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Halloween is the perfect holiday to do-it-yourself: carving jack-o-lanterns, sewing homemade costumes, and baking sweet treats are absolutely on theme, but are not always kid-friendly. Cue the construction paper and pipe cleaners! Kids can definitely join in on the fun of Halloween crafts with safe supplies and straightforward instructions, and the following ideas can get your family started. Encourage your little ones to participate in the celebration preparation this year with these 25 accessible, simple Halloween crafts and projects.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Pine Cone Spider
Take little ones for a field trip into the yard to scavenge for “spider bodies” this autumn. Pine cones make the perfect bumpy base for a DIY tarantula, and brown pipe cleaners are delightful as eight spindly legs. Create a few for a fun, pliable kids’ table centerpiece.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Masking Tape Mummies
While there are limitless options when it comes to construction paper for kids’ crafts, this simple go-to project adds the texture of masking tape and googly eyes to up the interest. Pop your mummy onto a craft stick or bamboo rod for a quick puppet, or just hang a group of them around the house as decoration.Continue to 4 of 26 below.
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Craft Stick Spiderwebs
For the slightly more advanced kid crafter, wrap lengths of yarn around craft sticks to create dangling spider webs. Hit your DIYed web with a spray of adhesive and a dash of glitter, or a plastic arachnid, to up the ante a bit. These add to any Halloween atmosphere when hung from your sturdiest houseplant or light fixture.Continue to 5 of 26 below.
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Paper Plate Skeleton
A few white paper plates act as a base for a spooky, gangly skeleton. Trace and cut bony body parts (or freehand some shapes), then knot together with loops of rough jute. For a more colorful option, encourage crafters to recreate a sugar skull using washable paint or multi-hued tissue paper.Continue to 6 of 26 below.
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Carving jack-o-lanterns is a Halloween tradition, but can be a tricky task for small hands. Instead, have kids snip colored cardstock into strips, then string them onto a pipe cleaner. Fan the strips out for cute paper gourds—no carving with sharp knives required.Continue to 7 of 26 below.
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Egg Carton Monsters
Turn your recyclables into craft supplies with this project—use empty egg cartons to make-your-own monster! Paint the carton in bold colors, then decorate to bring your monsters to life. These make perfect little decorations, or can act as treat holders for a Halloween-themed “Easter” egg hunt.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Bouncy Halloween HeadbandsContinue to 9 of 26 below.
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Witch's Brew Fluffy Slime
Mix up a big batch of purple fluffy slime, then pop it into a plastic cauldron for a tactile kids’ party activity. Throw in some eye of newt (googly eyes), a few rat’s tails (gummy worms), and a dash of wizard dust (glitter) to complete the allusion.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Toilet Paper Roll Monsters
A floof of tissue paper adds a ton of personality to these adorable mini monsters. Paint empty toilet paper rolls (or wrap with patterned paper), then add toothy grins and mismatched eyes with marker. Fill with fun treats for an easy and budget-friendly party favor.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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Flying Bat Wall
Spend an afternoon tracing and cutting construction paper bats, then tape them to a wall in a dynamic flight formation. This project can totally transform a room (quite inexpensively), so settle in with the kids for a few hours of crafting in preparation for the holiday.Continue to 12 of 26 below.
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Soda Bottle Jack-o-Lanterns
Looking for a truly mess-free way to paint with little ones? Secure a couple of squirts of tempera in a tightly capped 2-liter bottle, then kids can shake to mix the colors and coat the interior. This is an great, active project that works for toddlers and up! Use orange and yellow for pumpkins, or try green Frankensteins and black witches too.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Cotton Ball Ghost
Dip into the toiletries for this craft—cotton balls add the perfect color and texture to a friendly little ghost cutout.
Pro tip: pour a shallow bowl of school glue for little ones to dip each cotton ball into instead of passing over the entire bottle. Don’t forget to complete with a construction paper face.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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Spider Hand Print Painting
Not only does this painting end up looking quite professional, it’ll also act as a personalized memento—commemorating your kid’s hand prints on canvas. A couple of prints can look like a crawling spider, and finishing touches like a pair (or a few pair) of eyes and festive trim take this one up to the next level. Great for a personal, seasonal gift for the grandparents!Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Apple Stamp PumpkinsContinue to 16 of 26 below.
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Tissue Paper Candy CornContinue to 17 of 26 below.
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Painted Monster Rocks
Bright, bold colors work well for these little monsters. Paint smooth rocks to cover completely, then challenge children to individualize their creatures with fangs, zigzags, or spots. These look extra adorable clustered together in a planter, or welcoming trick-or-treaters up your walkway.Continue to 18 of 26 below.
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Another way to channel the charm of a jack-o-lantern while avoiding sharp cutlery is replacing a full-sized pumpkin with a teeny clementine. Grab a marker to draw on a face or holiday message, then pop them all into a bowl for a happy, edible, centerpiece.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Create a chandelier of floating ghosts out of inflated balloons and scrim fabric. An adult may have to help tie fishing line to each ghost, but otherwise this craft is great for children. Challenge kids to vary the ghost faces: spooky, friendly, and fierce are all welcome.Continue to 20 of 26 below.
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Cotton Bud SkeletonContinue to 22 of 26 below.
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Frankenstein Sun Catcher
Contact paper can come in handy for lots of around-the-house DIYs, but it’s also a great crafting medium. Grab a roll of clear and colorless to use for festive seasonal sun catchers like this Frankenstein one. This tutorial includes a handy printable template, so there’s little guesswork here.Continue to 23 of 26 below.
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Trash Bag Spiderwebs
Put a black trash bag to new use with this craft. Snip a folded and trimmed plastic bag into webby shapes, then hang across the yard (or living room) with fishing line. Because they’re made with black plastic, these should hold up in the drizzly autumn weather outdoors.Continue to 26 of 26 below.
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Mod Podge Glass Lanterns
Clean and peel the label from an empty pickle or marinara sauce jar to bring the expenses down to almost nothing for this pretty craft. Glue on a few layers of tissue paper to add texture and color, then add a construction paper face. To make these totally kid friendly, illuminate with a battery operated tea light.