18 Fun Halloween Crafts and Activities To Do With Kids

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 18 fun crafts and activities to do with your little ones. 


1. Light-Up Haunted House

A craft kit from Everymom editor-favorite brand KiwiCo, this set (shop it below with a coupon code!) 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!

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Light-Up Haunted House Activity Set

Recommended for kids ages 9+

Use code TEMKIWI for $10 off a KiwiCo Store purchase of $50+! Be sure to order by EOD on 10/18 for delivery by Halloween.


2. Bubbling Cauldron

Another fun Halloween-themed science experiment for little ones ages 5 and up, this cauldron craft kit (shop it below with a coupon code!) 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!

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Bubbling Cauldron

Recommended for kids ages 5+

Use code TEMKIWI for $10 off a KiwiCo Store purchase of $50+! Be sure to order by EOD on 10/18 for delivery by Halloween.


3. Halloween Luminaries

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 (shop it below with a coupon code!) comes with everything you need for an easy and fun craft time.

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Halloween Luminaries Craft Kit

Recommended for kids ages 3+

Use code TEMKIWI for $10 off a KiwiCo Store purchase of $50+! Be sure to order by EOD on 10/18 for delivery by Halloween.


4. Halloween Scavenger Hunt (+ Printable)

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 October.


5. Paper Plate Black Cat

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.


6. Ghost Sun Catcher

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.


7. Halloween Playdough Mats (+ Printable)

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.


8. Witch Halloween Countdown

Count down the days until October 31 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!


9. 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. (Editors Note: Need help getting slime out of your kiddo’s clothes after playtime? Click here for our hack!)


10. Haunted House Craft (+ Printable Template)

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.


11. Egg Carton Halloween Figurines

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!


12. Printable ‘You’ve Been Booed!’ Treat Bags

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!


13. Paper Halloween Luminaries

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!


14. Paper Plate Ghosts

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.


15. Printable Candy Bar Wrappers

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 31. 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.


16. Coffee Filter Ghost Lollipops

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.


17. Halloween Candy Pouches (+ Sewing Tutorial & Printable Pattern)

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.


18. Halloween Ribbon Wreath

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.

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