55 toddler Halloween party ideas (that preschoolers will love too)

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Are you a lover of Halloween festivities? Got a little one toddling around or not-so-toddly preschooler in tow? Then you need some toddler Halloween party ideas to get you started.

Since part of the fun of Halloween is in the planning and preparation, you need a good few party ideas, but not so many you’re going to get overwhelmed.  Decision fatigue is the worse, especially if you’re a busy mom, which I’m guessing you are – I mean, if you have a toddler or preschooler or two, then that goes without saying, right?!

Here you’ll find a selection of Halloween party games for toddlers, Halloween activities ideal to keep those little hands occupied, some Halloween decor to make with your little one pre-party, a few Halloween treats for toddlers and finally, the costumes – if you’re looking for toddler Halloween party ideas then that has to include some pint-sized Halloween costume ideas.

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What age are these toddler Halloween party ideas aimed at?

Who knows what the official age of a toddler actually is.  I guess as soon as your crawling baby starts toddling, it makes sense to start calling them a toddler, right?! Although some of the Halloween activities will be suitable for tots that tiny, these party ideas are aimed at those a little older. 

These are Halloween party ideas for toddlers aged, 2 and 4/5 years old, so for preschoolers too.

Halloween party games for toddlers & preschoolers

Bearing in mind that the concentration span of a preschooler, let alone a toddler, is sub 5 minutes and explaining any rule/game (or just anything) is challenging to say the least, any Halloween party games for toddlers need to be stupidly simple.  

Halloween party ideas for toddlers - mystery boxes/buckets

#1 Halloween mystery boxes/buckets

This is such a fun toddler Halloween party idea that kids of all ages will love.  Simply fill your buckets or boxes with something a little bit creepy or 

As the party organizer, you can get as creative as you like and make it as revolting as your heart desires!  In our Halloween mystery buckets we had:

  • soapy water with a sock floating around
  • cooked spaghetti with some baked beans and cooked, shredded beetroot thrown in – but any assortment of tinned and canned food would work
  • jello with tinned raspberries mixed in – again, this would work with any number of other tinned foods

Then have your mini party goers guess what’s in the box.

#2 Unwrap the Mummy

A Halloween twist on the classic “pass the parcel”.  Wrap a teddy or doll with short strips of crepe bandage, keeping the ends free so you can tie them together to secure them.  Under each layer hide some candy. When the music stops whoever has the Mummy can unwrap a layer and find their candy.

toddler halloween party ideas - 10 pin pumpkin bowling

#3 Ghostly 10 pin bowling – with a pumpkin (or ball)

Lots of fun to be had for older toddlers and preschoolers drawing faces on some empty milk bottles though I don’t fancy the chances of them being able to roll a pumpkin, but any ball would work…

Pumpkin game for toddlers this Halloween

 

#4 Pumpkin drop Halloween game 

 Think a Halloween version of the egg and spoon race – switch the toilet rolls for plastic cups for toddlers struggling to keep the pumpkin from falling.

 

#5 Pin the XX on the Halloween XX

No party for little kids would be complete without the obligatory pin the tail on the xx game, another classic party game with a Halloween twist.  If you’re feeling creative you could easily DIY one and get your toddler or preschooler involved too, making this a fun Halloween craft and activity as well.

Halloween tin can bowling game for kids

 

#6 Halloween Tin Can Bowling

A Halloween party idea for toddlers who love a bit of destruction!  (Are there any that don’t?!) For the bigger little ones these spooky characters will make a fun Halloween craft too and will add to the Halloween decor and festival feel.

#7 Halloween dance & freeze 

A toddler Halloween party idea to get the kiddos moving – turn on some Halloween tunes and when you stop the music they must freeze in their best spooky pose… In this old party favorite you’d eliminate anyone moving after the music stops, but when can a toddler ever stay still? The game could well be over after a minute or two – so just let them enjoy and hand out a prize to the best spooky pose when they’re worn out.  

 

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#8 Halloween bingo (free printable)

For an easy mess-free Halloween party idea try this simple bingo game – click on the link for a free printable.

#9 Make the zombies laugh

This Halloween party idea for toddlers is popular with kids of all ages and will have everyone in fits of laughter.  Get the little ones lying down on the floor, like sleeping zombies…  One toddler/preschooler has to make the zombies laugh by doing silly things like pulling faces or doing a silly dance. 

