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46 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

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


Spooks, goblins, spiders and all such gruesome things--that's what Halloween is made of. Halloween is for kids of all ages, and don't we love it.

Decorating for the season with Halloween arts and crafts is just as much fun as dressing up for it. Hanging witches, bats, cats and spiders in the classroom or home says, "Halloween is coming." Kids, and adults alike, enjoy making the crafts and participating in all the fun surrounding this fall celebration.

Here is an easy 2 x 4 wooden Halloween project. 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.


1. Pom Pom Pumpkins

So cute. Make a bowl of pom pom pumpkins to center your Halloween dinner table. Find the tutorial at TIME OUT.


2. Gross Specimen Jars

I have know idea where you would want to display these jars, but if you are into the gross out Halloween decor, this is the project for you. Go to Create-Celebrate-Explore to see how to make these jars.


3. Aluminum Foil Spiders

Do you need an activity for a kid's Halloween party? Consider making these aluminum foil spiders.


4. Spooky Houses

These houses are made using cereal boxes, but go wild and use milk cartons, soap boxes, etc. Stack two boxes for taller houses. Find the instructions at HANDMADE CHARLOTTE.


5. Spider Headband

Imagine a whole classroom of these happy spiders. The kids love this project. You'll find this "Spider Headband" at Kids & Glitter.


6. Space Pumpkins

I think these super easy space pumpkins would make a great addition to a Halloween party buffet table.


7. Halloween Owl Trio

Cute felt made owls to decorate your home for Halloween. Find the directions on the BARGAIN BOUND site.


8. Witch's Boots Pillow

I love this pillow. It's a great addition to the Halloween décor. For the directions on making this neat pillow, go to favecrafts.


9. Pretty Beaded Spiders

These pretty beaded spiders won't give your Halloween decorations a scare factor by any stretch of the imagination.


10. Clothespin Button Bats

Clip these clothespin button bats to a curtain or to a branch type tree to give your Halloween table a spooky, or not, appearance.


11. Illuminated Pumpkin

A beautiful decoration for the fall season as well as for Halloween, this pumpkin is made with twine and a balloon. Get the complete instructions by going to RECAPTURED Charm.


12. Party Poppers

Simple and easy and useful and attractive. All those words describe these Halloween party poppers.


13. Halloween Characters

Another wooden project that is simple and easy to make. 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.


14. Halloween Candy Pouches

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


15. Jar Lid Spider

A great project for the little kids to make for Halloween. To find the directions, go to 365 Days of Mommyness.


16. Sour Cream Container Treat Boxes

These little treat containers look exactly like sour cream containers. Find out how to make them by going to the Papervine site.


17. Hand Print Witch Art

A cute and simple Halloween decoration to add to the party fun. Have the kids make the hand print witch art.


18. Ghost in a Jar

Such a cute idea. Go to Landeelu to see how it's made.


19. Pumpkin ala Sparkle

This very elegant pumpkin would accent any décor, even if it isn't the fall season. Find the instructions for this beauty at Classy Gal.


20. Halloween Bobble Head Bat

Check out this fun Halloween bobble head bat. He's waiting to help celebrate the spooky holiday.


21. Pumpkin Suncatchers

A super easy Halloween craft. You'll want to go to the first palette website for the template and directions.


22. Halloween Rock Magnets

Halloween rock magnets are an easy craft for the kids to make and they'll enjoy giving them to Mom or Grandma.


23. Pumpkin Tea Lights

Simple and easy to make, so decorate for a small or large Halloween or fall party. Go to AllFreeCrafts.com for the instructions.


24. Paper Plate Ghosts

These super easy Halloween ghosts are made using paper plates. Find the tutorial for making them at Easy Peasy and Fun.


25. Spider Web Vase

Put your guests in the party mood by greeting them with spider web vase centerpiece.


26. BOO String Art

Follow the directions at Housewives of Riverton to make this outstanding Halloween string art.


27. Glittered Pumpkins

You'll find a terrific tutorial for not only making these pumpkins, but also how to glitter other glass jars. Go to The Scrap Shoppe Blog for the tutorial.


28. Pumpkin Heads

Ann's Entitled Life shares the tutorial for making these pumpkins.


29. Craft Stick and Yarn Spider Web

This craft stick and yarn spider web is a Halloween craft that you'll enjoy making and then using every year.


30. Sugar Skull Doll

Have this cute little sugar skull doll be the new addition to your Halloween decorations this year.


31. Stuffed Pumpkins

These stuffed fabric pumpkins, with a tutorial at Brown Paper Packages, are a knock-off of pumpkins at Michaels. These are really beautiful and would look great in an elegant setting.


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.

33. Spool Monster Halloween Creatures


34. Tin Can Ghost Windsock

A tin can ghost windsock is a great Halloween outdoor decoration. A nice way to greet the little goblins who come to your door.


35. Witch Ornament

The kids might need a little help, but they can also make this Halloween witch ornament by following the tutorial at Craft Klatch. There is also a video included for those who like to watch the project being made.


36. Easy Halloween Buckets

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


37. Vintage Halloween Face Buckets

How much fun it would be to make these vintage Halloween faces. Find a great tutorial for this project at Cassie Stephens DIY.


38. Haunted House Art

This will definitely be a fun project for the kids. Help them make their own haunted house for Halloween by following the instructions at sarahjane.


39. Old Book Pumpkin

Use an old book to make this cute pumpkin. Find the instructions for this project at DIY 'n Crafts.


40. Halloween Wigs

Make your own Halloween or costume wigs using the tutorial on BROWN PAPER PACKAGE.


41. Witches Shoes Tutorial

When you check the witches shoes tutorial, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find a number of cute ways to use the shoes in your Halloween decor. Think wreaths, centerpiece and garland.


42. Framed Halloween Art

Decorate for your Halloween party by making these simple framed pictures. You'll find the directions The Pin Junkie.


43. Love Bug Costume

Not all Halloween costumes are the scary type. You can find the instruction for this cute little love bug costume on the favecrafts site.


44. Yarn Doll Ghosts

Yarn doll ghosts are pretty much made the same way all yarn dolls are made. But you can check out the instructions if you wish.

45. Make a Halloween Garland


46. Spider Wreath

Be sure you go to the Dollar store to buy the spiders you'll need for this spider wreath and all the other spiders you'll need for your Halloween decorating.

© 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.