Halloween is great fun and can be a fantastic sensory experience for children, young and old. In this blog, our Children and Young People’s service outline activities that you could do at home with a child or young person.
This blog features Halloween sensory story suggestions and creative Halloween activity ideas.
Get ready to read with sensory stories!
Sensory stories are a fantastic way of engaging all the senses through the means of storytelling.
Webster Witch’s Ugly Potion
If you haven’t come across Pete Wells special stories before then check out his website.
On the website, you will find a story called Webster Witch’s Ugly Potion, a perfect story to use for Halloween.
IT WAS A DARK, DARK NIGHT… who doesn’t love the FunnyBones stories! They are ideal stories for building anticipation and suspense and also a sneaky way of incorporating learning via a crafts activity you could do before or after. First, discuss what a skeleton is, you could ask questions such as:
How many bones do we think we have? Where in our bodies do we have bones?
Then using cotton wool and glue, create a standard human skeleton or make it more fun and create animals such as pets etc. Creating your picture on black card/paper will give contrast and you can even add glitter or colour using pens/pencils to the cotton wool to give the effect of a glow-in-the-dark skeleton. Below is a link for one of the stories to use alongside the activity.
You’re my boo!
You’re my boo is a perfect Halloween story for babies! The link below takes you to an audio version of the book.
On the website, you will also see some great stories and poems for children of all different ages.
Making spooky mixtures on Halloween is a fun way of incorporating Halloween into a sensory activity.
You could make a mixture with noodles and add spooky eyeballs. This is to develop touch and you can make it as gross as you want; you could try jelly instead of noodles.
You can also add in chocolate sweets to make the activity rewarding. To make the noodles stand out more you could add food dye to them, why not turn them red/brown and make them wiggly worms!
For those children not keen on using their hands, they can use utensils to move the noodles around.
Spooky play (babies and toddlers)
- Coloured scarves – With Halloween decorations and costumes incorporated, any sensory activity can become a Halloween one. Scarves can be used during stories and songs, with different colours representing different things such as orange is pumpkin.
- Developing fine and gross motor skills (shaving form and glitter play) – Use alongside a spooky story or as stand-alone activities and encourage the child to make shapes and swirls.
Alongside the traditional carving of a pumpkin, you can also use felt craft to make scary faces (minus the mess of the traditional pumpkin so perfect for those who don’t like a mess) Or incorporate paint to make it look spooky.