35 Halloween Kids' Crafts
From handmade decorations to DIY party favors and creative ideas for pumpkins, we have 35 Halloween kids' craft ideas to keep your little ghouls and ghosties busy.
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Hanging Foam Bats
These friendly foam bats are a snap to craft. Made using our free printable template and inexpensive foam sheets, they're a weatherproof decoration you can display indoors or out.
(Cute!) Mummy Candy Cans
These adorable treat cans make upcycling look good! Kids will love making these cans as much as they will devouring their sweet contents so start saving your empty tin cans now so you'll have plenty of raw materials for this kid-pleasing craft.
Made out of marshmallows and white chocolate-dipped pretzels, these gooey and crunchy characters are as fun to craft as they are to gobble up. Get the tutorial.
Craft Some Creepy Crawlies
Mini real or faux pumpkins make fantastic spiders. Just attach pipe cleaner legs to the pumpkins' bottoms and use lentils or beans to create eyes. Add a drop of black paint for a pupil and white for the highlight in each eye, then let your charming little critters crawl. Get more easy pumpkin decorating ideas.
Black Cat Pumpkins
Use basic craft supplies — like paint, felt and pipe cleaners — to make a whole litter of these lucky black cats. You can use fresh pumpkins, if you prefer, but these carve-free kitties are so cute that faux pumpkins are a better bet so you can display them year after year.
Easily Carve Pumpkins With Cookie Cutters
Even the littlest crafters will have fun tapping cookie cutters into hollowed-out pumpkins to create glowing patterns. Get step-by-step instructions.
Trick-or-treating is serious business to kids. Use one of our three free printable templates to help them turn an inexpensive canvas tote bag into a cute carryall to contain their candy haul. Get complete step-by-step instructions.
Glam Up Your Pumpkin
Crafting these sophisticated pumpkins is actually easier than it looks. Just transfer a design to the pumpkin's surface, cover it with school glue then sprinkle on the glitter.
Paper Princess Crowns
Although you probably treat your little girl like a princess every day, help her show her true regal nature with these easy-to-craft paper crowns. Just print one of our free templates then embellish however you'd like. Perfect as party favors, these crafty goodies also make great costume accessories or gifts for your favorite trick-or-treaters.
Not only are these sweet centerpieces a feast for the eyes, they're also edible so the kids can help you craft one for a party decoration then have fun pulling it apart and popping the candy in their mouths after the party's over. Learn how to make your own.
Craft a Sweet Necklace
All you need to make this candy-corn-colored necklace are gumballs, ribbon and a few tools. Use a skewer to puncture each gumball, one side at a time. Thread ribbon through a large needle and slide through gumballs, tying a knot between each as you go. Add a ribbon bow for an extra finishing touch.
Pumpkin-ize Your Family
Raid the produce bin (and your family members' closets) to give fresh pumpkins a personality. Add a carrot or parsnip nose, craft-foam eyelashes or mustache and a drawn-on smile, plus accessories like glasses, a tie, hat or headphones to complete the look. Get step-by-step instructions.
Glittered Party Favor Bags
Give plain muslin bags a trendy custom touch with one of our free printable patterns. These little sacks are just the right size to give out as party favors, take to the kids at school or use to surprise your favorite trick-or-treaters. See full tutorial and download templates.
(Cute!) Owl Pumpkin
Requiring no intricate patterns or pumpkin-carving skills, this easy-to-craft pumpkin is an adorable way to greet Halloween guests or trick-or-treaters.
Mini Bat Pumpkins
Mix a little mischief into your Halloween decorations with these tiny winged charmers. Just add craft-foam or card-stock wings to diminutive pumpkins and gourds painted black and let kids give them a personality with painted-on eyes and a smile.
In just a few minutes, the kids can transform an ordinary headband into one of these cute costume accessories. Download templates and learn how to make your own.
Make a Haunted Fairy House
Kids will love this easy craft that turns a pumpkin into a gnome home that's all decked out for Halloween. Learn how to make your own.
Kids will have a great time posing for photos with these printable jack-o'-lantern grins. Just print this template onto card stock, cut out, then attach to a straw or small wooden dowel.
Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon
Just add pretty ribbon in fall colors to real or faux pumpkins for an easy-to-craft decoration that can be displayed through Thanksgiving. Get step-by-step instructions.
Craft Cute Favors
Kids love lollipops, especially old-fashioned swirly ones. To make these easy party favors, remove original packaging and pop the lollipops into clear cellophane bags. Tie a bow to close each bag, then finish with one of these printed and punched tag designs.
Create a spooktacular vignette of peeking pumpkins using miniature gourds and a variety of inexpensive bowls and lidded dishes. Get crafting now.
Add felt faces to stacked faux pumpkins for a friendly front porch decoration to welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests to your home. Learn how to make your own.
Make Your Own Shrunken Heads
Get the whole family involved in this macabre craft that turns peeled apples into ghastly, decaying faces. Add a spooky final touch by hanging the shrunken heads in the doorway so they greet Halloween guests or string them with twine as part of a costume. Get crafting with more tips plus our step-by-step instructions.
Creepy-Crawly Napkin Rings
Give arachnophobic guests a shock with these fun, furry critters. Pom-poms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and felt are all you need to craft these fun and functional napkin rings.
Ooey-Gooey Caramel Apples
This sticky, yummy treat is an easy-to-make fall favorite that's a delicious way to get the whole family in on the action. Learn how to make your own.
Carve a Pumpkin
Print out one of our 22 exclusive patterns to get your pumpkin glowing. Tip: Instead of cutting off the pumpkin's top, instead cut off the bottom to make cleaning it out much easier and create a flat surface for the carved pumpkin to sit on. Try your hand at one of our beginner patterns now.
Make It Sparkly
These carve-free pumpkins are a perfect project for the littlest crafters — school glue and colorful glitter are all you need.
Popcorn Party Favors
Kids big and small love to help in the kitchen — especially when you're whipping up a snack that combines a few of their favorite flavors. This sweet-meets-crunchy mix is sure to be a big hit. Make extra to package in plain paper lunch bags embellished with one of our free printable labels.
Pin the Spider on the Web Game
Whether you're expecting a houseful of Halloween guests or are just looking for an activity to keep the kids entertained, this fun-to-craft game is one they can help you assemble then play for hours. Learn how to make a yarn web and download printable spiders.
Billowing Hanging Ghosts
Budget-friendly materials — like paper lanterns, fabric and felt — make it easy to whip up a whole gaggle of these hanging ghosts.
Light the Way
Fill clear buckets or cylindrical glass vases with battery-operated tea lights to easily craft kid-safe, fireproof luminaries to light up your Halloween celebrations. See full tutorial.
Decorate their room with "specimens" made by stamping creepy animal shapes — like vampire bats, snakes or spiders — out of colorful card stock. Get crafting to make your own.
Trash-Bag Spider Webs
A little creative thinking turns black outdoor trash bags into these dramatic decorations you can reuse year after year.
Make a big statement in your dining room, foyer or front porch with this easy craft. Just take the kids outside to help you gather dead branches, clean off any leaves then paint the branches. Once dry, you can add a few hand-lettered tags or go the creepy route and fill the branches with rubber bats, spiders or snakes.