Celebrating Halloween with Kids

The Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Halloween with Kids:
Crafts, Books, and Recipes for Spooktacular Playtime Fun!

This guide to celebrating Halloween with kids is made up of posts from our team of amazing writers for the Inner Child Fun network of sites. We think you will enjoy getting to know our writers for Inner Child Learning, Inner Child Food, and Inner Child Giving who understand the value of play and creative fun for kids! These Halloween crafts for kids combined with some of our writers’ most festive Halloween recipes (and a few book recommendations sprinkled in) make a resourceful guide to inspire plenty of spooktacular playtime FUN!!

Ultimate Halloween Guide with Crafts, Recipes, Books, and More!

Halloween Crafts for Kids

I love that these Halloween crafts for kids are simple and easy to make. Many of these crafts or activities use common household materials you probably already have on-hand. Here are 10 crafts from Inner Child Fun writers that would be great for celebrating Halloween!

Halloween Necklace Craft for Kids — Fireflies and Mud Pies
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Candy Corn Treat Bags (Made from a Paper Plate) — Inner Child Fun
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Pumpkin Garland — Collecting the Moments…One by One
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Scrap Ribbon Pumpkin Sun Catchers — Fireflies and Mud Pies
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Halloween Garland — Buzzmills
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Pinecone Spiders — Fireflies and Mud Pies
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DIY Dog Costumes — Small + Friendly
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5 Little Pumpkins Finger Puppet Play Set — Buzzmills
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Halloween Activities for Kids

Alternatives to Halloween Candy – 10 Non-Food Treats to Delight — Inner Child Giving
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Easy Halloween Song for Kids — AngeliqueFelix.com
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Estimating with Halloween Goodies — Inner Child Learning
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Inspiring Halloween Recipes

Ultimate Halloween Guide with Crafts, Recipes, Books, and More!

Ghost Pretzel Rods — Buzzmills
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Sea Salt and Vanilla Bean Caramel Apple Sauce — Peanut Blossom
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Homemade Apple Crisp — Fireflies and Mud Pies
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Spooky Books About Halloween for Kids

Here are some of our favorite spooky books to read to kids about Halloween. (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support!) 10 Spooky Story Books for Kids -- Ultimate Halloween Guide with Crafts, Recipes, and More! 1. Skeleton Hiccups — (age range 3-6 yrs old) An adorable story about a skeleton that can’t seem to shake a stubborn case of the hiccups. The usual hiccup cures are tested, until Skeleton’s friend Ghost comes up with a clever idea which involves a mirror. The illustrations in this book are very well done! 2. In the Haunted House — (age range 5-8 yrs old) If your kids love spooky stories, they will LOVE this book with its clever hidden illustrations that explain why spooky things are happening in this haunted house. Very descriptive writing and spooky but funny book. This one had my kids reading it over and over again! 3. Bone Soup — (age range 5-8 yrs old) A hungry skeleton stars in this Halloween-themed version of Stone Soup (which happens to be one of Emily’s favorite stories). A classic that is sure to be read at other times of the year too! 4. Clifford’s Halloween — (age rage 3-6 years old) Not necessarily spooky, but this one is on the list because it was one of my absolute favorite story books from when I was a kid. Halloween just isn’t complete without including this cute Clifford book during story time! 5. The Night Before Halloween — (age range 4-8 years old) Another story that is sure to delight any child who loves Halloween. This one shows what happens when a group of monsters prepares a haunted house for trick or treaters and their Halloween party. 6. Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat — (age range 3-7 years old) The barnyard animals have a little surprise in store for Farmer Brown in this Halloween-themed story from the Click, Clack, Moo series. This one is particularly great for a group story time because the illustrations can easily be seen from further away. 7. Creepy Carrots! — (age range 4-8 years old) This has been one of Clara’s favorite books for about a year now. It does look creepy, but she absolutely loves it! Well-illustrated story about a rabbit who thinks the carrots are out to get him. 8. Zombie in Love — (age range 4-8 years old) Seriously adorable (with just the right amount of spooky) story book that both of my kids love! Very funny story and great illustrations with neat details that had the kids combing each page to find hidden gems in the pictures. Highly recommend this one! 9. Big Pumpkin — (age range 4-8 years old) What happens when a witch grows a pumpkin that is so big, she can’t get it off the vine to make a pumpkin pie? Sometimes the tiniest creatures can have the biggest impact as this story demonstrates when a small bat comes to help after the vampire, the ghost, and the mummy have failed. Repetitive and easy to follow story for ages 4 and up. 10. Room on the Broom — (age range 4-8 years old) Such a fun book to read with a rhyming story line about friendship and cooperation, and the illustrations are so cute! Makes a great gift for a child who is eagerly anticipating Halloween! An instant Halloween classic!!

Question — Do you have a favorite book to read to the kids to celebrate Halloween? If so, I would love to hear about it! Click below to join the conversation on the Inner Child Fun Facebook page, or leave a comment below!



  1. Oh WOW! This is the bestest collection of Halloween resources for children E-VEEER!! ♫♫♫♫♫
    Thanks for sharing! Now it’s our turn! I’m pinning it and everything. I’ll let you know which ones we’re doing at school! 😀

    • My pleasure, Remei!! Thank you so much for pinning/sharing — very appreciated! Wishing you lots of fun Halloween adventures. xoxo