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One of my favorite parts of being a kid were all the holiday-themed crafts we would make every year in school, and of course all of the Halloween creations were some of my very favorite handmade tchotchkes ever (my mom even saved a few in a box). So, with that in mind, if you have some tiny ghouls and goblins that you want to make some memories with this October (or maybe you just want to find fun ways to keep them busy), here are 10 Halloween craft ideas that are not only easy, but are adorably creepy as well.

Clothespin Button Bat

As someone who made a Clothespin Butterfly (or 20) back in her day, I just thought these Clothespin Button Bats were super cute and they’re perfect for kids of all ages. You can even use them to hang Halloween cards on a string, adding another frightfully festive touch to your Halloween décor.

Materials:

– Black clothespins (you can find them on Amazon)
– Black buttons
– Black cardstock
– Tacky glue
– Scissors

Directions:

- First, add a line of tacky glue down the front of your clothespin. Then, add buttons onto the glue. Try not to let the buttons hang over the ends of the clothespin or they won’t be able to stand up properly.

- Next, cut out bat wings from your black cardstock paper. To make my wings I folded by black cardstock in half and drew half of a wing along the folded edge. Then when I cut it out, I unfolded my paper and had two full wings.

- Then, add a line of glue down the center of your bat wings and glue them onto the back of your clothespin, with the buttons facing outward. Once your glue is dry, the Clothespin Button Bat is ready to be played with.

Credit: I Heart Crafty Things

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Thumbprint Skeletons

What kid doesn’t like to get a little messy every now and again? These Thumbprint Skeletons are a great way to get them to craft up a tactile project, and it’s also a fun way to celebrate Halloween (and teach them a little bit about bones, too).

Materials:

- Black construction paper
- Q-tips
- White craft paint
- Black marker
- Scissors
- Tacky glue

Directions:

- First, dip your thumb into white paint. Press it onto a sheet of black paper to create the head of the skeleton. Repeat until you have the number of skeleton heads you wish, and then allow the paint to dry thoroughly.

- While the paint dries, you can start snipping the Q-tips into segments. These will be the bones of your skeletons. Add a dab of glue to the back of each Q-tip and press them below the thumb prints as shown to create the body of the skeletons. You will need about 5 pieces for each body you wish to make.

- Once the bodies are fully assembled, you can craft the faces of your skeletons by using a marker to add a simple set of eyes and mouth.

Credit: Living Life and Learning

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Paper Plate Candy Corn Bunting

Okay, so here’s where I admit something slightly goofy: I made something similar to this Paper Plate Candy Corn Bunting last year, and I hung up the festive homemade garland again this year, just because it came out so great (I just used card stock and cut out candy corn shapes). Using paper plates is a much easier route, though, especially for kids, and if all goes well, you can definitely hang this bunting in your home for years to come.

Materials:

- Paper plates
- Yellow and orange craft paint
- Paint brushes
- Scissors
- Ribbon

Directions:

-To start, first paint a ring of orange paint on the outer edge of the paper plate, leaving enough room for two more rings of color.

- Next, add a smaller yellow ring next to your orange ring, making sure to leave a white circle right in the middle of the paint.

- After the paint has dried, cut the paper plate in half and then into smaller pieces, the number of pieces will vary depending on how large you want to make the candy corns.

- To create your bunting, snip a little slit into each corner of the plate pieces to thread some ribbon through.

- After stringing each piece onto the ribbon, make sure your corns aren’t too loose on the ribbon. If they slide around too much, just add a piece of scotch tape to the ribbon on the back of the candy corn to hold it in place.

Credit: Typically Simple

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Paper Roll Black Cats

There’s nothing unlucky about these Paper Roll Black Cats at all—they’re easy to make, tons of fun, and they’re good for the environment, too (yay for recycling!). Also, if you have really young kiddos making these and want to simplify the design, just skip cutting out whiskers and draw them on instead!

Materials:

- Paper roll (toilet paper rolls are the ideal size)
- Black paint
- Paintbrush
- Black construction paper
- Yellow construction paper
- White construction paper
- Scissors
- Black marker
- Silver or white gel pen

Directions:

- First, paint your paper rolls black, and let them dry.