The zombies have to try hard not to laugh. Of course, if you tell a toddler not to do something they’re going to be doing it in seconds before the face-pulling has even started!  So rather than eliminate the first laughing zombie, rather have a prize for the best silliness and just let them laugh themselves silly.

 

#10 Hunt the spider in the dark

This is a scavenger hunt with a difference!  Hunting for hidden teddies with a torch in the dark is a popular game in our house – a perfect after tea game that keeps our older two busy for up to half an hour – and there’s something about torches that little kids just love.  Just watch out for the littler toddler who still wants to shine the torch in everyone’s eyes.

This is exactly the same, just using plastic spiders.  Simply hide the spiders, draw the curtains and turn the lights off, hand each toddler a torch and get them hunting.  

These mini LED torches and plastic spiders will make great Halloween party favors too.

#11 Ghostly sack race

A toddler Halloween party idea to burn off a bit of candy-fuelled energy – which will be much needed I’m sure.  Draw some ghost or monster faces on white pillowcases to use as sacks.  Then get them racing.

Halloween activities for toddlers

Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids just love to explore just about everything they come across, from poking, to prodding to squishing, scooping, throwing…if you have a toddler I’m sure you have a gazillion other verbs to add to the list.  Irritating though this can often be, it’s entirely normal, natural and healthy behavior.  You need to be one step ahead and have some toddler activities up your sleeve.

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So, as well as organizing some good Halloween party games for toddlers and preschoolers, having some good Halloween activities to fill in the gaps are a must, keeping those inquisitive minds and the endless energy channeled into something vaguely constructive rather than entirely destructive! So many of the Halloween activities below play to those very needs, several being so-called Halloween “sensory” activities.  

Halloween sensory activities

Spooky and slimy Halloween sensory activities for toddlers and preschoolers galore…

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Super simple playdough spiders from Busy Blooming Joy

#12 Super simple playdough spiders

Every toddler and preschooler LOVES playdough. Not only that but it’s a great sensory activity that works those little fingers and hands while keeping that busy mind gets to work creating.  (Read about all the developmental skills at work when playdough is involved right here.)

All you need for these Halloween spiders are pipe cleaners, googly eyes and playdough  – they may end up looking more like monsters but that also works for Halloween!

 

TODDLER Halloween SENSORY ACTIVITY party ideas - jello dig
Halloween jello dig from Play Ideas With Jess

#13 Halloween jello dig from Play Ideas With Jess

An edible Halloween sensory activity or a fun Halloween treat for toddlers, same difference.  Either or, this is a Halloween party idea for toddlers that love jello. So that’s going to be all of them, right?  Orange, purple, lime green jello and some plastic creepy crawlies are all you need.

TODDLER Halloween SENSORY ACTIVITY party ideas - water play
Eyeball fishing from Life With Bugs

#14 Eyeball fishing from Life With Bugs

Rescue the staring eyeballs from the giant tarantulas! Any kitchen utensil will do.

Spaghetti sensory bin for Halloween
Colored spaghetti and eyeball sensory bin from Simple Everyday Mom

 

#15 Colored spaghetti and eyeball sensory bin from Simple Everyday Mom

Another Halloween sensory activity involving eyeballs, but this time with some gory dyed spaghetti. More kitchen utensils at the ready for your mini partygoers to pick out the eyeballs with or just let them rummage through the slimey pasta with their hands…. 

TODDLER Halloween SENSORY ACTIVITY party ideas
Witches cauldron cooking from Friends Art Lab

#16 Witches cauldron cooking from Friends Art Lab

I love the colors and patterns made by mixing shaving cream and food coloring in these concoctions- but I’d be slightly wary of this one – why aren’t the toddlers included in the photo? I can only imagine what they look like…

Halloween sensory activity for toddlers
Witches Potion Halloween sensory from The Play Based Mom

 

#17 Witches Potion Halloween sensory from The Play Based Mom

Another Halloween party idea for toddlers and preschoolers that love a bit of stickiness and goo. Mix up this spookylicious cauldron of Halloweeney gloop, get out the painting aprons, a bucket of warm soapy water, plenty of towels and let them get stuck in.

