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Halloween classroom party ideas don’t have to be all about fun! I’ve put a spin on things to make them educational, too!
Every year, my daughter’s elementary school does a Book-a-Week parade on Halloween. Each student dresses in a costume and must carry a book with them that pertains to the costume. When my daughter dressed as a Slice of Pizza, she took the book Babies Don’t Eat Pizza. Dressed as a cow, she grabbed the book Click, Clack, Moo! This year as a kitty cat she’s torn on taking a Pete the Cat book or If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.
In addition to the Book-a-Ween parade, the 2nd graders are going from classroom to classroom to work on fun, and educational activities. I jumped on the volunteer band wagon and with the help of Oriental Trading, grabbed some fun projects that we easily turned educational for this Halloween Classroom Party.
Halloween Classroom Party Ideas
Since my daughter’s class theme is “spider” we went with several spider items:
- spider ring toss math game
- spider weaving craft project
- spider guessing game with plastic spiders
- jumping spider guesstimating and adding game
- spider tattoos
This Spider Ring Toss is fun and it comes with everything you need to play the game. Simply blow up the spider and place it onto the floor. Draw a line on the floor with masking tape and ask students to stand behind the line before throwing the rings. To put an educational spin on things, give each student a piece of paper and pencil. Ask them to add their score on the paper. If necessary allow them to use a calculator.
Every party needs a craft project! While this Spider Weaving Craft Project may not be academically challenging, but it does require kids to listen to directions, follow patterns and increase hand-eye coordination. Plus, when you’re done, you have a fun, spider decoration to hang up!
All of the pieces come cut out and pre-printed, and ready to assemble. Just weave the strips and trim the ends. No glue necessary.
You cannot have a Halloween classroom party without a guessing game! Toss Plastic Spiders into a jar, cut some fabric and glue to the jar lid and you’ve got a guessing game! Place a pen and small slips of paper next to your jar. Kids LOVE to guess how many things are in a jar. The winner gets to take all the spiders home to enjoy during Halloween!
To cover your jar lid with fabric, trace a piece of fabric about 1/2″ bigger than the jar and cut it out. Attach it to the lid with hot glue.
My favorite classroom party idea is the Jumping Spiders game. You can use a lot or a little space for this game. First you’ll need to make a game board. I simply took a piece of card stock and marked it with a ruler at 1″, 3″, 6″ and 10″. I covered my lines with festive Halloween washi tape. Add instructions for a starting line and points in each area with a black marker. Tape your board to a table before playing the game.
The other option would be to mark spaces on the floor or carpet with masking tape. Add the jumping point values to each line.
How to Play Jumping Spiders
- Each student receives a certain number of spiders (2 or 3) and must guess which spider will jump the farthest and writes it onto a piece of paper.
- Players line up their spiders and jump them and record the farthest jump.
- The other object of the game is to add up the points value for jumps and see who jumped the farthest (collectively). You can provide students with a calculator if necessary.
- Students can repeat and play several “rounds.”
The final Halloween Classroom Party Idea is Spider Tattoos. Now this is the “fun” portion of the holiday party! There’s nothing better than adding a spooky spider to your arm or cheek while in school.
Need some other fun and easy Halloween snacks? We have some last minute ideas that are easy!
- Graham Cracker Mummy Treats are a fun no bake treat!
- No Bake Pumpkin Spice Cookies are a crowd pleaser.
- Ghost Suckers are always a fun surprise treat!