Fun Scouting Activities for Halloween

What comes to mind when you think of October? Halloween, of course! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than with wonderfully themed contests, challenges and crafts?

Here are some fun Halloween activities you can do with your Beaver, Cub or Scout Groups this October.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

My Scouts Group had a pumpkin carving contest a few years ago. It was a little messy but brought a lot of fun to the whole Group. We were fortunate enough to get a donation of around 15 pumpkins for all the Scouts from a local grocery store. When doing this activity, Scouters can participate in the competition as well if there are extra pumpkins, or if there are not enough, the Scouts can pair up. Keep in mind that Scouters must supervise this activity, as carving tools will be put to use.

Another fun tip to keep in mind is that pumpkin seeds can be saved and roasted for future snacks or recipes. I’d suggest, if your meeting space allows, to have the competition outside and lay down some plastic sheets—it will make for a speedier clean up afterwards.

What you’ll need for this activity:

  • A pumpkin for each Scout in the Troop
  • Assorted pumpkin carving tools
  • Plastic bowls for pumpkin guts and seeds
  • Large metal spoons for scooping out the pumpkin guts—plastic spoons will break
  • Markers for drawing designs

What to do:

  1. Lay out all the materials on the ground for the Scouts to see.
  2. Get each Scout to collect a pumpkin and find a spot to work.
  3. Set a time limit for the Scouts to work on their pumpkins. An hour will work well, as they have to clean and carve the pumpkins before they can start working on their designs.
  4. At the end of the hour, tell all the Scouts to put their tools down and start cleaning up the mess.
  5. Once everything has been cleared away, each Scout can present their pumpkin and explain the inspiration behind their design.
  6. You can choose whether or not to have a winner for this competition, but Halloween candy makes a yummy treat for afterwards.

The Jungle Book Costume Challenge

The Cubs section in Scouts Canada gets inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, so why not challenge each of the Cubs to create a costume of one of The Jungle Book characters with a limited amount of time and materials? The amount of materials will be based on how many Cubs are participating in the challenge, and a material limit will also encourage Cubs to be resourceful and inventive with what they have.

What you’ll need:

  • Tape (it doesn’t matter what kind, but avoid duct tape)
  • Multiple pairs of scissors (Scouters must supervise)
  • Assorted colours of construction paper and fabric
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Additional materials that can help the Cubs with their creations

What to do:

  1. Lay out all the materials on a table or plastic sheet for the Cubs to see.
  2. Explain the challenge to the Cubs and set a time limit, such as 30 minutes, for them to create their costumes. Remind Cubs that these are all the resources they get and that they will have to share with everyone.
  3. After the time is up, have the Cubs present their designs in a mini runway show.

Monster Mobile

There are lots of fun Halloween crafts for young children to do that can be found online, but I have included one of my favourites here. This craft activity comes from Blippi’s Halloween Craft Ideas for Toddlers. Beavers can get a head start in preparing for this activity by collecting toilet paper rolls in advance—putting sustainability and recycling into practice at the same time.

What you’ll need for this activity:

  • Toilet paper tubes (4-5 per Beaver)
  • Assorted pipe cleaners
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue (liquid glue works better but tends to be messier)
  • String

What to do:

  1. Cover or colour the toilet paper tube with construction paper or markers.
  2. Poke a hole through both sides of the tube so that the pipe cleaner arms can be passed through.
  3. Glue on the googly eye(s).
  4. Add optional embellishments such as teeth, fangs, buttons, hats or others, which can be drawn or glued on.
  5. Once all the monsters have been made, cut the same amount of string pieces as you have monsters. Make the pieces of string different lengths so that the monsters will not all be the same height on the mobile.
  6. Take a piece of string and wrap it around the pipe cleaner on the inside of the cardboard roll to secure the string to the monster.
  7. Once you have all the cardboard monsters attached to a string piece, tie the ends of all the string together, and there you have it—a monster mobile!

I hope you’ll be able to do some of these great bonding activities with your Scouts sections this Halloween. Remember that you can share pictures of your fun projects with Scouting youth across Canada by posting on Adventures on the Path. Wishing you a very spooky and spirited Halloween this October!

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