Other activity-based toddler Halloween party ideas

a fun and easy Halloween party idea for toddlers

#18 Stickered pumpkins

What do toddlers and preschoolers love just as much as water, sand and other messiness? Stickers!  So for a safe and mess-free toddler Halloween party idea, switch pumpkin carving or painting for some stickering fun.  

 

#19 Tattoo parlor

This isn’t so much an activity for the kids – but your toddlers and preschoolers will love a spooky ghost, smiling pumpkin or cackling witch tattooed onto their body somewhere (obviously these Halloween-themed tattoos are temporary…).  The only challenge is getting the littler ones to keep still long enough!

 

Halloween party ideas for toddlers - balloon filled candy to pop

#20 Candy-filled balloon popping

Forget the mess and stress of making a pinata by using balloons.  Either buy some Halloween-themed balloons or draw faces onto plain ones as in the picture above. Before blowing them up, fill them with candy and let the little ones at them!   Save this Halloween party activity until the end as these balloons will make great decor too.

TODDLER Halloween party ideas diy treat bag
Halloween treat bag decorating from Honey Pot Memories

#21 Halloween treat bag decorating from Honey Pot Memories

More stickers involved to decorate a plain brown paper bag to collect all those Halloween treats in…

Offer face painting at your toddler Halloween party

#22 Face painting

Your partygoers may have come already face painted, but if not, you could offer this is an activity at your Halloween party.  

Halloween treats for toddlers

Some toddler Halloween party ideas of the sweet variety – possibly the most exciting part of the festivities for little kids and much dreaded for the parents… (just me?!)  There are some healthy Halloween treats amongst all the sweet and sickly and definitely not healthy Halloween cakes, cupcakes and candy… so if you want to avoid a sugar-fuelled meltdown or 6, focus on these! 

toddler halloween party treat idea
Mummy wrapped bananas from Crayons & Cravings

#23 Mummy wrapped bananas from Crayons & Cravings

Starting strong with a healthy Halloween treat – simply wrap bananas in strips of bandage and stick on some googly eyes.  Too cute!

toddler Halloween party treat ideas - spider cookies
Halloween cookie spiders from What A Girl Eats

#24 Halloween cookie spiders from What A Girl Eats

The basis of this toddler Halloween treat is a cookie with a peanut butter cup squished into the middle to create the spider’s body.  Candy eyes and melted chocolate complete the look.  Just enough spookiness for a toddler and not too complicated to make either.

toddler halloween party treat idea
Halloween Mummy cake pops from Lemons & Zest

#25 Halloween Mummy cake pops from Lemons & Zest

A bite-sized Halloween party idea for toddlers that can never finish piece of cake… Cute and simple too.

toddler halloween party treat idea
Halloween eyeball cookies from Recipes From A Pantry

#26 Halloween eyeball cookies from Recipes From A Pantry

Taking less than 30 minutes to make, these cookies are a must-try Halloween party idea for toddlers, or any kids for that matter.  

Halloween treats for toddlers - fun toddler halloween party idea - ghost cupcakes
Vegan ghost cupcakes from Strength & Sunshine

#27 Vegan ghost cupcakes from Strength & Sunshine

A healthier version of your standard cupcake but what I love more is the simplicity of the decorating.  Some swirls of vanilla buttercream and candy eyes and you have yourself some ghostly toddler Halloween treats…. Not fussed about going vegan and short on time?  Store-bought chocolate cupcakes and frosting will be just the ticket.

 

toddler halloween party food idea - calzone pizza
Mummy wrap calzone pizza from Easy Budget Recipes

#28 Mummy wrap calzone pizza from Easy Budget Recipes

A clever and necessary Halloween party idea for toddlers or any kids – some savory Halloween snacks.  How can you get better than a Mummified calzone pizza?  Fill it with some kid-friendly stuffings and you’re good to go. 

toddler halloween party treat idea
Boogers on a Stick from Amanda’s Cookin

#29 Boogers on a Stick from Amanda’s Cookin

Totally love this Halloween party treat idea – boogers are right up any little kids’ street, your toddlers will be delighted.

toddler halloween party food idea - witches brew
Witches brew from Easy Budget Recipes

#30 Witches brew from Easy Budget Recipes

From one extreme to the other is this sweet and sickly witches brew!  All the little ones will be in heaven – just keep portions small to minimize the sugar fuelled after effects.  

