10 Adorably Scary Halloween Decorations to Make With Kids

Fall is officially here, which means it's Halloween countdown time, people! It's time to get crafting on outdoor decorations to spook up your yard. And, since Halloween can never come too soon for the kids, enlist their help to turn your front yard or porch into the envy of the block.

To help you get into the Halloween spirit, I've gathered 10 outdoor decorating projects that can all be created using basic craft store supplies and materials you already have on hand. Crafty Halloween decorations that are inexpensive, kid friendly and easy to craft? Nothing scary about that, right?

Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Friendly Felines

Black Cat Pumpkins

Black Cat Pumpkins

Welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests with a litter of black cat pumpkins. These carve-free kitties are easy to craft, making them a fun project for older children or small kids with a little help from a crafty adult.

Pumpkins, paint, felt and pipe cleaners are all you need to craft 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.

Make This: Black Cat Pumpkins

Or, a Wicked Witch

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

How to Make a Bewitching Halloween Pumpkin

Looking for a pumpkin project that doesn't involve carving? Create this witch pumpkin from start to finish with items from the craft store.

Magic up this not-too-scary witch for your front porch using a faux pumpkin and inexpensive supplies from the craft store. Create a friendly witch to welcome Halloween guests or a scowling witch to keep mischief-makers at bay.

Turn Foam Sheets Into Friendly Bats

Hanging Bats for Halloween

Hanging Bats for Halloween

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to add a little spooky to your yard or porch this Halloween? All you need is some black craft foam, googly eyes and fishing line to create a flock of wild, weatherproof bats.

These hanging bats are a snap to craft. Just trace our free printable template onto craft foam sheets, cut out and add googly eyes for a weatherproof decoration you can hang from low tree limbs or your home's eaves.

Make This: Hanging Bats

Or, Foam Boards Into Weathered Tombstones

Spooky Tombstone Yard Decorations

Spooky Tombstone Yard Decorations

Whether you choose to add funny sayings or be deathly serious with traditional designs, our step-by-step instructions make it easy to give new foam sheets an ancient appearance.

Make This: Foam Tombstones

Turn Trash Bags Into Giant Spider Webs



A little creative folding and cutting turns an item you probably already have on hand — black outdoor trash bags — into weatherproof decorations you can reuse year after year.

Or, Make Spider's Nest Luminaries

Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze

Spider's Nest Luminaries Wrapped in Gauze

Easily turn Mason jars into creepy glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or pins. Next, glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze to create the look of a spider's nest then fill each jar with a pillar candle or flameless luminary.

Light the way to your front door with these glowing spider's nests. Just wrap large and small Mason jars with white medical gauze or cheesecloth, securing the fabric's ends with hot glue or safety pins. Hot-glue a few plastic spiders to the gauze, then fill each jar with a flameless candle.

Turn Cheesecloth Into Ghostly Draperies

Cheesecloth Apparition Draperies

Cheesecloth Apparition Draperies

These billowing, tattered draperies made from budget-friendly cheesecloth will add an eerie atmosphere to your front porch or an interior doorway. Get step-by-step instructions.

These billowing, tattered draperies are sure to add an eerie, haunted-house vibe to your front porch. Dip them in a tea bath to give the new fabric a stained, timeworn effect. 

Make This: Ghostly Draperies

Or, a Levitating Ghost

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Life-Size Outdoor Ghost Decoration

Turn craft-store materials into a life-sized (or at least afterlife-sized) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. Learn how to make your own.

Give trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests a startle with this life-size (or at least afterlife-size) ghost that appears to float several feet above the ground. 

Make This: Life-Size Ghost

Craft a Cheery Front Door Greeter

Pumpkin Totem Pole

Pumpkin Totem Pole

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.

Add felt faces to stacked faux pumpkins for a friendly front porch decoration to welcome trick-or-treaters and Halloween guests. 

Or, a Wreath to Keep an Eye on Visitors

You're Being Watched

You're Being Watched

Keep an eye on trick-or-treaters with a googly-eyed wreath. To make it, pick up two to three bags of white Ping-Pong balls online or at a sports store. Use hot glue to attach them, in layers, to a foam wreath form with hot glue. Once all visible parts of the wreath form have been covered, attach small and large googly eyes. Tip: It's best to hang the wreath with a door hanger, rather than wrapping ribbon around, so the layers of Ping-Pong balls remain undisturbed.

Make this playful wreath for your front door to keep a watchful eye on trick-or-treaters, ghouls, ghosties and anything else that goes bump in the night.

Make This: Googly-Eye Wreath

30 More Halloween Kids' Crafts

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From handmade decorations to DIY party favors and creative ideas for pumpkins, we have 30 Halloween kids' craft ideas to keep your little ghouls and ghosties busy.

Turn Pumpkins Into Pets

These playful pet pumpkins are a fun, no-carve fall craft that you and the kiddos can create from either fresh or faux pumpkins and basic craft supplies. Our step-by-step instructions include printable templates to make each animal come to life.

Deck Out the Front Door

Get an assist from your little crafters to create some googly-eyed curb appeal with a mischievous monster door. Inexpensive card stock, crepe paper, tape and an hour or two crafting together are all you need to give your front door a funky new face. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Pop Fizz

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.

Pretzel Skeletons

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.

Licorice Broomsticks

Our free printable is the perfect finishing touch for these easy-to-craft brooksticks that are just as much fun for kids to craft as they are to eat. Learn how to make your own.  

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

Photo By: Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

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-Treat Bags

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.

Candy Topiaries

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.

From: Marian Parsons and Kim Stoegbauer

(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.

Halloween Headbands

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

Jack-O'-Lantern Grin

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.

Peekaboo Pumpkins

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.

Specimen Art

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.

Dead-Branch Centerpiece

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.

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