Not trying to reinvent the wheel here so I wanted to share some tried and true fun projects, crafts and ideas we’ve done in the past. Tuck these away in your arsenal for rainy days, play dates, virtual learning days, or days when everyone’s just bored and needing something to do.
First up… pipe cleaner spiders! I don’t have a tutorial here but basically wind up some black pipe cleaners into a ball for the body and wind 8 more into legs. You can do this part for younger kids or let them do it. You can encourage pattern making, counting, color practice. Whatever you want!
Next up is painted ghost rocks! These are so easy and take the “pet rock” craze up a notch. To make this project super easy, spray paint river rock with a good primer first and let kids decorate the faces with acrylic paint markers. So fun to make whole little families of them!
I do have a whole blog post about this one so click over to find out all the details for painting ghost rocks.
Once you’ve made some ghost rocks, use recycled food containers to paint them a little Halloween town to live in. This was a really cute project for the older girls and they had so much fun making each structure. We kept these cardboard creations for YEARS.
Make a “Witches” straw cup!
Click here for the Witches Brew straw cup tutorial.
Paint some wooden birdhouses to make your own Halloween town! Pair with peg dolls or ghost rocks or whatever else your little ones would like to tuck inside. We added electric tea lights in these to make them extra spooky.
Print out some Halloween directed drawing pages! I’ve made these pages free forever so find them all here: Halloween Directed Draws.
Halloween treats are always a hit… make my famous, best ever buttercream for delicious and simple Halloween cupcakes.
2 sticks of salted butter
1 stick regular Crisco
1 tsp salt
2 tsp good vanilla
2 lbs powdered sugar
2-4 tbsp of water or until desired consistency is reached
Cream all ingredients together with a hand mixer until smooth.
Or keep it even simpler by making some Halloween theme candy dipped marshmallows. I fully thought these were a fail but my kids talk about these EVERY year and loved them so much it was crazy.
Paint some wooden coffins and make little polymer clay figurines to live in them!
Are there any arts of your kids Halloween costumes you can help them make with duct tape? This as so easy and fun and the girls love the process. I will forever love this titanic and iceberg costume Grace and Olive wore last year.
We also loved making this Katniss Everdeen medallion out of hot glue and glitter. SO easy!
That’s all I’ve got for today! Happy October!