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Nature Inspired Halloween Activities for Kids

Updated on August 22, 2013

Halloween Activities for Kids and Ways to Enjoy Nature this Halloween

Looking for Halloween activities for kids? Halloween is a great time to do crafts, games, and nature inspired activities with your children. Halloween activities are not only fun, but they can also be educational and even provide valuable bonding time with your kids.

I like to use Halloween and the month of October as an excuse to enjoy all of that the Fall season has to offer. There are numerous ways to celebrate the Halloween season with your kids through exploring nature. Here you will find ideas for Halloween activities to do with your kids.

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Take Your Kids on a Nature Walk

Go on a nature walk with your kids.

The simplest activity to do with your kids during the Halloween season is go on a nature walk. Go for a walk through your neighborhood or a nearby park. Point out all of the changing leaf colors, dormant patches of grass, and all the other natural changes that occur during Fall.

You can also do a nature project together from things you collect on your nature walk. You could collect leaves, either putting them in a box or displaying them neatly in a scrapbook depending on the age of your child. You could also collect pinecones or pine needles and use them for a craft project (one idea is to use a pinecone to create a doll by gluing bits of fabric to it).

A nature walk is a great way to teach your children about the changing seasons. It's also a good opportunity to teach them to appreciate and respect nature.

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Go Pumpkin Picking

Take your kids to a pumpkin patch.

One of the neatest Halloween activities you can do with your kids is take them pumpkin picking. Our local pumpkin patch allows visitors to pick a pumpkin directly from the patch. They also have a playground and hayride for the kids. It's a super neat place. It provides kids the opportunity to learn a bit about agriculture, to stretch their legs and run a bit in the fresh air, and to learn about all that the Fall season has to offer.

Do a Google search to find a public pumpkin patch that's near you.

If you can't find a nearby pumpkin patch, and you have a toddler, you can always create your own pumpkin patch. Simply purchase several small pumpkins and arrange them in your yard or in a park and let your little one "pick" their own pumpkin.

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How to Carve a Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving Kits - Carve a pumpkin with your kids.

Pumpkin carving has been made easy today with special stencils and carving kits. Any of these kits below will help you make special memories with your kids this Halloween.

Pumpkin Carving Kit and Light Set
Pumpkin Carving Kit and Light Set

This carving set even includes fun lights.

Two's Company Kitty Cat Pumpkin Carving Bling Decorating Kit NEW!
Two's Company Kitty Cat Pumpkin Carving Bling Decorating Kit NEW!

If your family isn't into the spooky parts of Halloween, then this cat kit may be a great choice for you.

Disney Princess Pumpkin Carving Kit
Disney Princess Pumpkin Carving Kit

Your little girl will love helping you decorate a pumpkin when she has her own princess tools.

Halloween Disney Pumpkin Carving Kit
Halloween Disney Pumpkin Carving Kit

Whinnie the Pooh is a great choice to get little ones involved.


Don't Want to Carve a Pumpkin? Decorate it Instead?

Decorate your pumpkins with paint or a pumpkin decorating kit.

If you don't want to mess with digging the insides out of a pumpkin and cutting intricate designs into its side, you can always decorate it instead. Get creative! You can paint a face on it, decorate it with stickers, let the kids stamp on a design, or even glue on a face with cut out pieces of felt. Use your imagination!

If you're creatively challenged, you can also purchase a pumpkin decorating kit and stick on a face, arms, and lets like you would with a Mr. Potato Head.

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Pumpkin Decorating Kits - Decorate a pumpkin with your kids.

Decorate a Hay Bale for Halloween - Halloween hay bale.

If your yard is big enough, you can have a hay bale delivered and you can decorate it with your kids for Halloween. Spray painting a Jack-o-lantern face onto a hay bale is the most common way to decorate them for Halloweem. But I've also seen hay bales decorated as bats, spiders (as pictured above), giant scarecrows, and even a green Frankenstein.

If your yard isn't big enough to accomodate a large round hay bale, then decorate a small square bale (they are called square bales even though they are actually rectangles). A square bale makes a super cute black cat.

To decorate a hay bale all you need is a few cans of spray paint, a few odds and ends to attach (for arms, legs, tails, wings, etc), and a lot of imagination.

If you don't want to decorate a hay bale, you could always take your kids on a car ride hay bale search and take pictures of all the decorative Halloween hay bales you see.

*Images courtesy of Angelic Accents.

Make a Scarecrow with Your Kids

Put together a scarecrow.

Making a scarecrow with your kids is a fun Halloween activity to do. You can buy a kit and make a small one to keep indoors or you could get really adventurous and use straw and old clothes to make a scarecrow to decorate your front porch.

When decorating your scarecrow scene, think about all the natural elements that are available to you during the Fall, such as pumpkins, gords, hay, corn cobs and stalks, pinecones, and so much more. Many Halloween scarecrow decorative scenes can transition easily into November for Thanksgiving with just a few minor tweaks.

Scarecrow Kits and How to Make a Scarecrow Books - Make a scarecrow with your kids.

What types of activities do you do with your kids for Halloween? - Thank you for visiting.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are great ideas. I will share this with friends who have kids.

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      ViolaSuSi 4 years ago

      Love the Halloween hay bale.

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Fantastic! I love these ideas! Angel blessed!

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      ideadesigns 6 years ago

      I'm loving the pumpkin hay bale. Great ideas here!

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      Tiffany3 6 years ago

      Love the ideas! Fall is the best time for nature activities. ;)

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      great ideas, featuring this in my new page '5 fun family fall activities' Thanks for the ideas. I see we think alike. Love the opening pic! Too Cute!

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      333ideas 6 years ago

      I really love your page! I am planning a get-together with all of the family and having a lot of activities for them to do for Halloween. Thanks so much for the ideas! Please visit me sometime @

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      HalloweenEnthus 6 years ago

      Love your Halloween lens. I hope you do well at Halloween time.

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      travelbroad 6 years ago

      Sometimes, for kids, it's kind of dangerous to carve a pumpkin so I like your ideas about putting decorating them instead! Same effect and they can participate in the fun.

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      Kim 6 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      added lens to the featured one on my Horrifically Heverything Halloween

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      NidhiRajat 6 years ago

      such a wonderful lens..congrats

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      Missmerfaery444 6 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea, autumn is so beautiful and there is lots for kids to see and do - combining it with spooky things makes it even more fun! Blessed!

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      Donnette Davis 6 years ago from South Africa

      This is such an inspiring lens, beautifully done. thank you

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Great way to share nature with kids. Lots of fun fall ideas.

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      spritequeen lm 7 years ago

      We love painting pumpkins and making spooky dinner foods :-)

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      lemonsqueezy lm 7 years ago

      We will never miss a trip to the pumpkin patch. We are going this weekend. Great pics! I love fall.

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      Love the idea of nature inspired especially with getting the kids involved at Halloween -- and throughout the year -- this type of activity is quite inspiring! AND educational -- like eating your vegetables mixed into say the meatloaf?

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      Jimmie Lanley 7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Nice lens! Such a homey feel -- kids, fall, nature. What's not to love?

      One year we made fall leaf art. Here is a pic.

      (You can use it, BTW. CC license is there.)

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      I also love the hay bales. I have never seen that done before. My girls and I love to decorate the inside and outside of our house for Halloween. Blessed by a Squid Angel!

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      Joan4 7 years ago

      I love that spider hay bale! how creative!

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations! You've been SquidBoo Blasted. Happy Halloween!

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      You've laid out some awesome Halloween activities here!