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13 easy Halloween crafts for kids to make with everyday household items

Don't blow your budget ordering elaborate kits online. These Halloween-themed DIY crafts are simple for kids of all ages and made with basic materials and stuff around the house.

Having fun making Halloween crafts doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget ordering elaborate materials and kits online. In fact, you probably have everything you need to make a simple spooktacular craft in your home already.

Before kids hit sugar coma status, let them get creative making these easy Halloween-themed crafts that are not only simple for kids of all ages but easy for adults, too. Think: low on mess and made with the most basic craft supplies and household items.

1. Popsicle stick haunted houses

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These paper and popsicle stick haunted houses are too cute. Kids can build and decorate their own spooky mansions.

Materials: Popsicle sticks, black paper, hot glue gun and stickers, Wonder Stix or anything else you’d like to decorate with.

2. Pine cone spooktakular spider

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Help your child turn their autumn finds into a spooky spider. Display the critter in some cottony spider webs to give it the full effect. Here’s the full how-to.

Materials: Pine cone, black paint, black pipe cleaners, googly eyes, white felt or cardstock

3. Jack o’ lantern paper plate art

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This pumpkin plate collage craft is fun for even the youngest little artists. If you’re working with wee ones, adults can cut out the shapes for the leaves, stems and jack-o’-lantern faces, but kids can help tear orange construction paper into large pieces to create the collage pumpkin. Can you say easy masks and instant Halloween decorations?

Materials: Paper plates, orange, black, green and brown construction paper, glue stick, clothespins or popsicle sticks for little hands to hold them

4. Toilet roll bat

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The kids will love hanging these little black bats all around the house for Halloween. Parents can help kids paint the toilet paper roll and cut out the wings and ears, and then kids can handle glueing on the eyes, wings and ears, drawing on a mouth and attaching the pipe cleaner “legs” through a couple of punched holes at the bottom of the roll. These are so easy to make and they’ll put all those empty toilet rolls you’re tossing to good use.

Materials: Toilet roll, hole punch, kid-safe paint, black construction paper or cardstock, googly eyes, chalk, pipe cleaners, glue or tape

5. Ghost lollipops

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Crafting doesn’t get simpler than these ghostly lollipops. Kids can take their favorite lollipops and drape a few tissues overtop. Use string to secure them and let the kids go wild drawing on their best scary “boo” faces. These are perfect for class parties or passing out to trick or treaters on Halloween night.

Materials: Lollipop, tissue, string, Sharpie

6. Jack-o’-lantern cuties

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We’re not going to lie. This is a ridiculously simple craft. (We won’t tell the kids if you don’t!) Let them get creative drawing all kinds of scary faces on mandarin oranges, then pile these up on the mantel for decoration — or stack them up as grab ‘n go snacks.

Materials: Cuties, Sharpie

7. Halloween candles

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Pull those glass jars out of the recycling bin and turn them into a Halloween craft for the kids. Tear up tissue paper, apply Mod Podge overtop and glue on the spooky faces. The kids will love lighting these up in the window on Halloween night.

Materials: Glass jars, tissue paper, Mod Podge, black construction paper, glue stick, candles (or battery-operated candles)

8. Apple stamp pumpkins

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You can use an apple to make a pumpkin — who knew? Just slice an apple in half, press it into paint and then stamp it onto paper. Let it dry and draw on faces. These adorable pumpkins can be used to make Halloween cards, party invites or whatever you like.

Materials: Apples, kid-safe paint, Sharpies, glitter (optional)

9. Ghost bunting

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Your house needs a lot of spooking up this year, so put the kids to work on this ghost bunting project that can hang on the mantel, across the windows or anywhere around the house. It’s a cinch to make, too. Measure out a piece of string any length you like. Tuck a few cotton balls in the center of a paper towel and twist the towel closed to create the ghost head. Then tie each ghost right on your string, keeping a few inches of space in between and draw on faces. The best part is you can make this bunting as long or as short as you want.

Materials: Paper towels, cotton balls, string, Sharpie

10. Spaghetti spiderwebs

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If you don’t have the typical craft supplies on hand, head to the kitchen instead. These spiderwebs require just raw spaghetti and marshmallows. Connect the spaghetti sticks with marshmallows, and see what shapes and sizes your mini engineers create.

Materials: Spaghetti, big and small marshmallows

11. Egg carton pumpkin wreath

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Turn an empty egg carton into a cute autumn or Halloween wreath. Now that’s easy! And adorable. Here’s the full tutorial.

Materials: Egg carton (or two, if you want a larger wreath), kid-safe paint and brushes, paper plate, glue

12. Aluminum foil spiders

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We love this simple spider craft with a ball of foil at its core. Tape on the legs and eyes and you’ll have a bunch of these critters crawling around. (If you’re raising a tiny entomologist, she’ll know that a real spider has eight legs, not six.)

Materials: Aluminum foil, cardstock paper, googly eyes, tape

13. Candy mandala

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When Halloween is over and no one can bare to look at another piece of candy, why not turn your leftover candy into a pretty autumn craft to will take you through Thanksgiving? Simply take a piece of cardboard and paint it any color you like. Once it’s dry, set the kids up with the cardboard, colorful leftover candy, and some glue. They can create any number of pretty patterns for their mandala. Did we mention this is easy?

Materials: Leftover Halloween candy, hot glue gun, kid-safe paint (they used gesso), cardboard (they used a pizza round)