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Discover: 25 Ideas for a Family Halloween Movie and Craft Night

This collection of frightfully fun ideas for a family Halloween-themed movie and craft night is guaranteed to inspire screams of delight!

Hosting a Halloween party? Make a night of it by pairing your Halloween movie & craft with pumpkin-decorating, a set of our free printable mini Halloween doodle books for favors, and a big bowl of healthy homemade cinnamon apple chips for hungry movie-watchers!

25 Family Halloween Movie and Craft Ideas

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Watch Hocus Pocus

MAKE:  Hocus Pocus Quote Cookies from Lovely Indeed.

Can you bake cookies over a cauldron? Because these devilishly sweet treats call for extra baking witchery! If you’re seeing a wild Halloween celebration happening in your crystal ball, be sure to bookmark this spell-binding recipe.

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Watch Casper

MAKE:Casper Piñata from Little Button Diaries 

The friendliest ghost is also the most festive! This adorable Casper Piñata is a boo-tiful way for little bats & ghouls to celebrate an October birthday or Halloween party.

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Watch Goosebumps

MAKE:Bubbling Witch’s Hand from Brainy Beginnings Network

You won’t believe what’s hidden inside this ghoulishly green hand, my pretties! Mwuhahaahah! For parents looking to incorporate a little science into play, this eerie and exciting reveal is sure to elicit goosebumps (the good kind!).

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Watch The Witches

MAKE: Egg Carton Witches from ART CAMP

The first scary movie I can remember watching was The Witches and it STILL gives me the creeps as an adult – moving oil paintings…chilling! Should you dare to watch this Roald Dahl Halloween classic, ART CAMP’s upcycled egg carton witchery is a perfect way to shake off the hair-raising vibes. Be sure to save up a few cartons so you can create your own creepy coven come October…!

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Watch Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

MAKE: Revelio Charms from Babble Dabble Do

Though the first Harry Potter movie premiered just in time for Christmas, the spirit of the full HP movie catalogue screams Halloween to me! To add a little mystery and magic to your own movie-watching experience, try this intriguing science-based DIY from Anna at Babble Dabble Do! Conjure the series’ imaginative creatures, ghosts, goblins & warlocks with your own magic spells – definitely a trick AND a treat.

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Watch Frankenweenie

MAKE: A Zombie Bunny Softie from Oh Creative Day

It’s alive…it’s ALLIIIIIVE….!! Well…sorta. 😉 Animals return to life in this spookily stylish picture, so can you imagine a better craft to pair with it than a zombie bunny softie?! If you’re amazed such a dreadfully delicious DIY even exists, you’ve never met my Uber-creative friend Shannon from Oh Creative Day!

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Watch It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

MAKE: A Monster Candy Box from Minted

With so many iconic moments, it was nearly impossible to pick just ONE craft to pair with this Snoopy classic. But who can forget the Peanuts gang trick-or-treating for candy…and rocks?! A delightfully graphic DIY treat box (total pillowcase upgrade!) seemed like the perfect thing!

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Watch The Haunted Mansion

MAKE: DIY Haunted Mansion Hatbox Ghost from All for the Boys

From “Grim Grinning Ghosts,” to the actual ride, to the movie re-creation – The Haunted Mansion is a Halloween classic around here. I was absolutely doubled over with cackles of joy when I found this clever DIY for a Hatbox Ghost! I can easily see a collection of these lit with flameless tealights tucked into the corners of a kids bookshelf or on a Halloween table.

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Watch Ghostbusters

MAKE: DIY Ecto Cooler from barley & birch

What goes better with an iconic eighties family horror movie than a technicolor beverage served up in a squeezable pack? If you were a kid of the ’80s, you’ll instantly recognize this healthier version of Ecto-Cooler, poured into a Capri-Sun-like reusable pouch – we even recreated the classic Slimer Ecto-Cooler design! Sip and stream this “supernatural spectacular” for a trip back to Halloweens of your youth!

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Watch The Addams Family

MAKE: A DIY Wednesday Addams Softie from barley & birch

Beware snugglers…cuddle this sarcastic softie at your own risk! By pairing some adult sewing with kid-painted features & clothing, this is a spooky little sewing project everyone can participate in.

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Watch Monsters, Inc.

