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46 Halloween Arts and Crafts Projects (For Kids or Adults!)

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Here are 46 different arts and crafts projects to do during Halloween time.

Here are 46 different arts and crafts projects to do during Halloween time.

Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

Ghosts, witches, spiders, and other gruesome things are what Halloween is made of. It's a holiday for kids—well, people—of all ages. And don't we all love it?!

Decorating for the season with spooky, Halloween-themed arts and crafts is just as much fun as dressing up the night of. Hanging witch hats, bats, black cats, and spiders around your home or the classroom helps warn that "Halloween is coming."

Kids and adults alike will enjoy making these crafts and participating in all the fun that surrounds this fall holiday. So get ready, roll up your sleeves, and make sure you have plenty of googly eyes at your disposal; you will need them!

Pom Pom Pumpkins

Pom Pom Pumpkins

1. Pom Pom Pumpkins

These are so cute! I would suggest making a bowl of these pom pom pumpkins for the center of your Halloween dinner table. You can find the tutorial at Time Out.

Gross Specimen Jars

Gross Specimen Jars

2. Gross Specimen Jars

I have no idea where you would want to display these jars, but if you are into the grosser side of Halloween decor, this is the project for you. Go to Create-Celebrate-Explore to see how to make these jars.

Aluminum Foil Spiders

Aluminum Foil Spiders

3. Aluminum Foil Spiders

Do you need an activity for a kid's Halloween party? Consider making these aluminum foil spiders. These cute little guys are made of materials you likely already have around the house (well, maybe with the exception of the googly eyes) and should only take a few minutes to put together.

Spooky Houses

Spooky Houses

4. Spooky Houses

These houses are made using cereal boxes, but you can go wild and use milk cartons, soap boxes, etc. You can even stack two boxes for taller houses. Find the instructions at Handmade Charlotte.

Spider Headband

Spider Headband

5. Spider Headband

If you're a teacher, students will undoubtedly love this project, and it can be completed in just a few steps. Imagine a whole classroom full of these happy spiders. You'll find this Spider Headband at Kids & Glitter.

Space Pumpkins

Space Pumpkins

6. Space Pumpkins

I think these super easy space pumpkins would make a great addition to a Halloween party buffet table. Get creative with what celestial bodies you choose to depict!

Halloween Owl Trio

Halloween Owl Trio

7. Halloween Owl Trio

These cute felt-made owls can be used to decorate your home for Halloween or even the entire fall season if you like them enough. Find the directions on the site Bargain Bound.

Witch's Boots Pillow

Witch's Boots Pillow

8. Witch's Boots Pillow

I love this pillow. It's a great addition to the Halloween décor, though it might be a little more complicated than the previous projects listed. You can get creative with the patterns of the tights and the shape of the shoes. For the directions on making this neat pillow, go to favecrafts.

Pretty Beaded Spiders

Pretty Beaded Spiders

9. Pretty Beaded Spiders

These pretty beaded spiders won't give your Halloween decorations a scare factor by any stretch of the imagination. But still, they're cute and don't require many supplies to put together.

Clothespin Button Bats

Clothespin Button Bats

10. Clothespin Button Bats

Clip these clothespin button bats to a curtain or to the branches of a tree limb to give your Halloween table a spooky appearance. If you have glue and scissors, all you need are the clothespins, cardstock, and buttons!

Illuminated Pumpkin

Illuminated Pumpkin

11. Illuminated Pumpkin

This is another beautiful decoration for Halloween or the entire fall season! This shimmering pumpkin is made by wrapping twine around a balloon. Get the complete instructions by going to Recaptured Charm.

Party Poppers

Party Poppers

12. Party Poppers

Simple, easy, useful, and attractive; all those words describe these Halloween party poppers. Created from empty toilet paper tubes, wrap them in tissue paper and stuff them with candy. Then, decorate the outside with whatever festive stickers or googly eyes you have.

Halloween Characters

Halloween Characters

13. Halloween Characters

This is just one of several wooden projects that is simple and easy to make. And it's perfect for folks who like to decorate for Halloween but have little time to make new decorations. Follow the instructions at Keeping it Simple to make these Halloween characters.

Halloween Candy Pouches

Halloween Candy Pouches

14. Halloween Candy Pouches

If you like to make your own unique treat bags to give to the ghosts and goblins who visit on Halloween, consider making these candy pouches. Go to Keeping it Simple for all the information you'll need.

