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

Carve-Free Black Painted 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

Painted pumpkin with witch features

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

Foam Bats in Tree

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

Mason Jars With Plastic Spiders on Halloween Porch

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

Tattered Draperies on Halloween Decorated Porch

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

Stacked Faux Pumpkins With Felt Faces on Front Porch

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

Googly Eyes Halloween Wreath

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.

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Monstrous Mums: Craft a Lucky Black Cat

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Halloween Front Porch Fix-Up: Magic a Mum Into a Monster

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Make This Halloween Tablescape for a Festive Family Party Using Dollar Store Finds

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Make This Handheld Halloween Photo Booth

All you need is a cardboard box, some inexpensive supplies and a few Halloween decorations. Bonus: You can make this photo booth for any holiday.

DIY a Friendly Monster Party Tub for Halloween

Give a beverage tub an inexpensive Halloween makeover to serve up kid-friendly beverages to trick-or-treaters or your favorite little monsters.

Make Budget-Friendly Bat Halloween Decor With Felt and a Branch From Your Yard

Going a little batty? Create a colony of cool, colorful creatures of the night to hang out with.

Low-Sew Pinata Pup Halloween Costume

This year celebrate Halloween with your best friend fiesta style. Easily craft a piñata-inspired costume for your dog using felt, hot glue and just a bit of hand stitching.
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