Now, it’s time to start crafting for Halloween.
A Few Themes
A ghost theme can include everything from graveyards to haunted houses. Any craft you can imagine can be used to make a ghost . . . cheesecloth stiffened over a balloon, plastic canvas fridgies, paper plates with streamers, color sheets, etc. With ghosts in mind, brainstorm what crafts you can make. Here’s a small list to start:
- Tie a tissue over a lollipop with white yarn
- Put white paint in a clean 2-liter bottle with no label; roll around to paint inside; decorate outside with markers or paint
- Paint bottom of foot with white paint; step on black paper; use heel as head and decorate
- Form chicken wire ghosts and paint with glow-in-the-dark paint
2. Vampires and monsters.
In the monster world, vampires and zombies tend to rule. Explore various ways the undead are portrayed. Examine your exploration and decide if you can craft items with this theme in mind. Here’s a few ideas to get started:
- Cut out gingerbread men; paint with watered down white glue and wrap with tissue paper; add google eyes for a mummy
- Grab shaped fun foam, pipe cleaners and wiggle eyes; build fun, colorful monsters
- Practice make-up techniques to make you look “undead”
- Adjust photos to make faces look “undead” in software like Adobe Photoshop or manually
3. Pumpkin carving.
Of course, carving pumpkins is the most obvious of all crafts. Watch videos to see how others carve pumpkins. Take away a few tips and try to carve your pumpkin a new way.
4. Pumpkin crafting.
Look through the list of possible way to craft pumpkins and try one of these or one of your own.
- Purchase a small pumpkin or gourd and decorate with paint instead of carving it
- Stuff a lunch bag 3/4 with shredded paper; tie top with green pipe cleaner; paint bag orange and add a face
- Cut a small pumpkin in half, cover with paint and stamp on a treat bag
- Decoupage baby food jar with orange tissue paper, insert a tea light candle
5. Spiders and creepy crawlies.
Spiders are a great addition to any Halloween activity. Let’s start with a few fun crafts to get it going!
- Cut a black pipe cleaner into 4 same-size parts; push through one black pony bead; adjust legs
- Cut two pipe cleaners in half and twist the center; place a black pom pom and wiggle eyes in center; adjust legs
- Make your own web out of string, hot glue or fishing line
Crafting your own tombstones can be fun. You can put names of your family and friends, corny names, fun sayings or even follow a theme.
In addition, you need to make sure your tombstones can stand up to damp weather. Make them out of wood, sealed cardboard, foam, etc. Explore the ways you can make a tombstone. Before you start, check out tips to help avoid disasters. Which way do you think would work best for your tombstones? Make one.
For the Halloween season, the colors are black and orange. Sometimes you’ll see a bit of purple or red. As you look through the different types of crafts and ideas below, keep these colors in mind.
Accessories alone can make a costume. In addition, everyone has their own style when looking for accessories. Age and experience working with materials will also determine what kinds of items you make. Research some of the following items and see which you would like to make for Halloween as part of your costume or a prop in your decor.
9. Garland and streamers.
From making a string of ghosts to spelling out “Happy Halloween”, you can make garland and streamers for indoor or outdoor use, depending on the materials you use. I like to use plastic canvas for outdoor use because it holds up longer. Another way to use garland is to put little paper jack-o-lanterns over each light in a string of lights. Try making a garland or streamers.
10. Cards and invites.
Whether you want to send invites to your Halloween party or you want to share holiday cheer, cards are a great way to do this. Stick to the colors of the season and make your own cards.
11. Stickers and fridgies.
Share the holiday with Halloween homemade stickers or refrigerator magnets. Both of these are small and can easily be slipped into a treat bag. Choose one of these or something else that will fit into a treat bag. Be sure to make enough for everyone.
12. Silhouette decor.
Silhouettes can be used on windows with backlighting to provide additional outdoor decor. They can be used on doors, mirrors or anywhere else. You can also create silhouette puppets (movable or not) for an extra activity. If you get vector-based graphics, you can resize them to any size without creating jaggies. Create one or more silhouettes to add to your decor or for play.
13. Trick-or-treat containers.
You need a container both to give and get treats. For giving, you can make your own zip top bag toppers or sleeves, paper boxes, plastic canvas baskets, crocheted holders, etc. You’ll want something bigger to collect candy in . . . perhaps a stamped tote bag. Explore the different kinds of containers you can make and do it!
You can use props for decor. Many of these are easier to make than to purchase . . . and you’ll get exactly what you want. Here are a few to start your brainstorming process.
- Apple — shrunken heads
- Potion bottles — empty, cleaned glass bottle with a printable label attached
- Tin can luminaries — can punched to allow light through holes
- Monster eyes — toilet paper rolls cut with glow sticks inside
- Holiday pictures — cut out items to put on pictures already hanging on wall to fit holiday like a witch hat
15. Advent calendar.
Normally when you think of an advent calendar, you think of Christmas. Let’s adapt this idea and create one for Halloween. Find a printable, pattern or use your own design to create one.
16. Halloween fun.
There are many more ways you can craft for the holidays. Check out the supplements below for a few ideas. Then, search the web for ideas and be sure to save your favorites.
SUPP_Halloween Bag Toppers.pdf
- Toppers so you can personalize your treats, for 3 x 4 zip top bags
- Don’t want to hand out candy, hand out holiday bookmarks instead
- Cones to put treats into for school parties, etc.
- Easy decoration ideas for Halloween
- Epitaph possibilities for your own tombstones
- Templates for different shaped masks
- Samples of misfortunes you can print and put into fortune cookies (felt or craft foam)
SUPP_Paper Plate Printables.pdf
- Pieces you can use to decorate a paper plate as a jack-o-lantern
- Popper you can make / decorate
- Silhouettes you can print and play with
SUPP_Treat Bag Color.pdf
- Decorate the treat bag with items you’d like to get for Halloween
- Make a monster from a CD
GnG_Craft Stick Monster_lrl.pdf
- Make a monster from a craft stick
- Make a fortune cookie from felt / craft foam
- Grab ‘N’ Go: Spider SWAP
Sites to Explore