Simple Halloween Crafts For Kids While Everyone Is Stuck At Home

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Simple Halloween Crafts For Kids While Everyone Is Stuck At Home

Everyone knows that one of the scariest things about Halloween this year is that many of us are still stuck at home with distance learning. (Forget entering that maze The shine. Let Jack Nicholson try the maze that is Google Classroom. Redrum, indeed…) And if you’re like me, you’re desperate for fun ways to fill the hours at home. So why not do some Halloween crafting? I’ve rounded up 13 super easy Halloween crafts to kill some time while we’re all stuck in our homes and missing some favorite traditions.

“But I’m not sneaky!” you say Well, yes, I’m also a bit like an octopus in oven mitts when it comes to a glue gun. But never mind! We don’t need to open an Etsy shop! The point is just to get creative and keep those little hands busy, on theme, and not constantly reaching for the TV remote control or iPad.

I’ve rounded up some cute and easy craft ideas below. Some may require a little online shopping, or picking up some mini pumpkins at the grocery store, but a lot can also just be done with stuff sitting around the house. (After a summer of turning empty toilet paper tubes into rockets, subways, and insects, I now view every cardboard roll as a future vessel to stick pipe cleaners or googly eyes on.)

Now, to the spooky craft…


Flying toilet roll ghosts

One small project

Let’s kick it off with – you guessed it – toilet paper rolls! These little ghosts are super cute and super easy to make. (There’s a little tutorial on One Little Project.) You can use ribbon, toilet paper, or regular strips of paper. Just have your child paint an empty toilet roll tube white, or wrap the tube in white paper. Draw or tape a ghostly face, then tape strips of white whatever to the bottom. Attach a string to the top and then hang around the house to haunt anyone who may pass by with this spooky Charmin ghost!


DIY Scarecrow

Cappi Thompson/Moment/Getty Images

The Spruce Crafts offers simple instructions for putting this guy together. It’s essentially painting a face on a pumpkin and balancing it on top of some old clothes. You can put your dummy in a sitting position or inside or outside your home, and there you have it! Something for you to bump into in the middle of the night to scream bloody murder. As well as an imaginary pumpkin friend for your child to play Uno with…


Make your own mini haunted house



Monster Bookmarks

Easy Peasy Fun

These folding monster bookmarks that squish the corners of books are incredibly cute, and are the kind of craft your child will probably want to make and gift to their friends. Easy Peasy Fun offers a step-by-step video to guide you through the fold. All you need is paper. Origami paper works best, and Amazon has a great deal on the stuff.


Rainbow pumpkins

Ann Schwede/Moment/Getty Images

This is a great project for any age, and I love that it gives the eyes a break from the usual orange and black of Halloween. A Kailo Chic Life uses spray paint and creates an entire rainbow display. But if you’re not too keen on kids and spray paint, you can make a more kid-friendly version with acrylics. Just wipe the pumpkins clean, tape the stem to prevent paint from getting on, and let your child paint away. If you live in a space where you can’t really load up 30 pumpkins, you can always opt for a cheaper, smaller display and let the kids paint a bunch of mini pumpkins.


Eyeball mucus

The Tiptoe Fairy

You can never go wrong with kids and slime. Not only will the kids love making this one, they’ll love commenting on the general grossness of the activity. All you need is some red glitter glue, water, liquid starch and a pack of sticky eyeballs. Detailed instructions can be found on The Tiptoe Fairy. Once the kids are done taking themselves out, you can put their spooky goo in a mason jar for an extra gory show.


Autumn Leaf Finger Puppets

Crafts by Amanda

That’s right — more fun with toilet paper rolls! I found these guys on Crafts By Amanda, and I think they are so clever and cute. You will most likely already have most of these things around the house, plus it has the added fun of walking around to find the right leaves and pebbles for your little puppet faces. It does call for a glue gun for some of it, but your child can still help direct the assembly. I am definitely doing this one with my son. He will probably want to make the dolls wrestle, because he wants to make everything wrestle. This will no doubt lead to the eyes being glued back on, but still.


Tissue Box Sample

The best ideas for kids

Silly and simple, that’s how I prefer all my crafts, really. These tissue box samples are really fun and super easy to make. This may require purchasing small pom poms, but with Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, more crafts are sure to come. This one here uses giant googly eyes, but you can also just make your own eyes with construction paper or markers.


Pumpkin or Ghost Stress Balls

Red Ted Art

You know who could really use a stress ball these days? Everyone! These little Halloween stress balls are made from balloons and couldn’t be easier to make. You just need some flour (or rice, depending on how hard you want your print to be) some markers, and maybe some ribbon or string if you want this little recipient of your inner emotional turmoil hair must have Check out Red Ted Art if you need help with the assembly. (These can actually be useful guys to carry with you if your kid—like mine—experiences some anxiety on the go.)


DIY Spellbooks

Darcy and Brian

So this one involves a hot glue gun, which means you have to offer some help with assembly. But I think it’s such a clever and unique idea. You may also need to order some specific crafting supplies like mod podge and distress ink, but many of those (paint, paper towel, and an old book) are probably already in your crafting arsenal. I assumed from the pictures that it would be quite complicated, but the blog Darcy and Brian provide a clear lesson that actually sounds quite simple.


Mommy Jars

Mama Cheaps

These glowing mummy lanterns are pretty cute, I have to admit, and make for a pretty spooky lantern. You just need some jars, battery-powered tea lights, cheesecloth, construction paper, and yes – your old googly eyes. Here’s a great step-by-step at Mama Cheaps.


Make your own ghost story


I’m always a big fan of making books with kids. Partly because they usually are so proud of the results. (Their own book!) But it’s also something they can return to again and again, to read quietly to themselves, or to share with grandparents and friends. Plus, after hiding it for a year, the kid will be amused and delighted when you pull out “Jackie Jack-O-Lantern and the Haunted Snickers” along with all the other Halloween decor. There are many bookmaking kits available for purchase, or you can go the more DIY route. Just take some paper and tie it together with some fun Halloween ribbon. Present it to your little Stephen King with a simple writing prompt (“Write me a story about a ghost who loves to haunt pets!”) and see what ghost stories they come up with.


Halloween Face Shield


So, here’s a sentence I never thought I’d write: why not have fun decorating your face shields? I mean, I know Etsy sells unicorn face shields. So why not make your own? This might be a way to make face shields more… fun? You could put Halloween stickers on it, or maybe draw some whiskers or fangs? Maybe instead of putting these jack-o-lantern stickers on a pumpkin, put them on the shield? Have I lost my mind? Should I go for a walk? Perhaps.

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