This post has a Halloween in a Tin free printable and AWESOME Halloween Read and Play Blog Hop. There are activities for many favorite children’s Halloween stories. I am sharing a new non-scary printable that could accompany any Halloween story, Halloween fun in a tin. Specifically, this printable is made to fit inside two Altoids tins if both pages are printed. It is best if the pages are printed on card stock to give the small buildings and trick-or-treat characters some durability. The good thing about this is that no candy is involved, and it gives the children something to do while waiting for the big day.
Halloween in a Tin
Now for the Halloween in a Tin free printable. For younger children, either the parent could cut out the pictures, or the child could bubble cut around the top portions. Older children might like to help by cutting out the items for younger children. After printing, especially if only printed on copy paper, it is best to create a circle at the bottom of each figure and tape closed. The little people could also be finger puppets that way, also. The buildings stand up more easily with just the tabs folded back.
Another idea with an Altoids tin is pictured, below, and I just used scraps and made up this little monster. He can be put to bed in his tin, covered with a blanket, and be told good night. I used scraps of felt, flat pieces of felt for the feet and ears, small buttons for decoration and eyes, and a tiny bit of stuffing. Good night, monster!
Now for a short round of up of the Halloween type stories I have shared before on my blog, and a few other ideas. The children are so excited in October and it is easy to work in some learning opportunities with their interest.
More Great Halloween Ideas
The Jenny Evolution has a nice post about the best board books for toddlers at Halloween. It is an exciting time for toddlers… dressing up, eating candy. Wait a minute — they do that all the time! Something else toddlers love year round? Halloween books!This post has a list, and a link to get more book recommendations.
Halloween brings along things such as questionable costumes and an overload of sugar, but it can also bring along more wholesome entertainment. One such paragon is Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Debra and James Howe. Please find a free printable at this guest post by I. Reid.
The House in the Night by is a children’s book about being brave when home alone, and at night! This book was not written for Halloween, but it would make a fun read on a dark October evening. There is a FREE Power Point at the link, and I added a section that is similar to the story but with a Halloween twist.
Free printable monster adjectives with letter sized teaching posters for each word, and a printable game for your emergent readers to play. Click on the link or the picture to the left to download your copy. Use this after reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and encouraging your child to describe the monsters.
This word activity is a way to play with Halloween words. There is a free printable at this link. There are four word families, and the kids use a different color crayon to circle each word family. This could accompany any Halloween story.
This free Halloween bingo printable in our free members area is a non-scary version, appropriate for young audiences and family fun. You can join our newsletter here for the most recent password to access the free eMember area pages.
Stellaluna is a classroom favorite read near Halloween. This book is by Janell Cannon, and tells a story children relate to well, a baby bat has lost it’s mother and family. A bird family adopts it, but they sleep right side up and they don’t eat good food! I revised my free printable for this post, and it will open right here.
Even More Great Halloween Ideas
Make sure to check out the other activities from fantastic bloggers!
Pleasantest Thing- Goodnight Goon- Halloween Slime
The Jenny Evolution- Go Away Big Green Monster- Paper Monster
Hand Made Kids Art- The Legend of Spooky the Square Pumpkin- Square Pumpkin Art
The Inspired Treehouse- The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything
Lovely Commotion- Pumpkin Pumpkin- Pumpkin Life Cycle
Bambini Travel- Broom, Zoom- Night Sky Activity
Preschool Powol Packets- Room on the Broom- Croaking Frog Craft
Adventures of Adam- Winnie the Witch- Multicolored Cat Project
Cutting Tiny Bites- Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat- Sound Effects Box
Cutting Tiny Bites- Click, Clack, Boo!: A Tricky Treat- Halloween Shadow Garland
Betsy’s Photography- Popcorn- Making Popcorn Bars
All Done Monkey- Runaway Pumpkin- Rolling Pumpkin Experiment
Kitchen Counter Chronicles- It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown- Great Pumpkin Bowling Game
Craft Ideas for Kids- Spider Sandwiches- Halloween Sensory Play: Monster Pizza Parlour
Teach Beside Me- Inside a House That is Haunted- Haunted House Craft
One Time Through- Magic School Bus: Haunted Museum- Spooky Sound Experiments
Bare Feet on the Dashboard- Curious George Goes to a Costume Party- Costumes and Pretend Play
Where Imagination Grows- 5 Little Ghosts- Ghost Collages
Royal Baloo- AlphaOops- Halloween Letter Puppets
Rubberboots and Elf Shoes- Skeleton Hiccups- Paper Chain Skeleton
P is for Preschooler- Clifford’s Halloween- Cotton Ball Ghost Craft
Little Bins For Little Hands- ABCs of Halloween- Sensory Bin
Pink Stripey Socks- Scaredy-Cay Splat the Cat- Spider Costume
Fun-A-Day!- Big Pumpkin- Sequencing Activity
Line Upon Line Learning- The Spooky Old Tree- Prepositions Game
Kitchen Floor Crafts- Pumpkin Eye- Halloween Sticky Collage
Coffee Cups and Cratons- Spookley the Square Pumpkin- Glitter Pumpkin Sun Catchers
Wise Owl Factory- Bunnicula and others- Halloween Book Fun Learning Round Up
Planet Smarty Pants- The Picky Little Witch- Halloween Cupcakes
Study at Home Mama- 10 Halloween Books and 50 Activities
Don’t forget to check out the Halloween Read and Play Pinterest Board which features ALL these great activities!