8 Last Minute Halloween Activities for Kids

It’s Halloween night and time for festivities! Is trick or treating on the itinerary? If your tweens are getting “too old” for this particular activity, or you live in a neighborhood where there isn’t a lot of participation, it might be a good idea to have some other Halloween activities ready to go. We’ve rounded up our favorites of alternative Halloween activities for kids, just in case trick or treating isn’t enough of a thrill.

8 Halloween Activities for Kids To Do This Year

Halloween Scavenger Hunt

Hide a variety of items throughout your home, and ask the kids to find them all. The winner can receive extra candy … or perhaps a delicious, nutritious piece of fruit? Get a free scavenger hunt printable at Typically Simple.

Halloween Eyeball Slime

Whip up a few batches of this easy-to-make DIY slime and throw in some googly eyes for kids to muck around with. See tutorial below from Good Housekeeping:


  • 5 oz clear glue
  • 1 Tbsp baking soda
  • Green glitter paint
  • 3 Tbsp saline solution
  • Googly eyes


  1. SQUEEZE 5 oz glue into bowl.
  2. ADD 1 Tbsp baking soda.
  3. ADD glitter paint, starting with a small amount until you reach desired color.
  4. STIR until combined, then MIX in 3 Tbsp of saline solution.
  5. ROLL slime in hands until it no longer sticks— this can take 5 full minutes. HINT: If it is still too sticky, add saline solution.
  6. ADD eyes and you are good to goo!

Candy Corn “Minute to Win It” Game

Set a timer for 60 seconds and set up a challenge that kids can do with candy corn and candy pumpkins. You can see how many candy corn pieces they can stack, or how many pumpkins they can pick up and put into a bowl using only chopsticks. The most wins!

Candy Corn Bingo

This Halloween board swaps out numerals for witch hats, ghosts, and black cats. You can even purchase a bag of colorful candy corn to use as markers.

Mummy Bowling

For mummy-themed fun, wrap up some plastic pins in toilet paper and glue on some googly eyes for this bowling game. Get the full tutorial here.

Spooky Mini Piñatas!

These little guys make a lot less mess than traditional pinatas and are made with something you already have at home — toilet paper rolls! Get the full tutorial here.

Blind Items

Raid your fridge for slimy, squishy, or crunchy foods and hide them inside DIY cubbies masked with black tape. Label the spaces with the foods’ eerie doppelgängers (such as “eyeballs” for peeled grapes or “toenails” for Cornflakes cereal) and watch kids gleefully giggle in disgust as they plunge their hands inside.

Glow in the Dark Ring Toss

Wrap glow-in-the-dark duct tape around a few bottles and see how many glow stick bracelets kids can get around the bottle necks. Get the full tutorial here.

Try one of these fabulous last minute Halloween activities for kids or save them for next year! You can never go wrong with being prepared for one of the spookiest evenings of the year.

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