Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids


October is fast approaching, and I am already thinking of Halloween.  Each year I like to pick out a few easy Halloween Crafts for kids to make with my daughters and a few of their friends.  We make an afternoon of it, complete with a special Halloween snack.  Afterwards, my kids always have so much fun using their new creations to decorate their rooms for Halloween.

Want some simple Halloween crafts to make with your kids this year?  Here are a few ideas to spark your imagination…

Decorate a pumpkin- no carving required

What would Halloween be without a Jack-o-lantern?  If your kids aren’t old enough to trust with pumpkin carving tools, there is a great alternative – pumpkin decorating kits.  These kits have translucent pegs (think Light Brights) that are pounded into the pumpkin with a small wooden mallet.

Kids can use the included patterns or come up with your own design.  When they are done, you put a small battery powered light inside (sometimes included with the kit) and the light shines out through the design the kids made.  They are really cool looking all lit up at night.  When my kids were younger, we did this with them every year.  They were always so proud of the pumpkins they created!

Pumpkin Masters Kid's Fright Lights
Pumpkin Masters Kid’s Fright Lights

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Halloween Shrinky Dinks

What kid doesn’t love Shrinky Dinks?  There’s something fascinating about watching your artwork grow smaller and smaller.  Did you know that you can make your own Shrinky Dinks?  You just need a clear plastic container like the ones you get at a deli or salad bar.  Just make sure that the plastic is labeled on the bottom with a #6 surrounded by recycling arrows.  Not all types of plastic will work, so make sure it has that “6”.

Cut away the sides of the container so you have some flat plastic sheets.  Now hand your kids some permanent markers and instruct them to create some Halloween pictures on the plastic sheets.  When they are done, bake on an aluminum foil covered baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 3-4 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before handling.  (Adults should handle all the tasks involving the oven, of course.)  Now you can take your miniature works of Halloween art and make them into jewelry or whatever else you desire.

Shrinky Dinks Halloween Fun
Shrinky Dinks Halloween Fun

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Halloween Clothespin Crafts

Another easy Halloween craft idea is to make Halloween clothespin dolls with your kids.  You just need a wooden clothespin for the doll body, scraps of felt for clothes, embroidery floss for accents or hair, and white glue to hold it all together. In no time, your kids can be creating all sorts of spooky Halloween characters like ghosts, witches, zombies, and more.  You might be amazed what they will come up with!

Halloween Clothespin Craft Kit
Halloween Clothespin Craft Kit

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Halloween Foam Crafts

Halloween foam craft kits are a great idea when you want to make a craft with your kids that can be finished pretty quickly.  Halloween foam haunted houses are always a huge hit with my kids, but there are other types available as well.

Last year our youngest daughter’s Girl Scout Troop used Halloween foam frame kits at one of their meetings and they turned out so cute.  The leader took a picture of each girl in her costume to put in their frame.  My daughter put a magnet on the back of hers and we hung it on the fridge for all of October.

Giant Haunted House Halloween Foam Activity
Giant Haunted House Halloween Foam Activity

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Create a Halloween Mask

Another great Halloween craft idea is to let your kids make masks.  This is a super easy craft to get ready.  All you need are plain white paper plates, scissors, markers, and ribbons.  Start by cutting eye holes in a paper plates.  Older children can do this themselves, but if you are dealing with preschoolers or toddlers, you might want to do this ahead of time.

Let the kids go wild decorating their masks with markers.  You can also supply glitter, glue, and crafty odds and ends like feathers if you want. After the kids have decorated their masks, attach a ribbon at each side so the kids can wear them.

Animal Paper Masks Kit
Animal Paper Mask Kit

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For even more easy Halloween crafts for kids, be sure to check out this video.

So tell me…  What sorts of easy Halloween crafts for kids is your family making this year?

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