Anticipation is a big part of the joy of a holiday celebration, especially for kids, so this October celebrate Halloween all month long by creating seasonal crafts and decorations each week. Most of these DIYs are simple enough to complete within an hour or two, so little ones with limited attention spans are welcome, and all of the projects are budget-friendly, so parents, rejoice.
Consider setting aside time all autumn long for costume creating, decoration making, and party planning, all leading up to a big celebration on Oct. 31. Glance through our list for a bunch of great ideas for your next Halloween crafting afternoon.
01 of 10
Pro tip: Save any and all cardboard (shipping packages, scraps, and of course empty toilet paper rolls) as a sturdy, easy media for an impromptu kid craft session. These adorable toilet roll monsters come together with things you definitely already have on hand, so they’re the perfect plan B or rainy day activity.
02 of 10
03 of 10
Give a traditional god’s eye craft a spooky makeover with a bit of metallic paint and a couple of plastic spiders. This simple craft is especially great to help little one’s practice those fine motor skills as the yarn weaving takes a little dexterity and patience.
04 of 10
For a kid-friendly outdoor Halloween decoration option, consider a set of colorful cardstock and crepe paper windsocks. Encourage little ones’ creativity by challenging them to create four or five unique characters to display on the front porch (and extend the activity with an extra challenge: write a story featuring your characters).Continue to 5 of 10 below.
05 of 10
There are a few highly satisfying firsts when it comes to DIY: sewing a wearable garment, displaying a finished work of original art, and knitting a full-length scarf come to mind immediately. Close behind those, though, is mastering the art of the paper pop-up. Teach kids a little magic by walking them through the creation of a cute pop-out pumpkin—these would make cute Halloween cards or gift tags, by the way.
06 of 10
Skip the boring white ghosts this season and instead opt for a colorful, happy family of felt, conical spirits. Pipe cleaner legs make these little cuties fully pose-able, so encourage kids to design a sweet display on a windowsill or tabletop once you’ve finished creating.
07 of 10
While TV and movie zombies can be much too terrifying for younger Halloween aficionados, this paper version captures the perfect amount of scare. Yarn brains and a pop-out eye sets this tutorial apart from other over-simplified paper plate crafts.
08 of 10
To lean into those crisp fall harvest, pumpkin-spice vibes, whip up a few cutesy clothespin-and-card-stock scarecrows. This is a great project to put those leftover scrapbook paper trimmings to use. Plus, the more clashing patterns and opposing colors the better!Continue to 9 of 10 below.
09 of 10
10 of 10
Make sure your home is the first one trick-or-treaters run to every Halloween with a completely DIYed treat cup. Set an assembly line to help a bunch of these Frankenstein treat cups come together quickly. These are so clever and cute, you might just get away with filling them with something other than sugary candy.