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Easy Halloween Crafts: Handprint and Footprint Art

Updated on September 30, 2016

Halloween Crafts for Kids

Create these easy halloween crafts using your children's handprints and footprints.
Create these easy halloween crafts using your children's handprints and footprints. | Source

Easy Halloween Crafts

Some of the cutest and easiest crafts out there for kids to make are turning their handprints or footprints into fun works of art. Not only are they a great way to celebrate the different holidays, they also make a sweet keepsake that parents or other loved ones will treasure throughout the years.

One of the best holidays to start your child's handprint and footprint art collection is Halloween. Over the years, my boys have made so many different spooky pictures both at school and at home using their prints. If you are looking for easy Halloween crafts to make with your kids or students, read further for a list of needed supplies, directions on how to create each spooky picture, and several fun art projects to make using your child's prints.

What You Will Need

Here is a list of craft supplies to have on hand to make these various Halloween handprint and footprint art ideas:

  • Paint (black, white, orange, green, purple, and yellow)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Colored construction paper or cardstock paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Gluestick or white glue
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Newspaper (to protect crafting area)

Halloween Handprint Art

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Add a white handprint in the middle of an orange pumpkin.Paint both hands black to make a spooky spider.Make a bat with your child's handprints.A handprint with green and black paint creates a cute witch.Apply green and black paint to your kid's hand to make a spooky frankenstein.A black handprint makes a cute halloween cat.Green and purple painted hands make out of this world monsters and aliens.Apply orange, yellow, and white paint to your kid's hand to create a candy corn picture.
Add a white handprint in the middle of an orange pumpkin.
Add a white handprint in the middle of an orange pumpkin. | Source
Paint both hands black to make a spooky spider.
Paint both hands black to make a spooky spider. | Source
Make a bat with your child's handprints.
Make a bat with your child's handprints. | Source
A handprint with green and black paint creates a cute witch.
A handprint with green and black paint creates a cute witch. | Source
Apply green and black paint to your kid's hand to make a spooky frankenstein.
Apply green and black paint to your kid's hand to make a spooky frankenstein. | Source
A black handprint makes a cute halloween cat.
A black handprint makes a cute halloween cat. | Source
Green and purple painted hands make out of this world monsters and aliens.
Green and purple painted hands make out of this world monsters and aliens. | Source
Apply orange, yellow, and white paint to your kid's hand to create a candy corn picture.
Apply orange, yellow, and white paint to your kid's hand to create a candy corn picture. | Source

Handprint Art

All of these handprint art ideas are super easy to make and your kids will have so much fun transforming their prints into spooky Halloween scenes. Although the below directions will have certain colors of paint or construction paper, feel free to change these into your own desired colors.

How to Make:

  • Pumpkin - Paint your child's hand with white paint and press firmly on an orange sheet of construction paper. Cut the paper around the handprint into a pumpkin shape. Add a green stem to the top of the pumpkin. If desired, glue to a sheet of cardstock paper and add the title "My Little Pumpkin".
  • Spider - Draw a spider web background on a sheet of purple construction paper. Apply black paint on only the palm and fingers of your child's hand and press firmly onto the paper. Paint your child's hand again and make another handprint joining the palms together so the fingers will create the 8 legs. Glue on googly eyes and add a mouth.
  • Bat - Make 2 handprints by painting your child's whole hand black. Be sure to place the second print to join at the palm with the thumbs pointing up for the ears and fingers out for the wings. Glue on googly eyes and add a mouth. For more decoration, add a glittery moon to the orange construction paper.
  • Witch - Apply green paint to the palm and black paint to the fingers of your child's hand and press firmly onto a sheet of paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw on face with a black marker. Finish the witch by adding hair and a pointy hat around the fingers with either a black marker or paint.
  • Frankenstein - Brush on green paint to the palm and black paint to the fingers of your child's hand and press firmly onto a sheet of paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw on face with a black marker. Finish this spooky Frankenstein by adding black square ears and a stitched wound on his forehead.
  • Black Cat - Apply black paint to your child's hand and press firmly to a sheet of purple construction paper. Make sure the fingers are pointing down and draw or paint the tail with a black marker or paint. With white paint, create the face and whiskers on the end of the thumb print and draw the sharp claws on the ends of the fingers.
  • Monsters/Aliens - Paint your child's hand with bright colors such as purple and green. Press firmly on a sheet of orange construction paper with the fingers pointing upwards. Add googly eyes to the ends of the fingers or one big eye to the center of the hand. If desired, add a cute title such as "Mom's Little Monsters".
  • Candy Corn - Divide your child's hand into 3 sections using orange paint starting at the top of the palm, then a stripe of yellow, and finishing with white on the end of the fingers. Press firmly onto a sheet of black construction paper with the fingers pointing down. If desired, add a cute title such as "Mom's Little Sweetie".

Halloween Footprint Art

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Add green footprints to a white sheet of paper with the title "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet".A white footprint makes a cute ghost.White and black painted footprint transformed into a spooky vampire.
Add green footprints to a white sheet of paper with the title "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet".
Add green footprints to a white sheet of paper with the title "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet". | Source
A white footprint makes a cute ghost.
A white footprint makes a cute ghost. | Source
White and black painted footprint transformed into a spooky vampire.
White and black painted footprint transformed into a spooky vampire. | Source

Footprint Art

Instead of a handprint, make fun Halloween inspired works of art with your kid's footprints. For these craft projects, I suggest laying out newspaper on the floor and have a wet cloth and bowl of soapy water ready for clean-up. Being prepared ahead of time will help prevent your little one running off while making a line of painted tracks across your floor. Below you will find several ideas for Halloween footprint art.

