Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids
With Halloween nearly upon us, we thought we would compile our favourite Halloween crafts for kids which can be done in the lead up to Halloween or on the day itself. So we have scoured the internet for you, or most notably Instagram, to find you the most fun and easy Halloween crafts for your little ones, with a little help from our friends of course!
Here are our favourite easy Halloween crafts for kids:
Halloween Craft Kits
Our friends at Craft and Crumb have done the hard work for you with their selection of Halloween baking and craft kits. From Mummy Halloween Biscuits, to Monster Mash Bake Kits, there are lots of options to choose from to bake something yummy with your little ones.
One of our favourite Halloween crafts for kids is their Graveyard Brownies made using their Brownie Dipper Kit. Simply add some jelly snakes, Oreos, and some chocolate icing to complete this spooky bake. We think these will go down a treat on Halloween!
For something a bit different this Halloween, why not try painting your pumpkins rather than carving them. One of the best Halloween crafts for kids to keep your very little ones occupied!
Liddie Rowl on Instagram @liddierowl gives us her top tips for preparing your pumpkins before painting them. She recommends paint pens for intricate detailing, and spray paint for bold, bright colours.
For more ideas when painting your pumpkins, take a look at Good Housekeeping who have put together 65 different designs to inspire you this Halloween!
We had lots of fun last year teaming up with our friend Emily @britishgirlbakes for some fun Halloween crafts for kids. Her two boys showed us how to decorate some colourful monster cupcakes using her simple buttercream frosting recipe, and some marshmallows of course!
For the keen bakers amongst you, follow Emily’s Chocolate Cake recipe to make your own cupcakes. Or for those of you who prefer the decorating, and eating part of baking! You can also buy cupcakes and use Emily's video from her boys to inspire decorating your own Halloween cupcakes.
For a last minute Halloween treat, why not try @shellandthelittlies Halloween monster doughnuts? No baking required we promise! This is one of our easiest Halloween crafts for kids.
You simply need ring doughnuts, sprinkles, runny icing, googly fondant eyes, and vampire teeth. Shell ordered some vampire teeth from Amazon.
For the more ambitious of you, and those amateur bakers! BBC Goodfood has a doughnut recipe which seems fairly simple, but we will let you be the judge of that! These doughnuts can be baked in the oven, and decorated with melted dark and white chocolate to create a spiderweb design.
Looking for some Halloween crafts for kids to help decorate your house and garden? Sydney Piercey @sydney.piercey has come up with a simple yet effective way to make spiderwebs out of stick and string.
It’s a little bit fiddly, although Sydney makes it look easy(!) so this is probaby a craft for older children. You will need 3 sticks and a long piece of string. These take a bit of time, but the end result is really effective and you can put these in the garden and around your home.
Our favourite is the Ghost Footprint which is made using your little one’s footprint dipped in white paint, and then decorated. These are a fun way to make greetings cards, gift tags for Halloween gifts, or to frame and hang around your house.
Annabel Karmel’s Halloween Bakes
To complete our Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids blog post, we have teamed up with our good friend Annabel Karmel to bring you her favourite Halloween recipes especially designed for little ones. Team up with your little one(s) to put these together for a Halloween feast.
Baking is definitely one of our favourite Halloween crafts for kids, and here are Annabel’s Terrifyingly Tasty Treats for little (and big kids!).
MAKES: 20 BROWNIES
250g plain chocolate
200g butter, cubed
200g brown sugar
3 eggs, beaten
100g self-raising flour
175g icing sugar
White writing icing pen
- Preheat the oven to 170C Fan. Line a 23cm square tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Melt the butter and chocolate together in a bowl over a pan of lightly boiling water until runny. Add the sugar and stir. Slowly add the beaten eggs and mix well. Fold in the flour. Pour into the tin and level the top.
- Bake in the oven for 35 minutes until firm. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Slice into 20 squares.
- Put the icing sugar into a bowl. Add enough boiling water to make a thick white icing and whisk.
- Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a small plain nozzle. Pipe the icing over half of the brownies to make the Halloween mummy bandages and then add the eyes. Pipe thin spider webs over the remaining brownies using the writing icing pen.
Avocado Monster Smash Pizzas
MAKES: 4 PIZZAS
2 large ripe avocados
4 spring onions, finely chopped
¼ red chili, diced (optional)
Juice ½ lemon or lime
½ clove garlic, crushed
4 mini tortilla wraps
1 large tomato, deseeded and diced
½ red pepper, sliced
½ large cucumber, sliced
1 mini cucumber, sliced
- Slice the avocado in half and remove the stone. Mash in a bowl. Add the onions, chilli if using), lemon juice and garlic and mix well.
- Put the tortilla wraps on a board. Spread the avocado over the surface. Decorate with scary Halloween faces using the vegetables; layer the cucumber on top of each other then add to the pizza for the eyes. Add edible eyes for the eyeballs then add pepper and tomatoes for the mouth and eyebrows.
Pumpkin, Apple, and Spice Cake
MAKES: 8 PORTIONS
200g self-raising flour
80g caster sugar
1½ tsp baking powder
1½ tsp ground cinnamon
1½ tsp ground ginger
200ml sunflower oil
80ml maple syrup
1 apple, peeled and grated
150g pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled and grated
300g ready-made buttercream
100g milk or dark chocolate
50g each of white and black fondant
Orange, green and black food colouring
- Preheat the oven to 170C Fan. Line a deep 23cm round cake tin with non-stick baking paper.
- Mix the flour, caster sugar, baking powder and spices together in a bowl. Mix the oil, syrup and eggs together in a jug. Add the wet ingredients to the dry. Add the apple, pumpkin or squash and raisins. Mix well and spoon into the tin.
- Bake in the oven for 50 minutes until well risen and firm in the centre. Cool on a wire rack.
- For the decoration, put 100g of buttercream into a piping bag (this will be the white buttercream for the ghosts and mummies).
- Separate the remaining buttercream into three bowls. Add orange food colouring to one, green to another and black to the last bowl. Mix well so you have 3 coloured buttercreams and transfer these into piping bags and choose your spooky decoration!
Pipe on the white buttercream, finishing with a point at the bottom. Roll eyes and a nose from black fondant and stick on.
Melt the chocolate, let it cool slightly then add to a piping bag. Cut a very small hole at the bottom and then pipe spider shapes onto greaseproof paper. Put in the fridge or freezer for 10 minutes to harden (alternatively you can buy mini edible spiders). Pipe orange buttercream onto the cake slice, then add a chocolate spider and edible eyes.
Pipe black buttercream onto the slices. Add whole Oreos for faces, quartered Oreos for the wings and edible eyes.
Pipe green buttercream onto the slices. Roll some of the black fondant into a thin, flat piece and cut out his hair. Roll balls of white and black fondant for eyes, long thin pieces of black fondant for his mouth and a small white fondant tooth.
Pipe white fondant onto the slices. Roll long thin strips of white fondant and put these on top of the buttercream overlapping each other. Add two small pieces of black fondant for the eyes.
Loving these recipes? Annabel Karmel now has an app with all of her latest recipes for little ones, she even caters for the fussiest of eaters!
Make sure to tag us @dottydungarees in all your Halloween crafts for kids creations. We love to see what your little ones get up to in their Dottys!
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