Every October, we round up our favorite free Halloween printables from around the web, because we know so many parents who are trying to distract kids from the troves of candy that keep showing up at grandparents’ houses and doctor office waiting rooms, even before the big day arrives.
Or in my case, these Halloween games and crafts help me distract my nieces from wanting to pay a small fortune to attend something called a “zombie paintball hayride.” Which is apparently a thing that happens in Nashville.
So here they are: some of the best free Halloween printables — games, lunch box notes, masks, and decorations — to help you and your kids get your spook on right. Candy corn, optional.
Free Halloween Printables: Games
This Free I Spy Halloween Game at Teepee Girl helps kids develop a few different skills: counting, matching, and (hopefully) working independently for a few blessed minutes of silence.
Major props to One Creative Mommy for creating 30 different board variations, so you can play Halloween BINGO even in a big group, like at a class party. Because sometimes having one clear winner means everybody wins.
I think this is the cutest little game for preschoolers who want to take part in Halloween festivities, but aren’t ready for skulls and witches yet. Check out From ABCs to ACTs for these adorable, matchable Pumpkin Puzzles.
If you’re like me and haven’t visited the recycling center in too long a time, take heart. Because you already have exactly what you need (plus a tennis ball) for these awesome Halloween Bowling Printables at Craftaholics Anonymous. No bowling shoes required.
Any kid who likes Mr. Potatohead will be an instant fan of this Build a Monster Game from Amy at The Idea Room, which lets kids assemble their own monster with whacky printable body parts. Just add playdough.
Free Halloween Printables: Decor
For kids (and ahem, certain nerdy adults like me) still waiting on their letter of acceptance from Hogwarts, try these Halloween Book Covers at Little House on the Corner for a wizard-ish touch. Stack on a mantel or use as a centerpiece to give any muggle house an instant upgrade.
Gory and ghoulish decorations abound this time of year, but sometimes you just want something pretty, even if it is the season of fright. So I’m loving these classy Gold Halloween Free Printables at Yellow Bliss Road.
These Printable Halloween Apothecary Labels at World Label Blog have a more subtle design than some Halloween labels, but I think slightly older kids will have a great time daring each other to try the “Tarantula Legs” and “Toadstool Clippings.” Plus, I think they’ll look great at the bar if you plan on any adult Halloween parties.
It’s cracking me up that these Halloween Soda Labels Free Printable at Somewhat Simple are all labeled “100% organic.” Because we don’t accept any artificial sweeteners in our “Monster Mucus,” at this house, thank you very much. But organic or no, these are such a fun upgrade to soda bottles for a Halloween party.
Free Halloween Printables: Masks
We’ve been all about the sugar skulls around here this Halloween, and I’m especially fond of this Day of the Dead DIY Mask at Create Craft Love, which I think will look just awesome, no matter how kids color it in.
If you have younger trick-or-treaters who don’t need a ton of detail to color, try these sweet Halloween Masks at It’s Always Autumn with its simplified version of the sugar skull, plus some other Halloween favorites like kitty cats and Frankenstein.
If you haven’t embraced it yet, it’s time. Photo booths have become a party staple and there not going anywhere anytime soon. And I can’t find any cuter props than these Halloween Photo Booth Printables at One Creative Mommy. As if you needed one more reason to take countless pictures of your costumed kids.
Free Halloween Printables: Lunch Box Notes
We’re not ashamed of our love for puns here at CMP, and Halloween puns? Well, they’re even better. So check out these Free Printable Halloween Lunch Box Jokes at Frugal Fritzie. Because anything that makes kids laugh is music to our ears.
Need a few more campy Halloween jokes? We’ve got you covered with these Printable Lunchbox Jokes at See Vanessa Craft. Just print and throw in a lunch box for a thoughtful touch that requires almost no extra effort.
Okay, I couldn’t pass up these “Frankentines” Free Printables at I Dig Pinterest. Because Halloween jokes + sweet affirmations = the perfect addition to any lunch box.