10 Simple Halloween Crafts and Activities to Do with the Kids

Stuck with kids at home for the holidays? No need to worry. With these ten simple crafts, you can keep them busy and entertained without feeling too worked up. The activities also help you bond with your kids especially if you have an extremely busy work schedule.

A study by Dr Richard Rende found that creative interaction between kids and parents through arts and crafts creates a unique bonding experience and has immediate cognitive benefits. And with Halloween fast approaching you already have a theme for the crafts you are planning to develop.

The beauty of these simple home crafts is that you don’t need to purchase additional materials, regular stationery, like glue, paper, crayons comes in handy. Here’s a roundup of the 10 crafts:

1. Halloween-based pumpkin slime mason jar

Halloween-based pumpkin slime mason jar

Pumpkins are the highlight of any Halloween celebration. This pumpkin-based craft should allow your kids to get in sync with their favourite holiday while having fun. The idea is to use different glue colours, to create different types of pumpkin slime. In this case, we use green glue to make Frankenstein slime.

Supplies for slime

  • Glue (Elmer’s glue). Use glitter green glue
  • Food colouring
  • Baking soda
  • Contact lens solution
  • Water

Supplies for mason jar

  • Black felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue dots

Instructions

  • Mix the slime ingredients in a bowl
  • Add 6 ounces of Elmer’s glue in the bowl
  • Use the green glitter glue to make Frankenstein slime
  • Add half a teaspoon of baking soda and mix them. Then add two tablespoons of water
  • Pour the contact lens solution and mix until the slime has formed and began to harden
  • Add the facial features to the jar. In our case we’re making Frankenstein slime hence will use googly eyes and black felt

2. Beard face mask

Your Halloween experience isn’t complete without spooky costumes, and this beard face mask should do.

Supplies

  • Black or grey wool roving
  • Crafting glue
  • Plain fabric face mask (grey or black)
  • Thread

Instructions

  • Unroll sections of the wool roving and lay them on fabric to form a beard shape. Apply glue on each piece and push them down to ensure they adhere to the surface
  • Pull out the longer section of the roving to make the moustache. Then, tie a piece of thread in the middle to hold the centre of the moustache. Apply the glue to the top of the mask and cover the areas where pieces are glued down

3. Spooky spider soap

Bath time isn’t always a time of fun for kids. Allowing them to craft spooky spider soap should help them look forward to that time.

Supplies

  • Silicone soap mould
  • Glycerin soap base
  • Plastic spiders
  • Fragrance oil
  • Measuring cup
  • Soap colouring

Instructions

  • Divide the soap base block into half and create a different colour and fragrance for each half
  • For the purple soaps use blueberry fragrance, and for the green soaps use pear fragrance
  • Slice the base into cubes and place them inside the measuring cup. Melt them in a microwave in 20-30 second increments while stirring to ensure the soap melts completely
  • Once the soap melts completely add a few drops of fragrance oil and soap colour
  • Then insert the plastic spider in the soap moulds and allow it to sit for 30 minutes-3 hours undisturbed
  • Once cool remove it from the moulds. It’s now ready for use

4. Halloween fairy garden

If your kids are fans of fairy gardens, a Halloween fairy garden should be a welcome craft.

Supplies

  • Floral foam
  • Greening pins
  • Floral foam
  • Artificial succulents
  • Acrylic paints 
  • Glue sticks
  • Halloween miniatures
  • Flocked moss stones
  • Plastic witch cauldron

Instructions

  • Cut the floral foam into sections and place them at the bottom of the cauldron
  • Press the Keep Out Gate deep into the foam behind the cauldron and the moss-covered stones deeply on to the path leading up to the gate to create the look fo a walkaway
  • Attach the reindeer moss on the side sections while using the greening pins to hold them in place
  • Arrange the artificial succulents around the gate
  • You can add a Halloween flair by painting the gnome’s hat black and his shirt red

5. Yarn wrapped mummy craft

Mummy crafts are great for kids of all ages. If planning to celebrate Halloween indoors, you can ask your little ones to help you make a few mummies which you can hang around the house to create a spooky Halloween vibe.

