Unlike last Halloween where the kids had several outdoor activities to attend, this year we’re doing just about everything at home. Like lots of families, we’ll be missing out on trick or treating, fall festivals, and costume parties this year. Halloween might look a little different this year, but that definitely doesn’t mean it’ll be any less fun. There are so many great activities that families can do indoors. For us, we kicked of Halloween week with an epic ghost themed scavenger hunt!
This is a great at home activity that can be done with kids of all ages. I decided to make this a week long event by hiding two ghost every day and giving out clues on where to find them. I also used this activity as a way for the kids to practice number recognition and counting. I numbered the ghost ( one through ten) and then added those numbers to the collection board. As the kids found their ghost, they’d attach them to the board so they could keep track of how many they’d found and how many they had left to find. This activity is a lot of fun and it’s also a great way to sneak in some preschool math!
Step 1: Make the ghosts!
- White felt fabric
- Black yarn
- Black marker
Step 2: Make the Collection Board
- Push Pins
- For a decorative touch I glued fall leaves to the board.
Step 3: Hide the Ghost
I hid two of these around the house every day!
Step 4: Give the Clues!
My kids are three and two, so for this step I verbally gave them hints and ran around with them. With older kids, you can write the clues on a card.
This activity would work really well as a one-day scavenger hunt to be done on Halloween. Simply attach a clue to each ghost on the whereabouts of the next ghost until all the ghost have been collected. The final ghost could then lead to a grand price – perhaps some candy for older kids, and a favorite toy or book for the really little ones.
Another option is to use lollipops to make the ghost so the kids get a treat with every ghost they find- this is a fun idea for kids who won’t be trick or treating, but would like to collect some candy. And there are always sugar free options!