Jar Lid Spider

Jar Lid Spider

15. Jar Lid Spider

This project is great for little kids to make around Halloween time. To find the directions, go to 365 Days of Mommyness. All you need is a lid, black paper, pipe cleaners, and some googly eyes to complete this project.

Sour Cream Container Treat Boxes

Sour Cream Container Treat Boxes

16. Sour Cream Container Treat Boxes

These little treat containers look exactly like sour cream containers. You can make 12 from a single piece of 12x12 paper—how efficient! Find out how to make them by going to Papervine.

Handprint Witch Art

Handprint Witch Art

17. Handprint Witch Art

A cute and simple Halloween project to add even more fun to the party. Have the kids make this handprint witchy art; they will enjoy globbing paint onto their hands and creating their own unique depictions of a witch. You can also get creative and have them make wizards and warlocks out of other colors like purple or yellow.

Ghost in a Jar

Ghost in a Jar

18. Ghost in a Jar

This one is such a cute idea. Go to Landeelu to see how it's made out of mason jars, dowels, and cheesecloth. This one might be a little too complicated to do with a whole classroom, but it would be great to do at home with your little ones!

Sparkly Pumpkins

Sparkly Pumpkins

19. Pumpkin With Plenty of Sparkle

This pumpkin is very elegant looking and could accent any décor, even if it isn't the fall season. Find the instructions for this beauty at Classy Gal, but make sure you get a fake pumpkin; otherwise, when it begins to rot, you'll have a real glittery, squishy mess on your hands.

Halloween Bobble Head Bat

Halloween Bobble Head Bat

20. Halloween Bobble Head Bat

Check out this fun Halloween bobblehead bat. He's waiting to help celebrate the spooky holiday. All you need are some paper cups, pens and paint, pipe cleaner, paper, and of course, googly eyes!

Pumpkin Suncatchers

Pumpkin Suncatchers

21. Pumpkin Suncatchers

This is a super easy craft for Halloween. Head over to the first palette website for the template and directions. For this one, you'll need an acetate sheet (or clear transparency film) and glass paint; you may need to head to the crafts store before getting started on it!

Halloween Rock Magnets

Halloween Rock Magnets

22. Halloween Rock Magnets

Halloween rock magnets are an easy craft for kids to make in school. They can bring them home as gifts to their parents and grandparents, and decorating the refrigerator with them will be fun year after year. You can do this project for any holiday—think about how cute eggs, bunnies, and baby chicks would look at Easter time!

Pumpkin Tea Lights

Pumpkin Tea Lights

23. Pumpkin Tea Lights

Simple and easy to make, you can decorate for a small or large Halloween party with these guys. They'll certainly give off that spooky orange glow you know you're looking for. Head over to AllFreeCrafts for the instructions.

Paper Plate Ghosts

Paper Plate Ghosts

24. Paper Plate Ghosts

These super easy Halloween ghosts are made using just paper plates, black markers, and a bit of thread. Find the tutorial for making this super easy craft at Easy Peasy and Fun. These will bob and float around just like any real ghost would!

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25. Spider Web Vase

Put your guests in the party mood by greeting them with a spider web vase centerpiece. Since you're covering the vase in glue and paint, go for the cheapest option, which you'll likely find at the dollar store or Goodwill. Then you just need a hot glue gun and some spray paint to get going on this project.

BOO String Art

BOO String Art

26. BOO String Art

Follow the directions at Creative Housewives to make this outstanding Halloween string art. This project involves using nails and a hammer, so make sure you're keeping an eye on any kids that may be working with you.

Glittered Pumpkins

Glittered Pumpkins

27. Glittered Pumpkins

Here are some more glittery pumpkins! You'll find a terrific tutorial for not only making these pumpkins but also how to glitter other glass jars (adapt this project for other holidays!). Go to The Scrap Shoppe Blog for the tutorial.

Pumpkin Heads

Pumpkin Heads

28. Pumpkin Heads

Ann's Entitled Life shares the tutorial for making these no-sewing required yarn pumpkins. Believe it or not, you start by just bunching up and taping a plastic bag!

Craft Stick and Yarn Spider Web

Craft Stick and Yarn Spider Web

29. Craft Sticks and Yarn Spider Web

This craft stick and yarn spider web is a Halloween craft that you and your kids can enjoy making and then using again every year. Make sure you have a couple of colors of both yarn and paint so you can add a bit of variety to each. Then, after making a few, challenge yourself to create a new weaving pattern.

