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Halloween Treats and Crafts to DIY With Kids (Or By Yourself)

DIY Kids’ Halloween Treats and Crafts

By Melissa Summers

I really like Halloween as a holiday for kids, aside from the overpriced and mostly disposable store-bought costumes. I think Halloween is a lot of fun, particularly the associated treats and crafts. But my preference is always to DIY my own, or at least to plan to make them or dream about someone else making them for me. Here are a few of my favorite treats and crafts, all of which I just might actually make. Or get Logan to make. Same difference.

Simple Crafts for Little Goblins

minicookiecutters.jpgSpooky sugar cookies. I know Halloween is all about the candy, but I’m partial to sugar cookies. You can order them from places like Eleni’s, which has some super cute options, or you can make your own. If you opt to DIY it, start by getting some festive cookie cutters.  Bake up some dough, cut out the shapes and let your kids dump some sprinkles on them — you’ve got cookies and memories, which is better than your basic Halloween stomach ache.

spiderpop.gifSimple spiders. Even easier than making cookies with your kids? Crafts! Which don’t involve a hot oven or a mixer. Get some pipe cleaners, suckers and googly eyes and make spiders! We made these last year to give to friends at school and they loved them. My kids are also incredibly happy when I do something like this with them because in general I let life get in the way of projects. But this one is quick, easy and cheap. Just like me!

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Shrunken heads. Another good project to do with kids are these shrunken head apples at Kiddley. I know you can’t exactly give your kids a knife to do the carving, although I don’t know, maybe your kids play with knives. Our kids can play with knives but only when they’re drinking vodka and playing with matches. If your kids don’t actually play with knives, you can have them direct your carving, maybe even giving you a rough drawing of what they’d like, and each of the other steps can be all-kid all the time.

ghosts.jpgDIY ghosts. I would like to say that I have the desire to make a bunch of fabric stand alone ghosts, but I am wise enough to know that what I really want is for my husband to do it. A lot like mowing the lawn — it would be great to have it done but honestly? It’s just better for everyone’s limbs if Logan does it. Same thing for these witch window silhouettes. I love the idea, but don’t have the patience for them.

Does Anyone else have any little treats or decorations they like to make for Halloween? We would love to hear from you! Please share your ideas with us in the comments!

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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • Teresa

    October 11, 2006 at 11:22 am

    For my daughter’s Daisy troop I had the girls use the attached recipe for salt dough ghosts and we made ghosts and pumpkins and snakes. They had a blast. We also took brown grocery bags (that I cut handles in) and decorated them so they could take them out trick or treating.

  • Virginia

    October 11, 2006 at 12:27 pm

    These ghost cans are fun and very easy to make. You can use them to give a special treat to friends’kids, grandkids, etc. They also make great votive holders for porches or walk-ways. Take some clean dry cans (soup or vegetables) and paint the outside white. Drill or punch 2 holes for the twine handle. Then let your kids draw on the faces with magic markers.

  • Sarah

    October 11, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    I love the Spider Pop idea! I plan to make them with my kids. I am a single mom that works full time and I love to send little treats to school for their friends. With so little spare time on our hands, I have become a huge fan of Phillsbury ready to bake Halloween cookies. They are super kid friendly & all I have to do is supervise the baking!

  • Melanie

    October 11, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    I like the spider pops for a Halloween party favor. Family Fun had these awesome frozen pudding eyeballs, too, they just looked so gross. I want to make those! And of course costume-making is a good project…

  • Jenn

    October 20, 2006 at 5:32 pm

    I have the brain mold and it is too cool. In fact, I will be making a brain tonight to take along to a costumed gathering tomorrow.