Spooktacular Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

Your little pumpkin will have so much fun getting crafty with these do-it-yourself Halloween projects. From candy corn party hats to cotton ball ghosts, you and your tiny boo can paint, cut, and glue your way to fang-tastic décor.   

Painting Pumpkins 

Painting pumpkins is an autumn classic and an enjoyable way for kids (and adults) to express themselves. From colorful smiling faces to black cats and scary zombies, anything can come to life when it’s on a pumpkin. 

Monster Lollipops 

Treat your kids to a sweet project they can eat. It’s super simple for children to make their very own monster lollipops to pass out to classmates or dish out to trick-or-treaters.  

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To get started, you’ll need Jolly Ranchers, lollipop sticks, candy eyes, parchment paper, and a baking sheet. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees and cover the baking sheet with parchment paper. Set two or three Jolly Ranchers next to each other so they’re touching and place the sheet in the oven for eight to 10 minutes. Add the candy eyes and lollipop sticks immediately after you remove the Jolly Ranchers from the oven. As for the most spooktacular part: add the sticks on the melted candy and twist them so they’re completely covered. These goodies will be hauntingly delicious for all who cross paths with them. 

Paper Pumpkins 

Paper pumpkins look boo-tiful and fortunately, they’re easy to make. To get crafting, you’ll need orange colored paper (or the color of your choice), a paper cutter, double-sided tape, hot glue and a hot glue gun, sticks, twine, and scissors.  

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For each pumpkin, you’ll need two 8.5” X 11” sheets. Next, cut each piece of paper vertically into five 1.5” wide strips. Then cut each strip into one 7”, two 9”, and keep the remaining two at 11”. Fold each pumpkin into accordion-like strips and tape the two sets and same lengths together with double-sided tape and form a circle. So, you should have one circle from the 7” strips, two circles from the 9” strips, and two circles from the 11” strips. 

The next step is to create the 7” medallion by gluing with a hot glue gun. Place a small dab in the center and hold for a few seconds until it’s dry. Once dried, glue each medallion together respectively and hot glue a stick, paper leaves, and twine on top of your pumpkin. The end result is a piece of fall home décor made with love and filled with cherished memories. 

Pumpkin Apple Stamps 

Cut an apple in half and you’ve got an easy-to-use stamp for making pumpkin-printed cards and more! All you need are apples cut down the middle, orange paint, googly eyes, and brown and green pipe cleaners.  

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Once your apple is cut, use a small paint brush to dab orange paint on one half of the apple. Then, press down on the paper and touch up any unpainted parts with your brush. While your painted pumpkins are drying, cut your brown pipe cleaners into small stem sizes and twist your green pipe cleaners around a pencil to create a curly leaf. Glue them on with a hot glue gun, and lastly, attach the googly eyes to give your pumpkins some crazy-fun character. 

Candy Corn Party Hat 

A festive candy corn hat can make a monster impression at parties. The best part is they’re scary easy to create. You’ll need DIY traffic cones (which are basically small blank plastic cones), orange and yellow acrylic paint, black headbands, a sponge or paint brush, painter’s tape, and clear stretchy cording.  

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To start, place two pieces of painter’s tape around the cones and paint the center section of the cones yellow. Once the paint is dry, remove the tape, and paint the bottom third section of the cones orange. Next, cut small slits on either side of the cone and then tie the painted cone to the black headband with the clear stretchy cording. Voilà! Now your sweet little one will be drawing eyes at any costume party. 

Cotton Ball Ghosts 

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Want to turn your home into a friendly spookfest? Gather some cotton balls, black and white paper, string, glue, and be prepared to get creative. Excellent for toddlers, this fun project begins by cutting out a ghost template on your white paper and then gluing on cotton balls. To top it off, cut out eyes and a mouth from your black paper and glue those on, too. Then let them dangle from strings set up in your house for a frighteningly adorable touch. 

Spider Cookie Sandwiches 

What’s Halloween without creepy crawly spiders? Perfect for an after-school snack, spider cookie sandwiches are a blast to make. You’ll need sandwich cookies, such as Oreos, pretzel sticks, candy corn, marshmallows, and black frosting.  

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To begin, break four pretzel sticks in half to form eight individual pieces. Next, insert four of the pretzel pieces on either side of one of the cookies, directly into the cream layer. Then, break off just the white bottom portion of two pieces of candy corn and insert them into the front portion of the cookie, between the two sets of legs to form spider fangs. For the eyes, use a finger to press two of the marshmallows flat. Set the marshmallow eyes above the fangs on the front side of the spider using a dab of black frosting on the back of each. To make pupils for each eye, add a dab of black frosting to the center of each marshmallow and — happy Halloween — your spider will come to life! 

Candy People 

Candy people are crowd-pleasers your kids will want to eat up. To make these festive edibles, you’ll need round chocolate Halloween faces, Smarties, mini chocolate bars, a glue gun, and ribbon. As you might have suspected, the chocolate faces serve as the candy people’s faces, the Smarties are the arms and legs, and the mini chocolate bars, such as Snickers and Twix, make up the bodies.  

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Begin by gluing the face to the front of the mini chocolate bar. Be sure not to go batty with the hot glue or your chocolate could melt; use just enough to hold it in place. Next, flip your candy monster-in-the-making over and glue the arms to the back of the mini chocolate bar. Then, glue the legs to the same side. For the grand finale, flip your creation over and you’ll have your super fun candy person in all its glory. Be sure to make a whole bunch of candy people so your sweet treat can have delicious friends! 

What kind of treats (or tricks) do you make for October 31st? Let us know — leave a comment below. We’re witching you a happy Halloween! 

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