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Halloween in a Tin Free Printable 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.

free matching cards for homonymsHalloween 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.

Free Power Point to Accompany the children's book THE HOUSE IN THE NIGHT
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson 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-monster-adjectives-printableFree 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.

Halloween Words free printable
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.

free printable for Stellaluna
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

LalyMom- Five Little Pumpkins- Clothespin Activity

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

Chicken Babies- Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance- Monster Dancing and Eyeball Games

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

Mama Smiles- Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?- Felt Board Activity and Coloring Pages

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

Artsy Momma- Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy- Pumpkin Wand and Pumpkin Crafts

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

Mama Miss- Sheep Trick-or-Treat- Sheep Craft, Activity, and Snack

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!

Thank you for reading,  Carolyn Wilhelm