My favourite kind of Halloween crafts to make with the kids have got to be simple to do, quick and cheap. I’ve put together some ideas of things you can do at home without using too many different craft supplies and without the need for an art degree to make them! All of the crafts and activity ideas that I share on this website are designed to be cheap, quick and easy to do with the kids. For me making Halloween crafts with the kids is all about having fun and not worrying if they’re perfect or not!
Halloween Lolly Stick Crafts
These lolly stick crafts are really easy to make – the most time consuming part is waiting for the paint to dry! These make an excellent stand-alone craft activity, or you can use them to decorate your house. For full instructions on how to make a pumpkin, ghost, scarecrow, Frankenstein’s monster, cat and spiders click here.
If it’s easier to let the kids express their imaginations rather than aiming for something recognisable, then why not make monster puppets? The puppets themselves can be constructed in advance and then let the kids decorate them however they want. They might not be the prettiest things you’ll ever see, but does it matter? It makes this the perfect simple Halloween craft even for toddlers!
Make fizzing potions
A Halloween craft with a science twist that the kids love! These fizzing potions are made using just a couple of ingredients and bubble away for ages (hours sometimes!). All three of my kids loved making these. For the full instructions click here.
If you love baking you could try these spider web cupcakes. A quicker alternative would be decorating biscuits. Cover with white icing, drizzle on a spiral of black icing working from the outside in. Whilst the icing is still wet use a cocktail stick to drag the icing from the centre to the edge to make a web effect. In our house the question is always if any of them will be left long enough for the icing to dry!
Milk bottle ghosts
As an alternative to carved pumpkins you could make these simple Halloween ghosts from milk bottles. Less food waste, less pumpkin mess, upcycled and incredibly quick to do. The kids will have a great time designing different ghost faces on the bottles. All you need to do to make these milk bottle ghosts is get an empty 2 or 4 pint milk bottle, clean and dry it. Use a permanent marker to design your ghost’s face and pop in a glow stick. I found that the green and yellow ones worked best – other colours just seemed to dim even with a few sticks thrown in.
Halloween painted rocks
I cannot take credit for these beautiful Halloween painted rocks. We found them at the pumpkin patch MK (check out my review here) and they were painted by members of the Love Rocks – MK Facebook group. My children love painting rocks and it’s always great to have a theme when trying to decide what to paint. The easiest Halloween painted rock designs for kids are things like ghost faces or pumpkins.
Toilet roll Halloween crafts
Let’s face it, toilet rolls are an incredible versatile children’s craft resource. There are so many really easy Halloween kids crafts that you can make using toilet roll tubes. There’s ghosts, pumpkins, witches, Frankenstein’s monster, bats, cats and many more. I usually find the results are better if you use paper (either coloured paper or tissue paper) over the top of the toilet roll tubes rather than painting them. For the full instructions on how to make a ghost, cat, Frankenstein’s monster and a pumpkin click here.
Halloween paper plate crafts
Another incredibly popular base for children’s Halloween crafts is the humble paper plate. You can use these to create witches, pumpkins, spiders, cats and more. You can find instructions for making some simple paper plate Halloween crafts, particularly suitable for toddlers, here. If you’re feeling particularly creative you could make a spooky paper plate scene with moving ghost like this (affiliate link)
Make your own monster drink
The fizzing potions above aren’t edible, but these monster drinks are! They’re coloured with food dye so you can make them any colour you choose! Which is more ghoulish red, orange or green? Obviously you can add whipped cream too, but I found the white chocolate made it so rich that cream was over-kill. You can find the recipe here.
Make a monster mask or magnet
If you really want to take all of the work out of getting the kids set up with an easy craft then have a look at the Halloween craft kits available from Baker Ross. There are all kids of Halloween themed kits, for kids of all ages. The packs are excellent value and include everything you need. You can find the full range here (affiliate link).
Handprint Halloween crafts
This final really easy Halloween craft for kids is another that is perfect for toddlers! You can also make it into a 2-day activity. Click here for the full instructions.
I really hope that you’ve found these 11 easy Halloween crafts for kids useful. There are lots of other craft ideas on the website. If you live in Bucks, Beds, Oxon or Herts make sure you also have a look at the October half term what’s on guide and my guide to some of the local pumpkin patches.
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