27+ Unique Halloween Craft Ideas

Instead of buying cookie-cutter decorations and costumes this Halloween, explore all of the creative DIYs that you can craft at home. From a cute snail costume to spoooky spider webs, each of these 27+ Halloween crafts offer something unique & super fun!

  1. Ghosts

    • Visual aid of how to complete Footprint Ghosts
      Footprint Ghosts

      (Ages 12-17)

      There is something magical about Halloween. I love the creativity that goes into making costumes, the colorful orange pumpkins, and the limitless craft possibilities. As soon as the weather grows colder and the leaves start changing colors, my family jumps into the Halloween season. First up on our to-do list was this playful art project inspired by my three-year-old son's simple (and absolutely adorable) footprint. Since I knew that this project had the potential to get a little messy, I loaded up our supplies and headed out to the back porch.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Roll Ghost Family

      This simple Halloween craft is great for the entire family to do together. Using just paper rolls and white paint, you can create a ghost family that will look great on the mantel this Halloween.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Packing Tape Ghosts

      Discover the process of mold making and create a “ghost” using your favorite stuffed animal or a human hand, leg, or torso!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Pillowcase Ghost

      Decorating the house for the holidays is a great way to spend some family time together and get excited about the holidays. This weekend we created this spooky ghost to liven up the neighborhood this Halloween.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Glue Ghost Necklace

      My kids and I love Halloween crafts--not because we love scary, spooky things, but because it's fun to turn "scary" things into adorable creatures...like these cute-as-can-be glue ghosts.

      My children loved turning these guys from glue blobs to spooky necklaces that could be worn to school.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Pac-Man Inspired Glowing Ghost

      My kids recently discovered Pac-Man at a pizza parlour, and were fascinated by the retro video game. The pixelated ghosts glowing on the black screen gave me the idea to use electroluminescent (EL) wire to make light-up ghosts of our own! EL wire can be used to create bright outlines that will stand out in the dark. You can make your own glowing ghosts, and customize them however you like!

  2. Spiders

    • Visual aid of how to complete Creepy-Crawly Pipe Cleaner Spiders

      Add some creepy crawlers to your Halloween decor this year with a simple and fun spider craft made from pipe cleaners and beads. My 3-year-old daughter, Clare, had a great time picking the bead colors and putting them on the legs. After we were done, I let her help pick the places to display them around the house. They haven't stayed there long though--she loves picking them up and playing with them.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Spiders
      Paper Spiders

      (Ages 3-8)

      Here's a fun (and super easy) Halloween craft from last year that the kids really enjoyed.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Egg Carton Spiders

      A simple spider craft that's great for Halloween, made with egg cartons, googly eyes, pipe cleaners, and paint! Note that the actual assembly time is short for this project, but you'll need to factor in time to let the paint dry.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Spider Launcher
      Spider Launcher

      (Ages 5-8)

      At KiwiCo, we love launchers because they're a super fun way to play with physics! With this project, your kids can turn a few rubber bands into a stretchy web that launches spiders across the room. While they make their launchers, you can talk to you kids about potential and kinetic energy!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Simple Spider Web

      Create this simple and easy spider web in your home.

    • Visual aid of how to complete 3-D Yarn Spider Web

      Why buy Halloween decorations when you can have your kids make really cool ones? This 3-D Yarn Spider Web is fun to make and will turn heads this Halloween!

  3. Pumpkins

    • Visual aid of how to complete Glittered, Colored Pasta Pumpkins

      My girls and I love pumpkins. I look forward to fall just so I can get my fill of pumpkin crafts, food, and fun. While we thoroughly enjoy crafting together, I try to give my girls a process they will enjoy and leave the end result up to their interpretation. These pasta wheel pumpkins were a perfect activity for them. They enjoyed working with the colored pasta and each made their own unique pumpkins. This activity is perfect for some fall fun.

    • Visual aid of how to complete 5 Little Pumpkins

      Have you heard the poem about the five little pumpkins? It's been around forever and goes like this:

      Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,

      The first one said, "Oh, my, it's getting late."

      The second one said, "There are witches in the air."

      The third one said, "But we don't care."

      The fourth one said, "Let's run and run and run!"The fifth one said, "I'm ready for some fun."

      Oooooooo went the wind and out went the light.