Supplies

  • Cardboard
  • Paintbrush 
  • Black paint
  • Mummy template
  • Google eyes
  • Scissors
  • Glue Dots
  • White yarn
  • Tape

Instructions

  • Download and print the mummy template. You’ll use the template to cut it out on the piece of cupboard
  • Apply paint on the front part of the cardboard and leave it to dry
  • Use the Glue Dots to attach the googly eyes
  • Once dry apply tape on one end of the white yarn when attaching it to the back of the cardboard. Then begin wrapping the yarn around the face of the mummy. Be sure to leave a space for the eyes

6. Paper plate ghost

This is a pretty straightforward craft for parents looking for incredibly simple party crafts that need few materials.

Supplies

  • Black marker
  • White streamers
  • Half a paper plate
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors

Instructions

  • Cut out the streamers using pieces of toilet paper to create long strips
  • Draw a ghost face on the paper plate
  • Flip the paper plate and apply stick tape on along the end of the plate
  • Then allow your child to attach the streamer strips on the tape
  • Once the entire edge of the plate is covered your paper plate ghost should be ready

7. Monster puppets

This is one craft that will have your entire family joining in. Grab the supplies and a few bits to begin.

Supplies

  • Coloured cardstock paper
  • Paper lunch bag
  • Acrylic paint
  • Markers
  • Circle punches
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Scrapbook scissors

Instructions

  • Apply paint on the front and bottom of the paper bag and allow it to dry
  • Design a unique monster using the construction paper, cardstock paper, scissors and circle punches. If you don’t have any fun ideas consider downloading and printing a template online
  • Use your creativity to add exciting patterns, teeth, eyeballs, horns, and pointy ears. The fun part is watching your kids playing with monsters in a puppet show

8. Fabric ghost

The craft is not only easy to make, but it also makes the perfect decoration for a Halloween party. You can hang them up, and because they’re made of fabric, you can store them for use every year. Consider adding markers and ribbons to create a unique twist.

Supplies

  • Cheap white fabric
  • Black marker
  • Scissors 
  • Festive ribbon
  • Styrofoam balls
  • String

Instructions

  • Cut out the fabric into a square. It would help if you used pinking shears as they prevent fraying on the ends of the fabric
  • Use the marker to draw dots, dashes or other designs around the edges 
  • Turn the fabric and place the styrofoam ball in the middle of the fabric and wrap it to form the head of the ghost
  • Ask your child to tie the ribbon around the neck of the fabric to secure the styrofoam ball
  • Use the black marker to draw the spooky eyes 
  • Then use a clear string to hang the ghost on a decorative branch 

9. Black sock cat

This craft is perfect for Halloween themed art and being a 15-minute project; it makes an ideal party activity. Moreover, you can make it any time of the year. Simply change the sock colour to make beautiful decorations.

Supplies

  • A pair of black socks
  • Scissors
  • Poly-fill stuffing
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons 
  • Felt 

Instructions

  • Cut out the sock near the heel to create space for pointy ears
  • Stuff the sock with poly-fill 
  • Stitch the top
  • Sew in button eyes, ribbon and felt nose. You may also use white thread to stitch whiskers

10. Glow stick brooms

Candy treats are the true hallmark of any Halloween celebration, but these Glow Stick Brooms make an excellent alternative. Your kids can wear them when going trick or treating.

Supplies

  • Black felt
  • Glow stick bracelets
  • Black or orange bakers twine
  • Happy Halloween labels
  • Paper punch (small hole)
  • Fabric scissors

Instructions

  • Print the glow stick labels and cut them into rectangular shapes. Then punch holes in the labels
  • Insert the bracelet cap carefully 
  • Then cut out vertical strips of felt measuring 3.5 x 3 inches. These are perfect dimensions if you want to create the broom fringe effect
  • Roll the felt around and use the baker’s twine and thread to tie the felt around the broom