MAKE: Sulley Pom-Pom Slippers from Studio DIY for Disney Family

Boo! Like the movie itself, this monster flick & fashion paring is kid-friendly and brimming over with cuddly cuteness. Curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and these cozy Sully-inspired slippers for a not-so-scary Halloween treat!

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Watch E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

MAKE: A Hanging UFO Lantern from WLKMNDY’S

Okay, fellow 80’s kids – pull on your sweatshirts and grab your bikes, we’re going to need to revisit this movie. Even though I rarely see it listed among Halloween movies, it is an absolute must-watch for me – and a viewing just wouldn’t be complete without a DIY UFO sighting (and maybe a box of tissues, because I still tear up every time!).

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Watch Hotel Transylvania

MAKE: Pom Pom Bats from Make Film Play

You just never know what you’ll find hanging around in an old hotel..! In this case, it’s a band of silly monster misfits that provides more funny than fright (perfect for little ones). Combine the giggles with a gaggle of these cute pom-pom vampire bats with for a bloody good time…mwuh-ha-haaaa!

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Watch Paranorman

MAKE: Black Mystery Playdough from Left Brain Craft Brain

A new stop-motion Halloween favorite of mine, Paranorman has us in [Frankenstein] stitches every Halloween. It’s a little bit strange, a pinch scary, and a tad snarky, making it a great choice for kids who are dying for a Halloween movie that’s more creepy than cute. Add some zombie-inspired jet black playdough for an eye-poppingly eerie project & picture combo.

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Watch Monster House

MAKE: A Spooky 3D Paper Haunted House from hello, Wonderful

Here’s another slightly spooky streaming favorite in our household. Little haunted house enthusiasts will scream for Monster House while designing a mini version all their own made from one simple sheet of folded paper.

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Watch Nightmare Before Christmas

MAKE:Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Wreath from Red Ted Art.

What’s this, what’s this..?! It’s a Nightmare Before Christmas extravaganza fit for the King of Halloween Town himself! Make a decorative tribute to Jack Skellington to deck your halls while you watch the movie that turned stop-motion horror into kid-friendly movie magic and made Tim Burton a household name.

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Watch Halloweentown

MAKE: Halloween Trick-or-Treater Craft Stick Puppets from Make It Your Own for hello, Wonderful

When it comes to kids Halloween specials, Halloweentown is absolute CANON. The movie features a universe filled with (not-so-scary) witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghosts, trolls, zombies, pumpkin heads, and MORE. So if your little one is just discovering costumes and Halloween characters, pair a viewing with DIY costumed popsicle stick puppets for a treat-filled night!

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Watch Beetlejuice

Make: Black & White Haunted Dolls House from Mr. Printables

If you haven’t watched Beetlejuice in awhile, you may have forgotten that the beautifully quirky house played a starring role! Make your own black & white (Beetlejuice-styled!) haunted house while you watch – just beware of the Beetlejuice curse…you never know what will happen in your adorable new abode when you invite Beetlejuice in…!

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Watch Practical Magic

MAKE: Bubble up your own Magic Potions from Babble Dabble Do.

Forget sticking to the Halloween season – when I was in junior high I watched the spooky sisters of Practical Magic on repeat allll year long. So when I ran across this “love spell” drinkable magic potion from my scientific sorcerer friend Anna, it felt like a perfect match for this contemporary classic movie.

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Watch Batman (The 1989 Version!)

MAKE: DIY Bendable Bats from barley & birch

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Watch The Goonies

MAKE: DIY Treasure Map and Gold from Lil Luna

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Watch Coraline

MAKE: Coraline Button Slime from Comic Con Family

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Watch Young Frankenstein

MAKE: DIY Paper Frankenstein Masks from Creating Creatives for Red Ted Art

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Watch Are You Afraid of the Dark?

MAKE: DIY Kid-Safe Camp Lanterns from barley & birch

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Watch Edward Scissorhands

MAKE: Edward Scissorhands Topiary Paper Art from barley & birch 

DYING for more fab Halloween crafts? These playdough Jack-O-Lanterns are hands-on fun for the whole family! And you can use our free printable features for a set of upcycled cereal box jack-o-lanterns too – a little velcro lets you arrange and re-arrange all October long!

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About Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help families discover their creative potential and be inspired to make the world a better place through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. When not playing with ideas, designs and projects for barley & birch, Amanda enjoys working as a modern art curator and managing her own small design business.

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