Boo-tacular and Not-So-Scary Halloween Crafts for Kids

It’s spooky season! Halloween is right around the corner. Even though the big festivities don’t happen until the 31st, there are still many ways you can celebrate the holiday all month long. From watching themed movies to finding the perfect costumes, the list of what you could do goes on and on. One of my favorite things is to make fun decorations and crafts to set out for all 31 days. If you are looking to add some Halloween cheer to your house, try making these crafts, which are also great for kids to help with. 

Handprint Halloween Keepsakes 


  • Air-Dry Clay 
  • Acrylic Paint – Color of Your Choice 
  • Orange Acrylic Paint 
  • Brown Acrylic Paint 
  • Drinking Straw
  • Popsicle Stick
  • Green Ribbon
  • Parchment Paper 

The above supplies will make one handprint. You will need to double the supplies for both hands.  


  1. Roll out the air-dry clay onto the parchment paper. Roll flat until about ½” thick. 
  2. Press your child’s hand into the clay, making sure the handprint shows up clearly. 
  3. Using the popsicle stick, cut a pumpkin shape into the clay around the handprint, with the handprint being in the middle. If needed, use water and your fingers to smooth out the edges of the pumpkin.
  4. Punch a hole in the pumpkin’s stem with your drinking straw. 
  5. Move the clay to a dry area and let rest for 24 hours. 
  6. With the acrylic paint color of your choice, transform your handprint into a Halloween-themed design, such as a ghost, candy corn, etc. Then, paint the area around your handprint orange like a pumpkin, and the stem brown. 
  7. Thread the green ribbon through the hole in the stem and hang anywhere you would like some Halloween cheer.

Spider Sugar Drawings 


  • 1½ cups All-Purpose Flour 
  • ½ cups Granulated Sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon Vegetable Oil
  • 1½ cups Water
  • White Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Orange, Black, and Purple Watercolors
  • Spider Stickers


  1. In a pot, mix the flour, sugar, water, and oil. Stir over low heat until combined and smooth. This combination will turn into a glue. 
  2. Paint spider webs or any other Halloween design over a piece of paper with the glue mixture. Let dry. 
  3. Then, using the watercolors, paint the different colors over the dried glue. Your spider webs or other designs will appear. 
  4. Add spider stickers around the painting when dry. 

Nature Owl Pumpkin 

This craft is great not just for Halloween, but for the entire fall season. 


  • A Collection of Small to Medium-Sized Leaves
  • Acorn Caps 
  • Pinecones 
  • A collection of Grass and Twines 
  • Hot Glue 
  • Small Pumpkin
  • Medium-Sized Acorn Squash 
  • Thin Leather String 


  1. With the collection of leaves, acorn caps, grass and twines, and pinecones, assembled from your yard, glue small leaves on front of your pumpkin to create feathers for the owl. Be sure to overlap them to add to the feather look. 
  2. Next, glue four of the larger leaves onto the sides of the pumpkin to create wings. 
  3. Using the thin leather string, hot glue the string to the small acorn squash and build a face outline. 
  4. Disassemble a pinecone by pulling off the scales. Attach the individual scales with hot glue to the acorn squash for a nose.  
  5. Lastly, create eyes with the acorn caps. Use the grass and twines to design ears and whiskers for your owl. 

These three crafts are fun and easy for kids of all ages (including adults). Make them a part of your annual Halloween traditions! 



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