Ideas for Spooky Sensory Halloween Boxes

While cleaning out the pantry the other day, I came across a very old jar of olives and thought they would be great for a spooky sensory experience — just in time for Halloween! To create your own spooky sensory Halloween boxes, you will need: empty cardboard boxes with the bottom removed and a hole cut out of the top of each one (large enough for your child’s hand to fit through), a bit of felt taped to the box to block the opening, and a variety of (fake) SPOOKY things to touch!

Spooky Sensory Halloween Boxes

Place a bowl with a spooky item under each box, and invite your child over to dip his/her hand into each one for a creepy and spooky experience! Emily thought this was so silly! You may want to have paper towels on-hand.

Here are a few ideas to try:

olives — eyeballs

overcooked spaghetti w/ a bit of olive oil — slimy worms

warm tomato sauce — zombie blood

relish — chopped up bug guts

olive oil — witches’ saliva

bacon bits — fresh picked scabs

cooked rice — maggots

Spooky Sensory Halloween Boxes


This is easy to set up, and would be a fun and spooky activity for a kids’ Halloween party!

Have fun!!


  1. Dear Valerie,

    How did you manage to let an entire jar of olives get lost in the pantry? I’m amazed that they even made it in there before you ate them!


    • I know, right? I was SO happy to see another jar in the pantry, and then almost cried when I saw how old they were. *sniff, sniff*

  2. Dear Valerie,
    I was looking for a great fun idea to do with my class on Halloween. This will be the perfect way to introduce adjectives. Thanks so much for sharing!!!