This collection of classroom Halloween party ideas are from an old blog post here on the website, but they are fun and engaging Halloween ideas for a school party. When it comes to party activities, as an occupational therapist, I always encourage sensory motor skills, movement games, and play-based games. Because of this, you’ll want to start with our resource on Halloween occupational therapy activities because there you’ll find activities and ideas based on development and play, perfect for adding to a spooky classroom party! Check out the Halloween activities for elementary students below, too.
Classroom Halloween Party Ideas
all is in the air and that means Halloween is coming! Halloween parties happen in preschool, playdates, the library, and even farms. What better way to bring the whole family together than with a kid-friendly Halloween party? We’ve got tips and ideas for a frugal and fun Halloween party that you can use to play a school or play date party.
We’re excited to plan our fun and frugal kid-friendly Halloween parties. We put together a family-friendly ghost game and spider craft using feature products from the celebration that would be a hit at any Halloween party.
Ghost Catch Game
This Halloween game is great for elementary aged students, and a fun one for the whole classroom.
Part of the ghost catch game is making the ghosts, so this can take up some time during the classroom Halloween party, but the fine motor benefits are great. Consider having a ghost-making station first. You’ll need just a few materials:
- Boxes of tissues
- Recycled paper
- Rubber bands
- Black marker
To make the ghosts for the catch game, it’s actually very simple, but the fine motor skill development are high:
- Each student can have a small stack of recycled paper. Ask students to crumble up a ball of recycled paper. This is a great source for hand strengthening and gross grasp.
- Then, ask students to pull a facial tissue out of the box. This is an opportunity for eye-hand coordination and pinch strength as well as intrinsic muscle development of the arches of the hand.
- Show the students how to wrap the tissue around the recycled paper crumbled ball.
- Then, use a rubber band to secure the tissue around the crumbled paper. Allow part of the tissue to hang down like the trailing tail of a ghost. Providing the rubber band offers precision skills, pinch and grip strength as well as bilateral coordination skills.
- Finally, use a black marker to draw on a face.
That’s it! Students can create 1 or more ghosts each. They can write their name on the ghost or they can create several for a ghost catch game.
Other ideas include using tissue paper or coffee filters. If using a tissue paper cover to the ghost, you can create different colored ghosts. If using coffee filters, you can create smaller ghosts for more refined fine motor practice.
How to play the ghost catch game:
There are so many ways to play with these ghosts in a classroom Halloween party. You can make the game work for the space you have, and the specific elementary age. Some ideas include:
- Break students into pairs. Each can play catch with a ghost by tossing the ghost back and forth. After each toss, the pair takes a step back and tosses the ghost again. If they drop the ghost, they are out. The pair that remains longest wins.
- Students can take turns tossing their ghosts into a target. The student with the most ghosts in the target wins.
- Use the ghosts like a bean bag game toward a target.
- Play ghost cornhole- Play the classic cornhole game but use the ghost crafts.
- Use these ghost milk cartons to play a ghost catch game.
Classroom Halloween party Games
Use the above ghosts in different Halloween games. These tag games are easily incorporated into a Halloween theme.
Halloween I Spy- Kids love this real toy I Spy game, and you can use all of those old party favors that end up sitting around. Gather some Halloween items:
- Halloween mini erasers
- Plastic spider rings
- Pencil toppers
- Bat cut outs
- Halloween stickers
- Halloween candy
- Plastic vampire fangs
- Wind up toys
Place the toys on a tray or in a bag and work on visual scanning, visual memory, visual attention, and even stereognosis if you blindfold the students first.
Halloween Worksheets that Build Skills-
- It’s great to have some back-up ideas if kids plow through the Halloween activities very quickly. Use this printable Halloween color and find worksheet. It builds visual perceptual skills and is great for coloring, too.
2. These Halloween pumpkin puzzles are fun too. Just print them off, cut out the squares and pass them out. Kids can color, cut, and build them onto a party bag or treat bag.
3. Use the pumpkin deep breathing coloring page to work on fine motor skills, coloring skills, and use as a self-regulation tool.
Classroom Halloween party crafts
Some of our favorite Halloween crafts support the development of fine motor skills, executive functioning skills, scissor skills, and encourage sensory experiences in a spookily fun way.
These are great ideas for the elementary aged Halloween party.
Noodle Spider Craft
This spider craft is just one of the many spider activities we have here on the website.
Use dry elbow noodles to make a spider. This is a great one for building fine motor skills. Dye the pasta ahead of time or make the dying process part of the party experience . (Note that the pasta takes a while to dry. If you are dying the pasta during the Halloween classroom party, it make more sense to use washable black paint incase the colors get onto clothing or hands).
To make this noodle spider craft, you’ll need just a few materials:
- Elbow noodles
- Closable plastic zip top bag
- Black paint or black food coloring
- Hand sanitizer
If you are dying the pasta at home before the party, just take in the colored noodles. If you are coloring the noodles in the classroom, you’ll need the above items.
Toco color the noodles black:
- Toss the elbow pasta in a plastic closable baggie with black food coloring or black paint and add a little squirt of hand sanitizer.
- Spread the noodles out on newspaper to dry.
- Black paper
Next, use the colored pasta to make the spider craft:
- Each student can pick out 8 pieces of pasta. This is a great exercise in pincer grasp and in-hand manipulation skills.
- Cut out a black circle from construction paper. About the size of a bottle cap is good.
- Glue the circle onto paper. Use squeeze glue to glue the dyed pasta to a paper around a black circle cut from construction paper.
What a cute craft to send home with the kids! Keep in mind that once the pasta is used for a craft, it shouldn’t be eaten!
Other Halloween crafts for a school party include:
Make a ghost craft for sensory play– This is a fun one for kids to make but also use in sensory bins or fine motor activities.
Make a ghost craft with construction paper and hole punches. Glue them to tissue paper for spooky eyes. This is an easy way to work on scissor skills. Kids can also address skills such as bilateral coordination, hand strength with a simple Halloween craft that uses just paper, crayon, scissors, and a hole punch. Use these ghosts to decorate for Halloween and monitor scissor skills.
Make a ghost craft with recycled materials. This is a fun Halloween party craft that can be a tool for working on dexterity, precision of grasp, in-hand manipulation, bilateral coordination, hand strength, and more! These ghosts would make a fun addition to the therapy clinic, OT doorway, or even a bulletin board decoration.
Grab the Pumpkin Fine Motor Kit for more coloring, cutting, and eye-hand coordination activities with a Pumpkin theme! It includes:
- 7 digital products that can be used any time of year- has a “pumpkins” theme
- 5 pumpkin scissor skills cutting strips
- Pumpkin scissor skills shapes- use in sensory bins, math, sorting, pattern activities
- 2 pumpkin visual perception mazes with writing activity
- Pumpkin “I Spy” sheet – color in the outline shapes to build pencil control and fine motor strength
- Pumpkin Lacing cards – print, color, and hole punch to build bilateral coordination skills
- 2 Pumpkin theme handwriting pages – single and double rule bold lined paper for handwriting practice
Work on underlying fine motor and visual motor integration skills so you can help students excel in handwriting, learning, and motor skill development.
You can grab this Pumpkin Fine Motor kit for just $6!
Colleen Beck, OTR/L has been an occupational therapist since 2000, working in school-based, hand therapy, outpatient peds, EI, and SNF. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. Read her story about going from an OT making $3/hour (after paying for kids’ childcare) to a full-time OT resource creator for millions of readers. Want to collaborate? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.