is a great time for getting your kids in the kitchen and cooking up some fun!
We have printable spooky flashcard recipes for you! Those will help your kids prepare the perfect potion and you will also learn how to make Halloween soap foam.
Witch out! It’s spooky bubble foam time!
Spooky Brew Ingredients
- Liquid Soap (not dish soap)
- Green Food Coloring
- Printable Flash Cards (Dowloand them below)
- Googly Eyes
- Plastic Spiders, Beatles, Snakes
- Rubber Bats, Rats
- Small Skeletons
How to Make Halloween Bubble Foam Brew?
Halloween is a great time for getting your kids in the witch kitchen and cooking up some fun!
Let’s see some important steps of this sensory activity.
First, using a hand mixer, mix 1 part liquid soap with 2 parts water and a few drops of green food coloring. Wait until it forms stiff peaks and dump it into the cauldron.
Prepare all the spooky ingredients on the table. Those will go to the bubble brew as the recipe requires.
Give the flashcards to your children and let them follow the instructions written or drawn on them. Help toddlers count the spooky toys.
Making your own Halloween bubble foam is a great way to get involved in the holiday spirit and create some lasting memories. Plus, it’s a Sensory Activity that comes with benefits, your child will use their senses and explore different textures.
Check out more information about how to make bubble foam.
Boo to you from our crew!
If you’re looking for activities for kids to get them into the Halloween spirit, try out one of these fun Halloween sensory bin activities!
Whether you’re looking for something to do on October 31st or just want to keep the little ones entertained all month long, these activities will have them jumping for joy.
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