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Halloween Fun with Your Kids

Updated on September 22, 2012

Halloween Recipes and Craft Ideas for Your Kids

Halloween is a great holiday to share crafts and recipes with your children. It's fun to make homemade decorations for your home and spooky treats for the entire family. In recent years, I have a noticed a tendency for children to go to trick-or-treat parties. These are much safer than traditional Halloween trick-or-treating. Each parent brings candy or a dessert for the children and they go around "begging". This lens will share a couple of Halloween recipes that are sure to please the little ones. They are planned so you can make the treats with your kids. There are also several Halloween craft ideas you can do with the entire family as a way to decorate and have fun.

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Carve a Miniature Pumpkin
Carve a Miniature Pumpkin

Carve a Miniature Pumpkin

Jack O' Lanterns are a big part of Halloween. To mix it up a bit, use miniature pumpkins or gourds for table decorations. You can make a group of them as a centerpiece or put a individual one on each table or mantel. This is fun for kids as it's not as daunting as carving a full-sized pumpkin. Here's what you do: Place the pumpkin or gourd on a table or flat surface. Cut out the bottom. Have your child use a small melon scooper or spoon to remove the insides. Once that's done, you can draw a face or other shape on the face. Then use a craft knife to carve. This will be easier than using a typical kitchen knife. You can use a candle for lighting or a more safer version is to use a battery powered light.

Miniature Jack O'Lanterns will give any table a small glow without being overpowering. Kids love the small size of gourds and miniature pumpkins. They sometimes come in odd shapes which will add to the spookiness. If you are grouping three or more together for a centerpiece, you can place them on a stand or small pedestal. That way, you can have each tiny pumpkin facing a different direction.

pumpkin craft ideas to do with your kids
pumpkin craft ideas to do with your kids

Pumpkin Craft Ideas to do with Your Kids

Gourds can also be used to be small candleholders. Get a different assortment of various gourds. The kids will have fun picking them out. Then pick which candles you want to use. Trace the diameter of the candle (at the bottom) on a piece of paper. You can also use a tape measure. Trace the diameter on top of the gourds with a marker. Then use a crafting knife to carve out the hole. You don't need to make the whole very deep. One to two inches is more than enough to hold the candle. Then insert the candles and voila! A fun and decorative way to showcase your candles during Halloween.

A different way to dress up the traditional pumpkin without carving is to use leaves or vines as a decoration. Go to the park or your back yard and have the children collect their favourite leaves or vines. Avoid any vines that have berries on them as small children or pets could ingest them. When you're home, use glue to affix the leaves to the pumpkin. This is a fun project for kids. They can use leaves from the same tree for a uniform look or use different types of leaves to make it look more eclectic. Any leftover leaves can be used to glue in a scrapbook as a reminder of the holiday. You can also use a few leaves on your mantle or table as decoration. It adds to the atmosphere and looks great at Halloween parties.

To use vines, wrap them around your pumpkin a couple of times. Use bendable wire to clasp the ends together. The vines are very easy to use so your kids will have fun decorating. This makes a nice centerpiece for your family table.

Halloween Craft Supplies from Amazon

Most craft stores carry supplies that can help you do Halloween projects with your kids. If like me, you don't have a local craft store, you can easily order from Amazon and have them shipped to your home.

Martha Stewart Crafts Pom-Pom Flower Treat Boxes
Martha Stewart Crafts Pom-Pom Flower Treat Boxes

A cute project to do especially if you have young girls who like pink or dressing up as a princess.

 
Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Friendly Acetate Die-Cuts
Martha Stewart Crafts Halloween Friendly Acetate Die-Cuts

A fun DIY project to do with kids. Helpful for home decorating projects.

 
X-ACTO Designer Series #1 Hobby and Craft Knife (X3254)
X-ACTO Designer Series #1 Hobby and Craft Knife (X3254)

A good craft knife to use when carving pumpkins or gourds.

 
Beadalon Artistic Wire 20-GaugeTarnish Resistant Silver Wire, 6-Yard
Beadalon Artistic Wire 20-GaugeTarnish Resistant Silver Wire, 6-Yard

A good floral wire to use to tie the ends of twine together when decorating a pumpkin.

 
Gorilla 5002401 Original Glue, 4 oz, Brown
Gorilla 5002401 Original Glue, 4 oz, Brown

Best glue to use for craft projects. You can use this to glue leaves to the pumpkin and also use in gluing leaves in your child's Halloween scrapbook.

 
Pumpkin Spiderweb Cookies
Pumpkin Spiderweb Cookies

These are always a big hit at my house. They are easy to make so you can have the kids help out. Most kids love decorating and getting ready for Halloween. This will get them in the spirit and you will also have some fun family time together.

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 14

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • half a stick of soft butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

  1. Have your kids measure out the ingredients, this will save time and teach them how to measure properly. Meanwhile, heat your oven to 350 F. Spray two cookie sheets with non-stick spray. Now it's time to mix the ingredients. Use a large bowl and mix the flour, baking soda, salt, and allspice. Put this bowl aside. Use a small bowl to blend the pumpkin and 1/4 cup of the milk. Don't use all of the milk, the leftover will be used on the frosting. Once that's done, use a mixer to blend the sugar and butter. It should take about a minute. Then mix in the eggs, once that is thoroughly blended, mix in the flour mixture and pumpkin mixture.
  2. Once the dough is mixed, drop about a 1/4 cup size onto cookie sheet. Put a couple inches of space between the dough drops. I put 7 cookies per sheet. Gently press down on the dough drops to flatten them out a bit.
  3. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes. It may not take as long depending on your oven. Keep a close watch while they bake. Use the toothpick trick, inserting a toothpick and when it comes out clean the cookies are done. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool completely before you decorate them.
  4. For the frosting, mix the powdered sugar, vanilla, and 4 tablespoons milk together until smooth. Place 1/3 of frosting mixture in a small bowl. Put the rest aside. Stir in the cocoa powder and 2 tablespoons milk. Put mixture in a frosting bag. If you don't have one, put the mixture in a sandwich bag and cut off the tip. This will make it easier to decorate the cookies.
  5. Apply the white frosting to cover one side of each cookie. After that is done, use your chocolate frosting in the bag to decorate a spider web. Start in the middle of the cookie and draw a circle over and over until you reach the outside edge of the cookie. After you are done, use a knife to draw through the web a few times so it looks like a spider web. Set the cookies aside until the frosting has set. Serve and enjoy!
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Fun Halloween Party Ideas with Your Kids

This informative video gives you more fun Halloween craft ideas to do with your children.

green witches potion
green witches potion

Green Witches Potion

This is a fun and easy drink to make for your next Halloween party. Kids love the ghoulish green colour and will enjoy drinking something that looks different. It tastes great and your adult friends will enjoy it too.

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 45 min
Yields: 6

Ingredients

  • 1 liter cold ginger ale
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 10 peeled kiwi
  • green food colouring

Instructions

  1. Quarter the kiwis, set them aside. Boil the sugar and water in a small pan. Make sure the sugar is dissolved. Watch closely to avoid burning. Set aside until it is cool.
  2. Put the kiwi, sugar sauce, and mint in a blender. Blend until fully mixed. Add the green food colouring. Put mixture in a pitcher or bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. Just before serving, add the ginger ale and ice cubes. Serve in a clear punch bowl for maximum spooky effect.

Do you have any Halloween traditions you like to do with your kids?

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