Get ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, and spooky surprises with these hands-on activities for kids.
Leaf piles and pumpkins and candy, oh my! Try one (or all) of these fall ideas with your kids. For a longer activity to keep kids engaged during school holidays, find online or in-person Fall Break camps and classes.
1. Glow-in-the-Dark Water
Nothing says “spooky” like things that glow in the dark. Take your Halloween party to the next level with this recipe from The Science Buddies on how to make glow in the dark water from two very basic items.
2. Design Your Halloween Costume
It’s not too early to start thinking about Fright Night! Skip the expensive, pre-made costumes this year and get creative. Try putting together your entire costume using household items and stuff you already own. Need some help or inspiration? Try a DIY Halloween costume design class or a face painting workshop!
3. Play a Game!
With minimal setup and simple rules, this version of a Native American stick game by My Creative Life can be played by even the youngest members of your family.
4. Halloween Countdown Calendar
This countdown calendar project from Lakeshore Learning makes the wait a little easier and you can make it at home! Or download a Fall on-demand activity like pumpkin crafting to earn a Girl Scouts badge online, DIY Fall decorations, Halloween art, and more!
5. Take a break, go to camp!
Full day and half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over school holidays. Many even have special themes for their Fall Break Camps.