A Kids Halloween ‘CrAfternoon’

Halloween is almost here! My goodie bags of tricks and treats are packed. Cookies are always in the oven, and cider is stocked on the top shelf in the refrigerator.

I look forward to the triple threat of the holidays; Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! With Halloween so close, I thought I’d invite over some family members for a kids ‘Crafternoon,’ to make some cute and spooky Halloween Crafts.

We had such a great time. First, they walked through our haunted house or “Chamber of Horrors.” Voodoo Dolls, Tarot Cards, and spiders spiders everywhere. It was a ghastly sight but they squealed with delight! We munched on homemade treats, my witch sugar cookies, and drank local cider, or as I call it, the Witch’s Poison Apple Brew.

Kids’ crafts get such a bad reputation! I have to blame the adults in charge! Haha. You can’t give a kid a glue stick, some play-dough, and a piece of construction paper and expect Picasso!

Kids have very active imaginations and they’re extremely creative. Give your kids the right tools for the right job! Go find some Halloween stickers on the clearance rack and maybe some pads of seasonal paper (use those coupons.) I also stock up on craft punches in seasonal shapes at the end of the season on clearance and save them for the next year. Bit of a craft hoarder here, but it works!

I can’t promise that your kids will create Van Gogh-esque works of art, but I can promise that each work of art is a direct expression of that child’s creativity, which really is the endgame!

So here’s three EASY, adorable, affordable, and spooky Halloween craft ideas that your kids will love doing and will love showing them off!

Refrigerator Art!
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This craft is so much fun. I busted out the craft punches, the glue pens (which are a savior for ‘No Mess Crafts,’) some spooky paper, some black card stock, and white chalk.

Have your kids cut out creepy shapes with their craft punches. We cut out pumpkins and spiders

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Then have them put a bit of glue on the back of each shape. We used the glue pens, but glue sticks will do this job perfectly as well. The patterns they create are so cute! Victoria, 9, and Gavin, 4, both really enjoyed this craft!

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Have them scribble a Halloween message in chalk or just display their cut out shapes on the refrigerator for the Halloween season. It might just garner a scream out of mom or dad or any trick-or-treater that passes through.

Sticker Pumpkins!

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I LOVE this craft! I love carving pumpkins but they are so messy and can kill the crafty mood quick if you’re trying to do more than one craft with kids. One trick I try is I stock up on stickers! The scrapbook aisle at a crafts store is filled with thousands, literally thousands, of stickers in all shapes and sizes. Stock up on some stickers and let those imaginations get to work. We went with all sorts of whimsical shapes and creations to really makes some adorable, porch-worthy pumpkins!

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Pipe Cleaner Spiders

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This is such a fun and easy craft idea! You can make 1 or 2 or 200… They take no time at all and kids love them. They look so whimsical and have so much personality. I’m sure you will love them. Take a large Pom-Pom (1 to 1 1/2inch in size) and four black pipe cleaners. Those are all you need!

Place your Pom Pom on top and in the middle of three pipe cleaners. Take the fourth pipe cleaner and lay it under and perpendicular to the others. Bring the perpendicular pipe cleaner up over the Pom Pom and other pipe cleaners and twist it to secure the pipe cleaners to the Pom Pom. Then lay a finger under the pipe cleaners, next to the Pom Pom and bend the pipe cleaners down over your finger creating the leg shape. Repeat on the other side. The slightly bend the bottom of each pipe cleaner ‘leg’ creating a foot. Spread out the legs and shape to size. They’re sort of like snowflakes, no two are exactly alike!

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I hope you enjoyed our crafternoon of tricks and treats! The kids absolutely loved their time spent at the haunted house on the hill and we sent them out the door with all sorts of treats! Painted coffins stuffed with soft caramel chews and small treat bags filled with candy corn! I hope it’s a Halloween they’ll remember forever, and I really hope they give their parents a good fright in the night with those pipe cleaner spiders!!

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