Let me start by saying that I am not a crafty person. When I was working, my kids would bring home all sorts of nifty crafts from daycare and I would think to myself that I could not imagine trying to do that with a three year old.
Well. Fast forward a year and I’m now a stay-at-home mom (that’s another post for another day) with three kids ages four and under. I like to go out and do things but right now, it’s just hard to go do with a baby who nurses every two hours. So instead, I’ve been trying to fill some of our time with cheap and easy crafts. All of these I found on Pinterest (I have these and some others saved here!). So, without further ado, I give you four easy Halloween crafts.
- Green paint and paint brushes
- Paper plates
- Orange, black, and purple construction paper
- Googly Eyes
- Help the children paint one side of their paper plate green.
- While the paint dries, trace their hands on orange paper and cut out their handprints. We did 4 total to have enough “hair.”
- Draw and cut out a black hat and a purple strip for the hat.
- Glue the hat and hair to the paper plate. Attach googly eyes.
- Draw in the rest of your witch’s face.
This craft is one of the kids favorites. They go back and forth from finding their witches scary or hilarious to look at. We also used glow-in-the-dark googly eyes to up the spooky factor.
Paper candy corns
- Orange, yellow, white, and black construction paper
- Trace the outline of a candy corn onto black construction paper.
- Cut out different shapes from the orange, yellow, and white construction paper.
- Glue the paper to the appropriate places on the candy corn outline.
This was probably the kids’ favorite craft to make. They love cutting and gluing which is basically all this is. After I made the outline of a giant candy corn on black construction paper, and I also glued down the edges in the appropriate colors to give them a guide – you could skip this step if your kids are a little older. The rest was up to them.
While they were cutting their papers, I told them to make a triangle or a rectangle or a square. So this counts as practice for shapes too!
- Cotton balls
- Card stock
- String or ribbon
- Black construction paper
- Cut out a ghost shape from your cardstock (I used regular paper and while it worked okay, it really was too flimsy for this craft) and eyes and mouth shape from your black construction paper.
- Glue cotton balls to the shape until it is filled up.
- Glue the black eyes and mouth shape on top of the cotton balls.
- Glue or tape your ribbon to the back of the ghost and hang it up! Spooky!
This was the first craft that I attempted with my kids. It was a really easy craft that is fun to look at. You can cut the eyes and mouth to either make friendly ghosts or scary ghosts! (Ours look like bored ghosts! A rookie mistake!)
Paper Jack O’Lanterns
- Orange, black, green, and white construction paper
- Cut all of the pieces needed: the orange pumpkin, white and black circles for the eyes, black half moons for the mouths, white squares for the teeth, and a green rectangle for the stem.
- Glue the pieces onto the pumpkins to make a scary, happy, or sad jack o’lantern.
This was honestly the easiest craft of the four of them and it went really quickly, so we made multiple pumpkins each and did lots of different faces. My favorite is the pumpkin that my daughter thought needed a leaf “mustache.”
I’ve hung up all of our Halloween crafts in the dining/play room and the kids love their Halloween decor that they’ve made. After Halloween, we will be trying our luck at some turkey and scarecrow crafts that I have already saved on Pinterest!