Halloween Kids' Craft: Hanging Foam Bats
Black craft foam, googly eyes and fishing line are all you need to create a whole colony of swooping, weatherproof bats. Kids big and small will love this quick and easy Halloween craft, perfect for adding a spooky touch to your front yard.
- black craft foam
- fishing line
- googly eyes
- craft glue
- hole punch
- Download: Halloween Bat Template
Trace and Cut Out Bat With Bat Template
Print out the bat template attached above and fold in half, then cut out (Images 1 and 2). Use a pencil to trace the bat shape onto a piece of black craft foam then cut it out (Images 3 and 4).
Add Googly Eyes
Attach googly eyes to the bat's head with a dab of craft glue.
Punch Hole and Add Fishing Line
Use a hole punch to create a hole at the bottom of the bat's body for hanging (Image 1). Slide 6-12" of fishing line through the hole and knot it (Image 2). Hang your finished bats from low tree limbs or porch overhangs (Image 3).
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Popcorn Party Favors
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.
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.