7 Fun & Unique Ways to Get Ready for Halloween

Last week’s pumpkin themed Discover & Explore linky was full of all kinds of amazing things you can do with pumpkins! From creative pumpkin crafts for kids to educational games using pumpkins, there was enough fun to keep you busy for months!  This week I decided feature  7 unique and fun pumpkin activities that would be perfect for getting ready for Halloween! (And be sure to check out our current community helpers themed Discover & Explore linky if you haven’t already!) 

7 Fun & Unique Ways to Get Ready for Halloween

Now I know most kids really don’t need any help in the excitement department when it comes to Halloween, but why not use their enthusiasm for the upcoming holiday as a springboard for learning and fun! Building on children’s interests makes activities more meaningful no matter what the age of the child. 

These 7 unique and fun pumpkin activities are sure to motivate your children in all different areas of learning and promote creativity as Halloween quickly approaches! (You can also find more inspiring ideas for Halloween on my Halloween for Kids Pinterest Board!)

Classic Pumpkin Painting from Fireflies and Mud Pies

Classic Pumpkin Painting

Painting pumpkins is a great way to work on fine motor skills while allowing kids the opportunity to be creative in the outdoor surroundings of fall!  


Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes from Homegrown Friends

Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancakes

Start off some October mornings with delicious oatmeal pancakes made with pumpkin! Invite your child to help you make the batter and create a wonderful sensory experience.


Scented Baked Cotton Balls from Fun at Home with Kids

Scented Baked Cotton Balls

This unique craft is the perfect way to encourage creativity through a fun sensory art project!


Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Play from My Nearest and Dearest

Pumpkin Themed Sensory Invitation to Play

Children would just love this open-ended sensory play experience that’s perfect for the outdoors!


Our Halloween Countdown from Every Star is Different

Our Halloween Countdown

Create your own holiday countdown full of inexpensive activities and games! This post is full of fun ideas!


Secret Message Pumpkins from Reading Confetti

Secret Message Pumpkins You can leave each other hidden secret messages inside this cute little pumpkin craft!


Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets from Twodaloo

Five Little Pumpkins Finger Puppets

 Make these adorable finger puppets to encourage creative play, singing, and story telling!

More Pumpkin Posts from the Discover and Explore Co-hosts

12 Perfect Pumpkin Books for Kids (KC Edventures)

Pumpkin Decoration & Treat Holder (Buggy and Buddy)

Pumpkin Craft & Name Activity (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Preschool Pumpkin Play (Teach Preschool)

Invitation to Explore Pumpkins & Foil (Twodaloo)



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October 9th– Halloween

October 16th– Dinosaur & Fossil Fun

October 23rd– Creating with Natural Materials



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  1. Such fun! I have so many great songs to go with those 5 little pumpkins – I will just have to make them! And those pancakes look delicious!

  2. Cute ideas!

  3. Intresting ideas for Halloween!

  4. Lots of great ideas!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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