Halloween is a big deal in our neighborhood so of course fun Halloween crafts are a must in our home. Since August, my son has been excited about Halloween, so I have been well-prepared with our Halloween crafts this year. With a 6-year-old and almost 2-year-old, who both love crafts, I have included crafts that are fun for the whole family to do together. Below are some of the Halloween crafts that our family loves to make.
Halloween Lanterns (Frankenstein)
- Mason jars or various glass jars from food (sauce jar, jelly jar)
- Tissue paper (various colors depending on what you are creating)
- Acrylic paint
- Mod podge
- Sponge brush/paint brush
- Black paper
- LED candles
For this one you really could create any Halloween-themed character, we did Frankenstein!
Start off by cutting your choice of colors of tissue paper up into smaller pieces to stick to your jar. Then apply mod podge to the outside of the jar and stick the tissue paper pieces on top of that mod podge, leaving none of the glass exposed. We then used a sponge brush to cover the entire jar in Mod Podge again and seal it all in. Once it had dried, I helped my son by painting Frankenstein’s face as shown above. You could also make cutouts out of paper to mod-podge those right on as well!
Let them air dry and place tea lights in them to display in your home or outdoors!
- Tissue paper or cellophane (shades of orange, red, yellow, and brown for stem)
- Orange cardstock paper
- Lamination paper or contact paper
I used orange paper to draw a simple pumpkin and cut the same shape out on the inside. I prefer lamination paper as they do come out nicer – so I stuck the pumpkin outline to the lamination paper and let my kids stick various shades of colors to the pumpkin.
When they were done my son decided he wanted it to be a jack-o-lantern face as well. I just simply cut out some shapes to make the eyes, mouth, and nose. I then placed another sheet of lamination/contact paper to seal it all in.
Paper Roll Monsters
- Toilet paper rolls or paper towel rolls cut into various sizes
- Kid-friendly Paint
- Googly eyes
- Pipe cleaners in various colors
This craft was fun because it gave the kids (and parents) room for creativity. You can paint your monsters various colors, give them some eyes, arms, hair, or whatever your child wants to create!
You can paint the towel rolls in various colors and designs. Create faces with googly eyes, beads, and glow-in-the-dark paint. You can also use pipe cleaners to make arms. I decided to create wild hair on one of ours!
- Fabric paint (we did orange, black, and glow-in-the-dark puff paint)
- Cotton swabs
- Cut out from card stock for Halloween design stencil
We decided to try something different besides the typical craft this year. I got a plain T-shirt and cut-out bat shapes. Then I placed rolled-up tape on the back of the bat cutouts to attach to the shirt to keep them in place during painting. I also placed a sheet of cardstock inside the shirt to protect the fabric from possibly bleeding through to the back of the shirt. The fabric paints were put onto a disposable plate, and I let my son use cotton swabs to dab various paint colors over the stencils. Once he was done, we removed the stencil and revealed the bats. He decided he wanted black bats, so I helped by outlining them for him.
- Kid-friendly paint
- Halloween sticker(s)
- Paper mache witch hat or paper mache haunted house (similar to the ones listed below)
The witch hat (or haunted house) is a simple and easy craft that doesn’t include much work. It was a fun project I had done with my son when he was younger. He was able to paint the hat with random colors and then I bought a spider sticker, as shown above, and placed it on it. I use it as a decoration for every Halloween now. A simple little keepsake that reminds me of my little guy!
I hope you enjoy the spooky season as much as we do at Central Mass Mom. Tag us in your post when you try out one of these Halloween crafts!