6 Toddler Halloween Party Games and Activities

Entertaining toddlers at a Halloween party is simple and inexpensive to do

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Back in the day, we hosted a toddler Halloween party complete with games and activities for 2-year-olds and their parents. This post remains popular so I’ve updated it with better photos and links to the inexpensive products we used to create each of the toddler Halloween games and activities below.

See also: 5 Easy and Healthy Halloween Snacks for Kids

A Ghost Hunt

Wrap toys and lollipops up like little ghosts. Place them around the house or backyard and let the kids hunt for them.

Wrap a round object with tissue and tie it with a black ribbon to make it look like a ghost. Hide the ghosts safely around the house or in the backyard and have the kids go on a hunt for them. Small items that can be used for this include:

Really, for this toddler Halloween game, anything you can make look like a ghost will work.

Decorate-Your-Own Trick-or-Treat Bags

A good activity at a toddler Halloween party is to let them decorate their own favor bags.

If the kids are going on a ghost hunt, they’ll need something to carry their loot in. Why not have them make their own little trick-or-treat bags? Supplies you’ll need include:

Decorate-Your-Own Ghost

An easy Halloween craft is to make cotton ball ghosts.

At the same craft table where kids are making trick-or-treat bags, set out some cut-out ghost shapes and let them glue stick on cotton balls to make a fluffy ghost. It’s so easy. Supplies you’ll need:

Pull the cotton balls apart a little to fill in any empty spaces on the ghost.

Hot Potato “Pumpkin” or Pass the Parcel

I had a mini pumpkin on hand in case there was enough calm to play this toddler Halloween game. It functions much like the game of hot potato, where the the kids sit in a circle and pass a pumpkin around the circle while music plays. The person holding the mini pumpkin when the music stops is out.

Instead of a hot potato pumpkin, you can play pass the parcel. It works similarly where kids sit in a circle and pass a package around. Ideally, the package is wrapped in as many layers as you have children playing. When the music stops, the child holding the package unwraps one layer. If you can wrap something slim in each layer (stickers, etc.) this works even better. The game goes until the final layer is unwrapped with something ever-so-slightly cooler. You can intentionally stop the music at each kid so that everyone has a chance to unwrap a layer.

Ball Toss

A fun toddler Halloween game is to let them throw ping pong balls into a diorama pumpkin or carved pumpkin. They can even use a foam ball and toy golf club.

A carved pumpkin with a large hole on one side opens up opportunities for several other toddler Halloween games. If your child happens to have a toy golf set and nerf or foam ball, you can have kids try to hit the ball into the pumpkin. You will likely need a few weights in the pumpkin’s base to keep it upright on impact.

Or, simply grab some ping pong balls and let the kids toss them in for a prize. Make sure they’re standing far enough back to make it every so slightly challenging. For fun, we decorated orange ping pong balls like jack-o-lanterns. If you don’t feel like carving a pumpkin for this purpose, Michael’s sells 13″ diorama craft pumpkins. or you could even use the standard jack-o-lantern trick-or-treat pails with the ping pong balls.

Glow-in-the-Dark Bracelets

These, by far, were the biggest hit at our toddler Halloween party and continue to be popular with my daughter as she gets older. Glow-in-the-dark sticks connect with each other to make bracelets or necklaces. This is assuming that you have an evening party or a room dark enough to make it work. I recommend buying more than you think you’ll need.

Other than these toddler Halloween games and activities, I think you can just let them run around and play while the adults relax.

See also: Easy Halloween Spider Cracker Snacks for Kids

What is your favorite toddler Halloween party game?

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5 Comments

  1. October 27, 2009 at 5:43 am — Reply

    Thank you for the tips, I love your site.

  2. October 26, 2009 at 12:22 pm — Reply

    Jello worms is a much better idea than a jello filled kiddie pool!

  3. October 26, 2009 at 10:40 am — Reply

    Great tips! My kids love decorating paper bags for holidays, it’s a lot of fun & easy way craft idea.

    But come on, what could possibly go wrong La Jolla Dad’s kiddie pool idea 😉
    .-= beth aka confusedhomemaker´s last blog ..Costco’s Caramel Apple-Glazed Apple Cake =-.

  4. October 26, 2009 at 9:40 am — Reply

    Sounds like a great time! Great tips! Thanks!

  5. October 26, 2009 at 8:54 am — Reply

    Loving that “pass the parcel” game. Never heard of that! I’m going to make jello worms for the party we’re going to on Sat. will let you know how they turn out!
    .-= babyblooze liz´s last blog ..A Swine Time =-.

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