      And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

      There are different versions of this in books and online, but this is the one in the book we have, which has illustrations by Dan Yaccarino. After reading this to my three-year-old son and his four-year-old buddy, we got to work making our own artwork of the five little pumpkins sitting on the gate.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Glitter Pumpkins
      Glitter Pumpkins

      (Ages 3-11)

      This sparkly alternative to pumpkin carving is fun and easy for little ones to do--and makes one snazzy-looking pumpkin! I know glitter can be intimidating to bring into the home, but it can also be an excuse to go outside. (If you must be indoors, here's a quick tip: Use baking sheets to do your glitter projects on. They work great at keeping glitter from going everywhere.)

    • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Maché Pumpkin

      I'm so inspired by all of the different ways that people decorate their pumpkins. This year, we decided to try to paper mache our own. We had just learned about paper mache from a recent Doodle Crate project. So it was really neat to put our newly learned technique to make our own festive fall decor and Halloween jack-o-lanterns.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Paper Pumpkin Decorations

      I love this pumpkin shape craft because it is fun for all ages. My two-year-old gets a chance to work on shapes and sorting while having fun and my five-year-old is inspired to get creative making jacko-lantern faces with his shapes.

  4. Monsters, Mummies, and More

    • Visual aid of how to complete Graveyard Boogie
      Graveyard Boogie

      (Ages 5-11)

      We love combining art and science for some creative fun. Add a little fun with Halloween science, and the result is magical. For our spooky scene, we created a graveyard. What is great about this project is that you can put your imagination to work. Create and bring any spooky scene to life with some static electricity. My kids were endlessly entertained watching the ghosts, ghouls or goblins they created boogie. Their dance moves are electrifying!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Bendable Wire Mummy

      You can turn this simple DIY into a learning lesson by introducing the science behind mummification! We also recommend using your mini-mummy to start a new at-home Halloween tradition. While your kids are sleeping, move the mummy into a different spot just like the holiday tradition of Elf on the Shelf!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Count Popula
      Count Popula

      (Ages 5-16)

      It's Halloween - meaning it's time for bubbling brews and spooky science. We had a ton of fun putting chemistry to work to create our own bubbling brew that blew up a balloon. Putting a special Halloween touch made it that much more entertaining. Can you blow up your own balloon Dracula without touching it?

    • Visual aid of how to complete Play Dough Monsters

      Monsters don't always have to be scary! My girls and I love to make these silly, not-so-scary play dough monsters whenever we get out our play dough box! These are a fun Halloween party or anytime play activity and craft.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Soap Bar Mummies

      These cute little mummies are the perfect craft for preschoolers. It's simple and my kids loved adding the googly eyes. If you pick a scented soap, you can actually have your home smell extra yummy too!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Papier Mache Trick-or-Treat Basket

      Every year, I grab shopping bags or pillowcases to use for last-minute trick or treating bags. Well this year, my son decided to up it a notch by making his own papier mache trick-or-treat basket.

      This eco-friendly alternative to plastic buckets is fun to make, especially since kids get to be a part of the entire creation process.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Halloween Crystals

      Ready to try some spooky science, we made some little Halloween crystals to decorate our home! The project takes some time but it was fascinating to grow crystals right in our kitchen! We also made a batch of ornaments to give our loved ones as gifts. Are you ready to grow some spooky homemade crystals?

    • Visual aid of how to complete Glitter Slime Monsters

      Who doesn't love a good blob of slime? My kids and I were excited when we realized we could use clear glue to make transparent slime, and even more excited when we started adding glitter. Today, we upped our game yet again to transform our slime into cute Halloween monsters. Here's how we did it.

    • Visual aid of how to complete Glow Lantern
      Glow Lantern

      (Ages 5-8)

      My children think anything that glows is the coolest thing ever...and I think I agree! When I recently came across some glow-in-the-dark paint at the craft store, I knew it would be perfect for some safe child-friendly lanterns for the kids. These lanterns are perfect for Halloween, campouts, and just for some glowing good fun!

    • Visual aid of how to complete Halloween Milk Jug Lanterns

      Autumn in Florida is like no place I have ever lived. The weather

      is warm, the leaves don't change colors and the pumpkins are shipped

      down from Tennessee. You have to try really hard to make it feel like

      fall, yet it is so worth it. One craft we did to get ready for fall is

      make milk jug jack-o-lanterns. Since the Tennessee pumpkins don't make

      it down to Florida for a few more weeks, this is a great way to bring

      some fall cheer to the front porch.

Get inspired!