Every year kids around the country spend the weeks before Halloween thinking about which costume to choose and families take trips to the pumpkin patch to pick out pumpkins to make the perfect jack-o-lantern. Halloween is a fun-filled holiday for kids and adults alike, and not only because of all the free candy. Each holiday provides us with an opportunity to spend time with our loved ones, going to parties together, engaging in holiday traditions, and in making preparations for the big day.
If you want to get the most out of Halloween this year, consider making some Halloween crafts with your kids. These crafts are fun for the whole family and many of them can be reused year after year as handmade Halloween decorations!
Painting Mini Gourds and Pumpkins
Carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns is a long-lived Halloween tradition, but it is not safe for young children to cut into pumpkins themselves. To prevent your children from feeling left out in the jack-o-lantern carving process, let them make a few jack-o-lanterns themselves using paint!
Allow your child to express his or her creativity by decorating a few mini pumpkins in whatever way he or she wants – whether it be with funny faces, with a Halloween scene, or you can even add accessories to your mini pumpkin to turn it into a bat or a Frankenstein monster.
Creepy Halloween Ghost Crafts
Ghosts are a traditional image associated with Halloween and there are many great Halloween ghost crafts that you can create with your child. You can create ghost jugs by cleaning out plastic milk jugs and by drawing ghost faces on them. After drawing on the faces, cut a small hole in the back of each jug and string lights between them, putting a few bulbs in each jug. You can use these ghost jugs to line your walkway or to light up your front porch.
If your kids love play-dough, they will love this next craft idea: Salt Dough Ghosts. Salt dough is a kind of homemade play-dough that you can make in five minutes using regular household ingredients. Simply combine 1 cup flour and 1 cup salt with 1/2 cup of water then mix it all together using a wooden spoon. Divide the dough into several equal pieces (the size will depend on how big you want your ghosts to be) and then shape the ghosts, flattening the dough at the base so your Halloween ghosts will stand up. After you and your child have shaped your ghosts, place them in the microwave on a microwave safe plate for 20 to 30 seconds at a time until the dough becomes firm. Once the ghosts cool, use a permanent marker to draw on the faces.
Easy Halloween Witch Hat
This easy-to-do Halloween craft is a fun project for kids who love paper crafts. All you need are 2 sheets of black construction paper, 1 sheet of felt in your favorite color and one strip of black felt along with scissors, tape, and glue.
To make your easy Halloween witch hat, roll one sheet of the black paper into a cone and secure it with tape. Trim the bottom so that it will stand up on a table and cut out a circle from the other sheet of black paper large enough for the brim of the hat (try using a cup or jar as a guide for your circle). Next, glue the cone inside the circle, let it dry, then cut 1/4″ or 1/2″ strips out of the colored felt and glue them around the outside of the cone. Using the black felt strip, trim the base of the cone. After completing these few simple steps you will have a cute Halloween witch hat decoration to stand on your table or display in your window!
Eyeball Candy Tote
When it comes to Halloween it is a toss-up whether more kids are excited about dressing up in costumes or whether they are most looking forward to all the free candy. This next craft is not only simple, but it can be used as a tote for your child to haul around all their Halloween candy.
All you need are a plastic bucket, some yellow construction paper, black markers and paint, glue, and scissors. If the bucket you choose already has some designs on the outside, you may need to use sandpaper to remove those designs before painting the bucket black. After the bucket dries, cut out several sizes and shapes of eyes on the yellow construction paper and glue them all over the bucket. If you want your Halloween candy tote to be more colorful, try using orange and red construction paper in addition to the yellow.
All of these Halloween craft ideas are sure to provide you and your kids with hours of Halloween fun. With a few materials and a little bit of creativity your family can create amazing Halloween crafts that can be reused year after year as decorations. Make the most of this Halloween by engaging in some fun crafts with your kids!