50+ Halloween Kids' Crafts

From handmade decorations to DIY party favors and creative ideas for pumpkins, we have 52 Halloween kids' craft ideas to keep your little ghouls and ghosties busy.

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Have Fun With Mums

Add a little personality to your planters with our tips for magicking a fall mum into a lucky black cat, just in time for Halloween. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Or, 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.

Hang Out With 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 either indoors or out.

Turn a Peaceful Plant Into a Man-Eating Monster

Kids will love helping you craft these monstrous-looking tentacles that look kinda cute, but don’t be fooled. They’ve only got one thing in mind ... dinner.

Or, Make a Monster for Your Front Porch

Give your entryway a not-too-scary Halloween update with this easy-to-craft blooming beastie. The kids will love helping you select the foam colors and decide whether to make a friendly or not-so-friendly mum-ster. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

The 'Eyes' Have It

Easily turn every day into holiday just by adding googly eyes in a variety of sizes to ordinary objects. Pick them up at your local craft or dollar store for a spooktastic makeover on the cheap.

Or, Craft an Ever-Watchful Wreath

Budget-friendly and easy to make, a few craft store supplies and A LOT of googly eyes are all you need to magic up this frightfully fun project. Watch how it comes together, plus get our tips.

Upcycle Some Mummy Candy Cans

These adorable treat cans make upcycling look good! Kids will love making these cans as much as they'll enjoy devouring the sweet contents so start saving your empty tin cans now so you'll have plenty of raw materials for this kid-pleasing craft.

Or, Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Buckets

Faux pumpkins aren't just great for decking out your front porch, they also make cute candy containers for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Just cut off the top, add your child's name and let them help you select paint for the pumpkin's interior and ribbon to use as a handle.

Commemorate the Date

Countdown calendars aren't just for Christmas — especially when kids are just as excited for Halloween. Help them count down to the spooktacular day with our step-by-step instructions.

Or, Craft an Interactive Busy Board

Encourage creative playtime with this easy-to-craft and budget-friendly wall art that'll keep your littest Halloween fans happily occupied while they wait for Halloween night to arrive. Learn how to make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Turn Pretzels Into Yummy 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.

Or, Turn Felt Into Cute Candy Decor

Get an assist from the kiddos to craft a batch of felt candy, you can then turn into a 'sweet' Halloween banner that you can display year after year. Our step-by-step instructions make this craft a snap.

Greet Guests With a Friendly Monster

Hit the craft store (or your stash) for everything you need to make this cuddly-looking critter that'll welcome trick-or-treaters and other Halloween guests with a playful one-eyed wink. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Let Them Eat ... 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.

Or ... a Spooky Spider Cake

Your littlest sous-chef will love making, then eating, this creepy-crawly cake that turns storebought ingredients and decorative paper into a terrifying treat. Get cooking with our step-by-step instructions.

Craft a Haunted Terrarium

Add a little Halloween "spirit" to your kitchen counter. All you need is a large glass jar, basic craft supplies and a little imagination. This easy project is perfect to do with kids, they'll love coming up with ideas for spooky details. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Or, Spook Up Your Porch

Give your fall mums a spooktacular makeover with just a bit of self-adhesive craft foam and acrylic paint. Best of all: When Halloween's over, just remove the ghostly face and your porch is prepped for Thanksgiving. Get more tips.

Magic Up 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.

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.

Tie One On

If you can tie a knot, you can make this wreath — trust us, it's that easy. Get a hand from your little monsters to create this rag wreath while watching your favorite Halloween movie together. Get tips for crafting your own.

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.

Craft 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.

Give Arachnophobes a Fright

Our step-by-step instructions show you how to turn craft-store supplies into a larger-than-life spider's nest you can display either indoors or out.

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.

(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.

Stack a Jack-O'-Totem

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.

Make 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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