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Halloween is just around the corner and I’ve got a superhero and octopus who couldn’t be more excited about trick or treating this year. Halloween is on a Saturday this year and I am totally loving the extra chaos that having it on a weekend brings. Our Halloween weekend is full of fun!

We did a test run this weekend- we tried on costumes and talked about our Halloween schedule is going to go down.

Step 1: Put on our costumes.

Step 2: Have a pizza party picnic on the floor.

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I picked up these picnic pizza fixings at the Sam’s Club Cafe. They’ve got a great combo called the Pizza and Coke Combo. For $13.98 you get a 16 inch pizza, cheesy breadsticks, cookies and a 2-liter of Coke.

Sams Club In Store Photo Collage

Step 3: Play with a Halloween sensory bin while mommy and daddy get their costumes on.

Making a Halloween themed sensory bin is very simple.  Gather your supplies, fill your bin, and invite your children to play. They can be as simple or as elaborate as you want them to be- just grab a few supplies and put them in a container. Malone is six and Lola is two and they both really love this type of play.

To make a Halloween sensory bin you need:

  • Rice
  • Dried beans
  • Colored pasta
  • Storage container with lid
  • Fun Halloween themed small toys such as spiders, skeletons, lizards, witches finders, small cups
  • A small container to dump and pour into and something to scoop with
  • Small birdseed toss bags (found in the party favor section).

Halloween Sensory Bin Filler

Halloween Sensory Bin Supplies

Begin by filling your bin with your “filler”. For this bin, I used dried black beans, orange colored pasta noodles, and rice.

Halloween Sensory Bin Filler In Bin

After you’ve added your filler, you can put in your toys! Lola had a blast helping me put in all of things for this Halloween sensory bin. Right now, she loves to fill containers and dump them out. Sure, the container doesn’t always contain the mess, but the rice, beans, and pasta are easily swept up after she’s done playing.

Halloween Sensory Bin Lola Plays

Malone is six and also really enjoys playing with sensory bins. His play is much more elaborate than Lola’s filling and dumping. He often uses the toys inside of the bin to make up elaborate stories. In this one, the skeletons were were going camping and going to sleep inside their sleeping bags (the bird seed bags).

Halloween sensory bin up close

When your child is done playing with their Halloween sensory bin, you can just put the lid on and store it away for another day. I am personally a big fan of this smaller size bin because it is portable. Ours has been to a soccer game, an outdoor concert, and kept kids entertained at an outdoor church service! If you need to keep kids entertained, a sensory bin is the way to go!

Make an easy Halloween sensory bin with rice and colored pasta.

Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s post.

How are you celebrating Halloween this year?