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8 Scary-Fun Ideas for School Halloween Celebrations


These five fun crafts and educational activities (featuring a few of our favorite supplies, of course!) should fill the bill for your classroom’s Halloween celebration: super cute, low-budget, and easy to make.


Coffee Filter Bats

This craft is as cute as it sounds! These little bats can be done in the classroom then hung up everywhere for the whole school to see!


For this craft from Crafty Mama 84, you’ll need:

  • Crayola markers
  • White coffee filters
  • Clothes pins
  • Empty spray bottles
  • Recycled newspaper (to protect desk/table surface)


Monster Math  

Festive, spooky, and fun. What’s not to love? These flash cards give your students full creative freedom, and make memorizing math problems and solutions frightfully easy!

For this craft from No Time for Flash Cards, you’ll need:

  • Crayola Dry Erase Markers
  • Bright colored card stock
  • Googly eyes
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors

Disappearing Pencils

Student’s ain’t afraid of no ghosts! This ghostly pencil topper is a classic craft that’s perfect for celebrating the season. Boo!

For this craft from Crafty Journal, you’ll need:

  • Pencils
  • Milk jugs or white card stock, craft foam or felt
  • Paper punch
  • Scissors
  • Black Sharpie marker or Crayola marker


Eyeball Bingo

This makes for a great excuse to practice some of the week’s vocabulary words, but with a spooky twist!

For this craft from Make Take Teach, you’ll need:

  • Sharpie markers (red, blue and black)
  • Ping pong balls
  • Eyeball bingo boards (download for free here)


Eraser Monsters

Your students can make themselves a little Halloween companion for the classroom!

For this craft from Craft Whack, you’ll need:

  • Erasers
  • Sharpie markers (various colors)
  • Googly eyes
  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Scissors
  • Yarn – different colors, cut into bits (for hair)
  • White paper – construction paper or card stock (for teeth)

Egg carton witch

Fun and spooky, but also a great demonstration on how recycling can turn one item into something completely different–all it takes is some imagination!

For this craft from Ribbons and Glue, you’ll need,

  • Cardboard Egg Carton
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Green Paint
  • Googly Eyes
  • Black Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Halloween ribbon and embellishments
  • Wood Dowel or popsicle sticks
  • Mini Witch Hat 


Pinecone spiders

If it’s a beautiful fall day, this is a great craft to take outside. Everyone picks a pinecone while they learn about the creepy crawlies that are incredibly beneficial to our ecosystem.

For this craft from Fireflies & Mudpies, you’ll need:

  • Round pine cones
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Low-temperature hot glue gun

Writing prompts

If you have some creative minds in the class or want to further develop certain skills, this activity is for you! Writing is a fantastic way to get the imagination going, and it can really set a spooky mood. Here are a few ideas for some spine-chilling Halloween prompts:

  • Write a recipe for a witch’s brew
  • Details on your students’ Halloween costumes
  • Think of a haunted house–what does it look like?
  • Create your own monster! What does it look like? How does it act? What does it sound like?
  • What is your favorite Halloween memory?
  • Tell a trick-or-treating story (either fiction or non-fiction)
  • Imagine a ghost! Tell its story! Is it friendly? What does it haunt? How does it communicate?

Originally posted 2023

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