40 easy Halloween crafts for kids

Boo! Put the handmade into this Halloween with these fun DIY ideas for trick or treat-worthy craft projects

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Get ready to make this Halloween handmade with our round-up of the best halloween crafts for kids. You’ll find fiendishly fun projects for papercrafting, junk modelling and sewing in this round-up, and we’ve selected a range of activities that will suit children of all ages – from toddlers to teens. Read on to discover monstrous makes, cheeky characters and pumpkins galore. For more fun kids crafts projects, check out our other crafty inspiration guides… DIY School Supplies to make tonight, 40 Kids Craft Ideas to try at home or our really Easy salt dough recipe.

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Egg carton Halloween crafts

You don’t need expensive or specialist supplies to raid your recycling and make these fiendish figures – find out how with this guide to making Egg Carton Halloween Crafts from The Best Ideas for Kids.


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Make a pumpkin pinata

Turn a paper lampshade into a party favourite with this DIY spooky pumpkin pinata by Kitiya Palaskas over at crafts.tutsplus.com


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How to make Halloween bunting

Whip up spooky bats and pom poms with our easy Halloween bunting templates by Kirsty Hartley.

How to make Halloween bunting

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Halloween spider hat

Live Craft Eat have come up with the ultimate way to combine your craft stash with Halloween fancy dress – reach for a few sheets of black card to make this simple but effective spider hat! Googly eyes at the front take this up into our top 5 ever halloween crafts for kids! Make a halloween spider hat 


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Make cards with printable monsters

Print out your own ghoulish Halloween creatures with our printable set of spooky characters to trick or treat your loved ones this All Hallows Eve. Download our free Halloween printables for instant fun!


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Rainbow tube paper bats

The only thing better than Halloween crafts? Rainbow halloween crafts of course! Thank you go the awesome Hello, Wonderful for bringing us this guide to How to make paper tube bats


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Day of the Dead Scratch Art decorations

Kids will love these fun scratch art skulls from Baker Ross. Shop their pre-made Day of the Dead Scratch Art Kits or you can’t get your hands on the kit, try the technique at home with the traditional method of cutting shapes out of card, then colouring with two layers of wax crayons  – a base layer of rainbow colours and a top layer of black. Scratch the top layer to reveal the pops of colour beneath.

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Frankenstein paper ball game

Red Ted Art are mixing up fun Halloween designs with a classic party game with this easy Halloween kids crafts tutorial. Find out how to make a paper cup Frankenstein game complete with origami monsters and eyeballs.


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Make your own toffee apples

This is a really easy project to get mini makers involved giving you a hand preparing for Halloween parties or Bonfire Night get togethers. BBC Good Food will show you How to make toffee apples.


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Embroider a spooky hoop

Older pre-teens and teenagers will enjoy having a go at this boo-tiful Halloween embroidery hoop. It’s the perfect quick stitch to get you in the mood for the spooky season. Try our Halloween embroidery hoop by Mollie Makes magazine today.


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Easiest ever Halloween cupcakes

Make these frightfully easy cupcakes with kids of all ages and have fun decorating them with icing and sweets to make scary monsters and cute cats. BBC Good Food show you how to make the easiest ever Halloween cupcakes.

Halloween cupcakes

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Make a pom pom banner

Another great make if you’ve only got a few basic craft supplies to hand, turn wool and string into a DIY Halloween Banner with our tutorial from Mollie Makes magazine.


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Ceramic Pumpkin Tealight Holders

Decorate mini candle holders with freaky faces and spooky details with these cute pumpkin ceramic tealight holders from Baker Ross. They’re perfect way to welcome trick or treaters – simply add your chosen designs using acrylic markers or paint.


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Make healthy halloween pizzas

Let little witches and wizards make a healthy Halloween dinner by making spooky pizzas from scratch! Have fun arranging the toppings into spiders, bats and cobwebs! Healthy Halloween Pizza recipes.


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Papercraft cute coffins

Add fun table settings to your Halloween party with our free coffin papercraft template.


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Halloween tin can bowling

Raid your recycling for cans to upcycle into a fun Halloween party game! Red Ted Art have this cute DIY for how to make a Halloween tin can bowling game


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Whip up an easy Halloween paper garland

The best Halloween crafts for kids are the ones where you already have all the supplies you need at home! Grab a pair of scissors, a pencil and some paper (any newspaper or plain paper will do) this tutorial and free printable by Kids Spot for How to make a Halloween paper garland 


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Fold origami bats

Unleash your inner goth and enjoy a spot of soothing paper folding with these origami heart bats by Goorigami!


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Halloween cross stitch

If you have teens who enjoy a spot of stitching, treat them to this Halloween Cross Stitch Kit by Meloca Designs on Etsy. You can choose between the full kit or just opt for the PDF chart – a great option if you have younger children who you’d like to introduce to stitching as you can help them try stitching a simple motif or two on to easy binca fabric.

