It’s that time of year…the leaves are starting to change colors, fall sweatshirts and sweaters are being pulled out, apple cider donuts are being eaten by the dozen, and pumpkin spice is EVERYWHERE (even in our kids mac ‘n cheese, for real!). As we prepare for the fall season, Halloween is right around the corner. This is such a fun, imaginative time of year for the young ones, and I have the easiest crafts to make Halloween even more spooktacular for them! Read more for easy Halloween craft ideas with items around the house that will have your child making boo-tiful art to decorate your home! Let’s get started! 

Cotton Swab Skeleton 

 

Materials Needed: 

  • 23 cotton swabs 
  • Black construction paper 
  • Glue 
  • Black marker 
  • White construction paper 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out a skeleton head using the white construction paper. 
  2. Draw a face using a black marker. 
  3. Glue the skeleton head onto the black construction paper. 
  4. Make the skeleton’s body using cotton swabs by gluing his ribs, arms, hands, and legs onto the black construction paper. 

 

Marshmallow Mummy 

Cuisenaire Rods

Materials Needed: 

  • Orange construction paper 
  • Black marker 
  • Marshmallows (you can use regular or mini) 
  • Googly eyes 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Using the black marker, draw a mummy head onto the orange construction paper. 
  2. Glue the googly eyes onto the head. 
  3. Using the marshmallows, glue them onto the mummy to represent cloth strips (and of course, the fun is eating some marshmallows while you’re making this!). 

 

Spider Rocks 

Materials Needed: 

  • Black craft rocks 
  • Glue 
  • Googly eyes 
  • Three long black pipe cleaners, cut in half 

Instructions: 

  1. Glue googly eyes onto the black rocks. Allow to dry. 
  2. Cut the black pipe cleaners in half and then bend them three times so they look like zigzags. 
  3. Glue the pipe cleaners onto the back of the rocks as legs. Allow to dry.  

Puffy Ghost

 

Materials Needed: 

  • Cotton balls or white pompoms (we used pompoms) 
  • Glue 
  • White construction paper 
  • Black construction paper or black felt (we used black felt since it’s softer) 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out the shape of a ghost using white construction paper. 
  2. Glue cotton balls or white pompoms onto the white construction paper.  
  3. Cut out round eyes and a smiling mouth using black construction paper or black felt. 
  4. Glue the eyes and mouth onto the cotton balls to make the ghost’s face.  

 

Toilet Paper Roll Ghost & Mummy

Materials Needed: 

  • Empty toilet paper rolls 
  • White paint 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Googly eyes 
  • Glue 
  • Black marker 
  • Scissors 

 

Instructions: 

  1. For a ghost, paint the toilet paper roll using the white paint. Allow to dry. To make a mummy, wrap toilet paper around the empty roll.  
  2. Glue the googly eyes onto the roll. 
  3. Draw a round mouth using the black marker. 
  4. For the ghost, cut small slits onto the bottom of the toilet paper roll. The slits should be about ¾ inch long 

Handprint Bats 

Materials Needed: 

  • Orange construction paper 
  • Red construction paper 
  • Black construction paper 
  • White chalk 
  • Glue 
  • Googly eyes 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Trace your child’s handprints onto black construction paper. Cut out each hand. 
  2. Glue the handprints onto the orange construction paper. These are the bat wings.  
  3. Cut out a circle using the black construction paper and glue it onto the orange paper. This is the bat’s head. 
  4. Glue googly eyes onto the circle.  
  5. Using the white chalk, draw a nose and mouth.  
  6. Cut out 2 small triangles using the red construction paper. Glue them onto the bat’s head.  

Pumpkins on a Fence 

Materials Needed: 

  • Black construction paper 
  • Foam Halloween stickers (these can be found at any craft store—you’ll want a variety of stickers including pumpkins, bats, moon, spiders, etc.)  
  • Nine wooden craft sticks 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Arrange the nine wooden craft sticks to look like fence, and then glue them onto the black paper. 
  2. Using four pumpkin stickers, place them on top of the fence.  
  3. If you have other stickers like a moon, spider, or ghost have your child place them anywhere on the paper to create a fun Halloween scene! 

Masking Tape Mummy 

Materials Needed: 

  • Black construction paper 
  • Masking tape 
  • Scissors 
  • Glue 
  • Googly eyes 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Cut out a gingerbread man shape using the black construction paper.  
  2. Using a scissors, cut small strips of masking tape, and place anywhere onto the black paper.  
  3. Glue googly eyes onto the black paper.  

 

 

I hope you enjoyed these easy Halloween craft ideas and seeing the littles using their ghoulish imaginations! Wishing you a happy, safe Halloween – and if you choose to participate in trick or treating in your community, we’d love to hear about any ‘tricks’ your child has up his/her costume sleeve! 

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Laurie Honza
Laurie Honza

Over 20 years ago, I fell in love with developing educational toys and tools and continue to honor this career at hand2mind while raising my family alongside my husband. As a mom of 2 boys, a 3- and 11-year old, I love seeing and experiencing life through their eyes: playing outdoors, exercising, sharing, reading, baking, and shopping (I’m very frugal and seek out the best deals!). Beyond that, my life mantra is pretty simple: Play. Learn. Laugh. Love. Oh, and eat lots of dark chocolate.

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