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October 15, 2021
Halloween: The Kid-Craftiest Time of the Year

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Halloween: The Kid-Craftiest Time of the Year

Kids love crafting most days of the year but Halloween crafts are that special mix of fantasy and fall fun. From OG Halloween crafts like carving a pumpkin, to creating a one-of-a-kind costume to magicking up tasty treats, kids love getting creative to celebrate the scary season. Keep reading for our best Halloween craft ideas that you can do both with and for your little monsters. If pumpkin-carving is first on your list of to-dos, check out our best free printable templates, below.

learn more: Beginner Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Ideas With Templates

Have Fun With Mums

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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 the How-To: Monstrous Mums: Craft a Lucky Black Cat

Or, Turn Pumpkins Into Pets

Marian Parsons

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, below, to make each animal come to life.

Get the How-To + Download Templates: Halloween Kids’ Craft: Adorable Pet Pumpkins

Upcycle Cardboard Boxes Into Costumes

Jalynn Baker

Upcycle Cardboard Boxes Into Costumes

Reduce, reuse and recycle your way to DIY Halloween costumes your kids will both love wearing and helping you craft. Get ready to raid your recycling bin; our quick video and step-by-step instructions, below, will help you turn cardboard shipping boxes into creative and seriously cute costumes.

get the how-to: 3 Out-of-the-Box Halloween Costumes Made From Cardboard

Or, Upcycle a Box Into a Fun Game

Or, Upcycle a Box Into a Fun Game

Entertain trick-or-treaters or Halloween partygoers of all ages with this DIY game of chance. Felt jack-o'-lantern flaps (instead of paper that would tear) and an open back make it easy to reload the game with candy and small toys to keep the fun going. Construct your own with our step-by-step instructions, below.

get the how-to: Halloween Party Game: Pumpkin Pickin'

Deck Out the Front Door

Pop Fizz

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 the How-To: DIY Halloween Door Decor That Will Have "All Eyes on Boo"

Or, Your Front Porch Ferns

Cassidy Garcia; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Or, Your Front Porch Ferns

Hanging Boston ferns are a front porch staple that are easy to transform into hovering aliens in time for Halloween. Kids will love adding the easy-to-craft eyeballs and tentacles — or coming up with their own out-of-this-world ideas for deep-space denizens. Our tutorial, below, will help you inexpensively magic up a googly-eyed alien in a flash.

Get the How-To: Easy Halloween Spook-Up: Transform a Fern Into an Alien

Get an Assist in Boo-ing the Neighbors

Brittney Gazaway; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Get an Assist in Boo-ing the Neighbors

Boo-ing friends and neighbors is a fun Halloween tradition that's part trick and all treat. Let your littles help shop for, then assemble boo baskets that are customized to each recipient. Check out our 15 creative boo-ing ideas and print out our free (and fa-boo-lous!) printable tags and signs, below.

See More Photos: 15 DIY Ways to Boo + Boo-ze Your Favorite Fiends This Halloween

Or, Boo Your Front Porch

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Or, Boo Your Front Porch

Give spare wood a ghostly makeover by first painting the boards white, then adding friendly (or not-so-friendly) features. Lightly sand the boards for a timeworn look.

See More Photos: Say No to New: Scare Up What You Have This Halloween, Instead

Haunt a Gingerbread House

Jalynn Baker

Haunt a Gingerbread House

After all, who says gingerbread houses are only for Christmas? Especially when the finished result is this spooktacular (and tasty)! Watch our quick video and get the complete materials list and our tips, below.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Halloween-Approved Gingerbread House

Or, Bewitch Two-Bite Brownies

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Or, Bewitch Two-Bite Brownies

Just the right size for satisfying a chocolate craving and so much fun to magic up, our easy recipe, below, shares how to cast a spell on storebought sweets.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Dessert: Witchy Cauldron Brownie Bites

Craft a Batty Front Door

Cassidy Garcia, Styled by Jill Tennant Designs

Craft a Batty Front Door

Our free bat template, scissors and black card stock are all you need to give your front door a batty transformation. You can keep it simple and just add a few flapping paper bats or really make Halloween magic and first cover the door in purple bulletin board paper and add a glowing city skyline.

