Even tiny hands can make these adorable Halloween decorations—with supervision from Mom or Dad, of course.

By Ellen Sturm Niz
Updated August 10, 2020

Celebrate the spooky season with these Halloween arts and crafts for toddlers. They’re perfect for decorating your house and yard for trick-or-treating, and making them improves your child's motor skills, creative thinking, and cognitive development. All you need is a few simple supplies and some festive Halloween spirit.

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Have toddlers practice fine motor skills by threading white yarn through holes you've punched into a black paper plate to create this simple spider web craft from Anne Lily Design. Finish with foam spider stickers.

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These simple pumpkins inspired by paper-chain dolls let kids create a string of festive faces. For a small trio, download our template here. Accordion-fold an 18- by 5-inch piece of orange paper (tape two pieces together, if needed) into six 3-inch sections. Using the template, cut out the shape. For symmetrical features, cut them from a sheet of black paper folded in half. Attach them with a glue stick.

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Transform toilet paper rolls into this monster mobile from Happy Hooligans by painting or coloring the tubes and adding on googly eyes, squiggly pipe-cleaner arms, and toothy construction-paper mouths. String together at staggering heights for a friendly and cheap Halloween craft for toddlers.

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Create these gross-yet-gorgeous spiderweb sacks from Modern Parents Messy Kids with water balloons, white yarn, and craft glue. Stick on some plastic spiders for extra creepiness.

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Trace your kiddo's arm and fingers on marbled green paper to create this monster hand from Happy Hooligans. Cut it out and have them glue on foam fingernails and dried bean "warts."

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A basic gingerbread man becomes a mummy in this simple project from No Time for Flashcards. All you need is masking tape and googly eyes for this cute and easy Halloween craft for toddlers.

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Help your toddler put together this cool bat from Savvy Sassy Moms that they can both display and wear. A toilet paper roll tube fits perfectly around little arms, and the bat's paper wings will flap as your child moves their arm!

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Let your preschooler transform a few of your old wooden clothespins into cute bats with some markers, construction paper, and red googly eyes in this DIY from No Time for Flashcards. You can find many uses for this Halloween bat craft for toddlers.

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Collect twigs and branches on a neighborhood nature walk with your kids and then settle in together to create this spooky forest from Craftulate by gluing them onto black paper and adding eyes.

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Finger painting is always fun, and the perfect way to create these Frankenstein faces from Easy Preschool Craft. Cut the top off a paper plate to make the flat head and provide your kiddo with the paper hair, eyes, noses, and bolts to glue on.

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Preschoolers can practice their scissors skills by cutting out the simple shapes that make up this colorful witch from Toddler Approved. It's a fun and educational Halloween craft idea for toddlers!

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Littles ones can build a rickety fence with wooden craft sticks and set a quintet of jack-o'-lanterns on top like in this project from Mrs. Goff's Kinders. Get the simple instructions here.

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Practice your toddler's grouping and gluing skills in this candy-corn craft from Thriving Home. Ripped paper in white, orange, and yellow turn a plain triangle into a treat when applied correctly. It's only right to eat a few of the real candies while making them, of course!

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DIY these hanging ghosts from Thriving Home with cotton balls on white construction paper. Glue on black paper eyes and mouths in expressions of your choosing.


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