Skip the scary and spooky this Halloween with a super fun not-so-spooky spider hunt in the dark from Erin!
We aren’t into scary Halloween stuff, but we are all about fun. Especially fun that happens in the dark, with flashlights!
My kids love playing with flashlights! So any time that I can find a way to add that to our hands-on activity is a total win.
Which makes this not-so-spooky spider hunt in the dark a complete success!
Not-So-Spooky Spider Hunt in the Dark!
Get ready for some super not-spooky Halloween fun – hunting down eight-legged “critters” in the dark!
To set up your own spider hunt in the dark, you’ll need:
- a room that you can make dark
- black construction paper and scissors
Try even more non-scary ideas for Halloween!
DIY Spiders & Web with the Kids
First, I had the kids help me make a big “spider web” out of yarn.
We strung the yarn around baskets, doorknobs, and furniture until we had woven a tangled web that would surely be the envy of real spiders everywhere.
Not that I plan to fraternize with real spiders in order to find out.
This is what part of your web may look like while your kids pretend their bed is a bus and your dog crashes the whole operation.
The most important part of your spider hunt in the dark is the DIY arachnids! We then made two spiders out of black construction paper, a big one and a baby one.
If you doubt your spider-making abilities, you totally do not even have to make a paper spider. All you need is something to represent the spider.
You could print a picture of a spider off of the computer, use a toy one, have your kids draw one, or even just wad up a piece of black paper.
You could also make this beaded spider craft!
The fun part is the hunt, no matter what you are hunting for.
Turn Out the Lights and Go Spider Hunting!
The final step is to hide the spiders, turn out the lights, and go hunting! We used the flashlights on our phones because I don’t actually own a real flashlight.
We think that the baby spider was way more fun to hide and find because it was more challenging, but you can do whatever you think will work best for your kiddos.
Other Ways to Have a Spider Hunt
- Play hide and seek: one person is the spider and the others have to find them. Don’t use flashlights for a real challenge!
- Leave the lights on for very young kids or if you are at all concerned about tripping over the web.
- Hide a bunch of spiders and see who can find the most.
- Make this spider web scavenger hunt that uses yarn and stickers!
Hot tip: don’t set this spider hunt in the dark up in your kids’ bedroom the same day you are trying to pack for vacation.
Packing WILL take you 85 times longer than it would otherwise and you WILL rethink this and all of your other poor life decisions while carrying a pile of 3T underwear through a yarn web.
I may or may not be speaking from personal experience.