Last Minute Halloween Ideas & Activities For Spooky Fun

Halloween is just around the corner everyone and if you are anything like me you are super busy and before you know it this spooky night will be right on top of you.  Will you be prepared for some spooky activities and play ideas with the family?

Halloween is a fab opportunity for you to have some fun with your family and create new memories, and I really don’t want you to miss out. Even if you’re not a fan of trick or treating, and I know lots of people have mixed feelings about this activity, there’s still lots of ways you can have fun and celebrate with the kids.

Halloween Film Night

The autumnal weather lends itself so well to a cosy film night in with the family. No matter what age your children, there’s Halloween themed films and TV shows for every age. Just take a looks at Amazon Prime for some film night inspiration. They have everything from Room on the Broom, Lost in Oz and everyone’s favourite mystery machine Scooby Doo.  Add these to your watch list now and line them up for a fun family night in with the kids. Add a tub of Simply Gingerbread flavoured Ice Cream and some spooky green popcorn and the night will feel like a real treat.

You Can Great Halloween Costumes

If your kids love dressing up, Halloween can be so much fun. With so many last minute Halloween costumes available now, outfits cover just about every theme possible from witches and vampires to unicorns and pumpkins. This year in our house it’s all about the Halloween Prom Queen dress and I’m sure it will be getting lots of wear over half term week.

halloween baby outfit

Even the youngest members of the family can get in on the act with lots of fun last minute Halloween themed baby outfits and accessories to be had. Something like these seasonally coloured Matchstick Monkey teethers will help even baby get in on the act with a little nod to Halloween that will keep being useful long after the event.

Matchstick Monkey orange teether

Throw a Halloween Party

A kids Halloween party is so much fun and really easy to organise. Encourage everyone to come in their cool Halloween costumes and decorate the house with pumpkins and banners. Halloween partyware will help create a fun atmosphere and doesn’t have to cost the earth either.  We particularly love these budget Halloween decorations from Flying Tiger.  With a fold out pumpkin and skull napkins for just £1 each and crackers for £3 you will have a Halloween party arranged in no time.

halloween party decorations

Halloween Party food can be fun and simple too, like this Cheesney Hawkes Hot Dog recipe from Bunlimited.  Here’s your list of ingredients:

  • Hot dog bun
  • Bunlimited classic hot dog
  • Sliced pickles
  • Bunlimited crispy onions
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Grated Swiss cheese
  • Ketchup

bunlimited-cheeseny-hawkes hot dog recipe

All you have to do is split your hot dog bun, sneak a cheesy layer of grated cheddar and Swiss cheese in first, pop your hot dogs in, top with sliced pickles if you like them spicy, crispy onions, ketchup and another sprinkle of cheese.  They make for the perfect Halloween party tea but are super low on effort too.

Serve up cheesy spooky spiders and cool Halloween Cake Pops with the Monster Mash and your Halloween kids party will be a spooktacular hit.

Halloween witches cake pops

Halloween Biscuit Decorating

This no bake Halloween activity for decorating biscuits is perfect for keeping kids busy on rainy days this half term. All that is required is a packet of digestive biscuits, some tubes of icing and a few Halloween themed food decorations and sprinkles. Let them decorate the biscuits as they wish and enjoy their treat during film night.  It’s the perfect activity for kids Halloween parties too.

Halloween Face Painting

Face painting is perfect for Trick or Treating or for a Halloween party activity and the great news is it can be pretty simple and mess free as well. Give your party guests a fun spooky make over with Snazaroo’s easy to use Halloween brush pens to create scars, vampire faces or outrageous spider features.

snazaroo halloween face paints

Spooky Halloween Days Out

From local farms to theme parks there will be a Halloween themed day out near you to visit this October half term. Check out these Halloween events around the East Midlands for inspiration. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, look for a Halloween event that offers pumpkin carving as an activity. Coming home with a carved pumpkin without the mess to clear up is bound to be a win for every parent, right?

easy halloween pumpkin ideas

Make Halloween Slime

It’s all about slime in our house at the moment, and it’s something that is perfectly matched with Halloween also.  We can’t all be Pinterest perfect so why not try the Slime Factory Glow In The Dark set  from Science4You?  We’ll be making jumping balls, monsters, worms and even fish this holiday with this spooky science kit packed with 17 experiments to keep kids busy on Halloween.


Homemade Halloween Crafts

Halloween is perfect for creative kids, and you only need a few basic supplies to create a fun Halloween craft for kids.  If you have paper plates, coloured paper and the odd glass jar lying around you could be creating cauldrons, lanterns and bunting in no time.  Check out these 4 easy Halloween craft ideas for kids for some inspiration.

I hope you enjoyed our last minute Halloween ideas and are feeling inspired to make the most of this spooky time of year.

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Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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12 Discussion to this post

  1. Can I join in on the party? This sounds like a great idea and you have lovely tips in here Zena. Got to make use of some of them

  2. I love the idea of a Halloween film night Zena. Great idea xx

  3. Some brilliant ideas to celebrate Halloween! We always watch some scary movies on a movie night at this time of year.

  4. Stephanie says:

    I think we need to plan a Halloween film night this weekend! Great ideas

  5. I’m hosting a halloween party and these are some great ideas, I love the hotdog bun!

  6. If you do even half of these things Halloween is going to be so much fun in your house. We’re already watching Halloween Curious George and my son has decided he’s spiderman on the day. There’s no half term for us in Portugal so I’ve got a few things to send into school next Wednesday so they can have a small party.

  7. Jenni says:

    Lucas loves scary films so we enjoy watching them together but he won’t dress up

  8. Some great ideas, my children are starting to notice Halloween this year now they are a bit older x

  9. These are some really fantastic ideas that are quick and easy to whip up!! My kids love Halloween, always such a fun time of the year

    Laura x

  10. sandy lynn ralph says:

    oh some great idea for Halloween here , i love the movie night idea

  11. Rebecca Whatmore says:

    Great ideas – will use some for next year!

  12. Sarah-Dawn Pope says:

    Some great ideas and lovely products in this article. Feeling inspired.

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