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Discover: 16 Fresh Halloween Crafts and Activities for Kids

Two weeks to Halloween. The grand dream of an heirloom hand-sewn costume has turned into “what can I make out of this trash bag and glue gun…?” A demon squirrel has eaten the face of your lovingly-carved jack-o-lantern. The grocery store is OUT OF REESE’S and the kids are HAUNTING you with demands for ANYTHING Halloween. Quel nightmare, mon cher!

Well, fret no more – we’ve got you BOO. Halloween looks a little different this year, so these treats (+ 1 trick!) are great to keep in mind for celebrating a socially-distant holiday. All of these instant printables & projects offer scads of flexibility and multiple variations on the theme so kids (or adults) of ALL ages will be able to partake in the frightfully fun festivities.

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  • Free Printable Mini Halloween Doodle Books – Send your fright night entertainment worries back to the dark side with these October-themed mini doodle pages suitable for festive bats and ghouls of all ages. It’s Halloween made EASY – simply print for a special coloring/drawing activity. The little pages make perfect party favors, classroom activities, sugar-free treats. You can even turn them into a tiny book with a quick stake (er, hole punch) through the corner and ribbon!
  • DIY Bendable Bats – With a piece of wire and some art magic, you can make your own bendy batty buddies to attach to clothespins, magnets, or hang from a string (a great way to scare up some Halloween fun). OR try making your own mini sculptures…we used a couple of sneaky Halloween tricks & treats to create the illusion that our bats have taken flight! 
  • Black Cat Paper Bag Luminaries – The glowing eyes of these eerie black cat luminaries light up the night for a flame-free, kid-safe DIY Halloween decoration to remember!
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  • Watch a Halloween Movie – Find something spooky to stream with our collection of 25 Halloween-themed family movie & craft pairings! Perfect for dark and stormy nights or a Halloween at home!
  • A DIY Wednesday Addams Softie – If the sarcastic smile and black braids on this CUR-SED DIY doll look familiar, it’s because this softie is an homage to the sardonic star of stage and screen, Ms. Wednesday Addams. (Snuggle with this one at your own risk, cuddlers). And here’s the best part: it’s half-sewn & half-painted (a Frankenstein of sorts!) so kids can participate too.
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  • Playdough Pumpkins with Pop-In Jack-O-Lantern Features – It’s Mr. Potato Head meets Halloween with this clever little play dough pumpkin activity. By adding some super simple straw knobs to DIY mix-and-match cardboard features, you can create your playdough jack-o-lanterns! Good for tons of re-arrangeable toddler fall fun!
  • A Cardboard Jack-O-Lantern Shape Sorter – This adorable grinning gourd is a clever DIY shape sorter you can make from a couple of boxes. And once you’re done playing, use a flameless tea light to turn this into a mess-free, forever-fresh jack-o-lantern by night.
  • A Cereal Box Build-A-Jack-0-Lantern Activity – Give fine motor skill practice a Halloween makeover with this cute set of cardboard pumpkins + cereal box features. Add a few velcro dots and you have a jack-o-lantern building activity your little ones can use again and again!
  • Make a No-Carve Jack-O-Lantern – A little collection of our timeless no-carve jack-o-lantern favs. There are so many clever and quick ideas here, you’re sure to find one (or two, or three…) your kiddos will love making!
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  • Scrap Paper Mark-Making Ghost Art – With so many ways to draw a little ghost, why stop at just one? Stamp them, scratch them out, scribble one up. Cut them out, erase them, or find one hiding in a charcoal smudge! This exercise in mark-making exploration will have your little ones creating a flock of phantoms with a BOO for you!
  • A Framed Faux Bat Collection – Right this way and welcome, friends, to our mysterious shop of curiosities. Single-file please as we pass the ghoulish gallery wall of collected bats – from the beautiful to the bizarre! Create your very own artful + creepy collection With lots of opportunities to make splatters and blots, it’s an art invitation to imagine that will have your littles screaming for more.
  • A Halloween STEAM-Powered Magic Trick – Cursed to stay trapped in a tiny box forever, this misplaced bone wants nothing more than to be reunited with its ghostly owner and does everything it can to steer clear of its matchbox prison. Visit the post to see the petrifying possession in action and learn the simple, science-based trick behind the magic (free magic box included!) BONUS: These salt dough bones are super fun to make on their own!
  • Witch and Warlock Boots on a Broomstick – Let your littles play Halloween designer with this fun invitation to create! Once they’re done, use supplies from the backyard to make a lovely little broomstick – the perfect vehicle for witches, warlocks, AND displaying high Halloween fashion.

Enjoy this Halloween with your little bats, ghouls, and goblins. It’s gonna be different, but we can still make it a monstrously memorable, hair-raising good time!

Happy Halloween from barley & birch
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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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