Do you like to include holidays in your Primary? I always think it’s fun and super relevant to include the big holidays because they are things the children are especially interested in and excited for! Holidays give the kids something to be excited about and look forward to!
Including Halloween ideas for Primary might be trickier than most, but don’t worry! I have gathered 25 easy Halloween Singing Time ideas that do have to be overly spooky or over-the-top Halloween to still include some themed fun for your lesson plans.
Did you know I have a whole landing page with holiday Primary Singing Time ideas? It’s a great place to get started in your search for all sorts of fun themed activities.
25 Easy Halloween Singing Time Ideas
I’m so excited to get to share all these fun Halloween ideas for you to use in Primary Singing Time! Keep in mind, most of these ideas can easily be adapted to work with one song on repeat or to mix and match a variety of songs.
Or, mash a few of the ideas below together to come up with your own game plan. Don’t miss the link to all of our perfect-for-fall Primary Songs list at the bottom of the post!
1. Trick Treat or Sing
You’ll love this totally flexible Trick Treat or Sing Singing Time idea! Use all 3 or pick your favorite 1 or 2 actions. I’ve included a whole bunch of fun dares, fun ways to sing actions, and more! Perfect to use with any song(s) you’d like.
2. Halloween Pumpkin Carvings
Sing through a mix of your choice of songs to review your Primary Program songs, introduce next year’s songs, or just sing through a variety of different songs to give your kiddos more exposure to the Children’s songbook and favorite songs. These adorable Halloween Pumpkin Carvings have different images “carved” into each paper pumpkin to represent your song picks. You can even light them up with a flashlight!
3. Candy for Courage
For a super fun way to incorporate candy into singing time, play Candy for Courage!! You’ll get the kids up front sharing their testimonies through song while earning a treat for their courage. This game is also sometimes called Rolo for a Solo. Grab the cute printable to make it easy to play.
4. Make Magic Potions
Could anything be better themed for Halloween than including potions AND magic!! These DIY potions for kids are so cool, they start as a clear potion and magically change colors and bubble over. Head over to this post to see How to Make Magic Potions and ideas for using them in singing time! They are totally kid safe and with ingredients you likely have on hand at home.
5. Magic Messages
Write out the song titles or draw fun symbols for the kids to crack to decode which song to sing next with this fun Magic Messages Song Review! It’s perfect for adding in a subtle Halloween theme while focusing on your own songs. Just throw in some Halloween shapes, colors, and songs to add to the theme.
6. Fall Pumpkin Patch
This simple idea is a great way to include a cute Halloween or general Fall theme in Singing Time! You’ll need just a handful of small pumpkins or use our cute printable pumpkins. Then, play one of the several games included like match, find the pumpkin, pick a pumpkin, etc.
7. Song Monster
Bring in a song monster, or a whole series of monsters, to join you in Singing Time! You can hide a song title inside their mouth and let the Primary kiddos reach into their mouth to find the song to sing next. Or, use it as a traditional song monster to gobble up your song. Head to our post to see how to make a song monster and ways to use them!
8. Halloween Bucket Toss
Use this Halloween Bucket Toss idea by taking ping pong balls and have the kids try to bounce the ball off the table into the trick or treat basket! It’s harder than it sounds, and so fun to try! Plus, grab these adorable singing time posters and more fun ways to play (including a icky variation the boys will love!)
9. Fall Bobbing for Apples Game
Bring a class Fall game into your Primary room as an exciting way to pick your song to sing from a mix of different songs or focus on 1-2 songs with different ways to sing in this Fall Bobbing for Apples Game. There’s several different ways to setup the game to fit your Primary room space and class size.
10. Halloween Costume Dress-up
Are you up for bringing in some of the fun of this holiday into your Primary room? This activity is all about the different things we can dress up as for Halloween and it will be so much fun for everyone! Head over to see all of the Halloween Costume Dress-up ways to sing ideas!
11. Pick a Candy Corn
This Pick a Candy Corn game is perfectly themed for the holidays to bring in a favorite seasonal candy while still focusing on tons of singing with your choice of songs! Let the kids pick a candy corn and then sing that song choice or use the fun ways to sing!
12. Finger Lights or Glowsticks!
Finger lights are a perfect prop to bring in for Halloween! It’s all about fun colorful lights and you can turn off your main classroom lights to help set the mood!