Wooden Cats and Pumpkins

Wooden Cats and Pumpkins

30. Wooden Cats and Pumpkins

This is an easy 2x4 wooden Halloween project of cats and a pumpkin. I especially like this because it's easy to make and will last for years. You'll find the tutorial for this Halloween project at Clover House.

Stuffed Pumpkins

Stuffed Pumpkins

31. Stuffed Pumpkins

These stuffed fabric pumpkins, with a tutorial at Brown Paper Packages, are a knock-off of pumpkins you'd find at Michaels (which are bound to be much more expensive). These are really beautiful and would look great in any elegant setting. Plus, you can repurpose fabrics you've had sitting around into something entirely new!

Trick or Treat Topiaries

Trick or Treat Topiaries

32. Trick or Treat Topiaries

A nice grouping of these topiaries would make a great Halloween centerpiece. You'll find the instructions for making them at Crafty Sisters. This is another one that involves hot glue, so be careful with any kids that might be around!

33. Spool Monster Halloween Creatures

How cute are these guys? This simple, two-minute video shows you all the supplies you'll need to create these little monsters.

Tin Can Ghost Windsock

Tin Can Ghost Windsock

34. Tin Can Ghost Windsock

A tin can ghost windsock is a great Halloween outdoor decoration and a nice way to greet the little goblins who come to your door. Keep old coffee containers or canned goods to make sure you have enough tins to make a couple of ghosts and really create a spooky setting for trick-or-treaters.

Witch Ornament

Witch Ornament

35. Witch Ornament

Kids might need a little help with this one, but they can also make this Halloween witch ornament by following the tutorial at Craft Klatch. A video is also included for those who may need to see the project done step-by-step.

Easy Halloween Buckets

Easy Halloween Buckets

36. Decorative Halloween Buckets

Use these fancy repurposed ice cream buckets to hold treats for your guests, or let the spooks use them to hold the treats they get throughout the night. Go to Canadian Living for the instructions.

Vintage Halloween Face Buckets

Vintage Halloween Face Buckets

37. Vintage Halloween Face Buckets

How fun does it look to make these vintage Halloween faces buckets? Take generic plastic Halloween buckets and add clay to create a truly unique decoration for the holiday. You can find a great tutorial for this project at Cassie Stephens DIY.

Haunted House Art

Haunted House Art

38. Haunted House Art

This will definitely be a fun project for kids. They can draw a variety of spooky objects behind the windows to surprise those looking at their work. Help them make their own haunted house by following the instructions at sarahjane.

Old Book Pumpkin

Old Book Pumpkin

39. Old Book Pumpkin

Use an old book that's just been sitting around and collecting dust to make this cute pumpkin. Find the instructions for this project at DIY and Crafts. Plus, who doesn't love upcycling?

Halloween Wigs

Halloween Wigs

40. Halloween Wigs

Make your own Halloween (or other costume wigs) using the tutorial on Brown Paper Package. This one involves sewing and cutting; be sure to help the younger crafters out!

Witches' Shoes

Witches' Shoes

41. Witch Shoes

When you check the witch's shoe tutorial, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a number of cute ways to use the shoes in your Halloween décor. Think wreaths, centerpieces, and garlands. Get creative with this one!

Framed Halloween Art

Framed Halloween Art

42. Framed Halloween Art

Decorate for your Halloween party and create a really spooky scene by making these simple framed pictures. You'll find the directions for them at The Pin Junkie.

Love Bug Costume

Love Bug Costume

43. Love Bug Costume

Not all Halloween costumes have to be scary! You can find the instruction for this cute little love bug costume on the site favecrafts. Switch the colors to black and yellow and make a bee for your kid's best friend. What a cute pair that will be!

Yarn Doll Ghosts

Yarn Doll Ghosts

44. Yarn Doll Ghosts

Yarn doll ghosts are pretty much made the same way all yarn dolls are made. But still, check out the instructions if you wish to know how to replicate these little ghosts exactly.

45. Make a Halloween Garland

Use this quick, five-minute tutorial to make a pumpkin and eyeball garland.

Spider Wreath

Spider Wreath

46. Spider Wreath

Be sure you go to the dollar store (save money where you can!) to buy the spiders you'll need for this spider wreath and all the other spiders you'll need for your Halloween decorating. Again, there's a glue gun involved with this one, so be cautious!

I hope these crafts inspire you to get creative and decorate your home or classroom for this year's spooky season. Remember, there are no real rules for these projects; if you come up with an idea that makes the piece all the more personal or even more fun, integrate it into the project! Happy Halloween!

