Halloween Crafts For Kids To Make and Enjoy
Puppets are Fun
Ghost puppets can inspire hours of creative play and are easy to make. You will need a white handkerchief, rubber band and black marker. Drape the white handkerchief over your child's middle three fingers, secure with a rubber band, and draw on eyes and a mouth with the marker. You can also put the handkerchief over the cardboard from a paper towel roll and then stuff the head with cotton balls if you want a more permanent puppet. It's easy, inexpensive and kids will giggle with delight.
When giving out lollipops as part of your treats for trick-or-treating, your kids can have fun helping you decorate them. Cover the lollipop with a tissue, tying securely with a rubber band or piece of ribbon. Use a marker to draw eyes and mouth on your ghosts and they are ready to go.
Homemade Spider webs
Glue 3 craft sticks together so that they make a star shape. Take white or black yarn and weave it over one craft stick and under the next, working your way outwards from the center. When you have finished, glue down the end and attach a small plastic spider. Your homemade spider web is now ready for hanging.
Candy Cauldrons on the cheap
Find a round empty plastic container and paint it black. Then paint three small wooden balls black as well. Once everything is completely dry, glue the balls to the bottom of the cauldron like legs. Add a wire handle and fill your black cauldron with your favorite Halloween candies. Small children will be just as happy as if it were store bought.
Paint a Pumpkin instead of carving
Pumpkin carving is a bit difficult, somewhat messy and can be dangerous if you do not want small children handling the knife. So as an alternative get some permanent markers or acrylic paint and touch up your pumpkin to look like a monster, clown, or other Halloween character. For kids, the smaller “pie pumpkins” or even the mini-pumpkins will work perfectly for this craft.
Paper plate masks
While your child may not be able to dress up in their costume until the day or evening of Halloween, you can easily create your own masks for them to wear leading up to Halloween. Help your child cut eyes and breathing holes out of a paper plate. Punch a hole on either side to attach a ribbon or string so they can tie the mask on. Then you can allow your child to decorate the mask with paint, crayons, marker or by gluing items or applying stickers to it.
Reusable treat bags
Purchase some reusable cloth totes or shopping bags as well as some Halloween-colored fabric paint. You can also look for iron-on transfers and stencils to make decorating easier. Allow your kids to decorate their own bag. If you do this a few days prior to Halloween, it will be dry and ready to go when ready for trick-or-treating.
As you can see with a little creativity and you can come up with your own fun Halloween crafts for kids as you wait to celebrate this fall holiday.