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Halloween cross stitch kit by Meloca Designs on Etsy
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Make clay Halloween handprints

We’ve actually become a little obsessed with the website Non Toy Gifts since we discovered it while hunting for halloween craft ideas for kids ourselves. In this fun tutorial they show you how to make handprint halloween keepsakes  using air dry clay. Or you can try these with salt dough too – check out our How to make salt dough article.

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Boo! Make your own puffy ghosts

If you’re looking for easy Halloween crafts for younger children, you’ll have to look hard to beat the cute factor of these halloween craft puffy ghosts from Thriving Home blog. All you need is some cotton wool, their free downloadable template and a couple of basic craft supplies like scissors and wool to make them.

Puffy ghosts halloween crafts for kids

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Trick or treat bucket

If you’ve got young makers who are curious about learning how to use your sewing machine, get them to help you make a fang-tactic halloween bucket DIY with our tutorial from Kirsty Hartley.

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Turn paper strips into paper bats

Sometimes the simplest ideas are the most effective, and this is so true of this idea for turning paper strips into bat decorations. Find out how to make a paper ball bat garland over at Easy, Peasy and Fun.


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Make spider bowls for party food

Did someone say Halloween party? Turn paper plates into spider bowls with straws for legs and google eyes with this Easy Spider Halloween Treat Bowl DIY from That’s What Che Said.


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Make felt finger puppets

We knew there was a reason we’d hoarded those felt sheet and googly eyes all year round! Mini makers will delight in making these Halloween finger puppets by One Creative Mommy – including the often under represented Halloween Mummy motif alongside more popular designs like witches and ghosts.


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Needle felt pumpkins!

Another idea for older kids and teenagers which we love are these Pumpkin Beginner Needle Felting Kits by Art Wool Bulat on Etsy. In fact you may as well buy two – one for them and one for you to try.

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Paper plate pumpkin mask

OK we’ve had a few craft ideas for older kids now, it’s time to take it back to craft ideas for toddlers and mini makers! How about turning a paper plate into a pumpkin? You can cut the shapes for them in advance and let them go at it with the PVA or help them to cut out the different pumpkin accents with some child-friendly scissors! Find out how to make a paper plate pumpkin mask over at My Kid Craft.


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Turn yoghurt cartons into mini monsters

If you’ve never stumbled across it before, Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails is a truly lovely blog of beautiful family crafts and activities. We’ve loving their simple but fun recycled craft project to turn yogurt cups into halloween monsters!


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Toilet roll witch craft

Take a disused loo roll, add a few basic craft supplies (including Halloween Kids Crafts staple, the googly eyes) and what do you get? A wonderfully cheery witch of course! Find out how to make one over at Fun Thrifty Mom.


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Make your own witches hats

You can’t beat a classic Trick or Treat costume – hands up if you can remember making your own witches hats out of paper when you were little? If you’ve forgotten how it’s done, luckily Queen of Crafts (that IS Martha Stewart’s official job title, right?) is here to show you how to make a paper witch or wizard’s hat.


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Paint rocks to make mini monsters

While some of the ideas in this round up are better suited to a particular age group, there’s not really any age limit on who will enjoy making these painted monster pebbles. Find the monster DIY over at Crafty Morning.


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Frighteningly good papercraft ghost idea

Boo! Spooky Halloween crafts don’t come much more fun than these Simple and Easy Paper Ghosts by i heart crafty things.


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Play with paper pumpkins

Ok so we’ve had cotton wool ghosts for toddlers and toilet roll witches, now it’s time for a some origami fun! Fold pretty patterned papers into these super sweet origami pumpkins with the tutorial from Gathering Beauty.


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Easy Halloween paper chain

Moving on from stylish origami, how about these super cute Halloween paper chains? Find out how to make them over at Artsy Momma.


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Try quilling cats!

The papercraft DIY we’ve always wanted in our lives is finally here – transform paper strips into black cats for a fun make that will hold the attention of older children. Thank you Artsy Crafty Mom for bringing us this Paper Quilled Black Cats tutorial.

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Haunted house paper theatre

Time for an interactive one! Get the kids involved making your very own Haunted House paper theatre with the DIY craft kits from papecraft pros Pukaca over on Etsy.


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Turn lolly pop sticks into cobwebs

This idea to turn lolly pop sticks into cob webs (with pipe cleaner spiders) is pure genius! Make your own Spider Web Decorations today over at Craft With Kids.


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Pumpkin paper lanterns

Paper lanterns are a classic kids craft idea but we’ve never seen pumpkin ones before. Luckily First Palette have a DIY tutorial to show you how to make your own paper pumpkin lanterns.


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Upcycle paper plates into trick or treat baskets

Turn paper plates into the cutest of Trick or Treating accessories with this easy DIY video from CBeebies.


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Make a paper mache treat bowl

Get tearing up newspaper, dig out a balloon and paints and get crafting this cobweb treat bowl, to fill with creepy candy for your halloween feast! Find the instructions of how to make this in our paper mache ideas article.

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And that’s it folks! If our Halloween crafts for kids ideas have got you in the mood to discover more children’s craft projects, dive into our Kids Craft Ideas, or you’re still on the hunt for Halloween inspiration, head to our sister post – 12 halloween costumes to make tonight