toddler halloween party food idea - rice cake spiders
Halloween spider rice cakes from A Mummy Too

#31 Halloween spider rice cakes from A Mummy Too

You just can’t beat this toddler Halloween party food idea for simplicity for mom and healthiness for little ones.  Blackberries, grapes and rice cakes are all you need.

toddler halloween party food idea - popcorn
Halloween monster popcorn from Salty Canary

#32 Halloween monster popcorn from Salty Canary

No party is complete without popcorn, right?  Colored candy melts give the popcorn that green tinge, add some sprinkles and candy eyeballs there you have a spookilicious treat perfect for a toddler Halloween party.

toddler halloween treat idea for Halloween party for toddlers
No churn Halloween ice cream from XOXO Bella

#33 No churn Halloween ice cream from XOXO Bella

Ok, forget the popcorn, we can live without that, but no list of toddler Halloween party ideas would be complete without ice cream.  Made with condensed milk, there’s no need for a fancy ice cream maker for this divine-looking Halloween treat.  

 

toddler halloween party food idea
Chocolate pretzel spiders from Aleka’s Get Together

#34 Chocolate pretzel spiders from Aleka’s Get Together

I love the mix of sweet and salty flavors so these Halloween treats have got my mouth watering just thinking about them… A toddler Halloween party idea I have to try this year.

Halloween party favor ideas for toddlers

It’s always nice to hand out a treat bag at the end of a party. Here are some DIY party favor options, plus some ideas for store-bought ones.

diy Halloween party bag
Monster treat bag from Artsy Craftsy Mom

#35 Monster treat bag from Artsy Craftsy Mom

First off, a cute and simple bag for all those party favors and treats to go in.  Your toddler can help with some of the cutting (or you could take the quicker route and get these done alone!)

Halloween party favor idea for toddlers
Halloween ghost lollipops from Honey And Lime

#36 Halloween ghost lollipops from Honey And Lime

Cute and simple to make, these Halloween ghost lollipops are a must-do Halloween favor.

Halloween slime craft for toddlers

#37 Halloween slime from The Mummy Front

Squishy fun wrapped up in cute witches outfits – click the link above for the tutorial.  You could have this as another Halloween sensory activity on the day but rather save the stickiness for their own home…The parents may not thank you!

toddler Halloween party favor idea - memory match
Halloween dominoes from DIY Party Mom

#38 Set of Halloween dominoes from DIY Party Mom

Matching and sorting are right up the street of a toddler or young preschooler so a set of these Halloween dominoes will make a fun party favor with an element of learning.

Frankenstein felt masks for toddlers
Felt Frankenstein mask making kit from Party With Unicorns 

 

#39 Felt Frankenstein mask making kit from Party With Unicorns  

For little ones that like to make things, or should I say, get mom and dad to make things for them, why not add a mask-making kit to their party favor bag?  Click the link for the full tutorial with printable template.

 

#40 Halloween party favors easily available on Amazon

If your a mom of a toddler, with or without other kids, you probably don’t have hours of time at your hands.  Here are some cute Halloween nick snacks perfect for your Halloween party favor bags.

Easy toddler Halloween party decor ideas

Kid-friendly Halloween decorations easy enough for toddlers

Easy Halloween crafts for toddlers that’ll keep you and them busy before your Halloween party that’ll be perfect to use as decor.

 

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Jack-o-lantern craft from Busy Blooming Joy

 

#41 Jack-o-lantern craft from Busy Blooming Joy

This was a total hit with my two eldest as toddlers and they got to practice their scissor skills to cut the strips of orange card, then more fine motor in threading them onto the paper fasteners.  Even with jaggedy cut marks, the jack-o-lanterns came out really well, plenty good enough to use as decor for your Halloween party.  Better still, this is virtually no prep and mess-free!  

TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS
Zombie blood-stained tablecloth from Ann’s Entitled Life

#42 Zombie blood-stained tablecloth from Ann’s Entitled Life

This blood-stained tablecloth is a must for your Halloween treat table and your toddler’s going to love helping make this one.  Keep those paint-stained hands away from any white walls though.   

TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS
Paper Halloween Luminaries from Lil Tigers

#43 Paper Halloween Luminaries from Lil Tigers

Toddlers and preschoolers can have fun drawing on ghost faces to white paper bags – if they look more like monsters, that’ll work too.  Add the LED tealight and you’re good to go.

