Trick or treat! The spooky season is upon us and while we’re all for a good sugar rush, we also know that as an educator, teaching a classroom full of students who’ve eaten too much candy isn’t easy.
While Halloween candy is a huge part of traditional trick-or-treating excitement, some students may have allergies or dietary sensitivities that might leave them out of the celebrations.
Don’t let that stop you!
We’ve compiled the best spooky activities and alternative goodies to candy to have your kids howling with excitement!
All of these spooky Halloween games and activities can be done in the classroom while social distancing or even at a virtual Halloween party!
The best part of this fun Halloween game is that all you need is a printer and some pencils to play!
This is a great way to combine teaching and celebrating Halloween with kids!
Have your students learn about rectangles, squares, and triangles while crafting bats!
Decorate these bats around the classroom to add to the Halloween flare or have your students take them home to tape to their front doors.
When finding something for your class to watch, it might be hard to find a movie that won’t scare the easily-spooked kids too badly yet will also grab the attention of the ones who like scary things.
We’ve got just the list of family-friendly movies to make sure your Halloween parties go smoothly without any crying or bored kids!
This fun animated movie is about Spookley, a square pumpkin who gets teased and bullied for his shape. This is the perfect movie for young children and teaches them how to deal with bullying and how to accept and love themselves.Spookley: The Square Pumpkin is free with a Netflix subscription.
When Jack Skellington from Halloween Town accidentally stumbles into Christmas Town, he begins to fall in love with Christmas. So much so that he kidnaps Santa Claus!The Nightmare Before Christmas can be rented on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
Bring the haunted house to your classroom with this spooky stop-motion movie! After moving to a new home, Coraline discovers a portal to a parallel world of her current life. But she soon discovers that the mother of this world has a dark and terrible secret.
Coraline is one of the scarier movies on our list so if your students are younger or easily scared, we suggest skipping this one.
Amazon Prime is currently having a sale so you can rent Coraline for just $2.99 today!
A nervous man named Victor accidentally finds himself married to a corpse-woman named Emily after practicing his wedding vows in a forest. It’s up to his living fiancee to face Emily and get Victor back.
You can rent Corpse Bride on Amazon Prime for $3.99.
Luckily, Amazon has a vast selection of treats that aren’t candy that you can pass out in class.
The great part about having these candy alternatives is that you can take whatever you have leftover at the end of the day and hand it out to trick or treaters at night.
What kid doesn’t love stickers? Amazon has a great selection of different stickers that you can pass around for some more Halloween fun.
Our favorite spooky sticker set has over 1000 stickers and is less than $15 if you have Amazon Prime.
Erasers are always in demand for students and can make for a good bingo reward. Our favorite Amazon pack comes with 60 erasers, including cute black cats, shouting ghosts, and great pumpkins, all for $22.
Choosing and putting on temporary tattoos is a guaranteed way to excite any kid, even the ones who are disappointed for not getting candy! We promise that these non-toxic glow-in-the-dark tattoos will be a huge hit for all your students.
You can find a stack of 20 temporary tattoo sheets with 200 assorted styles for less than $8. What a spooky steal!
Sticking on these fun tattoo stickers is easy:
Did you know that these temporary tattoos can last up to 5 days? These fun designs will make your kids popular with all their friends and can spice up their trick or treating costumes!
This pack of 100 vibrant glowing sticks is the perfect Halloween party accessory and is only $13. Students can wear them around their necks or their wrists and the glow lasts for up to 12 hours, long enough for them to go out trick or treating at night!
Masks are still a common sight but we know just the way to turn these masks into the perfect fashion statement with Halloween-themed protective masks! Run and get a 50 pack of these disposable, holiday-themed face masks for only $18.
There are a number of great ways educators can bring Halloween to the classroom without candy and trick or treating! Whether it is playing Halloween bingo in costumes or laughing over glowing tattoos as they watch a movie, we know your students will have a lot of fun!