23 Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids - Halloween DIY Ideas for Kids

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The most wonderful time of the year is almost here: Halloween!

Soon, it will be time for witches, ghouls, vampires and other monsters to shine. And while your kids (im)patiently wait to hit the streets and go trick-or-treating, keep them entertained — and busy — with these incredibly easy Halloween crafts for kids.

Browse through this list of spooktastic craft ideas for all ages, ranging from paper plate monsters to no-carve pumpkins. All of these DIYs are made with little hands in mind, whether they fully embrace the thrills that the holiday brings or they're really just in it for the Halloween candy (relatable).

Parents will reap the benefits, too. Kids can complete most of these crafts entirely on their own with the exception of a few that require adult supervision while cutting or gluing. Plus, most of these DIYs double as Halloween decor, so you can deck out your house with personalized creations rather than the store-bought stuff.

Have your kids pick an idea or two, then raid your pantry for household items or make a quick trip to your local craft store to get the necessary supplies. Once you have everything you need, let the fun — and frights — begin!

Frankenstein paper plate

frankenstein paper plate halloween craft for kids (A Night Owl Blog )
frankenstein paper plate halloween craft for kids (A Night Owl Blog )

Frankenstein is terrifying to most, but this paper plate version is absolutely adorable.

Get the tutorial at A Night Owl Blog.

Pipe cleaner pumpkins

pipe cleaner pumpkin halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )
pipe cleaner pumpkin halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )

Neon pipe cleaners will bring color to your front stoop. Kids can mold them to their liking to decorate their pumpkin (real or fake) without breaking out the carving tools.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

Toilet paper roll monsters

toilet paper roll halloween craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )
toilet paper roll halloween craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )

Don’t throw away those toilet paper rolls! With some paint, craft paper and googly eyes, you can turn basic cardboard rounds into cute little monsters.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Sand art pumpkins

sand art pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )
sand art pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )

Colorful craft sand may be messier than washable paint, but it’s all in the name of fun!

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

Scarecrow craft

scarecrow halloween craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )
scarecrow halloween craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )

Flat Stanley has met his match! Make cardstock come to life by turning it into mini scarecrows, complete with limbs made out of clothespins.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Yarn pumpkins

yarn pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )
yarn pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Design Improvised )

A craft with a purpose: Hang the final product over the fireplace, on the wall or around your front door.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised.

Halloween handprints

halloween handprint craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )
halloween handprint craft for kids (The Best Ideas for Kids )

Hand turkeys are a hit during Thanksgiving, so why not do something similar for Halloween? Let their imagination run wild as they create vampires, monsters and ghosts out of their handprints, big or small.

Get the tutorial at The Best Ideas for Kids.

Noodle candy corn art

candy corn noodle art (ABCDeeLearning )
candy corn noodle art (ABCDeeLearning )

If your kids love painting and decorating, they’ll get a kick out of this craft. A bonus: They can turn their painted pasta into just about anything, everything from ghosts to pumpkins.

Get the tutorial at ABCDeeLearning.

Pompom popper ghosts

pompom popper ghost halloween craft for kids (The Craft Train )
pompom popper ghost halloween craft for kids (The Craft Train )

Prep these poppers ahead of time, so your kids can focus on the fun: decorating the paper cups with markers.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train.

Yarn ghosts

yarn doll ghosts halloween crafts for kids (The Craft Train )
yarn doll ghosts halloween crafts for kids (The Craft Train )

We can’t get enough of these cute ghosts. Turn 'em into finger puppets or use them as decoration.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train.

Monster lanterns

monster lanterns halloween crafts for kids (The Craft Train )
monster lanterns halloween crafts for kids (The Craft Train )

See? Not all monsters are scary! Not only are these ones quite cute, but they're sustainable since they’re made entirely from recycled materials.

Get the tutorial at The Craft Train.

Spider pumpkins

spider pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Buggy and Buddy )
spider pumpkins halloween crafts for kids (Buggy and Buddy )

Mini pumpkins are just the right size to become creepy crawlers. Just paint them black, add eyes and attach eight legs.

Get the tutorial at Buggy and Buddy.

Glowing jack-o'-lanterns

glowing jack o lantern halloween crafts for kids (Buggy and Buddy)
glowing jack o lantern halloween crafts for kids (Buggy and Buddy)

If your kids are too young to be carving pumpkins, these battery-powered lanterns will do the trick. They can customize their "pumpkins" with hand-drawn faces — cute, creepy or somewhere in between.

Get the tutorial at Buggy and Buddy.

Vampire with moving eyes

vampire with moving eyes halloween craft for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )
vampire with moving eyes halloween craft for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )

This fang-tastic craft is easy to make and fun to play with afterward! All you need is some cardstock, glue and something to color with.

Get the tutorial at Arty Crafty Kids.

3D paper spiders

3d paper spiders halloween crafts for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )
3d paper spiders halloween crafts for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )

Craft a bunch of not-so-scary spiders with colorful construction paper, pipe cleaners and pony beads. No black widows here!

Get the tutorial at Arty Crafty Kids.

Spooky twilight handprint tree

twilight handprint tree halloween crafts for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )
twilight handprint tree halloween crafts for kids (Arty Crafty Kids )

Let their handprint set the scene, then mix in ghosts, bats and other nighttime creatures to really bring the picture to life.

Get the tutorial at Arty Crafty Kids.

Mummy paper plate

lace mummy paper plate halloween craft for kids (Our Kid Things )
lace mummy paper plate halloween craft for kids (Our Kid Things )

Test their hand-eye coordination with this craft. Poke a bunch of wholes around a paper plate, then have kids weave white string to create a mummified effect.

Get the tutorial at Our Kid Things.

Paper straw spiders

paper straw spiders halloween crafts for kids (Our Kid Things )
paper straw spiders halloween crafts for kids (Our Kid Things )

Here's further proof that googly eyes can make even the creepiest crawlies really cute.

Get the tutorial at Our Kid Things.

Monster handprint craft

painted monster hands halloween crafts for kids (Our Kid Things )
painted monster hands halloween crafts for kids (Our Kid Things )

Their handprints are looking, ugh, a little different. Turn their little hands into monster paws — or let them trace yours for a bigger scare.

Get the tutorial at Our Kid Things.

Popsicle stick witch magnet

popsicle stick witch magnet halloween crafts for kids (Today's Creative Ideas )
popsicle stick witch magnet halloween crafts for kids (Today's Creative Ideas )

These popsicle stick witches may look nothing like the Sanderson sisters from "Hocus Pocus," but they’re wickedly cool all the same! Once the glue is dry, stick them on the fridge so the whole family can bask in their beauty.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Creative Ideas.

Paper straw monsters

paper straw monsters halloween crafts for kids (Crafts by Ria )
paper straw monsters halloween crafts for kids (Crafts by Ria )

Forget the frights: Lean into the silliness of the holiday with these paper straw monsters in a variety of colors, patterns and personalities.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Ria.

Popsicle stick haunted window

popsicle stick haunted window halloween crafts for kids (Today's Creative Ideas )
popsicle stick haunted window halloween crafts for kids (Today's Creative Ideas )

There’s so much you can do with popsicle sticks! If witches still give your kids the spooks, then opt for this haunted window craft instead.

Get the tutorial at Today’s Creative Ideas.

Haunted house

haunted house halloween craft for kids (Crafts by Ria )
haunted house halloween craft for kids (Crafts by Ria )

Turn leftover cardboard boxes into a spooktacular haunted house. Remind your kids to leave the top open, so they can use it to store all the tricks they get from trick-or-treating.

Get the tutorial at Crafts by Ria.