45 Inspiring Halloween Arts and Crafts Ideas

Updated on July 23, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly 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. Halloween Pony Bead Bracelet

Do you need an activity for a kid's Halloween party? Consider making these bracelets. Find the instructions at sheknows

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 and More Halloween Art Projects

Imagine a whole classroom of these happy spiders. The kids love this project. You'll find this "Spider Headband" and many more great Halloween ideas in the Halloween Projects Gallery at Kids & Glitter.

6. Candy Topiary

I think this candy topiary would make a great addition to a Halloween party buffet table. Find the instructions at Martha Stewart.

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. Paper Mache Spiders


Give your Halloween decorations a scare factor boost by adding these creepy looking spiders. For the directions to make these paper mache spiders, go to all you.

10. Clothespin Bats

Clip these bats to a curtain or to a branch type tree to give your Halloween table a spooky appearance. Go to all you for the instructions.

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. Boo Mat

Make a cool Boo mat to greet your Halloween guests by going to the CELEBRATIONS site for the tutorial for making it. Simple and easy, but so useful and attractive.

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. Halloween Mobile

A cute and simple Halloween decoration to add to the party fun. For the directions, go to all you.

18. Ghost Cloche

I'm really impressed with this ghost cloche because it's made using a plastic pop bottle. Go to Crafts 'n Coffee to see how it's made. You'll have to scroll to almost the bottom of the page for this craft.

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. Painted Halloween Plates

If you've ever wanted to paint seasonal plates, see how easy it is by checking out this project at Painting a Halloween Plate. You'll have so much fun painting plates when you see how easy it is.

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 Magnets

This is an easy craft for the kids to make and they'll enjoy giving them to Mom or Grandma. Find the directions at Handmade Happy Hour.

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. Halloween Goblet Lamps

These super easy Halloween lamps are made using transparency film. Find the tutorial for making them at Halloween Goblet Lamp Craft.

25. Spooky Eyes Door

Put your guests in the party mood by greeting them with this door cover. For the instructions to make this eye popping door, go to all you.

26. Scary Solar Ghost

Buy the cheap solar garden lights (usually less than $2) at a discount or dollar store during early Spring or summer. Then make your house yard trees scary with hanging ghosts, come Halloween. Follow the directions at Making a Scary Halloween Ghost.

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

You'll have to scroll down on the page to find these pumpkin heads, but they are there on Crafts 'n Coffee.

29. Froggy Witch Pumpkin

Here is a Halloween craft that you'll enjoy using every year. Find the tutorial for making these little frogs at Froggy Witch Pumpkin Craft.

30. Witch Doorbell Greeter


Have this cute, little witch greet your door ringing guests on Halloween. You'll find the directions at all you.

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. Halloween Picks

Make Halloween angels or a witch by following the easy to understand directions found at How to Make Halloween Picks. Use the picks to finish out a display or use them in a flower or plant centerpiece.

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. Hanging Around Witch

This hanging witch is made using a pair of black ladies socks and a white sock. The stripes on the leggings are painted on. See how to make this craft by going to How to Make a Hanging Witch.

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 my CNY Mommy.

40. Halloween Wigs

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

41. Outdoor Spooky Wreath

You won't believe how easy this wreath is to make. Go to all you for the easy, easy directions.

42. Witch's Potion Bottles

Decorate for your Halloween party by making these simple potion bottles. Start saving those interesting bottles that rice vinegar, soy sauce and the like some in. You'll find the directions and templates for the writing on the bottles at How to Make Potion Bottles.

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. More Great Halloween Craft Projects

Find lots more projects at Fun and Easy Halloween Crafts Ideas.

45. Make a Halloween Garland

© 2011 Loraine Brummer

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

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

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      June Campbell 5 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

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

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      Tony Bonura 5 years ago from Tickfaw, Louisiana

      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

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      Geeve 5 years ago

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

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      anonymous 5 years ago

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

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      Eileen 5 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Really great Halloween ideas - thanks for sharing

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      papermotor 5 years ago

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

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      rozalex lm 6 years ago

      Ha! that was fun to read! Thanks :)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 6 years ago from Northern California

      Lots of fun Halloween craft ideas.

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @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.

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Lee Hansen 6 years ago from Vermont

      Paper bag owl is really cute!

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      hlkljgk 6 years ago from Western Mass

      great crafts for the kids this season.

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      chelseamarsden 6 years ago

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

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

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

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      Michelle Mafra 6 years ago from Corona CA

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @ClassyGals: Thanks for visiting and your comment.

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I love the milk carton jack o lanterns.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      You are so right, Halloween fun is for all ages. Thanks for the fun craft ideas for Halloween. I remember making the paper chain in orange and black, such fond memories.

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      justholidays 6 years ago

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

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      bernie74 lm 6 years ago

      This is a lovely lens I really like the sittin cats

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      thethemit 6 years ago

      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 !

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      squid-janices7 6 years ago

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      jakx77 6 years ago

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan, for your comment.

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      Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Ah, these Halloween craft projects bring back memories!

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

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

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      Loraine Brummer 6 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      @sisbrown34 lm: Thank you for your comment.

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      sisbrown34 lm 6 years ago

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

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      AlexandraHubbard 6 years ago

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