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

Does your family make Halloween crafts together? - or leave a comment

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on October 31, 2012:

Love all of these fun Halloween Arts and Crafts. Wish I had visited it sooner.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on October 22, 2012:

No I don't attend Halloween parties, unfortunately, but I love Halloween. Your craft lens is awesome.

Tony Bonura from Tickfaw, Louisiana on August 29, 2012:

Once upon a time I did, but now I stay home most years for the trick-or-treaters. I have been to about ten different lenses this morning, and so far yours has been the most entertaing and inspiring. Are these ideas original with you, or stuff you've picked up over time? Either way, great job! I was impressed.TonyB

Geeve on August 26, 2012:

Flew by on the Squid Angels' Bus and alighted briefly to leave some Angel Dust. Blessed. :)

anonymous on August 06, 2012:

Great ideas! I love fangs the bat! Another good free craft is Halloween coloring pages like

Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on February 16, 2012:

Really great Halloween ideas - thanks for sharing

papermotor on February 05, 2012:

Really cool Halloween figures. I like paperworks. Thanks for this lens!

rozalex lm on October 20, 2011:

Ha! that was fun to read! Thanks :)

Kirsti A. Dyer from Northern California on October 17, 2011:

Lots of fun Halloween craft ideas.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 02, 2011:

@hlkljgk: Thanks, hlkljgk, for coming by and for the comment.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 02, 2011:

@chelseamarsden: Kids do love decorating for the holidays and I think they especially like it at Halloween. Maybe because it's just the start of the holidays. Thanks for stopping by.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on October 02, 2011:

@Mix Mafra: Thanks for stopping by and for the nice comment.

hlkljgk from Western Mass on October 02, 2011:

great crafts for the kids this season.

chelseamarsden on September 23, 2011:

Wow! I've got some great ideas on what to work on with my kids for this Halloween. Thanks!

franstan lm on September 11, 2011:

Great lens for teachers to use in the classroom for Halloween crafts. Blessed

Michelle Mafra from Corona CA on September 07, 2011:

These are all so much fun!!! I will have to try a few this year.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 26, 2011:

@Lee Hansen: Thanks, Pastiche, for visiting this lens and for the comment.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on August 18, 2011:

Paper bag owl is really cute!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 17, 2011:

@mockingbird999: So easy to make and cute too. What more could a person ask, right? Thanks for commenting on the jack o lanterns.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 17, 2011:

@ClassyGals: Thanks for visiting and your comment.

mockingbird999 on August 16, 2011:

I love the milk carton jack o lanterns.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 11, 2011:

@justholidays: Kids do love halloween and all that goes with it. Oh, to be a kid again!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on August 11, 2011:

@bernie74 lm: Glad you stopped by. Thanks for the comment.

justholidays on August 07, 2011:

Cute Halloween crafts to make with the kids this Halloween season!

bernie74 lm on August 06, 2011:

This is a lovely lens I really like the sittin cats

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@thethemit: Thanks for your comment. I'm sure that's a story I'd like to hear more about.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 31, 2011:

@JoshK47: Thanks, Josh, for your comment on Fangs---such an easy and inexpensive craft.

thethemit on July 26, 2011:

remind me of my childhood, i only went trick or treating twicei wasn't allowed after created a big trouble at city hall, lolthanks for creating a great lens !

JoshK47 on July 26, 2011:

I love Fangs! Great work on this lens and these crafts. :)

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 23, 2011:

@squid-janices7: Thanks, Janice, for the nice comment. Hope you find more that you like when I add more to the lens.

squid-janices7 on July 23, 2011:

So many cute ideas! Love the bat made from the paper lunch bag... easy, inexpensive and fun.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 20, 2011:

@jakx77: Thank you much for the comment. Please come back again, there are more coming.

jakx77 on July 20, 2011:

Wish I was a kid again... keep posting these, they are amazing!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 20, 2011:

@SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan, for your comment.

Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on July 19, 2011:

Ah, these Halloween craft projects bring back memories!

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 19, 2011:

@AlexandraHubbard: Thanks, Alexandra, for your visit and comment.

Loraine Brummer (author) from Hartington, Nebraska on July 19, 2011:

@sisbrown34 lm: Thank you for your comment.

sisbrown34 lm on July 18, 2011:

I like the instructions when clicking on the pics too. Cool!

AlexandraHubbard on July 18, 2011:

Wow! I love how clicking the pictures takes you to instructions.