Welcome to the easiest Halloween activity to prep: it’s the Halloween toy parade and it’s filled with simple perfection. Create a “parade” route for your child to fill with spooky creepy crawling to and let the Halloween play take over. The Halloween toy parade is especially perfect for kids who love detailed fine motor play.
What is a Halloween toy parade?
A few months ago, we made an Animal Parade and it was a smash hit (in fact, it went massively viral and the activity took on a life of itself).
Nothing like an activity that takes all of 37 seconds to put together becoming an Internet sensation… so that’s why I spent another whole 37 seconds making it into a Halloween toy parade this time.
The goal: delicately place toys on a parade “route” for a fun imaginary play activity.
They don’t make activities much easier the Halloween toy parade (and I should know… I love a good simple activity!). But this is one of the easiest.
At the end of the day, we don’t need to spend hours making elaborate activities for our kids when easy and simple activities are just as much fun (and often are a bigger hit!).
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- Butcher paper
- Giant sharpie marker
- Halloween toys (I used some from the dollar store and plastic spiders)
I’m a big fan of having a few supplies on hand for kid activities. I liken it to having a well stocked pantry and being so excited when you open a recipe and have all the ingredients on hand.
With this activity (and many of my Halloween activities) there are a few specialty supplies that make these ideas possible.
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Normally when I make a toy parade, I put paint’s tape down right on the carpet.
For this Halloween spin, I rolled out the butcher paper on the floor and taped it down. That way it doesn’t fold up on us or move while my daughter (3.5) sets up her parade.
I made two lines on the paper: one curvy and the other zig zag. I labeled them with “start” and “finish” even though she can’t read those words yet.
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How the Halloween toy parade went
I know this looks simple.
I know this doesn’t seem like much.
But what this ended up being was a catalyst for my daughter’s independent play – and she sat and played here for 25 minutes, building an elaborate story around her Halloween parade.
Each Halloween creature was carefully added to the line up and I marveled at all her hard work and learning.
What’s being learned in this Halloween activity?
Although we don’t need to justify an activity by how much kids learn from it, it is fun to see just what skills can grow and be developed in a kids activity.
Doing this simple activity, helped my daughter grow with:
- Fine motor skills
- Independent play
- Imaginative play
- Hand-eye coordination
It might be an easy activity – but it’s an activity that does a whole lot of good!
Grab your Halloween toys and set the timer for 37 seconds. I bet you can have this activity set up that fast, but the sky is the limit on how long your child might play with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope – Halloween activities are not a requirement of childhood. You can do activities with your kids or not. That choice is yours.
Activities are more about the child than an arbitrary age limit. For this activity, the child will be doing small, detailed work. If your child is interested in that kind of play, this may be the right activity for them.
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