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Ten Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

Updated on October 3, 2013

Kids Love These Fun and Easy Halloween Crafts

If you ask kids which of all the holidays is the most fun, they almost always choose Halloween. Halloween is made for fun start to finish. As soon as October arrives, out come the craft supplies. Paper, glue, paints and construction paper turn into spooky, scary, funny Halloween creatures. Egg cartons, popsicle sticks and toilet paper tubes are saved all year long for a month-long craft fest no other holiday can compete with. The very first craft I can remember making in kindergarten was a Halloween owl. Get out your supplies and let the fun begin.

Photo: craftjr

Ten Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids

Halloween Finger Puppets
Halloween Finger Puppets

#1 - Pipe Cleaner Finger Puppets or Pencil Tops

How cute are these, and how simple to make. These are finger puppets, but when I first saw them I thought they were pencil tops. Kids love quirky pencil tops. Just wrap the pipe cleaners around a pencil instead of a finger. All you need are pipe cleaners, glue, scraps of paper or fabric and a few little eyes.

Photo and instructions: craftjr

Halloween Pasta Skeleton Craft
Halloween Pasta Skeleton Craft

#2 - Pasta Skeleton

Let your imagination be your guide on this one. A very good hands-on way to learn the names of bones, too! Look closely, the labels are even spelled out with alphabet soup pasta.

Photo and instructions: marthastewart

Orange Slice Pumpkin Halloween Craft
Orange Slice Pumpkin Halloween Craft

#3 - Orange Slice Pumpkin

Yum. This is one of those that makes you ask, "Why didn't I think of that?" How fun for a party centerpiece. You could use many things for the center, including a roll of toilet paper! I bet you can even think of a food center. How about a small pumpkin?

Photo and instructions: craftelf

Halloween Crafts for Kids
Halloween Crafts for Kids

#4 - Leaf People

I've never seen a nature craft come out so cute. Toilet paper tubes and a nature hunt. Add a few googly eyes and you have Leaf People.

Photo and instructions: ivillage

Orange Jack-o-lantern
Orange Jack-o-lantern

#5 - Jello Jack

An edible craft. At first I thought this wouldn't be appropriate for little people, but then I thought again. How about plastic implements, like those Tupperware orange peeler sticks, or even orange sticks like you use for manicures to use as tools for carving. And orange skins are soft, unlike pumpkins.

Photo and instructions: petitelefant

Halloween Peg People Craft
Halloween Peg People Craft

#6 - Peg People

These peg people are adorable. I have to admit, mine wouldn't come out as cute. Maybe if I copied the picture very carefully. What's so great about kids' art projects is they're always cute. I would love to see what kids' imaginations would produce with this craft.

Photo and instructions: eighteen25

Halloween Spider Craft
Halloween Spider Craft

#7 - Pipe Cleaner Spider

Another pipe cleaner project, but look what a different personality this spider has with the help of beads. You could set these creepy crawlers loose all over your buffet table.

Photo and Instructions: sheknows

Edible Halloween Creepy Crawlers
Edible Halloween Creepy Crawlers

#8 - Edible Creepy Crawlers

I remember on the day of Halloween my mother was always pestering us to eat something nutritious before we were set loose into a neighborhood full of candy pushers. Maybe if she had set some ingredients before us and challenged us to create Halloween creatures. . .

Photo and instructions: craftbits

Spooky Halloween Trees
Spooky Halloween Trees

#9 - Spooky Trees

I love spooky old trees, and this one is really clever. Licorice sticks, candy corn, candy corn pumpkins and a frosted graham cracker. Yum. The only thing I would change about this is that the instructions call for threading a wire through the licorice sticks to bend them into position, and wrapping wire around them to keep them together. I'm wondering if you could simply bend them into shape and cement them together with some of the frosting.

Photo and instructions: parents

Tissue Paper Tree
Tissue Paper Tree

#10 - Tissue Paper Tree

Tissue paper art is appropriate for so many crafts. Little pieces of tissue paper wrapped around the eraser top of a pencil and then pressed onto a gluey surface gives dimension to artwork. What's fun is that the same instructions given to 25 kids nets 25 vastly different and creative pieces of art.

Photo and instructions: dltk-holidays

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    • Mary Stephenson profile image

      Mary Stephenson 5 years ago from California

      Nice lens. Don't have any young ones anymore, but it looks like it would be a lot of fun and easy for young kids to do.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Lens, Love the Orange Slice Pumpkin!

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Aw, too cute!