Halloween Crafts

Crafts not only are fun for kids, but can be incredibly fun for teens and adults as well.

Whether you’re using the crafts for decorations, to entertain at a party, or for simple fun, there is a variety to entice the young and young at heart!

Trick-or-Treat Buckets

What You Need:

  • Clear Plastic Bucket (purchase at local craft or dollar store)

  • Halloween inspired themed stickers

  • String or wire (to make the handle)

How to Put it All Together:

  1. Using your Halloween inspired stickers, place them on various places outside of the bucket, in whatever pattern you wish. Make sure you have a variety of stickers to choose from, including pumpkins, witches, black cats, candy, etc.
  2. Cut an 8 to 12 inch piece of wire or string, and then attach to both sides of the bucket, to make a nifty handle to carry.
  3. On the bottom of the bucket, write the trick-or-treater’s name, to ensure he/she doesn’t get their treats mixed up with someone else’s!
  4. Trick-or-Treat!

Shrunken Heads
Craft idea comes from Halloween is Here!

Special Note: This craft takes some prior preparation to ensure they’re ready for Halloween. So be sure to read all the instructions to get the best result!

What You Need:

  • Apples

  • Whole Cloves

  • A few grains of rice

  • 1/2 C lemon juice

  • 2 tsp. salt

How to Put it All Together:

  1. Peel a large apple and coat with mixture of lemon juice and 2 teaspoons of salt to prevent browning.
  2. With a potato peeler or small knife carve out eye sockets, a nose, mouth and ears.
  3. Use whole cloves for eyes and raw rice grains for teeth, or just carve these details using a small potato peeler.
  4. Sit apples on a wire rack in a warm, dry place for about two weeks.
  5. Shape the faces as they shrink and harden. You can speed the drying process a little by drying in an oven set at the lowest temperature. However, the process will still take several days.

Napkin Ghosts
Craft idea comes from Halloween is Here!

What You Need:

  • Paper napkin. You can use a cloth too or an old scrap of material.

  • Rubber band

  • String or yarn

  • Small Styrofoam ball or another napkin crumpled into a ball

  • Markers

How to Put it All Together:

  1. Lay the napkin out flat.
  2. Place the ball or crumpled paper in the middle of the napkin.
  3. Take each end of the napkin and fold it up to the middle around the ball. Hold on to each end. With one hand, scrunch the napkin up around the ball and hold it tight. With your other hand, slip a rubber band over the ball to make the ghost's head.
  4. Use markers to make a funny or scary face.
  5. Take a long piece of string. Tie one end to the ghost's neck, the other end to your favorite hanging place.

Wreath of Leaves
Craft idea comes from Halloween is Here!

Special Note: Parental supervision is recommended for children when using scissors, sharp objects or glue.

What You Need:

  • Plain white paper plate

  • Black and orange construction paper

  • Crayons or markers

  • Scissors

  • Glue or a glue stick

How to Put it All Together:

  1. Cut the center out of a plain paper plate.
  2. Cut out a lot of leaves from orange and black construction paper.
  3. Glue the leaves all around the rim of the paper plate. It’s simple and spooky! And you now have an eerie Halloween wreath for your door!

Hand Goblins
Craft idea comes from Craftown: Crafters Resource Center

What You Need:

  • Markers

  • Yarn scraps of different bright colors

  • 2 old hankies

  • Plain fabric scraps or felt, approximately 9" x 12", depending on the size of the hand

  • Beads, buttons, and other trim

  • Thread

  • Glue

How to Put it All Together:

  1. Draw or trace a mitt-like on a piece of paper that will fit the hand size of the person who will be using the goblin.
  2. Transfer the pattern onto the material you have chosen and cut out two pieces for each puppet you wish to make.
  3. Sew all around both pieces; leave the bottom of the mitt open so that a hand may be slipped inside.
  4. Use markers, beads, buttons and other trim to make faces. You may also cut shapes from felt to make a witch’s hat, bunny ears or any other creative characters you can think of. Glue or sew these pieces on.
  5. Slip a hand inside and maneuver the goblin with your fingers as you would a sock puppet. Have fun!

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