I’m not usually much of a Halloween person outside of the usual costume-wearing and trick-or-treating but, this year, I’m excited to go all-in with my kids. I’m leaning into finding joy in the little things, so for this spooky season, I’m doing that with touches of whimsical Halloween decor and matching Halloween pajamas for my kiddos. Though I’m certainly no Martha Stewart, I’m confident even I can tackle some of these fun and easy Halloween crafts and activities with my kids this year, too. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get in the Halloween spirit, read on for 20+ fun crafts and activities to do with your little ones.
A great project for toddlers (recommended for ages 3+), these cute Halloween luminaries are jars decorated with paper squares, stickers, glitter glue, and more craft accessories to bring seasonal characters like bats, Jack-o’-Lanterns, ghosts, and more to life. The best part? This kit comes with everything you need for an easy and fun craft time.
Gingerbread houses aren’t just for the holidays! Delight your kiddos with this spooky craft that uses pop tarts, candy corn, M&Ms, and more to create a haunted gingerbread house. The best part? This fun activity doubles as a piece of fall decor when you’re done!
Sometimes you just need a simple at-home activity for kids—and these free, printable coloring pages provide just that! The collection includes a smiley Jack-o’-Lantern, a friendly witch, spooky ghosts, flying bats, and a funny monster.
Count down the days until October 31st with this fun witch countdown that can be easily crafted using colorful construction paper. Use the included templates to cut out all the pieces needed and have your child help you assemble the witch. Then remove a chain link each day of the month until Halloween arrives!
Use craft time to spread a little Halloween cheer to your neighbors by creating “You’ve Been Booed!” treat bags with this easy printable. Simply fill a Ziploc bag with candy and little goodies, attach the printable bag topper, and drop this off on a neighbor’s front step. The recipient will, hopefully, continue the fun by “Booing” another house and passing it on!
A craft kit from Everymom editor-favorite brand KiwiCo, this set comes with everything kids need to create their very own light-up haunted house. Not only is the end result a spooky Halloween decoration, but the project teaches science and engineering as kiddos construct a battery-operated house with a ghoulish glowing effect—so cool!
A creative way to DIY some decor for your front windows or stoop, these glowing Jack-o’-Lantern jars can be created using just a few supplies: a mason jar (or multiple!), glow sticks, and a glass paint pen.
These free, printable playdough mats can be laminated and used time and time again as little ones decorate a Halloween pumpkin, a witch’s cauldron, and a spooky haunted house with playdough. Simply use store-bought Play-Doh or make your own with a DIY recipe, also linked within the blog post above.
This cute craft only requires a few supplies (like construction paper, contact paper, and tissue paper) and can be made in only a few minutes. Have your little one cut out small pieces of tissue paper to practice their scissor skills as they craft their very own ghost friend that can be hung in the window for others to enjoy once it’s complete.
This easy craft uses recycled egg cartons to create mini Halloween figurines like a pumpkin, witch, ghost, vampire, and Frankenstein. All you need is a clean egg carton, construction paper, paint, and any other fun additions (like Googly eyes, popsicle sticks, buttons, etc.) to bring these little friends to life!
This felt Halloween sewing tutorial is perfect for kiddos just learning to sew and includes step-by-step instructions on how to easily complete the project. In just about 20 minutes, kids can create a cute candy pouch using felt, pins, a sewing needle, and craft thread. This Gluesticks Blog post also includes a handy DIY video to follow along with, too.
Nothing says Halloween like a black cat, and this easy craft can be made with household items like paper plates, paint, Googly eyes, and pom-pom balls. Crafts by Amanda also provides parents with a printable pattern that little ones can use to cut out the cat’s shapes.
13. Pumpkin Slime
This four-ingredient slime is an easy, at-home DIY that’s sure to provide kids with hours of fun. Packaging the slime in these mini mason jars also makes an adorable favor for a children’s Halloween party, if you’re hosting this year. (Editor’s Note: Need help getting slime out of your kiddo’s clothes after playtime? Click here for our hack!)
Another free template, this one helps kids create a spooktacular haunted house with paper flap doors to hide Jack-o’-Lantern or ghost friends inside. Let your little ones’ creativity soar with this craft by buying or creating lots of fun Halloween accessories to decorate the house inside and out.
Print out this spooktacular scavenger hunt list right at home and have your kiddos search for items including pumpkins, a scarecrow, spiderwebs, a spooky tree, and more as you walk through your neighborhood this fall.
Is there anything better than a paper plate craft for littles? Like the paper plate black cat DIY linked above, kids can create a ghost friend by using a paper plate, streamers, and construction paper in this quick and easy craft.
Another fun Halloween-themed science experiment for little ones ages 5 and up, this cauldron activity kit comes with citric acid and colored baking soda that bubbles and boils in a chemical reaction. Plus, your child can decorate their own witch and lair to create a spooky scene as they watch the cauldron brew!
These friendly monsters come with their own trick-or-treat bags and can be easily created using things you might already have around your house: plastic spoons, felt, pipe cleaners, paint, and a hot glue gun.
These DIY candy bar wrappers are great to use as Halloween party favors, as cute gifts for teachers, coaches, or friends, or to jazz up trick or treat candy on October 31st. Simply print out these free, Happiness Is Homemade pages at home, cut them to size, and wrap them around candy bars (Hershey Bars are a perfect fit!) for a fun craft that kids can help with.
A twist on the classic Kleenex tissue ghosts craft, this version instead uses coffee filters to create these ghoulish treats. You’ll need rounded lollipops, coffee filters, small rubber bands, ribbon, and a marker for this DIY that little kids will love to help assemble.
This craft includes printable coloring pages that kids can decorate before taping into a cylinder to create a paper luminary. During the day, these are cute and colorful Halloween decor, but at night, kids can light up their designs by placing LED tea lights (or candles with adult supervision) into a glass mason jar and adding their paper lantern on top. These would make great outdoor Halloween night decorations, too, to light up your home’s pathway for trick or treaters!
A more advanced DIY, this ribbon wreath is a fun family craft that can be used as Halloween decor for years to come. After buying a wreath form at a craft store (or online) and picking out an assortment of pretty, Halloween-themed ribbons, simply wrap the ribbons around the wreath and tie each piece with a knot to create this cute piece of seasonal home decor.