Halloween-inspired half term activities

This half term children and young people at The Children’s Trust are getting creative with a range of autumnal crafts and spooky sensory activities.

Published on: 24/10/22

Keren Holding, Leisure and Activities Coordinator, says: “The children and young people will be celebrating the change in season this week as we prepare for our spooktacular Halloween party on Friday!

“They’ll be making decorations including wreaths and leaf suncatchers for the windows, designing witches’ hats and masks to wear at the party, and playing some ghostly games to get us all in the mood. I’m sure this will involve members of staff being wrapped in toilet roll as a mummy!

“There’s also going to be fun sensory activities as well for the children and young people to explore; smashing pumpkins, making slime and a special sensory story.”

Here is a roundup of some of our favourite ideas for you to try at home this Halloween.

Yarn spiders

Two ready made yarn wrap spiders with googly eyes

Practice your fine motor skills creating these friendly spiders – the perfect Halloween decoration.

Here’s what you will need to make them: cardboard, black or grey yarn, black pencils or crayons, Sellotape, four pipe cleaners and googly eyes.

Read this blog for the full method. 

Leaf Suncatchers

Before you can begin creating your suncatcher you need to collect some leaves! It’s a great opportunity to get outdoors and explore while finding a selection of leaves in different sizes and colours.

Visit this blog for step-by-step instructions on how to make one.

Making glitter slime


Making slime is always a firm favourite in our messy play sessions.

Watch this video on the Twinkl YouTube channel to find out how to make your own slime. 

Sensory stories

Sensory stories pair spoken word with sensory stimuli and as a result, stories come alive for our young people.

Find out more about them and download an example story today from The Children’s Trust School.

Frankenstein cup and ball game

A monster cup & ball game

Get crafty and competitive this Halloween with a twist on the classic cup and ball game. Practice basic origami skills and create your own little monster!

Visit this blog to get started. 

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