It's that time of year where every young kid starts asking over and over, “Is it Halloween yet?” No, dear and it won't be for a couple weeks. We broke out the Halloween decorations and kids' books to ease into it a bit more. My in-laws brought us four pumpkins that they ACTUALLY grew themselves! (What? Don't you have to pay for those?!) My daughter was very excited to learn they her grandparents have a “pumpkin patch.” We still need to carve them and with the Halloween itch hitting us hard, we needed a Halloween activity to do that we could set up and take down easily. It was a rainy fall day so we decided to make a Halloween Obstacle course. Fun! And clearly it is not rocket science, we just used what we had on hand, so you can too!
Non-scary Easy Indoor Haunted House
The first idea we had was to make a Non-scary Kids Haunted House. We used the same set up as our Fire Safety Smoke Crawl from last week. The black blanket was hung over the dining room table. Next it was time for the ghosts! I cut a few plastic grocery bags roughly down the seams, rounding the corners and drew on some friendly ghost faces with a Sharpie marker. Easy, peasy! I just taped them up on the under side of the table and we had our toddler and preschooler-friendly haunted house! Ladybug and I (!) must have crawled through the haunted house a hundred times that afternoon! Sometimes she crawled around them and sometimes she would crawl under them, like she did with the smoke.
Of course I made our haunted house pretty non-scary but if you wanted to make it scarier, the ghost faces could easily be spooky. You could dangle spiders and bats from the table, you could make it much darker of course. We kept
Easy Spiderweb Obstacles
The first time Ladybug went through the Haunted House she almost stood up too early and conked her head on the table. Hmm. We had to come up with something to serve as a reminder not to stand up too soon. Sure I could just tell her, but if we are running an obstacle course, I don't expect her to always remember. Our simple solution was to make an easy spiderweb by placing our giant store-bought spider on baby brother's high chair. Obviously if you do not have a giant spider, a small spider, or even 4 pipe cleaners or twist ties tied together would make a spider in a pinch. So. After the Haunted house we HAD to crawl PAST the giant spider.
We also had some of that meshy stretchy dollar store spiderweb stuff left from our Halloween cutting activities so I made a quick little hurdle by cutting holes in two toilet paper tubes, inserting the ends of a paper towel tube into the holes and wrapping the spiderwebs around it. You could obviously make many of these, and you could make them taller by using paper towel tubes or cereal boxes for the sides. We kept it short.
The next thing we did was to make a pumpkin patch in the kitchen. We started it off by placing Ladybug's black plastic pet cat on the floor. Scary Black Cat! Look out! Jump over!! (In my head I like to call this obstacle the cat hurdle…heehee.) You can just see the cat's tail in that first picture.
We set the four pumpkins we had in a zig zag configuration. We did all different patterns while running through our pumkpin patch, sometimes, straight through, sometimes slalom around and sometimes hopping over them! You could easily use your kids trick or treat buckets, or really any other Halloween decoration for this one.
Catch the Ghost
We had a ghost balloon, which was also left from our Halloween cutting practice activities, so I tied a new, longer string on it and floated it to the ceiling at the end of the pumpkin patch. All we had to do was jump to catch the ghost to finish off the obstacle course. If you don't have a balloon, you could create another grocery bag ghost and tape it or dangle it from a string over a door. Rather than grap it you could have the kids swat it like a high five.
Ta-da! Easy, rainy day Halloween themed obstacle course!
Baby brother even got in on the action after he woke up from his nap! I cannot say for sure that he knew what we were doing but he did laugh a lot crawling and walking after us!
For more Halloween ideas from Lalymom, check out these Halloween Cutting activities, some Fall Art Projects and a fun Cutting Practice Spider! For still more inspiration, come follow my Halloween Pinterest Board. And while you're here, if you're not already following me on Facebook, I'll make it easy with the like button right up there at the top of the page! Thanks for coming by, Happy Halloween!