- Once the paint is completely dry, press down the paper tube on the top side, so it closes. This will create the two spiky cat ears.
- Then, cut a cat tail and 2 paws out of black construction paper. Draw claws onto your paws with the gel pen.

- Next, cut a pair of cat eyes out of the yellow construction paper and add in the pupils with black marker.

- Finally, cut small strips from the white construction paper for the whiskers.

- Once you’re done with crafting the details to your cat, glue on the tail on the back of the tube. Then, attach the two eyes. Using the gel pen, draw nose and mouth.

- Glue on the paws and finally, glue on the whiskers (if these are too hard to do, you can also just draw them on with the gel pen).

Credit: Easy Peasy and Fun

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Halloween Popsicle Stick Puppets

These Halloween Popsicle Stick Puppets are a delightful way to keep your little devils amused for hours. They take minimal effort to craft, and with the proper backdrop, kids can make their own eerie entertainment for hours after they finishing assembling them. Plus, if your kiddos want to make more, they can create ghosts or other creepy creatures too.

Materials:

- Orange, green, black, and purple construction paper
- Scissors
- Glue/tape
- Black marker
- Popsicle sticks

Directions:

- First, cut out a rounded green rectangle to create the main part of Frankenstein’s body and then cut out an orange pumpkin shape.

- Cut 8 skinny green strips of paper, four for each puppet, and then fold them back and forth, creating an accordion effect.

- Then, glue or tape on the legs/arms and decorate their faces with a black marker. You can cut out Frankenstein’s bolts from the black paper and if you want to give him even more color, you can use the purple construction paper to give Frankie his eyebrows and nose.

Credit: Crafty Morning

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Puffy Ghosts

Cotton balls, much like macaroni noodles, were a staple of kid crafts back when I was a youngster, so it’s nice to see that the classics never go out of style. This Puffy Ghosts activity is yet another perfect craft for smaller children, since most of the work involves just glue and cotton, which means there’s a very minimal mess, and they also make for great decorations you can string up around the house as well.

Materials:

- White cardstock paper
- Scissors
- Tacky glue
- Cotton balls
- Black construction paper

Directions:

- First, start off by cutting out the ghost figures. It doesn’t have to be perfect because it’s just going to get covered with cotton balls anyway.

- Next, glue cotton balls on the ghost until it is fully covered.

-Then, cut out a pair of eyes and a mouth from the black construction paper, and glue those onto the ghost as well. If you want to hang the ghosts, you can attach a piece of string to the back of each ghost too. 

Credit: Thriving Home

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Halloween Glitter Slime Monsters

If I’m being completely real here, I totally want to make these Halloween Glitter Slime Monsters myself this year. I used to love slime as a kid, but never knew how to make it, which is probably why this activity stood out to me. And while it may take a bit longer than some of the other crafts on this list, because you store the slime in jars, it can be played with for months to come. I’d call that a win.

Materials:

- Small baby food jars

- Acrylic paint (whatever color you’d want to paint each of the lids)

- Paintbrush

- 1 Bottle of Elmer’s Glitter Glue

- 1 Cup water

- 1 Teaspoon Borax

- 1 Tablespoon water

Directions:

- First, make sure your baby food jars are completely clean. Then, paint the lids using the acrylic paint, and set them aside to dry.

- In a bowl, mix together 1 teaspoon Borax and 1 Cup water together.

- In a separate bowl, empty the Glitter Glue, and add in 1 tablespoon of water. Mix them together to help the glue to become a more flexible.

Then pour the Borax mixture inside of the bowl with the glue mixture, combining them together using your hands. Right away you should see the Glitter Slime start to form.

- Finish mixing the slime in your hands, being careful not to overmix or the slime will get too hard. Then, add the slime to each of the jars and to finish them off, they can be decorated to look like monsters.

- Using a sharpie, draw mouths and mustaches or whatever accents you want onto the front of the jars, and then add googly eyes however you want. You can even top a few of them off with cupcake liners to add in some extra whimsy to your monsters.

