Want to do something fun in your classroom for Halloween, but short on ideas? I compiled my FAVORITE Halloween class party ideas and am happy to share them with you today! Use these on Halloween Day or in the weeks leading up to the big day.
Minute-to-win-it games are a big hit for any party! They are games/ challenges using everyday materials with a goal of completing it in a minute. Divide your class into teams for an epic competition. Set up games in learning centers (and get some parent volunteers!) for students to rotate around. I’ve included a few game ideas below, but you can find more with a quick Google search!
- Plastic Pumpkin stack: See which team can make the tallest stack in one minute! ( Get some for your classroom here or here.)
- Spider Race: Give each team a plastic spider and a straw. See which team can blow their spider across their desk in one minute. (Get spiders here.)
- Candy Corn Toss: Use a cauldron or other Halloween candy bucket. Have students toss candy corn into the bucket. The team with the most at the end of one minute wins! (I like these mini cauldrons here.)
Halloween Learning Centers
I don’t know about you, but I LOVE using learning centers in my classroom! Differentiating instruction is easy with centers and can be used with all the subjects. Halloween learning centers make a fun (and educational) party idea!
ELA center ideas include reading/ listening to Halloween books, Halloween writing,Halloween informational texts and skill pages, making words activities using Halloween words. vocabulary, etc. Here are some things I like to use in Halloween ELA centers.
Math center ideas include Halloween task cards, fun worksheets, digital activities like Boom cards, math games, etc. Here are some things I like to use in Halloween math centers.
You can even include science or craft centers around a Halloween theme! The options are really limitless.
BINGO is a great addition to any class party. Make BINGO boards with spooky words, math problems to solve, or riddles to solve. Use little candy pumpkins as game markers. Your students will LOVE it!
If you don’t want to (or have time) to make your own BINGO boards, get a cute set like this one.
Spooky Story Writing
This party activity will require some work beforehand, but it is guaranteed to be a memorable day in your classroom! Teach students about creative writing with a fun “spooky story” writing activity. (Make sure you give some writing parameters beforehand if needed with your class…no blood, death, etc.) Go through the proofreading and editing process.
On Halloween, set up your classroom like a campout. Have students sit around the campfire (like this one) and read their “spooky stories” aloud.
Pumpkin Theme Day
If you want to add in some Halloween activities that are fun AND educational, then this Pumpkin Theme Day is for you! With pumpkin-themed activities to last AT LEAST the entire day, your students will be engaged and learning. This resource includes pumpkin activities for reading, writing, science, and math. Use in one epic pumpkin day or over the course of a week. It’s perfect for classrooms that want to add in some seasonal fun without directly mentioning Halloween.
You can read this blog post to learn more about pumpkin day.
I hope this post has given you some fun ideas to use in your classroom this Halloween!