Halloween Decorating Ideas for the Kids
- October 16, 2012
- by Melissa Lawrence
Well, it’s that time of year again! The leaves are falling, the nights are getting cooler, and before you know it, it will be time to go ‘trick-or-treating’ with your little princesses and pirates! But before you do, here are some easy Halloween craft ideas for kids to make sure your house absolutely is “boo”-tiful this year!
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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 Fall craft ideas my kids absolutely 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 as 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, get your kids involved and ask them what kind of extra spooky decorations they want to include! You might be surprised with what they come up with!
How did your DIY Halloween turn out? I would love to see your pictures and hear your stories! Comment below!
wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas
I used to love to build homemade haunted houses when I was little! My favorite thing was to put the TV on a fuzzy channel, and then draw a scary picture and tape it to the screen. Haha…seemed spooky at the time!
Great ideas…thanks for sharing!
Of all the Halloween decorations we have, my boys are obsessed with putting up fake spider webs and then they all get to pick where a handful of plastic spiders are going to sit on the web. It’s so fun to see how excited they get!
We set out pumpkins, haunted house candle holders, and decorate the windows with bats.
I don’t really decorate for Halloween. I put out fall flowers and pumpkins though. Still looking for the ideal scarecrow (or pattern for me to make)
jeannine s (@mellanhead)
We make homemade crafts and use old items around house. We try to go for fun right now since toddler is scared of scray
We like to put out our spooky jars (milk jugs with faces painted on and a string of lights to light them up). Plus my little one likes to make ghosts and more pumpkins to decorate the windows and walls of the house.
we don’t decorate but would love to win thanks!
I love decorating the table setting with an orange tablecloth and spread out red, orange, and yellow fake leaves around the table in between the dishes. It gives the house a nice fall look without overdoing it. Its simple and festive.
My sons birthday is on Halloween so decorating is a big deal around here. We never seem to finish decorating because my son always thinks we need more! We put on a Halloween movie and we have some fall inspired treats while decorate. I would live to win the blocks for him for his 5th birthday!
Did anyone win the Tegu blocks?
Hi Jennie! We declared the winner but are awaiting her reply to announce on FB. Another contest begins tomorrow. Many thanks for commenting!! xo Meliss