Credit: The 36th Avenue

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Cartons Haunted House

As someone who collects haunted house figures, this Cartons Haunted House craft that involves transforming beverage cartons into an eerie abode caught my eye (and once again, is good for the environment as it encourages recycling). Little hands might need some help with the cutting of the windows, but for the most part, this haunted house is a perfect activity for Halloween fans of all ages (again, if I’m being perfectly honest, I’d kind of love to make these this October too).

Materials:

- 3 Empty juice or milk cartons (They can be different sizes or all the same sized; depends on what you want)
- Scissors
- Orange, yellow, white or red tissue paper or aluminum foil
- Tacky glue and stapler
- Black acrylic paint
- Paintbrush
- 3 Battery-powered tea lights
- Any spooky accessories you want to add

Directions:

- First, decide on what sort of shape you want your house to look like. In the haunted house pictured, they used one tall central building with two smaller side parts. Use a pen to mark out where you want your windows and your doors.

- Using your scissors, cut off the bottoms of your cartons, and then cut out the windows and doors.

- Then, staple your 3 carton pieces together, making sure you have the carton openings all facing the right way.

- Next, paint the outside of your whole house using the acrylic paint and let it dry.

- Once the paint is dry, use plastic foil or tissue paper to stick inside each of the windows, giving them a sinister glow.

- Now, add some decorations to the front of your house. Some idea include painting or drawing on cobwebs and spiders, or adding on googly eyes and make some small pumpkins with orange craft paper you can glue onto your house.

Credit: Choose Cartons

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Halloween Googly Eye Frame

Have some Halloween pictures of the family you need to get framed? Why not enlist your kiddos in making a few of these Halloween Googly Eye Frames then. While the instruction say to use lime green paint, youngsters could really paint these frames in any color they want, making for a wacky assortment of frames that will be a perfect home for your October memories.

Materials:

- Lime green acrylic paint
- 4 x 6 Wooden photo frame (you can find these at any national craft store chain)
- 1 Package of googly eyes in the following sizes: extra large, medium, and small.
- Hot glue and hot glue gun

Directions:

- First, paint the wooden frame, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next one (three coats should give the frame an even finish).

- Before you start to attach the eyes, make sure the frame is completely dry before continuing, as hot glue will melt wet paint off of the frame.

- When you’re ready, arrange the extra large googly eyes sporadically around on the frame and hot glue them into place.

- Then, add in the medium and small googly eyes, spreading them out around the frame. It’s important not to fill in every space, just so that some of the lime green paint can peek through in some spaces.

- Once the glue sets, you can add a special picture your new festive frame.

Credit: Craftbits

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Tin Can Ghost

For our final activity, I thought this Tin Can Ghost would be ghoulishly great addition to any home décor and a perfect way for little ones to be involved in the decorating process to boot. While most of the steps here are appropriate for kids of all ages, there is a step involving a hammer and a nail, so adults might want to step in and help out with that in case your kiddos can’t quite handle it.

Materials:

- Tin can (washed)
- White acrylic paint
- String or twine
- White plastic trash bag
- Black marker
- Scissors
- Tacky glue
- Googly eyes
- Hammer
- Nail

Directions:

- First, make sure your can doesn’t have any sharp or jagged edges, and then soak the can in water inside and out to clean it and soften up the label. Clean the inside and remove the label fully.

- Using the hammer and nail, punch a hole in the bottom of the tin can (this step should be done by adults).

- Then, paint the outside of the can with the white acrylic paint. Allow to can to dry completely.

- Once the paint is dry, cut a piece of string or twine and thread it through the hole in the bottom of the can, making a loop for hanging. Tie a knot in the string/twine so that the ghost can be hung up once it is completed.

- With the black marker, draw and color in the eyes and mouth on the front of the can. Allow the marker to dry completely.

- Next, cut the white plastic trash bag into strips. Glue the wiggly eyes on the can in the center of eye holes.

- To finish him off, glue the ribbons of the white plastic bag on the inside rim of the open-end of the can to make streamers that hang down from the bottom of your ghost .

- Once the glue on the streamers is dry, the Tin Can Ghost will be ready to hang up for Halloween.

Credit: Faithfully Free

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In case you missed them, check here to read all of our other 2018 special features celebrating the Halloween season!

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for DailyDead.com, and was previously a featured writer at DreadCentral.com and TerrorTube.com where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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