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Halloween is the MOST popular holiday at my school, hands down.

You can’t even say the word “October” without hearing squeals of excitement permeating the hallways.

Needless to say, I used this Halloween excitement to fully take advantage of how motivated kids were in my classroom the first couple of years.

I drew them in with Halloween themed lessons and got them more excited about yoga and creating poses. They loved sharing their costume ideas and then creating new poses on their own and with their class.

Some of my favorite yoga lessons ever come from the creativity that surrounds this amazing holiday.

We could do yoga poses and sequences based on Halloween for the entire month and almost never get bored.

I wrote up a simple lesson plan for how to teach kids yoga based on Halloween themed excitement.

I hope you enjoy it!

halloween themed yoga for kids, yoga poses to celebrate halloween for kids

Introduction to Halloween Themed Yoga Lesson

One of my favorite holidays is coming up… Raise your hand if you think you know what it is.  HINT: it’s a holiday where you get to pretend you are something different.

Yes, it’s Halloween!

I love Halloween because it is a lot like yoga. In yoga, we get to pretend we are something different by making our bodies into a different shape: an animal, something in nature, or a different creature.

There are plenty of different characters that you can pretend to be as a yogi, too.

To pretend to be something different today we are going to talk about what we hope to dress up as on Halloween. Then we will create a special Halloween yoga pose to match the character.

One of my favorite things about Halloween is all of the pumpkins everywhere. I love the color, the different shapes, and the faces that you can carve. I would love to dress up like a pumpkin for Halloween!

Here is one way to do pumpkin pose

Lay on your back and bring your knees into your chest, hold onto your shins and rock up and down a few times.

pumpkin pose, kids yoga pose, rock and roll pose

Create poses together

Let’s make some other Halloween yoga poses!

(I usually let them raise their hand and share some ideas of what traditional Halloween characters or items are. Here is a video of a few to get you started!)

Scroll down for the rest of the poses and images 😉

Vampire

Upward mountain

Stand with feet together and arms up in a “v” shape. Look up proudly and pretend to hold your cape up behind you. Stand on your tiptoes for extra balance practice!

Harvest moon

Crescent moon

Stand with feet together and arms reaching up. Clasp your hands together and tilt to one side, arching your body in the shape of a crescent moon.

Witches and warlocks

Chair pose

Stand with your feet together and knees bent. Pretend to hold a broom in between your legs and soar from side to side.

lightning bolt, spring theme yoga for kids chair pose, yoga for kids, witch pose

Witches and wizards

Warrior two

Stand with your feet wide. Bend one knee and point your toes in the same direction. Hover your arms out and pretend to hold a wand, swishing it over your bent leg to cast spells.

warrior two pose, yoga for kids, witch and warlock pose, not a box, kids yoga lesson plan

Monster

Star and horse pose

Stand with your feet wide apart, toes facing forward. Reach your arms up and out to make yourself into a big scary monster. Then bend your knees deep, stick out your tongue and turn your hands into claws. ROAR!

Ghost

Half moon

Stand with legs wide and arms out to the side, toes pointing forward. Start to tilt to one side, bringing one hand slowly to the ground, and the other straight up to the sky. Pretend to be a ghost flying sideways through the air!

half moon pose, ghost pose

Black cat

Cat pose

Kneel on hands and knees. Press your hands into the earth and arch your back up to the ceiling, tucking your chin into your chest.

Spider

Turtle pose

Sit on your bottom with your legs apart, knees slightly bent. Reach your arms in between your legs, under your knees, and wrap them up around your shins. Tuck your head down like a spider crouching on a web.

a woman is sitting turtle pose with her legs out wide and her arms reaching underneath her calves and out to the side. Her chest is close to the ground and she is looking forward and smiling

Poisonous Serpent

Cobra pose

Lay on your tummy with your legs together like a tail. Start with your head down like you are hiding, then on “3” press your torso up and hiss, wiggle around like a scary snake!

up dog, seal pose for my many colored days yoga lesson for kids

Challenge: Pumpkin patch

Wheel and swan

If you have the flexibility, try wheel pose and swan pose with a partner to make several circles like pumpkins in a pumpkin patch!

Wheel: lay on your back with your arms bent above you, hands on the floor with fingers facing your shoulders. Bend your knees and scoot your feet close to your bottom. Press up and make an arching wheel pose.

Swan: lay on your tummy with your hands by your shoulders. Press your arms straight and look up and back, arching your low bend. Bend your knees and reach your toes to your head.

a woman is doing wheel pose upside down on her yoga mat and a young girl is underneath her doing swan pose with her feet touching her head and she looks up. they are both wearing black pants and yellow shirts

Frankenstein

Seated forward fold

Sit on your bottom with your legs straight in front of you. Hold your arms straight out and pretend to wake up from the dead like the monster! Bonus points if you go from laying down to sitting up to work on core strength .

seated forward fold, owl pose for my many colored days yoga lesson plan

Corpse Pose

Savasana

Lay on the ground with arms at your sides or on your tummy. Keep your body as still as possible, only breathing slowly in and out through your nose.

Savasana pose for kids, a child laying in resting pose with arms by sides and looking up

Now, let’s figure out some other poses we can make up.

If you plan to dress up for Halloween, and you already know what you are going to be, let’s take some time to think of a pose that represents our costumes.

Give the students a minute or two of time on their mat to invent a couple of poses that might represent their characters.

Who can raise their hand to share their costume idea and pose that will go with it?

Let the students share their costume and the pose. Encourage everyone else to try the pose out as well. 

girl doing half bow pose on a yoga mat in a park, kids yoga classes

Popular Halloween costume ideas and poses:

Superhero

Warrior three with arms above you like you are flying through the air.

Pikachu

Toe stand with arms out like paws (both feet on the floor).

Spiderman

Star pose as if attached to the wall.

Princess

Tadasana with one foot behind as if in a curtsey, hands holding a skirt.

Fairy

Locust pose: lie on your tummy and raise your hands and feet up off the floor as if you are flying.

Mermaid

Sit on your bottom with your knees bent and feet tucked to one side. Twist around the opposite direction.

Another good idea to keep this theme going is to find a couple good Halloween themed books.

You can create poses to go with the characters in the book or base them off the pose ideas from above. Here are some good books for creating Halloween yoga poses with kids. 

 Little Blue Truck’s Halloween by Alice Schertle

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

There’s a Monster in your Book by Tom Fletcher

There is also a new kid’s yoga book out with Halloween yoga pose ideas that you can check out here:

Guided by the Light of the Moon: A Kid’s Yoga Halloween book by Jennifer Byer  

I hope you liked these Halloween yoga poses for kids! What other poses have created with your own kids or students?

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