The scary season is upon us, and I have to admit, I think I love it just as much as the kids do! I think it’s just one of those great childhood memories that just never quite faded away for me.
There’s no doubt that your kids are getting excited for Halloween, too, with all the scary decorations, the fun costumes, and of course, the yummy treats.
So get them involved in some crafting and decorating so that they can have some fun and learn some things along the way, too.
Coffee Filter Spiderwebs
A coffee filter is actually a fantastic craft medium because it’s nice and thin, yet it isn’t too fragile. You may have made some coffee filter snowflakes before, but now it’s time for the kids to make coffee filter spiderwebs to hang on your windows!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheArtfulParent
Toilet Paper Mummies
I used to wrap myself in toilet paper and pretend to be a mummy, but in this case, you can get the kids to wrap the cardboard rolls themselves. It’s a lot less messy than a whole wrapped person, and it’s simply adorable!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Papelisimo
Toilet Roll Bats and Cats
It seems toilet rolls aren’t just for mummies, your kids can make some quick and easy bats and black cats from them, too. You could even string them all together to make a spooky garland!
The anticipation of something fun to come can be a really exciting time for a child – just think of those Christmas advent calendars. So to really get their enthusiasm up, you can help your little ones make this bewitching Halloween countdown where they remove a link every day.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – BabyCenter
Ping Pong Ghost Lights
These little ghost lights are just too cute, and there’s no doubt that the kids will love drawing all the spooky faces. You’ll probably have to help out with the lighting part and setting it up so that the little ones can proudly stand by their illuminated spooks.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – UnoriginalMom
I don’t care how old you are, a piñata will always be fun to smash, regardless of whether you’re a kid trying to get to the candy, or an adult releasing some stress. These two tutorials show you how to get the kids involved in making a family of ghosts, and a pumpkin. The pumpkin one can actually even be used as a trick-or-treat bag when the time comes.
Egg Carton Monsters
If you’re lucky enough to land the job of hosting a Halloween party, then you may want to consider these monster candy holders as party favors. If you don’t want to slave away all day with your little one, you could get all the kids to make their own as a fun activity.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – TheCraftTrain
When I was younger, there was nothing that I loved more than making treats with faces on them; there’s something so darn satisfying about playing with your food as a kid. Give your little ones the opportunity with these marshmallow monsters.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Spark&Chemistry
A great way to light up your home in true Halloween style is with some colorful themed luminaries. Your kids can paint anything they want on there from skulls to pumpkins to bats! And they look great regardless of whether they’re lit up or not.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftsByAmanda
Glow Stick Jars
Another fun way to bring some Halloween light is with these clever glow-in-the-dark jars. You’ll definitely need to supervise since you don’t want any accidental ingesting of the glow stick liquid, but the decorating can be all up to the little ones.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CreateCraftLove
Who knew that Q-tips made such excellent skeletal bones? Your kids can have all sorts of fun making a collection of skeletons in funny and interesting positions.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SheKnows
Tape Resist Skeleton
If your rug rat likes things on a much bigger scale, then this life-size tape resist skeleton may be just be the way to go. It’s a really fun activity because they get to trace bodies, stick the tape, paint, and reveal! Plus, they learn a bit about the human body throughout the process, too.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ArtfulParent
I used to love making paper chains as a kid – I’d toss them all over the house! If your little ones feels the same, then get them involved in this ghostly garland. They can even add a whole bunch of other characters too, like bats and monsters.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – AuntAnnie’sCrafts
Halloween is the only time of year that I’ll allow anything spider-related in my home, so I might as well make the most of it. Your little tots are sure to enjoy making these fun spider hats to wear out trick-or-treating or even just to show off at school.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – LittleBuggieTutu
Since I’m on the topic of hats, if you have a little witch in the house then she’ll definitely need a signature hat! Get your kids to decorate the hats in their own style so that they can either wear them around, or simply decorate your home.
If you have a little jewelry-lover in your family then they’ll probably enjoy making a beaded craft like this cute and easy little pumpkin. Don’t they just make the cutest decorations?
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CutesyCrafts
Move over, Puff the magic dragon, because it’s time for the puffy ghosts to shine. This cotton ball craft is a real easy one, so your excited little ones can make a whole series to hang all around the house.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ThrivingHome
Your decorations don’t have to be limited to the indoors; you can decorate your garden too! I’m sure your little ones will be delighted to make this giant spiderweb with you, especially if they can add their own handmade spiders.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ivaalex
Paper Plate Spiders
I’m sure we’re all well acquainted with these classic paper plate spiders from our own childhood, but I simply had to include them as a nostalgic reminder. It’s a cute, simple and effective craft that kids can enjoy making on their own.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IHeartCraftyThings
A few colorful triangles act as the perfect blank template for your kids to design their creepy Halloween characters, from pumpkins to monsters to owls and even vampires. Just give them the paper and tools and watch their creativity flow.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Organize&DecorateEverything
These spider lollipops are much more friendly than they are scary and creepy, which, in my book, is a good thing! Perhaps your little one would like to make a few to give to friends to celebrate the exciting holiday.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – IHeartNaptime
Potato Pumpkin Stamps
Potatoes, apparently, make wonderful stamps for kids, especially when you want pumpkin shapes. You may want to do the knife work yourself in the interest of safety, but I guarantee your kid will want to do the stamping!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – RoamingRosie
I’m sure you must be aware of this of this gluey-yarn-around-a-balloon technique by now, but have you ever thought to involve the kids? These would look excellent hanging around your house, and there’s no doubt that the kids will love a messy project like this.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – ModernParentMessyKids
This is some real creative thinking: glue dried lentils and beans onto a hand and arm shape to make the perfect warty and disgusting monster hand! I’m sure the kids will enjoy getting a little dirty for this one.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – HappyHooligans
Tin Can Bowling
I love practically anything that involves a good bit of repurposing and entertainment, so hopefully your kids will love this too. Get them to decorate the cans in scary Halloweeny monsters and zombies so that when they aren’t bowling, they can put these up for display.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – PartyDisplay
Stained Glass Decorations
I know Halloween is supposed to be all about the spooky and scary, but sometimes it’s nice just to make cute and pretty things, too. These stained glass Frankenstein and pumpkin decorations offer the perfect opportunity for an interesting window sun catcher.
Sure, we all know about the handprint turkeys for Thanksgiving, but that’s not to say that your tots can’t implement the same concept for the spooky season! They can use their little hands to make eerie vampires and even witches.
Since we’re on the topic of hand art, you can also get your kids to trace their hands and turn them into spooky ghouls, ghosts, or monsters to make your own version of this banner. What a great way to wish your neighbors a happy Halloween!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – CraftsByAmanda
This green monster slime really takes me back to my childhood; I couldn’t get enough of the gooey goodness! Although I always got the store-bought version. Getting your kids involved to make this themselves is the perfect holiday craft!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – APumpkin&APrincess
Candy Corn Banner
I love this one because it’s not quite as spooky, but it’s just as Halloweeny! The idea of using paper plates that you can later cut up like a pie to get your candy corn shapes is pure brilliance!
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sophistishe
This really is a fun project because your little ones can let their imaginations run wild with what they think they’d see in the windows of a haunted house. You could probably draw your own house shape, but luckily, this tutorial even has a template for you to get started from.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – SarahJane