See More Photos: Cover Your Front Door in a Spooky Swarm of Bats for Halloween

Or, Hang Out With a Few Foam Friends

Or, Hang Out With a Few Foam Friends

These friendly foam bats are a snap to craft. Made using our free printable template, below, and inexpensive foam craft sheets, they're a weatherproof decoration you can display either indoors or out.

Get the How-To: Halloween Kids' Craft: Hanging Foam Bats

Head Out on a Scavenger Hunt

Chelsea Faulkner, Printable Designed by Maggie Miller

Head Out on a Scavenger Hunt

Looking to scare away boredom this Halloween? Download and print our free neighborhood scavenger hunt that kids of all ages will enjoy. Then, head outdoors on foot to find as many of the items as possible within a set time limit. You can even offer small prizes to the child who finds most of the items — or just reward them with bragging rights. Get our free printable scavenger hunt sheets, below.

learn more: Free, Printable Halloween Scavenger Hunts

Or, Set Up Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Or, Set Up Pumpkin Tic-Tac-Toe

Raid your craft stash for washi or decorative duct tape, then mark off the familiar grid. Fresh or faux mini pumpkins, in two colors, are a fun stand-in for Xs and Os.

get the how-to: 31 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids and Adults

Scare Up a Creepy Cookie-Cuterie

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Scare Up a Creepy Cookie-Cuterie

Homemade chocolate cookie bones + a generous heaping of both sweet and salty snacks = a Halloween snack board that's fun to assemble with a little assist from the kiddos. Perfect for parties, keep extra candy and salty treats on-hand so you can restock the board mid-party.

get the recipe: How to Make a Skeleton Cookie Charcuterie Board for Halloween

Or, Craft a Cat-Tastic Haunted House

Crafty Lumberjacks

Or, Craft a Cat-Tastic Haunted House

All cat parents know that cats adore empty boxes. Make magic (and treat your tabby!) this Halloween by upcycling leftover shipping boxes into an epic, light-up haunted cat house — scratch pad included.

get the how-to: Build a Light-Up Haunted House for Your Cat

Upcycle Some Mummy Candy Cans

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.

Get the How-To: Halloween Party Favor: Mummy Candy Cans

Or, Mummify a Front Porch Planter

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Or, Mummify a Front Porch Planter

For less than $10 and in just a few minutes of assembly, you and the kiddos can take your front porch planter from fall-tastic to spooktacular with this easy and totally removable mummy makeover.

Get the How-To: Halloween in a Hurry: Easily Mummify a Fall Planter

Take Caramel Apples Up a Notch

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Take Caramel Apples Up a Notch

After all, who doesn't love a homemade caramel apple? And to really take these fall favorites over the top, we rolled the freshly dipped treats in everyone's other favorite Halloween treat: candy — and lots of it!

get the recipe: How to Make Caramel Apples Dipped in Halloween Candy

Or, Make Candy Corn Even More Fun

Or, Make Candy Corn Even More Fun

Halloween swings into action with this candy corn piñata. Kids of all ages will love taking a shot at this treat-filled craft, and because you and the kiddos make it yourselves, you get complete control over what goes inside.

get the how-to: How to Make a Candy Corn Pinata for Halloween

Create Treat Bags With Character

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Create Treat Bags With Character

Give craft- or dollar-store paper treat bags a playful personality with googly eyes and a bit of colorful 'hair'. To secure the treat bag, fold over the bag's top, make a hole through the folded layers with a hole punch or awl, then tie it off with a bit of rickrack or ribbon.

Get the How-To: Monster Up a Pop-Up Canopy for Outdoor Halloween Fun

Or, Halloween Up a Canvas Tote

Or, Halloween Up a Canvas Tote

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 the How-To: Halloween Kids' Craft: Glittered Trick-or-Treat Bags

Turn a Peaceful Plant Into a Man-Eating Monster

Sam Henderson

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.

Get the How-To: Halloween Decor: Turn a Peaceful Plant Into a Man-Eating Monster

Or, Make a Monster for Your Front Porch

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

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 deciding whether to make a friendly or not-so-friendly mum-ster.

Get the How-To: Halloween Front Porch Fix-Up: Magic a Mum Into a Monster

Craft Paper Princess Crowns

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.

Get the How-To: Halloween Party Favor: Paper Princess Crowns

Or, Magic Up Halloween Headbands

Or, Magic Up Halloween Headbands

In just a few minutes, kids can transform an ordinary headband into one of these cute costume accessories.

