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Crafts for the Halloween season that inspire all ages!
I love holidays.
Even those wacky ones that no one ever thinks of.
We actually celebrate Pi (pie) day; it is definitely a favorite.
As a homeschool mom, holidays give you an ideal opportunity to talk about beliefs, traditions, and how ideas morph over time.
Halloween is a perfect example of a holiday that enables you to turn it into many lessons in your homeschool classroom.
In Mexico, The Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is celebrated.
Ireland and Scotland celebrate Samhain.
Italy celebrates all Saints Day.
Other cultures celebrate with masks, parades, or other festivities.
You can talk about similarities, differences, and the importance of this holiday in other cultures.
**If your children want to munch on a “ghoulish” snack while creating these fun crafts, be sure to check out last week’s Halloween sweets and treats!
Enjoy these 24 fabulous Halloween themed crafts for all ages.
When you are integrating your curriculum, arts and crafts are a great way to bring fun to learning.
SPOOKTACULARLY THEMED LESSON PLANS FOR YOUR
- 3 Separate plans: young, Mid-Upper Elementary, & Upper Elementary/Middle School
- Counting Spooky Objects
Objective: Develop counting skills and 1-10 number recognition
- Visual, Math, Sensory, and Storytime Activities
- Haunted House Design Challenge Objective: Encourage creativity, critical thinking and problem solving
- Research, Design, Brainstorming, and Construction Activities
- Unveiling Halloween Origins
Objective: Explore historical roots and significance of Halloween
- Research celebrations “similar” to Halloween
- Presentation, Historic Costume Design, Historic Games, and Creative Writing Activities
Halloween Crafts for children under 5 years old:
- Paper Plate Ghosts: Give each child a paper plate and have them paint it white. Once the paint dries, help them cut out eyes and a mouth from black construction paper. Glue the cutouts onto the plate to create a friendly ghost face.
- Handprint Spiders: Have the children dip their hands into black paint and make a handprint on a piece of paper or a paper plate. Once dry, they can use markers or googly eyes to add eyes to the spider. They can also draw or cut out legs from black construction paper and attach them to the spider.
- Pumpkin Seed Collage: Provide the children with orange construction paper and a glue stick. Help them spread glue on the paper in the shape of a pumpkin, and then let them stick pumpkin seeds onto the glue to create a textured collage. They can add a green construction paper stem at the top.
- Paper Bag Monsters: Give each child a small paper lunch bag and let them decorate it with markers, crayons, or stickers. They can draw monster faces, add arms and legs with construction paper, or glue on googly eyes. Encourage them to get creative and design their own unique monster.
- Candy Corn Crafts: Cut out large candy corn shapes from white, orange, and yellow construction paper. Help the children glue the shapes together to create a candy corn collage. They can also use markers or crayons to draw faces or patterns on the candy corn.
- Paper Plate Jack-o’-Lanterns: Paint paper plates orange, add faces using construction paper, and hang them up as decorations.
- Egg Carton Bats: Cut out sections of an egg carton, paint them black, and add googly eyes to make adorable bats.
- Ghost Footprints: Dip your child’s feet in white paint and press them onto black construction paper to create ghost footprints.
- Toilet Paper Roll Mummies: Wrap toilet paper rolls in white gauze or paper strips to create spooky mummy decorations.
*Can you tell I love googly eyes? They come in big or little and all colors, I just think they make all crafts so much fun!
Halloween crafts for children ages 6-11:
- Spooky Silhouette Art: Provide black construction paper and help the children cut out spooky shapes like bats, witches, or haunted houses from black construction paper. Then, have them glue their silhouettes onto a brightly colored background paper. They can also add details with metallic markers or glitter glue.
- Mummy Mason Jars: Give each child a clean, empty glass jar and have them wrap it with white medical gauze or strips of white crepe paper to resemble a mummy. Add googly eyes or draw eyes on the jar with markers. These mummy jars can be used as candle holders or as decorative vases.
- Halloween Paper Lanterns: Help the children fold black construction paper accordion-style. Then, have them cut out shapes like bats, ghosts, or pumpkins along the folded edge. When they open up the paper, they’ll have a spooky paper lantern. They can glue a strip of paper at the top to create a handle.
- Monster Bookmarks: Provide the children with colored craft foam or construction paper. Let them cut out monster shapes in various colors and sizes. They can add details with googly eyes, markers, and colored pencils. Finally, they can glue a popsicle stick or a ribbon at the bottom to create a fun and functional bookmark.
- Halloween Sun-catchers: Give the children black construction paper and have them cut out Halloween-themed shapes like bats, cats, or witches. Then, help them cover the shapes with clear contact paper. Punch a hole at the top and thread a string through it to hang the sun-catchers in a window.
*Here in Arizona, where sun is in plentiful supply year round, I love this activity!
6. Yarn-Wrapped Pumpkins: Wrap orange yarn around small pumpkins or cardboard cutouts, and glue on construction paper stems.
7. Haunted House Collage: Cut out pictures of haunted houses from magazines and newspapers, and create a collage on poster board or cardstock.
8. Halloween Slime: Make homemade slime and add Halloween-themed items like plastic spiders or eyeballs for a spooky twist.
Even your older children will want to participate with these great Halloween crafts for those over 12:
- Haunted House Shadow Box: Provide each child with a small wooden or cardboard box. They can paint the exterior of the box black or any other spooky color. Inside the box, they can create a haunted house scene using small Halloween decorations, miniature figures, and spooky artwork. They can also add battery-operated tea lights for a haunting glow.
- Halloween Wreath: Have the children create a Halloween-themed wreath using a foam or wire wreath form. They can wrap it with black or orange ribbon or fabric and then add embellishments like fake spiders, bats, skulls, or mini pumpkins. They can also tie on some decorative Halloween-themed ribbons.
- Witch Hat Decorations: Provide each child with a plain black witch hat, which they can decorate to their liking. They can use ribbons, feathers, tulle, glitter, and other craft supplies to embellish the hat. Once finished, they can display it on a hat stand or use it as part of their costume.
- Potion Bottles: Give the children small glass bottles or jars with cork stoppers. They can create their own spooky potion bottles by filling them with colored water, glitter, beads, or small trinkets. They can also add labels with handwritten or printed names for their potions, such as “Witch’s Brew” or “Zombie Elixir.”
*If you are an aromatherapist or know your essential oils, you can turn this into a lesson and have your child learn to create actual healing remedies or “feel good” tonics!
5. Halloween String Art: Provide each child with a wooden board or a cork board and some small nails.
They can use a pencil to sketch a Halloween-themed design, like a pumpkin, a ghost, or a bat, onto the board.
Then, they can hammer nails along the outline of the design and use colored string to wrap around the nails, creating a unique and intricate string art piece.
6. Halloween Lanterns: Decorate empty glass jars with tissue paper and glue to make colorful Halloween lanterns.
7. Create a floor plan for a haunted house. What happens when which doors open? This is a great start to the Homeschool Halloween Lesson Plans!
Children learn best when subjects “blend together.” The crafts listed here are “American” Halloween tradition type crafts.
Go a step further and learn about Pangangaluluwa which is the Filipino practice for honoring souls that have passed.
Find a craft that represents the way they celebrate All Saint’s Day.
Crafts are a fun way to extend learning while using creativity.
These 24 Halloween themed craft ideas will encourage your child to have fun with Halloween while exploring many different ways to celebrate the holiday.
If you are looking for a fun, safe way to celebrate Halloween, check out the Trunk or Treat Checklist