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Free Printable Halloween Spot the Difference Activity

This free printable Halloween spot the difference activity is a great game to keep your kids or students entertained this Halloween season. After your child is done spotting the differences, it can easily double as a fun and spooky coloring page!

halloween spot the difference

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For my older son’s birthday last year, my mom got him a subscription to a kids magazine. Every month he looks forward to getting his new magazine in the mailbox, it’s pretty cute to see!

Every month, this magazine has a new “spot the difference” page. My son just loves sitting down with me and pointing out all of the differences he sees between the two pictures. I’m always impressed not only by how quickly he spots differences, but also how it keep his attention for so long. It’s a great activity for little kids and has been the inspiration behind this post.

I recently decided that I was going to start making some spot the difference pictures myself. Today, I am excited to share with you this free printable Halloween spot the difference activity. It is great for at home learning as well as for a classroom activity.

How do you play spot the difference?

There are two pictures on the page that look very similar. The goal of the activity is to find all of the differences between the two pictures. Have your kids or students point out things that they see are different, and things that they see are the same.

Kids can either circle the parts of the picture that are different, or just point them out. If they will be circling the differences, you may be interested in how to make the spot the difference picture reusable. Keep reading to find out how!

This particular spot the difference game is great for little kids as there are only 5 differences to find. It is an activity that will keep them entertained and engaged but also not take too long. We all know how short their attention spans can be!

My favorite part about this game is that the printable can also double as a coloring page. Two activities for the price of one! And since this is a free printable, its a REALLY good deal!

How to make printable games reusable:

If you are using this Halloween spot the difference activity in the classroom, or would just like to save it for at an home activity year after year, you may be interested in learning how to save some paper and make the game reusable.

My favorite way to make printable games reusable is to laminate them using my home lamination machine and then using dry eraser markers to play the game. You can simply wipe off the dry erase marker and play again and again! Just make sure you are using dry erase laminating sheets such as these.

If you don’t have access to a lamination machine, these cool dry erase pockets are a close second for my favorite! All you have to do is print out the page onto printer paper or cardstock, place in the pocket and then use dry erase markers to circle the differences in this activity. Wipe off the circles when you are done and you can reuse the activity again and again.

For the best quality and durability, I would recommend printing the games out onto white cardstock if possible. Cardstock is more durable than regular paper and will be a bit better holding up after being used over and over again. However, standard printer paper will still work just fine!

Free Printable Halloween Spot the Difference Picture

This spot the difference picture is designed to print onto a standard 8.5×11 inch piece of paper or cardstock. Feel free to download and print as many copies of the activities as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way. This game was created for personal or classroom use only.

halloween spot the difference picture

Favorite Printable Supplies:

These are a few of my favorite supplies that I use for printable games and activities:

  • White Cardstock: For most projects, I recommend printing onto cardstock. It is much more durable than standard printer paper and often produces a higher quality print.
  • Crayons: A staple in any crafting household. Crayola is always the top notch choice!
  • Kid Friendly Safety Scissors: These are perfect for little kids learning how to use scissors. They cut paper but not fingers or hair!
  • Glue Sticks: These disappearing purple glue sticks are by far my favorite! I love buying them in bulk since we use them so often!
  • Lamination Machine: Laminating printables are a great way to make them last longer. If you are planning on laminating to make games reusable, be sure to get a bunch of dry erase markers as well.
  • Dry Erase Pockets: Dry erase pockets are a great alternative to using a lamination machine when wanting to make printable games and activities reusable.
  • Printer: A high quality printer is always recommended for the best results. If you are in need of a printer this Brother Wireless Printer is a great choice.

More fun free printable Halloween games:

  • Halloween I Spy
    In this free printable game, you will be searching for eight Halloween themed images in the picture above. Count how many of each image you see and write the correct number on the lines below.
  • Halloween Word Search
    This word search game features fifteen Halloween themed words to try and find. Word searches are a great way to help kids work on their spelling skills, their vocabulary, and maybe even learn a few new words.
  • Halloween Word Scramble
    In this word scramble game you will be trying to unscramble twelve different Halloween themed words. With short and long words, this game can be fun and challenging for both kids and adults.
  • Halloween Bingo
    Who doesn’t love a good game of bingo?! This Halloween bingo game is perfect to entertain the kids at home or in the classroom. This free printable comes with everything you need to play!
  • Halloween Themed Scavenger Hunt
    This Halloween themed scavenger hunt is a super fun way to give your kids a special Halloween treat. Simply place the clues around the house and hide a small treat and watch your kids have a blast finding all the clues to find it!
halloween activity bundle

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Answer Key:

1. The left side has 4 bats instead of 3

2. The right side has 3 spiders instead of 2

3. The right side middle Jack-O-Lantern has different eyes than the left

4. The right side has two cats

5. The left side cat is facing the opposite direction