6 off-the-shelf Halloween activities for kids from small businesses

Carved pumpkin wearing a witch's hat


Kids love getting into the spirit of Halloween with crafts and activities to get stuck into. But as busy parents ourselves, we know that sometimes you need to take some shortcuts to make sure the kids’ grand plans fit in with your own.

All the big retailers have their Halloween ranges, and it would be super easy to pop a few into your basket next time you’re shopping. If like us, however, you like to support small businesses where you can, why not check out these recommendations?

Make your own Halloween skeleton keyring by Cotton Twist


Make your own Halloween skeleton keyring

It’s fair to say we love pretty much everything that Cotton Twist do! Their activity kits and personalised gifts are so well thought out and their customer service is exceptional. They have a full range of Halloween activities to choose from, but these fun keyrings jumped out at us!

Halloween-themed temporary tattoos

Colourful Halloween-themed temporary tattoos

We love these wizard-themed tattoos from My Little Day, stocked by Molly Meg. Whether it's a fun party activity or a way to add a little Halloween magic to an outfit, we know our kids would love these.

Halloween shadow puppets from Molly Meg


Halloween shadow puppets

Kids will have loads of fun creating shadows with these cute and simple puppets available from Molly Meg. No need to faff around with scissors and glue, just cut straight to the playing! You could even create a shadow theatre from an old box too.



Letterfest's Monster colouring and activity book


Monster colouring and activity book

Incredibly cute illustrations of monsters and pumpkins fill the pages of this lovely book created by Letterfest. With 24 pages of fun, it’s a book they’ll come back to again and again. Why not pair with a new set of pencils or gel pens for an extra special treat?


Eggnogg's colour-in halloween table cloth


Colour-in monsters and ghosts tablecloth

This large poster/tablecloth from Eggnogg is 127 x 95cm and adorned with funny ghosts and ghouls. You can use coloured pencils, crayons, pastels, chalks, paints or felt tips to colour it in. Not only will it make a great centrepiece for a Halloween-themed meal but you’ll have hours of fun making it!


Black cat origami notes for Halloween

Black Cat Origami Notes

Tweens and teens will love folding and then writing these gorgeous origami notes, available for Little Lulubel. They'd make a perfect party invitation!


A selection of book covers from Halloween Collection

More Halloween fun

Why not also check out our simple and easy Halloween craft ideas, plus our guide to having Halloween fun at home?

For some brilliant Halloween book recommendations head to our Halloween Bookshop Collection

You may also like to check out: 

6 of the best new Halloween books for kids in 2023

7 spooky Halloween books for 8-year-olds and up 

7 fang-tastic Halloween books for kids aged 5-8.


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