Creative Halloween Yoga Poses for Kids

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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!

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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.

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Create Halloween yoga poses together

Let’s make some other Halloween yoga poses!

(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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

Creepy Spider

Reverse Tabletop

Sit on your bottom with your feet flat in front of you. Place your hands on the ground behind you and press into the floor with your hands and feet to lift your hips up. Crawl forward and back or side to side!

Spider Web

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. 

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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 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

Five Little Pumpkins by Dan Yaccarino (great for acting out the rhyme!)

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  

Halloween/Autumn Themed Yoga Games for Kids

Pumpkin Pass:

Bring a mini pumpkin or other gourd to class and sit in a circle. Teach the kiddos Boat Pose first, but give them the option to rest their hands behind them. Another good pose is Legs up the Wall. Instruct them they need to pass a pumpkin around the whole circle without letting it touch the ground, feet only!

Spider Races:

Start on one side of the room in Spider Pose (reverse tabletop). Race across to the other side of the room while looking at the ceiling! Go backwards or sideways for an extra challenge.

Spooky Trees:

A twist on Red Light/Green Light, or “Grandmothers Footsteps.” Gather everyone to one side of the room. One person, “It”, is on the other side facing the wall. The large group must slowly and quietly creep to the other side of the room to the person who is “It.”

When “It” says 1…2…3… BOO, they turn around. All the others must freeze in tree pose. If they have two feet on the ground or are moving, they have to go back to start again. You can also choose to have them freeze like monsters, skeletons, mummies, or any other Halloween creature.

child doing tree pose for halloween themed yoga game

I hope you liked these Halloween yoga poses for kids! Try adding in a colorful mindfulness craft for kiddos too if you have time! 🙂

What other Halloween poses have created with your own kids or students?

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    11 thoughts on “Creative Halloween Yoga Poses for Kids”

      • You’re welcome! I hope you got a chance to try a few of the Halloween poses with your kids! I recently added some related to Dia de los Muertos in my classes as well, and that was a great addition. πŸ˜€

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        • Great post! What fun and creative yoga poses for kids! I think I’ll use these all year long!

          I especially love the wheel and swan. I’m always looking for more yoga poses that challenge me!

          Keep up the great work!

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          • Thank you, Grant!

            Yes, my kids LOVE challenging yoga poses, especially ones that they can work on and continue to improve. Thank you for reading!

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    1. I just want to say thank you for always inspiring me and being so open and generous with your ideas.
      I’m really very grateful and hope you have a wonderful Halloween πŸŽƒ
      We did Triangle Pose for a witches hat, Lizard Pose for a dragon and Shoulder Stand bent knees for a bat πŸ¦‡ sharing the love πŸ’•
      Happy Halloween πŸ‘»
      Namaste πŸ™πŸΌ

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      • You’re so welcome! I’m happy you find the site useful and are teaching kids yoga with the inspirations. Those are awesome ideas for poses, I especially love the shoulder stand for batβ€”we added that one in my classes as well :D. Keep up the great work!

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    2. Thank you for your creativity and awesomeness that you bring to the mat and the children. Your energy is beautiful and the poses are so much fun.

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      • Thank you so much for your kind words. And you’re so welcome! I’m happy my kids yoga resources were useful to you πŸ™‚

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