How to Make:

  • Halloween Feet - Apply green paint to both of your child's feet and press firmly to a sheet of white paper. Trim the white paper around the footprints and glue to a sheet of orange construction paper. Add a cute title such as "Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet".
  • Ghost - Paint your little one's foot with white paint and press firmly on a black sheet of construction paper with the toes pointing down. Draw on the eyes and mouth with a black marker. Rub a glue stick over the ghost and add silver glitter. You can also make smaller ghosts with upside down white handprints.
  • Vampire - Apply white paint to the heel and black paint to the rest of your child's foot and press firmly to a sheet of purple construction paper. Glue on googly eyes and draw on hair and face with a black marker. Add red glitter around the black body to serve as the cape. You can also take this same idea and turn your footprint into a full body witch, Frankenstein, or monster/alien.

Halloween Handprint and Footprint Craft Ideas

Craft Idea
How to Make
Halloween canvas art
Create several of the handprint and footprint ideas onto your desired size of canvas boards. Hang on the wall for fun Halloween decor.
Halloween ceramic plate or serving platter
Paint any of the above Halloween inspired scenes on a ceramic plate or serving platter. Place on an easel for cute Halloween decor.
Halloween t-shirt or onesie
Use a fabric paint on a t-shirt or onesie to create any of the above handprint or footprint ideas for a festive Halloween top.
Halloween greeting cards
Create one of the above art ideas on a sheet of folded cardstock paper. Add special wording to make a homemade Halloween card.
Halloween treat bag
Use a fabric paint to add the above designs to a canvas tote bag. Personalize it by adding your child's name with paint and stencils.
Halloween spider decoration
Make several handprint spiders on cardstock paper. Cut them out and add to a fake spider web for a fun Halloween decoration.
Halloween bat decoration
Make several handprint bats on cardstock paper. Cut them out and punch a hole on the top of the head. Insert a string and hang around the house for spooky Halloween decor.

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Fun Halloween Activities for Kids

Any of the above craft ideas would make fun family activities to create with the kids. Try out painting a ceramic platter with the Halloween feet idea or creating a spooky spider decoration to greet your guests as they arrive trick-or-treat night. Whatever project you decide to make, getting crafty with your children is a great way to celebrate the Halloween holiday while creating works of art that you will come to treasure over the years.

Whether you are a parent or teacher, I hope you have found an easy Halloween craft to make with your kids or students. If you have any comments or questions about any of the above art ideas or have other handprint and footprint crafts to share, feel free to leave these in the comment section below. Happy Halloween to all!

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      Kristen Howe 23 months ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great ideas to do at any Halloween season and fun for the whole family too.

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      23 months ago from New York

      I love Halloween and the fall season this was awesome I'm going to try some of the crafts with my niece, thanks for sharing, I'm following now :)

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      Joan singleton 23 months ago

      What kind of paint to use ? I want to do this with my 7 month old

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      Kristy 2 years ago

      These are so cute. I love simple crafts that kids can do.

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      Alissa Roberts 3 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I always love these kind of crafts from my kids. They make great little keepsakes! Appreciate the votes & pin!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This is a cute activity for anyone who works with kids -- babysitters, activity groups, elementary school classes, etc. Voted up and useful, and pinning.

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Jamie! I hope to get some more ideas out for Christmas crafts out soon. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas

      OH, these are precious!! I wish I would have seen this a few weeks ago but definitely have it bookmarked for next year. Thank you SO much for sharing :)

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Mama Kim 8 for the link and for your sweet comments! I love making these kind of crafts with my kids and I can't wait to look back at them when they are older so I can remember just how little they use to be :) Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Love all these ideas! They're so cute ^_^ Not only am I voting this a bunch I'm adding a link to it in my most recent hub on Halloween breakfast foods.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Thundermama! There is nothing better than getting creative and a little messy with paint :) Hope they enjoy the crafts! Appreciate you stopping by and for the vote up!

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      These are great. I have two little ones in my care who will relish the idea of getting their hands and feet covered in paint. Lovely and voted up!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Suzie HQ! My kids love to do anything that involves paint and getting a little messy in the process ;) Appreciate all your kind words, votes, and for the share!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Lovely hub, so simple but so effective! What fun the kids must get in doing! Great detail, info, pics and layout Alissa - love it for Halloween! voted up, interesting, useful and sharing on!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      I couldn't agree more Sherry! These are all so easy and one day you will be able to look back and remember just how small your kids use to be :) Thanks so much for your visit!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Rose! Appreciate your sweet comments!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      It doesn't get much easier than that! Easy = fun when you're doing crafts with kids. Thanks for the great ideas.

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love your kid craft ideas! This is really cute.

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Chitrangada! I am hoping a lot of moms and teachers will find these ideas useful. Appreciate you stopping by and for adding your kind words!

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      Alissa Roberts 5 years ago from Normandy, TN

      Thanks so much Janine! So happy to hear you found some activities to share with your kids - hope they enjoy them! Appreciate the vote, pin, and share!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice and creative. I think all moms, with small kids must get ideas from here. Great effort on your part. Thanks for sharing.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Loved these creative Halloween activities. I have two small kids and have pinned this to hopefully try will them closer to Halloween. Also voted and shared too.