Halloween season doesn’t have to be all about scariness. These easy Halloween crafts for kids are cute, festive, and fun. From bones to bats and pumpkins to playdough, the crafting possibilities are endless.
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1. Spooky Playdough
Homemade playdough is nontoxic, easy, and most importantly, fun. Make it in Halloween colors so little ones can bring ghosts, pumpkins, black cats, and other spooky creatures to life. This playdough recipe requires cooking best done with adult supervision, but kids can help with the measuring, kneading, and playtime!
Ingredients per color
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 cup water
- Food coloring (I used black and orange. If you don’t have black, you can mix a bunch of other colors together until you achieve it. You can use white coloring if you want a true white playdough, but if you use nothing you’ll have a nice off-white hue.)
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, mix 1 cup of water, 1 tablespoon of oil, and a few drops food coloring until you have the desired color intensity.
- Stir in 1 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of salt, and 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
- Mix the dough until it starts to stick together and pull apart from the sides of the pan. Remove from saucepan.
- Once the dough has cooled enough to touch comfortably, have the kiddos knead it until it loses its stickiness and has the texture of playdough.
- Repeat the above steps to create the other two colors.
- Store playdough in a cool dry place (or the fridge). It should last for up to 6 months.
2. Pom Pom Jumping Spiders
Source: Kids Craft Room
These jumping spiders are more fun than frightening. They’re easy to make by gluing matchstick legs to pom poms then adding googly eyes. Hang them from elastic threads so little ones can bounce them around.
3. Glass Monster Eyes
Source: Ink & Glue
Kids with good fine motor skills can make little magnetic eyeballs out of marbles, paper, markers, and magnetic strips. Once done, use them to stick monster silhouettes to the fridge.
4. Bat Pumpkins
Source: Glue Sticks & Gumdrops
This no-carve pumpkin alternative is safe and fun for all ages. Simply paint little pumpkins black, then glue on googly eyes and add construction paper wings.
5. Pumpkin Hoops
Source: Gathered Threads
Help little ones hone their sewing skills with this easy project. First, stretch orange felt in a hoop and glue it in place, then have them stitch on button eyes, a nose, and a zigzag mouth with big, simple stitches.
6. Boo! Bags
Source: Say Yes
The base of these sweetly spooky ghost bags requires basic sewing that you can do yourself or supervise little ones. Kids can cut out black shapes for the faces, then have an adult hot glue them in place. Perfect for trick-or-treating!
Find 15 more ideas for fun Halloween bags (and boxes!) here!
7. Confetti Ghosts
Source: Jacks & Kate
Kids can create this project from start to finish. These little ghosts are just coffee filters tied with twine and filled with confetti made from cut-up painted cocktail napkins.
8. Wooden Frankensteins
Source: Sowdering About
An adult has to do the prep work here, cutting a 4×4 into smaller pieces. Little kids can then paint them green and decorate with stickers and adhesive felt. Finish these Frankensteins off with nail “bolts” hammered into the sides.
9. Magic Foaming Spiders
Source: Fun at Home with Kids
Kids will love playing around with these seemingly magical creations. Spiders made out of baking soda will fizz and foam when placed in vinegar, shooting out color as they dissolve. If you stick little plastic spiders into the baking soda bodies, baby creepy crawlies will be left behind in the foam bath.
10. Salt Dough Bones
Source: Whistle & Ivy
A simple mixture of flour, salt, water, and vegetable oil yields a clay-like dough that little ones can mold into bones. Bake in the oven to set, then use them to add a bit of macabre to your Halloween display.
11. Jack-O’-Lantern Pudding Cups
Source: Nap Time Creations
Kids can create and consume this cute Halloween craft. They’ll stick little felt faces onto pudding cups, swirl in a bit of orange food coloring, and finish them off with green straw stems.
12. Chalkboard Pumpkins
Source: Delia Creates
Forget dangerous knives and messy paint. Chalkboard pumpkins allow little ones to explore their artistic inclinations stress- and mess-free. All you need are these pumpkins, available at craft stores, and chalkboard markers in white and orange.
13. Magic Potions
Source: Adventure in Making
This easy project is also a mini science experiment. Simply have kids pour oil and water into glass bottles. Add a few drops of food coloring and an Alka-Seltzer® to make it bubble and fizz.
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13. Glowing Spider Webs
Source: Still Playing School
This project is great practice for preschoolers’ fine motor skills. Glue together four craft sticks to make the web base, then arrange neon rubber bands or hair elastics around it. Add a plastic spider and place under a blacklight for the full effect.
15. Paper Plate Halloween Characters
Source: Vicky Balone
These simple spooky characters are a cinch for little fingers to create. Simply paint paper plates, then add googly eyes and construction paper features.
Don’t forget to put the fun in frightful this All Hallow’s Eve! These not-so-scary projects are kid-friendly to make and enjoy, so the whole family can partake in this spooky season.