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Halloween Sensory Activities

Published on 10th October 2023 by Tessa Robinson

Halloween is a fantastic time to enjoy sensory play. Sensory Activities can be a really fun way to enjoy Halloween and involve children of all ages. Halloween Sensory Activities can be enjoyed together as a family and be loads of fun no matter what age you may be. In this article we will list a few Halloween Sensory Activities that we think are super spooktastic. As well as enjoying Halloween Sensory Activities at home, why not also take a look at our directory to find some fun sensory activities that may be going on by you this Halloween.

Messy Play Halloween Sensory Activities

Messy Play Halloween Sensory Activities

Messy play is great when it comes to Halloween Sensory Activities. It is so much fun and can be really easy to set up. You can make this as simple as you like. One really quick messy play idea is to cook some spaghetti and then add some food colouring.

You can seperate the spaghetti and add lots of different colours or just use one. To add a spooky affect for a fantastic Halloween Sensory Activity you could add your spaghetti to the inside of a carved pumpkin. You could pop this in a large container or pop a sheet down so that your little one can explore. You may want to add some utensils and watch your baby/child explore this simple but very fun Halloween Sensory Activity. In our Best buys for new mums article we featured an amazing

Coverall apron which is a great idea for messy play and helps your little one keep clean whilst enjoying a fun but messy play activity.

Other ideas for Halloween messy play consist of:

  • Spider web foam – simply use some shaving foam to make a spiders web add a few toy plastic spiders and let your child explore
  • Jelly – make some jelly, add some spooky bits (toy spiders, googly eyes) in your mixture before it sets and give your kid some spoons/ tongs and watch them enjoy getting the bits out whilst having a little try of the yummy jelly
  • Potions – add some food colouring to some water, throw in some different size containers and watch your child pour and mix.

Halloween Baking Activities

Halloween Baking Activities

If you and your little ones enjoy baking there are so many opportunities during Halloween to have fun and create something yummy in the process. When you think of Halloween Sensory Activities you may not think of baking straight away. However baking is a very sensory activity and can help with fine and gross motor skill development too.

From the lovely smells of the mixture to feeling the wet, cold ingredients, baking is extremely sensory. Maybe you might want to bake some Halloween cookies with different spooky shapes or some skeleton gingerbread men. Let your imagination run wild or why not take a look on our directory and find some baking recipes your child may enjoy.

Halloween Sensory Den Activities

Halloween Sensory Den Activities

Halloween Sensory Activities could include a very simple sensory den. This doesn’t have to be complicated. If you already have a play tent you may want to put a dark sheet over it, add some sensory lights along with some Halloween Sensory type accessories and let your child explore. Why not add a few pumpkins too.

If you don’t have a tent you could make your den from a few sheets draped over a table, a cardboard box or even make a little nook in the corner of the room, make it cosy, add blankets and pillows and of course a few Halloween themed books. Many children really enjoy a den and it really is one of the most simple Halloween activities you could think of.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Halloween Sensory Activities don’t all have to be about craft and staying indoors. Pumpkin picking is a really fun activity which all of the family can get involved in. It is quite a sensory experience as getting outdoors often is. Hear the birds, crunch in the autumn leaves, feel the cold autumn air on your face, smell the grass, and enjoy a nice warm hot chocolate when you’re done.

Sure, you could go to your local supermarket and pick a pumpkin up stress free however the experience gained from going to choose your very own pumpkin from where it was grown is like no other. Many farms where pumpkins picking take place have a lot going on to make the day a really fun day out. Take a look at our Best Pumpkin picking  article to find a pumpkin picking patch near you or take a look at our directory.

Pumpkin Carving

Pumpkin CarvingOnce you have picked your pumpkin it’s time to carve it! Pumpkin carving is one of the greatest Halloween Sensory Activities. It’s a fantastic way for children to really get involved.

Below we share the steps you need to carve the perfect pumpkin…

  1. Choose a large pumpkin and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off the crown.
  2. Using a large serving spoon, scoop out the seeds and fibres and discard. Then remove some of the flesh.
  3. With a marker pen, draw a simple outline of a face on the pumpkin. Use a small serrated knife to cut out the eyes, nose and mouth. Always cut away from you in case the knife slips
  4. Pop a tea light inside the pumpkin, light it and replace the crown.

Once you have finished carving you may want to make some pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie with the flesh if you have enough.

Halloween Sensory Pumpkin Painting

Halloween Sensory Pumpkin PaintingHalloween Sensory Activities don’t l have to be complex. You could simply paint or stick stickers on your pumpkin. This will keep your little one entertained for a long time. Top tip: use a white pumpkin “ghost pumpkin” if you plan to paint as the colours will show up more.

If you have any other Halloween Sensory ideas we would love to hear about them. Share your ideas or photos with us by emailing [email protected] or share with us on social media channels. You can find more Halloween activities on our directory – https://clubhubuk.co.uk/listings/halloween/

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