Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

by Robyn Wright on October 11, 2012

in Living

Halloween Crafts for Kids

I have seen an abundance of spooky decorations and ghoulish recipes this year for Halloween, but oddly enough not as many craft ideas for kids so far. I went to search some out to share. Most kids really love doing crafts – for them the process is really much more important than the final result. Sometimes it may be a bit messy, but those memories will be strong for your children. Here are some ideas you might try.



yarn pumpkins by housingaforest

Tammy of Housing a Forest shares instructions for the kids to create these cute yarn pumpkins. The supplies are inexpensive and you can make them all different sizes. I think you could do the same basic concept using say white yarn to make ghosts or purple yarn for monsters or black yarn for bats.

ghost bowling by notimeforflashcards

Allison at No Time for Flashcards always has some of the best ideas! Ghost Bowling is a craft and a game all in one. The ghost pins are made from empty water bottles filled with cotton balls.Having the kids fill up the bottles may seem boring to adults, but for kids it is fun. She uses a pumpkin ball, but you could use any ball you have.

halloween hand print banner by craftsbyamanda

I adore these ghouls made from outlines of the kids hands. The original Halloween Hand Print Ghoul Banner can be made as shown or you could make a garland out of the hands alone. This craft would be great for a group of kids especially – big family, Halloween party, classroom, etc. Thanks Amanda of Crafts By Amanda for sharing!

paper jack-o-lantern by craftown

These paper Jack-o-Lantern Lanterns take me back to my childhood. I remember making these several times. Craftown.com has the basic how-to steps for you if you have never made them, or forgot. When we made them we usually used brown or green paper for that top stem/handle though. These are great to use with the flameless candles.

specimen jars by tonyastaab

My friend Tonya Staab has this fabulously easy craft for Creepy Halloween Specimen Jars! These would be very cool, and creepy, on a window sill during the day or with a backlight in a darker area. I think the older kids will really get a kick out of this project.

bat streamer

There are lots of ideas for bats out there, but I love that this bat project has color with the streamers and adds a sense of flight. I Craft uses black, green, and orange – I think purple would be great too.

bottle cap spiders

Finally, this is a super cute way to recycle all sorts of bottle cap lids into bottle cap spiders. The kids can really make a hunt out of finding the best lids to use. Then attach the legs and decorate the spider any way they want. This idea is from SillyEagleBooks.com

I hope that you found something from this list to use with your kids and have fun. Do you think you will try any of them? Do you have your own Halloween crafts for kids you want to share?

Photo Credits – Each are stated on the photos and linked directly to the websites of their creators.

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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1 Tammy October 11, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Great list! Thanks for the link.

2 Robyn's Online World October 11, 2012 at 4:53 pm

You’re welcome!

3 Shannon Whitfield October 11, 2012 at 7:55 pm

My four-year old will love making the paper Jack-o-lanterns – how cute! Also, we have to try the bat with the streamers (in orange and purple, perfect!)

4 Robyn's Online World October 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I hope you all have fun making them!

5 Robin October 12, 2012 at 4:39 am

The Jack-o-Lantern Lanterns are pretty but might be too difficult for me! I like the Ghost bowling idea a lot though!

6 Robyn's Online World October 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

No Robin – they are EASY – we made them in grade school all the time.

7 Tiffany Winner October 12, 2012 at 10:26 am

i remember making those paper lantern things when i was a kid, thismomwins@gmail.com

8 Robyn's Online World October 12, 2012 at 4:32 pm

I knew someone else would have to remember those!

9 slehan October 12, 2012 at 8:46 pm

We used to make the paper lanterns. I would have to read the instructions to remember how.

10 Krystel Warden October 14, 2012 at 11:46 am

oooooo thses are cool how did you make thecreepy halloween jars

11 Mtlgrl4evr October 18, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Cute crafts! I love the hand ghouls!
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12 Jimmy October 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Cool craft ideas. I particularly like the Creepy Halloween Specimen jars idea.

13 Mimi October 18, 2012 at 8:03 pm

oh this has given me some ideas for things to do with my little dude..thanks

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14 GlArthy October 18, 2012 at 10:24 pm

What I’ve done about two years ago was strip som orange and black tissue wrap and slid them into the grills of the vents on the floor. As the breeze pushed the tissue to and fro, it looked like the floor was on fire!

15 Jennifer Peaslee October 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm

The paper lanterns are my favorite! I bet the pipe cleaner spiders are fun for kids, but they’d never be allowed in my house…I’m sooo afraid of them!!! jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

16 Susan Smith October 19, 2012 at 6:24 pm

These look fun to make with my children

17 Round Rock Gal October 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm

I hate to admit this, but crafting, let alone with my daughter is just not fun for me. I try to do it as often as possible, but painting a balsa wood skeleton from Michael’s is about my limit.

18 Stacey Nicole October 19, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Oh the bottle cap spiders are so cute!!!! I am not very crafty but these look like even I could do them with my little brother. I usually carve a pumpkin every year Nd it looks absolutely horrible but hey it’s fun haha
Email – Stacey.brickner6@gmail.com

19 Judy L October 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

These are great ideas. I think we are going to try the ghost bowling!

20 Gemma Chiswell October 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

this is so much fun it made my Halloween party look amazing Thank you so much :)

21 Tiffany C October 23, 2015 at 4:33 pm

I love these ideas! Will try the hand print banner for our front door! Thanks for the tutorial!

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