12 Halloween Crafts: kidlist tested, mom approved!

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Looking for some fun and doable Halloween crafts to do with your kids? It’s easy to get sucked into Halloween crafts that look beautiful… but then you quickly find out that a professional crafter and photographer roped you into thinking it’s easier than it is. Good news! The following 12 ideas can all be realistically done with young children. Also, you mostly likely already have most of the supplies needed!

There’s also an extra bonus at the end of the post: mom-recommended Halloween picture books.


My daughter and I recently set out to do some Halloween crafts together to get in the spirit of the season. We searched Pinterest for some inspiration and came up with three that were easy, fun and used supplies we already had at home. She is ten years old, but these would work well for preschoolers, too. We were quite pleased with the end result and enjoyed the time spent together getting crafty!


Halloween Crafts

Pumpkin Apple Stamps

Click here for our inspiration and directions. After our stamps dried, we had fun making different faces on each of our pumpkins with black construction paper.

Our finished masterpiece:


TIP: Use the leftover apple pieces to dip in homemade caramel sauce using this recipe!


Cotton Swab Skeletons

Click here for our inspiration and directions. Our favorite part of this little skeleton was the pink bow!

Our finished masterpiece:



Spider Treat Pockets

Click here for our inspiration and directions. Of the three crafts we tried, this one was the best. Love the giant eyeballs and that it’s functional, too, as a place to hold candy.

Our finished masterpiece:



Other craft ideas from past years

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halloween witches

Construction Paper Halloween Witch (with printable templates)


shaving cream ghost

Shaving Cream Ghost For Toddlers and Preschoolers


kidlist rice krispie pumpkins

Rice Krispie Monsters and Jack-O-Lanterns


kidlist diy trick or treat bags

DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags


kidlist felt monsters

Felt Monsters and Jack-O-Lanterns


No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

In addition to our three crafts, we found stickers in the dollar racks at Target perfect for decorating pumpkins. If you’re not up for carving, this is a quick and easy alternative.


You can find other simple ways to decorate pumpkins using items such as washi tape, acrylic paint, duct tape and chalkboard paint here.


Other no-carve options from past years

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kidlist duct tape pumpkin

Duct Tape Jack-O-Lanterns


kidlist my potato head pumpkin

Mr. Potato Head Jack-O-Lantern


kidlist playdoh pumpkins

Play-Doh Pumpkins


Extra Bonus: Click here for Recommended Halloween Books!

Looking for kid-friendly Halloween activities and events in the western suburbs?

Check out our Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide!

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