Halloween is an exciting time for kids, as well as for many adults. Children get to dress up as their favorite Disney character, superhero, dinosaur, or sports figure and run from house to house collecting candy. What’s not to love?

Halloween, much like other holidays, also makes a great theme for fun crafts. And if we know anything, it is that kids love candy and crafts, making Halloween a wonderful holiday for children. Crafts are a great activity when it comes to encouraging children to use their creativity. At Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, we know the importance of stimulating a child’s creativity, curiosity, and development. Crafts can help with all of these things.

So, with Halloween a week away, we are going to go over some fun and simple crafts you can do with your toddler. Carving pumpkins is obviously a classic Halloween craft, but until your kiddos get older, make sure you are the one doing the cutting. There is also always the option of decorating your pumpkins with stickers, the kid friendly option.

Let’s take a look at some other spooky crafts that your children will love!

Puffy Ghosts

These cute and simple ghosts, from Thriving Home, are fun for the kids and require minimal materials. Hang these ghosts around your home to get in the holiday spirit and allow your children to show off their hard work.

For this craft, you will need:

  • White cardstock paper
  • Cotton balls
  • Black paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue

To get your kiddos started, cut a ghost shape out of the white cardstock. This ghost doesn’t have to be perfect and they can all be different. Once the ghosts are all cut out, your kids can start gluing the cotton balls onto the ghost. If your children have trouble with using a moderate amount of glue, you can help them with this part. Cover the ghost cutout completely with cotton balls and make sure they are glued on securely. Next, cut out the face! Your kids can decide whether they want a friendly and happy ghost or a spooky ghost. Help them cut out the faces and have them glue them onto the top of the cotton balls. Once these puffy ghosts are dry, you can add a string to them and hang them throughout your home, or pin them to the wall! And voila! These ghosts are done.

Q-Tip Skeleton

This easy craft does not require a ton of materials, but does require some additional help from you to help you child make sure they do it right. With that being said, remember that kids are kids and their crafts will not turn out perfectly, allow them to make mistakes and create something that doesn’t look how it is supposed to.

For the Q-tip skeleton, you will need:

  • Black cardstock or construction paper
  • White paper
  • 18 Q-tips
  • Black marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue

You will need to cut out a skull for your kids to use on their skeletons, while you are doing this, they can begin by gluing six of the Q-tips onto the black paper, making the skeletons ribs. Then have them glue another Q-tip over those six, making the backbone. Once you have the skulls cut out, have your kids glue them down at the top of the backbone. Have your kiddos use two Q-tips for each arm and two Q-tips for each leg and then cut the rest. Two of these halves will be used as the feet and the rest will create five fingers on each of the arms. The skeletons are not complete! Hang them on the fridge to scare you away from that midnight snack! For a visual of this skeleton, find it at Crafts For All Seasons.

Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

Toilet paper rolls can be used for so many things, and crafts is definitely one of those things. There are tons of fun Halloween crafts you can make out of toilet paper rolls, here are a few.

One cute craft is the toilet paper mummy. With two empty rolls, cut arms out of one and glue them to the sides of the other. Then cut toilet paper in small strips and have your kiddos glue them down around the toilet paper roll and cut out arms. Once the roll is covered and you have your mummy glue googly eyes onto the roll. It is as simple as that! Find the list of material and instructions here!

Toilet paper roll monsters are also a great craft that kids can really get creative with. Happy Hooligans, used this craft to create a monster mobile, but single monsters can also just be made. Have your kids paint their toilet paper roll whatever color they want their monster to be. Cut craft foam into the shapes of monster teeth and mouths and have your children glue those onto their monster rolls. Help them add googly eyes and poke holes in the sides to the monster to add pipe cleaner arms. These monsters are simple and allow your kids to get creative!

These are only a few of the many simple Halloween crafts that are perfect for your kiddos. Get started making these crafts and decorate your home for Halloween! Find even more options from Parents.com and schedule a tour to see Yellow Brick Road and help you child embrace their creativity!