Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids
Now that fall is here and my kids are in school and not asking me what we are doing today every single morning, I’m starting to get excited about planning crafts for us to do together. Because really, I like doing things with my kids, I just don’t like doing things with my kids 24 hours a day seven days a week. Go figure.
Fortunately, Halloween is right around the corner and it’s an ideal time for kid-friendly crafts. Here are three of my current favorite Halloween crafts, which I’m filing under “Halloween To-Do When We Have A Minute.” And also, “Fun Things We Can Make Now That We Are Not Spending Every Waking Moment Together.”
There’s More to Halloween Than Jack O’ Lanterns
1. Easy marshmallow cupcake topper. I made cupcakes for a Boy Scout Halloween party recently and while the end of the story is that the scouts loved them, they were not as crafty and adorable as I had hoped. I wish I had known then about these easy marshmallow toppers at scrumdilly-do! Flatten a store-bought marshmallow with a rolling pin, cut it into a cute Halloween shape, and paint it with food coloring. These look easy and fun for kids to make and they certainly would have been more exciting than the store bought and rock hard marshmallow shapes I ended up putting on our Boy Scout cupcakes. There’s still time to try these, though, since we’ve got one more party to attend.
2. DIY shrunken heads. No, this is not a how-to for shrinking an actual human head (although that might be useful for the kid who always follows “What’s for dinner?” with “I don’t like that,” not that anyone in my house ever does that). This is a classic dried apple shrunken head, from the Kiddley archives. This craft requires the use of a small knife, so it’s better for bigger kids, who are less likely to slice off a finger in the process. Start these a couple of weeks before you actually want to use them as decorations, since they take a while to dry out and get really creepy. And be sure to put them somewhere warm and dry, or you’ll wind up with mold. Which is scary in a completely non-Halloween kind of way.
3. Holiday-themed glass pebble magnets. Please do not ask me why, but it truly never occurred to me to make those clever glass pebble magnets with kids. They’re super easy: Cut out photos from a magazine, glue them to the back of a glass pebble, and then glue that to a magnet. Done! It has also recently occurred to me that you could swap out the magnet for a ring base or a necklace hook for some simple seasonal jewelry. Of course I have yet to try this but when I do, you’ll be the first to know.
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Published October 25, 2007. Last updated September 23, 2018.