16 Easy Developmental Halloween Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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It’s hard to find easy developmental Halloween activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Many Halloween preschool and toddler activities are too complex, messy, and time consuming. The crafts involve scissors or dreaded paper mache. There are too many steps; they ask toddlers for more attention and dexterity than they possess.

Here’s a list of quick, easy, and developmentally appropriate Halloween activities. Most call for materials you probably already have.

I look at most activities through a developmental lens, and Halloween is no exception. These Halloween activities for toddlers and preschoolers are listed according to the developmental area they enhance.

Fine Motor Skills

Activities that increase fine motor skills focus on small muscle groups (especially in the hands). Fine motor skill activities could be using tongs, kneading Play-Doh, and ripping paper.

Increased fine motor skills help toddlers and preschoolers use utensils, get dressed, and play efficiently.

  • Scrap Paper Candy Corn from Thriving Home: rip orange, yellow, and white paper into small pieces; arrange pieces into candy corn formation
easy developmental Halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers
Photo credit: Thriving Home
  • Spider Web Plates from Anne Lily Design. Hole punch some paper plates, lace yarn through in crazy patterns to make webs and adorn with foam spiders
  • Clothespin Bats from No Time For Flashcards: black construction paper, markers, googly eyes, and glue transforms wooden clothespins into bats
  • Create-A-Pumpkin Sticker Set
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Sensory Activities

My autistic preschooler loves sensory activities. These activities give him a safe outlet to explore textures.

He doesn’t always feel like getting messy, so some activities are more hands on than others.

  • Pumpkin Sensory Play from Little Bins for Little Hands: this mom uses aaaaallll of the pumpkin for sensory activities
  • Jack-o-lantern Squish Bag from Fantastic Fun And Learning: a bit of hair gel and food coloring in a bag will distract toddlers for at least 45 minutes
Halloween sensory squish bag for toddlers
Photo credit: Fantastic Fun and Learning

Gross Motor Skills

Activities that increase gross motor skills focus on bigger muscle groups like the arms, legs, and torso. Increasing gross motor skills help children complete complex movements efficiently.

  • Dance party: featuring The Monster Mash
  • Zombie tag: instead of running, stagger around like the living dead (or you could be monsters, werewolves, etc.)
  • Spider Ring Toss
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Holding and controlling a pencil is really hard for little hands. Pre-writing activities strengthen muscles and condition hands, helping kids make art and write stories.

easy developmental toddler halloween activity
photo credit: I Heart Crafty Things
  • Trace pumpkins and other Halloween figures: draw pumpkins, bats, and witches hats on paper, invite toddler to trace them

STEM Activities

STEM is science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM activities teach toddlers and preschoolers these four principles in creative ways.

Exposing preschoolers to STEM activities will increase problem solving and critical thinking skills. STEM activities encourage toddlers and preschoolers to appreciate these subjects later, in a more rigorous academic setting.

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I hope you love these easy, developmental Halloween activities for toddlers and preschoolers as much as we do. If you try any of these activities, take a pic and tag me on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy Halloween!


megan imhoff



Megan writes everything on Ish Mom. She possesses a bachelor's degree in psychology, a flair for theatrics, and a whole lotta nerve. She lives in the Midwest (and loves it) with her wonderful husband and three young boys.
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