Get the How-To + Download Templates: Kids' Craft: Witch's Hat or Black Cat Halloween Headbands

Win at Trunk-or-Treat

Brittney Gazaway, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Win at Trunk-or-Treat

Be the coolest car in the parking lot with this fun take on a traditional carnival. Pegboard from your local hardware store is the key to this trunk-tastic makeover that also relies on $1 red tablecovers, a DIY ring toss game and pre-bagged prizes.

Or, Be the Envy of Your Block

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Or, Be the Envy of Your Block

Be that house that every kid wants to trick-or-treat this year with our ideas for using dollar store scores to turn a pop-up canopy into a friendly monster that's stocked with grab-and-go snacks and beverages for both adults and the littlest trick-or-treaters.

Get the How-To: Monster Up a Pop-Up Canopy for Outdoor Halloween Fun

Get Creative With DIY Kids' Costumes

Emily Fazio

Get Creative With DIY Kids' Costumes

From a sassy scuba diver to a punny ceiling fan, break out the craft supplies and enlist the kiddos to help you make one of our 70+ budget-friendly DIY costumes.

See More Photos: 85 Cute + Easy DIY Halloween Kids' Costumes

Or, Dress Up Your Pup

H. Camille Smith

Or, Dress Up Your Pup

Include your furkids in this year's Halloween celebrations by crafting a handmade costume for your dog or cat. Just be sure to use only soft, lightweight materials that don't obstruct your pet's movement, eyes, nose or mouth.

See More Photos: DIY Pet Costumes for Halloween

Hydrate Your Little Party Monsters

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by H. Camille Smith

Hydrate Your Little Party Monsters

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

Get the How-To: DIY a Friendly Monster Party Tub for Halloween

Or, Make Trick-or-Treating More Monstrous

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Or, Make Trick-or-Treating More Monstrous

Use ectoplasm-green faux fur and basic craft supplies to transform a pop-up sports tent into a monstrous candy station where trick-or-treaters can help themselves.

Get the How-To: Monster Mash-Up: Turn a Pop-Up Tent Into a Trick-or-Treat Station

Turn Apple Slices Into Pretty Pops

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Turn Apple Slices Into Pretty Pops

Kiddos will love this fun treat that uses leftover Halloween candy to decorate dipped apple slices. Serve these handheld desserts as a Halloween party snack or whip some up with the family after the trick-or-treating is over.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Dessert: Candy-Covered Apple Pops

Or, Stick With the Classics

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Or, Stick With the Classics

What's tastier and more seasonal than a fall apple covered in ooey-gooey caramel? And, hey, this is one Halloween sweet that actually sneaks in some fruit. Yummy, fun to make and (kinda) healthy? Win-win-win!

Get the Recipe: How to Make Caramel Apples

Get Crafty With Kids' Games

Michael Hall

Get Crafty With Kids' Games

Make this Halloween unforgettable with our ideas for creative play. From DIY games to crafty takes on old favorites, check out 12 ways to keep kids happily entertained, below.

See More Photos: 31 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids and Adults

Or, Include Everyone in the Fun

Cassidy Garcia, Styling by Jill Tennant Design

Or, Include Everyone in the Fun

From cakewalks to cake decorating and pumpkin carving to pumpkin painting, we've thought of games that both adults and kids will enjoy to make your Halloween as freaky-fun as possible.

See More Photos: 31 Fun Halloween Party Games for Kids and Adults

Make a Haunted Fairy House

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.

Get the How-To: Make a Haunted Pumpkin Fairy Garden

Or, Bake Up a Pumpkin Bucket

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Or, Bake Up a Pumpkin Bucket

Surprisingly easy to make, this candy-stuffed cake is fun to make with an assist from your little bakers and will delight Halloween party guests big and small.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Dessert: Jack-o'-Lantern Candy Bucket Cake

Spin Some Edible Spider Webs

Heather Baird, SprinkleBakes.com

Spin Some Edible Spider Webs

These adorably creepy spider web cookies require no baking and are easily assembled with just three ingredients — perfect for the kids to help make.

get the recipe: Halloween Dessert: Spider Web Cookies

Or, Craft Some Supersized Spiders

Pop Fizz

Or, Craft Some Supersized Spiders

Head to the craft store for foam spheres, paint and pipe cleaners, then get ready to assemble a bunch of these giant — but friendly looking — spiders. Kids will enjoy customizing their faces and can help you make a larger-than-life web, too, by just wrapping yarn around fallen tree limbs.

get the how-to: How to Make DIY Oversized Spooky Spiders

Commemorate the Date

©Vicki Lynn Photography

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, below.

