Halloween is the perfect time to get creative with your kids and make some spook-tacular decorations for your home! But I’m not super crafty — and things that look too fancy or Pinterest-y intimidate me — so for me it’s all about keeping things very, very simple! We’re talking Kindergarten level here, people… That being said, here are a few ideas my five kiddies love:
Painted Pumpkins: Of course carving jack-o’-lanterns is a fun family activity, but you aren’t going to let your kids wield the knife! So this year, buy a few extra pumpkins for the little ones and let them go crazy painting faces, witches, ghosts and more! All you need are paint brushes and craft paint…and of course a place to do it where you won’t mind the mess… (you know I hate mess!).
DIY Trick-or-Treat Bags: Let your kids make their own candy bags for trick-or-treating. You can buy plain brown bags and let them go crazy! Just supply the construction paper, glitter, glue, markers and pipe cleaners. These are nice to display around the house in preparation for the big day! If your kids love the extra candy, they might even want to make two bags! Nothing motivates my little ones like the prospect of a massive sugar overload, so I bet yours will sign up readily for this activity as mine do!
Haunt Your House: Turn your living room into a mini-haunted house and let your kids help you decorate! Throw some sheets over the furniture (also great for spills!), stretch out some cotton balls over picture frames and portraits, make some cut-out ghosts to tape onto mirrors and walls, and cut-out bats to hang from the ceiling with simple string and tape. Plus ask your kids what kind of extra spooky decorations they want to include! You might be surprised with what they come up with!