Having some ideas for quick crafts to make with the kids is a great way to spend time together. These 5 spookishly simple Halloween crafts for kids are a great way to keep little hands busy over the Halloween season!
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Halloween is such a fun time – and there are so many great seasonal activities to do with the kids. Younger children may not be too keen on overly spooky options, or have the patience to wait around for too long, so these simple Halloween crafts can provide a nice break from all the sweets and treats.
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Simple Halloween Crafts for Kids
Halloween wouldn’t be Halloween without a bonfire, but due to safety restrictions they are becoming rarer and rarer at this time of year. This is a safe and fun way to keep the tradition alive.
You will need:
- PVA glue
- Red, orange, yellow tissue paper
- Cocktail stick
- Cut a circle of cardboard.
- Put a thick layer of glue around the circumference of the circle and stick the stones in a ring around it.
- Arrange and glue the sticks in a pile in the centre.
- Tear the tissue into rough 2” squares. Place the cocktail stick at the centre of a square, without piercing the tissue, and wrap it around the point.
- Dab some glue onto the tip and place it among the pile of sticks, removing the cocktail stick afterwards.
- Use red tissue on the bottom level, orange in the centre and a few yellow pieces at the top of the pile.
- Let your bonfire dry overnight.
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Egg-Carton Creepy Crawlies
Place these easy-to-make creepy crawlies inside cupboards or dangle them from doorways to frighten unsuspecting guests!
You will need:
- An egg carton
- Some pipe cleaners (black or any other colour you have!)
- Some paint (black or any other colour you have!)
- Some self-adhesive googly eyes
- A paint brush
- A wooden skewer
- Cut out the individual egg compartments.
- Paint them black, or whatever colours you prefer. Purple would be cool, or red or even a big muddy mish-mash!
- Let them dry.
- Stick on lots of googly eyes in the place you want to be the ‘face’ or all over if you want it to be extra creepy!
- Using the wooden skewer, poke six holes (three on each side) through the lower part of the ‘body’, thread three short pipe cleaners through to make legs and you are done!
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Recycled ‘Skull and Bone’ Crayons
These could be made in advance and used as a fun alternative to handing out sweets at the front door to trick or treaters, or to have on hand for colouring fun on the big night.
You will Need:
- Old broken crayons
- A ‘skull and bone’ silicone mould (find similar here)
- An oven (parental help needed with this bit!)
- Remove the paper from the crayons and break into small pieces
- Fill the moulds to the top with the broken crayons
- Set the oven to 140℃
- Place the silicone mould on an oven tray, with some foil/greaseproof paper underneath it to protect from spills, and place in the oven
- Keep an eye on it, but it shouldn’t take much more that 15 minutes for the crayons to melt completely.
- Remove from the oven and place somewhere safe to let cool.
- Wait until the wax has set and cooled completely before removing them carefully from the mould.
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Recycled Tin Can ‘Jack O’ Lantern’
This is a fun, reusable and environmentally friendly alternative to carving a pumpkin – and it looks beautiful too!
You will need:
- A tin can
- A hammer
- A nail
- A felt tip pen
- Some water
- A freezer
- A tealight candle
- Clean the can and remove the label.
- Fill the can with water and freeze overnight.
- Use your felt tip pen to outline a ‘jack o’ lantern’ face.
- Use the hammer and nail to make little holes along the lines. (TIP: Use a tea towel to stop the can slipping while hammering)
- Put the can in the sink while the ice melts, using warm water to help it along if you’re impatient!
- Dry it off, pop in a tealight and wait until it’s dark to enjoy the twinkling glow.
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Simple Halloween Countdown Calendar
It can be difficult for little ones to contain their excitement on the run up to festivities. A simple countdown calendar can help stop the constant ‘How many more sleeps?’ question! This can be adapted to however many days you like but 7 days is more than enough.
You will need:
- 7 small ‘paypacket’ style envelopes
- Halloween themed stickers
- Number/Letter stickers OR Stamps OR A black permanent marker
- Small, halloween-themed toys, hair accessories, treats
- Number the envelopes one to seven either with a marker, stamps or numbered stickers
- Decorate the envelopes with Halloween stickers
- String up your twine somewhere suitable. Between two nails if possible or perhaps across a window or picture frame.
- Fill each envelope with the treats/gifts and peg to the string
- Enjoy counting down the days!
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Have your say! Did you try out any of these Halloween crafts with your child? Tell us how you got on. Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!