Halloween + science = fun! 🙂
My kids love anything that is spooky, AND my kids love dressing up, AND my kids love lollies, sweets and candy, so you can understand why Halloween is their favourite holiday of the year! Of course, adding a bit of science into their Halloween activities just adds a bit of learning to the fun. Win, win!
Here are some of the Halloween science projects that we’ve tried so far… (And we’ll be adding some more here soon…)
Fun Halloween Science Ideas for Kids
More Halloween Science and STEM activities for kids
There are loads more activities we’re DYING to try, when we get a chance! Here are some of the spooky science or Halloween-themed STEM activities that we’re really keen to try next. Let me know if you’ve done any of these in the comments below!!
- Eruptions are always fun, but eruptions inside pumpkins are even, err, funner! Team Cartwright has three ways to make pumpkins erupt and ooze, each using very different ingredients…
- STEAM Powered Family also created pumpkin eruptions, except they turned their pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns first, so it looks like the eruption is coming out of the jack-o-lantern’s mouth. Puking pumpkins! Gross and cool at the same time!
- We made a cool pumpkin geoboard for some Halloween maths, over on our sister site Danya Banya.
- Harness magnetic forces with this cute floating ghost STEM activity by From Engineer to SAHM.
- Steamsational has a fun salt crystal pumpkins idea using toy pumpkins.
- Sink or float? Can you build a boat that can float, whilst supporting the weight of a (small) pumpkin? Engineering for the win! From Teaching Ideas.
- Learn about trajectories with these DIY Halloween shooter toys from Red Ted Art. How far can you make them fly?
- Here’s a cool glowing ooblek recipe that not only introduces the concept of non-Newtonian fluids, but also glows in two different colours, depending on whether you’ve got a black light or not. Fluorescent coolness! From STEAM Powered Family.
- Mama Smiles shows how to make Ghost Balloons, which would be an easy science activity for a Halloween party. (Her son did this with this second grade class).
- Did you know you can pull apart a pumpkin, and use the various pieces as part of a density experiment, to see which parts of the pumpkin are the densest. Awesome! From Steamsational.
- What conditions will make pumpkin bits (in petri dishes) rot faster? I love the grossness of this activity. From Teaching Ideas.
- Learn about Newton’s Laws of Motions with these cool Halloween balloon races! From Steam Powered Family.
- Explore chemical reactions in this fun Witches Brew science experiment! Kids will have a blast creating their own potions while learning how to compare and contrast the reactions of different materials. From Parenting Chaos.
- What material makes the strongest spider web? Fun Halloween tensile strength experiment idea by From Engineer to SAHM.
- Make your own possessed bone magic trick and fool your friends! (Of course, WE know that it’s science, and not magic, but they won’t!) From Barley and Birch.
- Have you ever tried making your own optical illusions? KC Edventures has some cool printable Halloween ones.
Which idea should we try first? Or do you know any other Halloween science projects we should try? Can’t wait, can’t wait!!
Want more? This list of cool kid-friendly science jokes is also really cool. And I also have a Spooky Halloween for Kids Pinterest board you might like to check out too. 🙂