These Halloween craft ideas are creepy, kooky, and altogether (semi) spooky, so rest assured they'll be a hit with your child this October.


This Halloween, gather some supplies and settle in for a spooky crafternoon with your kids. These DIY projects will keep them entertained for hours—and they'll look cute on display throughout the fall season.

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Folded Paper Pumpkins
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Paper Pumpkins

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.

puffy ghosts
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Puffy Ghosts

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.

Coffee filter monsters
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Coffee Filter Monsters

This simple and inexpensive activity puts a Halloween spin on the classic coffee filter craft. These "monsters" from One Little Project come together in a snap with just water, filters, and washable markers.

toliet paper roll armbands
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Toilet Paper Roll Bat Armbands

Help your kid 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!

Toilet Paper Roll Characters
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Toilet Paper Roll Characters

The ultimate Halloween craft idea for kids? The ones using toilet paper rolls! They're the perfect backdrop for fun Halloween characters like pumpkins, ghosts, and ghouls. Find all the fun character how-tos on the Crafty Morning blog.

spider sacks
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Spiderweb Sacks

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.

Paper Bag Bats

Paper Bag Bats

Break out the black markers, it's time to make some bats! These paper bag bats couldn't be easier to make, but we guarantee your little ones will fall in love with the results as they make their puppets soar through the air.

Pumpkin suncatcher
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Pumpkin Suncatcher

No list of Halloween crafts for kids would be complete without a suncatcher, and we love this pretty pumpkin one from Crafts on Sea. Simply cut out an outline of a pumpkin and have your child fill in the middle with pieces of tissue paper. Finish your suncatcher with a jack-o-lantern face.

Neon "Glowing" Pumpkins
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Neon "Glowing" Pumpkins

Does your child find Halloween super scary? If so, you'll love these silly neon-colored pumpkins from the Projects with Kids blog. Bright colors, fun googly eyes, and non-scary faces come together to create these totally tame painted pumpkins.

monster mobile
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Monster Mobile

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 idea for kids.

By Christin Perry and Ellen Sturm Niz