Get the How-To: Halloween Countdown Calendar

Or, Craft an Interactive Busy Board

Jennifer Perkins

Or, Craft an Interactive Busy Board

Encourage creative playtime with this easy-to-craft and budget-friendly wall art that'll keep your littlest Halloween fans happily occupied while they wait for Halloween night to arrive.

Get the How-To: Make an Interactive Haunted Busy Board for Kids

Turn Pretzels Into Yummy Skeletons

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 How-To: Halloween Kids' Craft: Pretzel Skeletons

Or, Turn Felt Into Cute Candy Decor

Jennifer Perkins

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.

Get the How-To: Fun With Felt: Craft an Easy Faux Halloween Candy Banner

Make Some Batty Branches

Karen Kavett

Make Some Batty Branches

Send the kiddos out to gather fallen twigs and small branches while you print out our free bat template. Paint branches white, cut out a bunch o' bats, then just glue them on. Get even more free Halloween printables, below.

learn more: 100+ Printable (and Free!) Halloween Templates

Or, Magic Empty Bottles Into Batty Planters

Best Wishes Studio

Or, Magic Empty Bottles Into Batty Planters

Raid the recycling bin for empty soda bottles to give your houseplants a haunted home for Halloween. Our quick video and step-by-step instructions, below, will walk you through each step.

get the how-to: How to DIY a Hanging Bat Planter for Halloween

Let Them Eat ... Broomsticks

Let Them Eat ... Broomsticks

Our free printable, below, 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.

Get the How-To: Halloween Kids' Craft: Licorice Broomsticks

Or, a Spooky Spider Cake

©Vicki Lynn Photography

Or, a Spooky Spider Cake

Your littlest sous-chef will love making, then eating, this creepy-crawly cake that turns store-bought ingredients and decorative paper into a terrifying treat.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Halloween Spider Cake

Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Candy Buckets

Turn Faux Pumpkins Into Candy 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.

Or, Magic Up Black Cat Pumpkins

Or, 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.

Get the How-To: How to Make Black Cat Pumpkins

Make a Haunted Terrarium

Make 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 the How-To: How to Make a Haunted Terrarium for Halloween

Or, Craft a Ghost for Your Front Porch

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Or, Craft a Ghost for Your Front 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 the How-To: Halloween Kids' Craft: Make a Friendly Ghost Mum-ster

Pumpkin-ize Your Family

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 the How-To: Parsnip and Carrot Pumpkin Characters

Or, Magic Mini Pumpkins Into Bitty Bats

Or, Magic Mini Pumpkins Into Bitty Bats

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.

Get the How-To: Mini Bat Pumpkins

Try Out Your Pumpkin-Carving Skills

Try Out Your Pumpkin-Carving Skills

Print out one of our 99 exclusive beginner patterns, below, to get your pumpkin glowing. Tip: Instead of cutting off the pumpkin's top, cut off the bottom to make cleaning it out much easier and create a flat surface for the carved pumpkin to sit on.

See More Photos: Beginner Halloween Pumpkin-Carving Ideas With Templates

Or, Send a Message With a Teal Pumpkin

Or, Send a Message With a Teal Pumpkin

Did you know that teal pumpkins symbolize you're giving away allergy-friendly treats? Let the neighborhood know with these easy, embroidery hoop wreaths fashioned to look like a friendly pack of pumpkins.

See More Photos: Halloween Teal Pumpkin Jack-o-Lantern Ideas

Give Apples a Candy-Coated Costume

Heather Baird SprinkleBakes.com

Give Apples a Candy-Coated Costume

Looking for a fun Halloween project to do with the kids? Well, look no further! These candy-dipped apples look just like a jack-o’-lantern or a friendly ghost and are as much fun to decorate as they are to munch.

Get the Recipe: Halloween Treat: Candy-Coated Ghosts and Jack-O'-Apples

Or, Turn Them Into Shrunken Heads

Or, Turn Them Into 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 the How-To: Creepy Craft: How to Make Apple Shrunken Heads

DIY This Easy Spider Web Game

DIY This Easy Spider 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.

