Fall is here and we know what that means. Time for sweaters, hooded sweatshirts, apple cider and that special time at the end of October, Halloween. Halloween is the best time for crafts! Its a time for hanging out with your children dressing up in costumes, going to a trunk or treat program at church, eating candy, treats and celebrating with friends.
If you usually don’t participate in the festivities, or if you want to have the best house in the neighborhood, there is a craft for everyone. If you don’t celebrate Halloween, you can craft harvest decorations to celebrate the season. And there are a million fun ways to decorate a pumpkin!
Costumes anyone? Making your kids’ costumes is fun and it puts parents in control of what their children can wear. (Enjoy it while it lasts!) Costumes are a perfect way to take a great idea and form it into a vision. Kids can become a gumball machine or a bag of jelly beans. Colored balloons can be grapes, jelly beans or gumballs when they are attached to a sweat suit or in a clear garbage bag. Pool toy floatation noodles can become arms or legs to be an octopus or jelly fish, they can be a french fries costume when they are attached to a cardboard or felt suit. For Halloween costumes its all about creativity, not cost!
Adult costumes can be based on more mature themes, so you can be even more creative. For many adults Halloween is the only time to put away the serious side and just be silly. Cartoons and TV show characters can come to life. Couples can coordinate their costumes and costumes can be based on food, games or other objects too.
Decorations are the best part of Halloween crafts. They don’t have to be blood and gore or scare the little ones, the focus can be friendly jack o lanterns, candles or lights to make your house more fun and inviting to trick-or-treaters. You can make scary looking and fun food crafts or make crafts that make people laugh.
Ghost light milk cartons
Ghosts with sheets over wire tomato cages
Wrapped gauze with some googly eyes make mummy candles
Glass jack o lanterns and vases
Scrapbook paper signs and banners
Wreaths and door decorations made out of orange and black tulle
Halloween flags and fabric
Fabric and lace covered pumpkins
Cookie monster pumpkins
Homemade signs that say “Boo!” or “Its all about the candy.”
Hello Kitty pumpkins
Spider webs made out of dryer lint
Fun, Food and Drink:
Hot Dogs that look like “fingers”
Green punch and green monster pudding in individual cups.
Oreos and pretzels to make spider cookies
White “ghost” Rice Krispie treats
Festive table displays
If your goal is to scare the be-geebies out of people, then the sky is the limit. You can make fake blood out of food coloring and chocolate syrup. You can even make fake body parts out of old cut up pant legs and sleeves stuffed with padding. Build a coffin out of an old piece of furniture and have someone jump out of it. Put a headless stuffed body made out of clothes on your porch to greet visitors. Just be careful to let people know that it is all in fun. You wouldn’t want someone to have a heart attack or call the police!
Halloween crafts can be as big or small as you make them. Its as simple as some covering old cans with some themed paper, black or orange fabric. You can put candles or licorice in them to make a cute inexpensive display for trick -or-treaters or light up your house with as many outside Halloween ideas you can find. Use what you have laying around the house and get your kids to help. Make this year’s Halloween about friends, family and frighteningly good fun.