Happy Halloween! Here are a ton of Halloween sensory bin ideas to make for your kids this spooky season!
I am here for making Halloween into a full month celebration.
One of my favorite ways to celebrate holidays is with fun sensory bins! My kids are 1 and 2, so sensory bins let them dig in, get messy, and laugh a lot.
I really enjoy watching both my kids play with these bins.
My 2 year old son amazes me with how smart he is getting – counting, sorting, and really understanding what’s going on!
My 1 year old is starting to really enjoy playing and sensory bins are one of her first opportunities to explore in a safe and controlled way.
Anyways, if you want to plan weekly – or even daily – Halloween activities, keep scrolling for a ton of ideas to put on your calendar!
How do you make a sensory bin for Halloween?
To make a sensory bin for halloween you need to combine a filler base with spooky Halloween mix ins in a bin or tray!
Halloween sensory bin filler ideas
Filler is the base of your bin, that add ons are mixed into. Spooky Halloween sensory bin fillers include:
- Black beans*
- Water beads*
- Cooked spaghetti
- Dry dyed rice
- Dry dyed pasta*
- Spider webbing
- Pumpkin seeds
- Kinetic sand
- Play doh
*Beware that these items can be choking hazards for mouthing toddlers and should be very well supervised or saved for older kids
What do you put in a Halloween sensory bin?
You can mix anything spooky into your sensory bins, but some ideas include:
- Plastic spiders, snakes, bugs
- Eyeball balls
- Letters or shapes
- Witch finger toys
- Googley eyes (large)
- Coiled pipe cleaners
- Wooden shapes
- Glow sticks
What makes a good sensory bin?
A sensory bin is any container filled with fillers for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers to play with and explore. A good sensory bin is large enough for kids to play in without pushing the contents out of the bin!
Sensory activities help kids:
- Develop fine motor skills
- Learn to use their imagination
- Practice skills like sorting and counting
Here are some great halloween ideas for sensory bins!
Halloween Sensory Bin Ideas
Looking for fun Halloween sensory bins? Here are a ton of ideas to inspire you!
Cook up some orange spaghetti and get spooky with spiders!
Get spooky and goopy with this jello Halloween dig!
Grab some mini pumpkins and a bucket of water and let your kids splash, play, and explore!
Halloween Sensory Bin: Spooky Halloween Fun
Black and orange rice make this simple sensory bin. Once the rice is mixed, you can save it and use it for more of a confetti-looking Halloween bin!
Spaghetti & Eyeball Halloween Sensory Bin
The combination of spooky spaghetti and eyeballs is truly frightening! I love those scoopers for eyeball play too. Haha eyeball play!
Sensory Activity – A Sensory Walk Through Fall
I really love this idea of combining a nature walk with gathering items to use in a nature themed halloween sensory bin! Consider doing a nature painting with the leftovers!
How to Make an Easy DIY Halloween Sensory Bin for Kids
This bin combines black beans (or the bin filler of your choice) with all those little halloween goodies you always see at the Dollar Spot or Dollar Tree!
Skeleton Sensory Activity – Easy Halloween Fun
This looks like sand but is DYED SALT! Pretty wild! Super fun for kids to dig thru with spooky bones!
Easy Halloween Sensory Bin
This bin used black water beads as it's filler. I can't wait for my kids to be older so we can play with water beads!
How to Make A Magical Witches Potion Sensory Bin
This is SUCH a fun idea - sudsy bubbling witches brew!
Creepy Crawly Halloween Sensory Play Tray
Orange rice and a big magnifying glass make this a fun bin to explore!
Halloween Sensory Bin
Here's another water bead bin! It used a witch's cauldron and a ladle for lots of spooky pretend play!
Pumpkin Seed Alphabet Activity
Pumpkin seeds are the perfect bin filler here! This is good if your kids aren't into spooky and you want something with more fall vibes.
Halloween Sensory Writing Tray
I love this idea for using jello powder and a spooky witch finger to practice writing letters!
How to Make Jello Eyeballs – an Easy Sensory Bin
These jello balls are spooky, creepy, food safe, and good for kids of all ages!
What sensory play are you doing for Halloween fun?!
More Halloween ideas:
- Toddler + preschooler boo basket ideas
- You’ve been booed free printable & basket ideas
- Halloween sensory bin ideas
- Pumpkin wash fall sensory bin for kids
- Halloween scavenger hunt for kids
- Spider themed activity ideas
- Ghost themed activity ideas
- Monster treats for kids
- Spider treats for kids
- Easy DIY Halloween gift ideas
- Candy-free halloween treat ideas
- Halloween breakfast ideas
Thanks for reading!