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Duct Tape Jack-O-Lanterns

kidlist duct tape jack-o-lanterns plan

Materials: Duct Tape sheets (we found ours at Walmart), pumpkin, scissors, paper and pencil

Process: Have your child draw their plans (shown on the right), cut shape out of sheets and stick them to the pumpkins.  For our pumpkin, we measured the length from the stem to the bottom and then cut out “surfboard shapes” (narrow at top and bottom and wider in the middle) according to that size.  We found it looked better in the parts we overlapped slightly.

Ages: 3 and up with adult assistance

Time: 10 – 20 minutes

Comments: Duck Tape brand duct tape is having a “Stick or Treat” contest and you can enter here for a chance to win $1,000!  Or just browse their gallery for ideas.  There are some super creative pumpkins.


kidlist my potato head pumpkin

Mr. Potato Head Jack-O-Lantern

Materials: Pumpkin, Mr. Potato Head pieces, screwdriver

Click here to see the tutorial on Rifles and Ruffles.

Ages: 2 and up with adult assistance

Time: 3 minutes to create

Comments: I made this for my 14-month old, but my 5 and 6 year old nieces loved it as well.


kidlist playdoh pumpkins

Play-Doh Pumpkins

Materials: Pumpkins, Play-doh

Process: Sculpt Play-doh into desired face shapes and stick to pumpkin.

Ages: 2 and up

Time: 10-30 minutes (or more)

Comments: A great activity to do with your pumpkins before you carve, paint, or decorate them. Also, a fantastic way to keep little hands busy so you can make dinner. Or paint your nails. ;)


kidlist rice krispie pumpkins

Rice Krispie Monsters and Jack-O-Lanterns

Materials needed: crisped rice cereal, marshmallows, butter, cooking spray, solid color sprinkles in various colors, candy eyes, chocolate chips, licorice, or any other decorative candy of your choice.

Process: Make Rice-Krispie Treats according to the package instructions. Let them set for about 5 minutes (until cool to touch). Cut into 4 or 5 inch squares.  Spray hands with cooking spray and mold into desired shape (ball, cube). Pour desired color sprinkles on plate and roll or press cereal shapes into the sprinkles. Add candy decorations as desired, scrape excess marshmallow/butter mixture from bowl if needed to adhere candy pieces to cereal figure.

Ages: 3 and up with adult assistance

Comments: This was a favorite!  Inspired by these adorable pumpkins from The Simple Parent.


kidlist diy trick or treat bags

DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags

Materials: Washable tempera paint, paper plates, sponge applicators, construction paper, old gift or shopping bags, google eyes, wipes (for easy clean up!)

kidlist trick or treat bags set upProcess: Follow this tutorial from Erica Hettwer (or see below for other options). Let dry.

Use hot glue gun to stick to the paper to bag (can do both sides). Trim excess paper, if needed.

Ages: 1 and up with adult assistance.

Comments: Don’t let your children near that hot glue gun! I burned my fingers three times. I let the kids make their hand prints  and stick on their eyes. I completed the rest of the project for them. I made the hand print ghost with my 14-month old while he was in his high chair.  It was less messy than I thought it would be! A great way to re-purpose an old gift or shopping bags.

This concept is easily applied to any of the following ideas:

Or let your child come up with their own “monster.”


kidlist felt monsters

Felt Monsters and Jack-O-Lanterns

Materials: Felt in various colors, scissors, glue (optional)

Process: Have the children plan their creations by drawing pictures on paper.  Then they can draw the shapes on the felt (or cut the paper design to make stencils).  I tweaked a few of their shapes as I cut them out so they would be the right size.  Let kids get creative as they layer the pieces, glue finished product (optional).  Use this template from Alana Lee Designs if you prefer not to freehand.

kidlist felt jack o lanternsAges: 3-6 years with adult assistance

Time: 10-30 minutes

Comments: My 5 year niece LOVED this activity. She would have been content to do this for at least 45 minutes. We didn’t glue our creations. I like the thought of having repeatable mix-and-match activities around.


Other ideas to try:

halloween witches

Construction Paper Halloween Witch (with printable templates)


shaving cream ghost

Shaving Cream Ghost For Toddlers and Preschoolers



Banana Ghosts and Tangerine Pumpkins from weelicious



Decoupaged Leaves on Pumpkins from Better Homes and Gardens



Owl Pumpkin from Country Living



Mummy Candles from All Free Kids Crafts


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