If your house is anything like mine, Halloween kicks off a holiday season that doesn’t end until sometime next year. October instigates a whirlwind of holiday-themed soirees and a rotation of seasonal decor.
I like to think of the cooler weather and waning sunlight as nature’s invitations to come indoors and start crafting.
And now that the sandbox is covered and the streetlights are bringing the kids in early, you’ll need some new ways to keep the littles entertained. To help make that happen, I pulled together an incredible collection of Halloween craft ideas for kids.
Marie LeBaron is known for the affordable crafting ideas she shares over at Make and Takes and this paper plate witch couldn’t be any more cost-conscious. You won’t need anything fancy to create of a whole coven of Halloween witches!
It wouldn’t be a fall-time craft ideas for kids post without a project that involves leaves! This adorable project shared by Crafty Morning uses basic supplies and a handful of leaves to create a totally adorable Halloween-ready hedgehog.
This spider web from one of our favorite blog contributors, Megan Anderson, is an interactive craft that can be strung up by the older kids to entertain the younger. And, if you are already in for the night, there is no reason you can’t spin a web of yarn around the family room. Plus the cheap supplies (just white yarn!) means you can recreate this walk-through yarn web again and again.
I wouldn’t pin your hopes on perfect lines, but this painted pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens is a great option for kids who can’t be trusted to carve their own – just yet.
(If you do have a teen that is ready to wield big tools for pumpkin carving, check out our post on pumpkins and power tools).
The muted candy-corn theme adds an element of sophistication and if you are really set on straight lines you can sketch out the color scheme and challenge your wee one to stay in the lines. Good luck!
When our friends at Craft Gossip shared this adorable image I was reminded that bunting isn’t going out of style anytime soon. It is just too cute!
To make this a kid-friendly craft you can cut the components in advance and have them assemble with glue or you can leave the cutting up to them and end up with an imperfectly perfect candy corn pennant bunting.
Another simple kid-friendly party craft are these silly straw sippers from Marie LeBaron. Marie filmed this video to preview her fun and inspiring Halloween Crafts & Party Ideas class. All you need is a craft foam, a pencil, black markers, straws, scissors, and a little creativity to jazz up your drinks.
If your kiddos are old enough they can be trusted with Sharpies, you’ll love this seasonal snack idea from Family Frugal Fun.
Clementines are perfectly suited to double time as jack-o-lanterns and this Halloween craft idea for kids is as healthy as it is adorable!
Older kids will have so much fun with this decoupage project from Robert Mahar!
If you want more insights on crafting paper mache projects, be sure to check out Robert’s class, Introduction to Paper Mache.
For something less ghoulish, you can pull out the Halloween-themed cookie cutters and make a treat that truly is for the birds.
In this tutorial, Robert and team show you how to create adorable bird feeders for any feathered friends that might stop by on Halloween.
While Fiskars might not have had Halloween in mind when they posted this upcycled friendship bracelet, the color is on theme and the DIY is perfect for school-agers and tweens. Plus, you finally have something to do with those old ripped up and outgrown tees!
For your Lego-obsessed kinders, here is a great way to help your kiddos get in the spirit of things without leaving the Lego table.
This next Halloween craft idea is for kids who are ready to handle a hot glue gun and paint. The snake grapevine wreath requires a bit of effort, but it is sure to enchant your trick or treaters come Halloween and is something your can hang year after year!
Of course, I couldn’t call it a Halloween-themed post without a costume idea. In this video, Marie LeBaron is joined by her daughter to create a fun and easy Halloween mask!
We all know Halloween isn’t the same without Jack-O-Lanterns! So this year make your neighbors jealous of your door step decorations with help from Jason Hoppe’s FREE pumpkin carving course.