Paper plate pumpkin craft for Halloween
Paper plate pumpkin craft from Mom Brite

#44 Paper plate pumpkin craft from Mom Brite

Easy enough for little ones to get involved in and cute enough to be a worthy addition to your Halloween decor.

Coffee filter bat craft for Halloween
Coffee filter bats Halloween craft from Darcy & Brian

 

#45 Coffee filter bats Halloween craft from Darcy & Brian

The wings these cute bat decorations are made from coffee filter papers, colored by dropping ink and a light spray of water – my two have loved using a spray bottle from an early age and watching the colors spreading and mixing is fun for anyone and the results can be super pretty.  My daughter, now 4, will love getting creative with this one, a must-try for our Halloween party this year. 

 
TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS
Halloween spider garland from Sustain My Craft Habit

#46 Halloween spider garland from Sustain My Craft Habit

Egg box cartons, paint, sharpies and googly eyes are the basis of this cute spider garland – just about spooky enough for a Halloween party for toddlers.  Will look just the ticket hanging over your table of treats.

 

Paper skeleton learning activity for kids
Paper skeleton Halloween decoration from Yes We Made This

 

#47 Paper skeleton Halloween decoration from Yes We Made This (free printable)

A little bit educational to put this one together (my 4-year-old will be fascinated) and the perfect addition to your toddler Halloween party.  

 

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Simple yarn-wrapped pumpkins from Red Ted Art

 

#48 Simple yarn-wrapped pumpkins from Red Ted Art

Orange wool wrapped around pumpkin-shaped cardboard – good fine motor practice for toddlers and preschoolers.  String a few together and you’ve got yourself a garland of spooky pumpkins.   Another no-mess Halloween toddler craft and decoration.

Halloween decor to do with kids
Witch wreath from The Growing Creatives

 

#49 Witch wreath from The Growing Creatives

Your toddlers will love scrunching and sticking the paper tissue balls to help make this simple Halloween-themed wreath that will look great on the front door.

Simple Halloween decor for mom to make (or buy!)

Crafting with toddlers and preschoolers is fun (in small doses) but will only get you so far with your Halloween decor.  So for some crafts and decor that are a little bit too tricky, sticky or dangerous for little ones, here are a few simple ones for an adult or much older child to do.

 
TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS
Mason Jar Mummy Lantern from Mixed Kreations

#50 Mason Jar Mummy Lantern from Mixed Kreations

These mason jar Mummies can light up your front porch or garden path or if it’s still light during your toddler Halloween party stick a few along the hallway or in a dark corner of the house.  Just be sure to keep them out of reach from little hands and clumsy feet…

decor for your toddler Halloween party - birdcage
Pompom covered pumpkin from Heathered Nest

#51 Pompom covered pumpin from Heathered Nest

Tired of the traditional carved pumpkin and all the orange, purple and black?  Why not cover a real or faux pumpkin with some pompoms and choose your own color scheme?  Grab your hot glue gun and you’re good to go.

TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS
Spooky Spider Magnets from Artsy Karma

#52 Spooky Spider Magnets from Artsy Karma

Who doesn’t want a creepy crawly or 6 climbing over their front door or fridge?  The clever addition of the red rhinestones really add to the creepiness, making these a perfect addition to your Halloween decor.

TODDLER hALLOWEEN PARTY DECOR IDEAS

#53 Haunted House Luminary from Easy Crafts For Kids (free printable)

Print, cut and stick and you’re done.  

decor for your toddler Halloween party - birdcage
Hanging caged skeleton from Big Bears Wife

#54 Hanging caged skeleton from Big Bears Wife

Spooky and simple – the birdcage is made from two hanging flower baskets, one upside down and on top of the other.  Add a plastic bird skeleton and that’s it.   (Or you could totally cheat and buy a pre-made caged bird skeleton…)

    

#55 Halloween party decorations easily available on Amazon

Store-bought Halloween party decor ideas – not too spooky for toddlers…

SUMMARY: toddler Halloween party ideas

Hopefully, this giant list of toddler Halloween party ideas has given you a good starting point to plan a fun, festive and not to complicated party for your little ones.  

Happy Halloween!

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