You can use finger lights and they work great, or maybe consider a fun swap of bringing in glowsticks! You can pick them up pretty cheap at the dollar store and let the kids take them home to continue practicing the songs!
Here’s some ready made lesson plans that would work great with glowsticks:
- Teach Me to Walk in the Light Finger Lights
- The Holy Ghost Finger Lights
- Help Me Dear Father Magic Crayon
13 More Halloween Singing Time Ideas
1. Pumpkin Inspired Ways to Sing!
Doll up your pumpkins for Halloween with their own cute themed costumes to match a variety of Ways to Sing Primary Songs!
Olivia Snow made these super cute pumpkins with a different themed way to sing on the back of each. The kids get to pick a pumpkin, turn it around, and reveal the fun way to sing:
- Sing quietly
- Sing loudly
- Sing like an Opera singer
- Sing while conducting
- Sing like a country singer
- Sing with your BEST voice
2. “NOT” Witches Brew
I adore this cute idea by I Heart Primary Music. Just bring in your favorite Halloween cauldron and fill it with batting and hide your song titles inside! It’s simple and themed and you can put in ANY songs you want with ease!
3. DIY Candy Corn Cone Ring Toss
Glowstick necklaces are always a huge hit with kids! Turn off the lights in the Primary room and let the kids take turns tossing a bright glow in the dark necklace to help pick your songs! See how to DIY custom safety cones into Candy Corn on Kid Friendly Things to Do blog.
4. Halloween Cauldron of Songs
Hide random objects inside of a big cauldron full of orbeez water beads (they inflate with water!). Then write a number on each of your objects and tie that to a specific song to sing! See all the details in this Facebook post here.
5. Bowling for Pumpkins!
Corinne Buchanan made these darling toilet paper roll pumpkins! Just grab some toilet paper rolls and wrap them in tissue paper or cut up a cheap dollar store table cloth to wrap them with. Then, let the kids knock over the tower with a bean bag to reveal a song name on the bottom!
6. Halloween Crack the Code
Use any song title with a series of symbols in place of each letter and a guide – then let the kids decode the song title! You can use it with a specific song title or write your children a special message with the code and let them remove an icon and add the correct letter while you sing your songs of choice. See this idea on LDS Primary Printables.
7. Pull Jack’s Tooth
I just adore this big pumpkin poster with removable teeth by I Heart Primary Music. Just recycle a big cardboard box and turn him into a big Jack O’ Lantern. Let the kids pull out one of his teeth to pick a song or a way to sing! See all the directions over on her blog.
8. Monster Mash Songs
Get creative and upcycle an old laundry detergent tub for Halloween! Cheryl Thompson made this adorable Frankenstein and stashed a variety of monsters inside. Each monster had a different song number to sing.
9. Ghost “Boo-ling”
How cute is this idea to go bowling for ghosts with this super easy prep activity. You’ll just create some cute cups from plastic cups and write a song name (or number) on the inside of the cup. Sing whichever songs are knocked over, then bowl again! See the directions over on Mas & Pas website.
10. Make a Jack O Lantern
Ashlie Wayment shared a cute idea to let the Primary kiddos help you decorate a pumpkin in Primary! Just start with a blank pumpkin and a bunch of different pumpkin eyes, nose, mouth, and accessories to choose from. See her original idea here!
11. Halloween Coin Toss
This next idea by Mollie Zundel is a cute way to include a ton of different songs in your Halloween singing time!
Just include a song title (or song and verse number if you want to split them up) into each cup. Then, let the children toss a coin, bean bag, or other small object. Mollie used pirate doubloons! See her original post here for more details.
12. Conduct with a Wand
Holli Whitehorn shared a fun idea to bring in a Harry Potter style wand and give each child their own “training wand”. Then, teach the kids how to lead and conduct music using a 4/4, 3/4, etc. You can use the movement patterns at the back of the Hymn book or head over to grab my free conducting printables & singing time idea that is so fun!
13. Make a Magic Potions Recipe!
Follow along with Alexa Jordan-Huff’s cute idea to bring in a variety of hand drawn magic potion bottles. Write a song title on the back of each ingredient, then add them to your cauldron as you “make” a fun Halloween treat to share!
See all 8 of her magic potions in this Google Doc.
Once you have fun ideas picked out for your lessons, head over to this post with tons of different Primary songs that are perfectly themed for Fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving!
What other fun singing time ideas have you tried? We’d love to see your fun ideas! Share them in the comments to add to this list.