Get the How-To + Free Printable: Pin the Spider on the Web Halloween Party Game

Or, Bug Out With This Dollar Store Craft

Or, Bug Out With This Dollar Store Craft

Dollar store supplies, like oversized plastic bugs, hot glue and a little spray paint are all you need to create oversized specimen art. Watch our video and check out our tips for recreating this creepy-crawly craft, below.

Get the How-To: 5 DIY Dollar Store Halloween Decor Ideas

Add Googly Eyes ... Everywhere

Add Googly Eyes ... Everywhere

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

Jaylnn Baker

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.

Get the How-To: 3 Spook-tastic Wreaths to Haunt Your Door

Conjure Up a Friendly Monster Wreath

Conjure Up a Friendly Monster Wreath

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.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Halloween Yarn-Wrapped Monster Wreath

Or, a Knotty Spider Wreath

©Vicki Lynn Photography

Or, a Knotty Spider Wreath

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. Add a frightening finishing touch with a few plastic spiders.

Get the How-To: DIY Halloween Wreath

Play Peekaboo With Pumpkins

Play Peekaboo With Pumpkins

Create a spooktacular vignette of peeking pumpkins using miniature gourds and a variety of inexpensive bowls and lidded dishes.

Get the How-To: How to Make Peekaboo Pumpkins

Or, Stack a Jack-O'-Totem

Or, 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.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Halloween Jack-O'-Stack

Craft Candy Topiaries

Craft Candy Topiaries

Not only are these sweet centerpieces a feast for the eyes, they're also edible so the kids can help you assemble one for a party decoration then have fun pulling it apart and popping the candy in their mouths after the party's over.

Get the How-To: Halloween Decorating Idea: Make a Candy Topiary

Or, a Sweet Necklace

Or, 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.

Craft Some Creepy Crawlies

Image courtesy of Ruth Meharg

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.

See More Photos: 10 Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Or, Give Arachnophobes a Fright

Melissa Caughey

Or, Give Arachnophobes a Fright

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

Get the How-To: Create Spooky Spider Nests

Easily Carve Pumpkins With Cookie Cutters

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 the How-To: Cookie-Cutter Pumpkin Carving With Kids

Or, Magic Up a Carve-Free Owl

Or, Magic Up a Carve-Free Owl

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.

Get the How-To: Cute Owl Pumpkin

Craft Cute Favors

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.

See More Photos: 45 DIY Halloween Gift Bags & Party Favor Ideas

Or, Glitter a Gift Bag

Or, Glitter a Gift Bag

Give plain muslin bags a trendy custom touch with one of our free printable patterns, below. 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.

Get the How-To: Glittered Halloween Party Favor Bags

Invite Over Some Friendly Ghosts

Invite Over Some Friendly Ghosts

Budget-friendly materials — like paper lanterns, fabric and felt — make it easy to whip up a whole gaggle of these hanging ghosts.

Get the How-To: Outdoor Halloween Decoration: Hanging Ghosts

Or, Give Kids a Jack-O'-Lantern Grin

Or, Give Kids a 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.

See More Photos: Host a Halloween Costume Party

Turn Trash Bags Into Spider Webs

Turn Trash Bags Into Spider Webs

A little creative thinking turns black outdoor trash bags into these dramatic decorations you can reuse year after year.

Get the How-To: Trash Bag Spider Webs

Or, Turn Vases Into Terrifying Terrariums

Or, Turn Vases Into Terrifying Terrariums

DIY terrariums are easy to make, affordable and offer endless ways to create spooky scenes. Pick up wooden bases and glass cylinders or fishbowls at your local dollar store. Fill with twigs, preserved moss and leaves topped with plastic insects, snakes or faux birds.

Get the How-To: Say No to New: Scare Up What You Have This Halloween, Instead

Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon

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 the How-To: Easily Embellish Pumpkins With Ribbon

Or, Make Them Sparkle

Or, Make Them Sparkle

These carve-free pumpkins are a perfect project for the littlest crafters — school glue and colorful glitter are all you need.

Get the How-To: How to Make Glittered Pumpkins

Magic Up Popcorn Party Favors

Magic Up 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.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Salty Halloween Snack Mix

Or, Magically Light Up the Night

Or, Magically Light Up the Night

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.

Get the How-To: Halloween Jack-o'-Lantern Luminaries

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