Toddlers are fascinated by Halloween! It is all so new and exciting. There are crazy costumes to wear, yummy silly snacks to eat and awesome Halloween games to be played! Here I list five simple and fun games for toddlers to play. These Halloween games for toddlers are ideal for use in preschool classrooms and at home daycares.
Halloween Games for Toddlers: Catch the Ghosts
white tissue paper or Kleenex
- Prior to the game, twist the tops of several pieces of tissue paper (individually) to make the heads of ghosts.
- Place the tissue paper ghosts in a bucket or basket.
- Stand at the top of a set of stairs and dump the tissue paper ghosts out of the bucket or basket over the railing.
- Tell the toddlers to “catch the ghosties!”
- Repeat over and over and over again until you are too tired to climb the stairs anymore.
Halloween Games for Toddlers: Eyeball Mini-Golf
white ping pong balls, each with a black eyeball drawn on it
empty jars and buckets
- Toddlers will set the ping pong eyeballs on the floor and lightly tap them with the yard sticks, attempting to send the ping pong eyeballs into the jars and buckets. You can set up an obstacle course of sorts by setting chairs around the room and having the toddlers putt the balls through the bottoms of the chairs.
Halloween Games for Toddlers: Monster Mash Freeze Dance
Monster Mash or other Halloween tunes
- Clear out an area of your classroom, so that there is plenty of room for the toddlers to let loose.
- Start the Monster Mash music.
- Tell the toddlers to dance like monsters! Demonstrate with silly Frankenstein or robot moves and silly expressions on your face. Remind the toddlers that when the music stops, they need to FREEZE!
- Stop the music and freeze.
Halloween Games for Toddlers: Musical Pumpkins
as many pumpkins as you have toddlers
- Place the pumpkins in a large circle.
- Have each toddler stand next to a pumpkin.
- Start the music.
- Begin walking around the pumpkins with the children. Slowly, if possible.
- Stop the music.
- Quick! Everyone sit on a pumpkin!
This is slightly varied from normal Musical Chairs, so that everyone is winner each time this Halloween game for toddlers is played. Oh, be sure that the pumpkin stems are cut off!
Halloween Games for Toddlers: Pumpkin Pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern
nothing is needed for this game
- Sit the children in a large circle.
- Choose one child to be it and walk around the circle with him or her, tapping the other children on the head, saying pumpkin, pumpkin and so on until choosing someone and yelling jack-o-lantern while tapping him or her on the head.
- Run! The other child gets up and runs the opposite direction around the circle.
- The first person back to the the empty spot, sits. The other child now is it.
This is a variation of Duck Duck Goose. Teachers can use this opportunity to explain the difference between a pumpkin and a jack-o-lantern.
Have fun this Halloween season with your little goblins!