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20 Fun Halloween Crafts That The Whole Family Will Love

These festive art projects are just as fun as they are freaky!

There is so much to love about Halloween. In fact, between the candy, the fun parties, and the endless TV showings of Hocus Pocus, one could argue that it's the greatest holiday of all. However, all of that candy, those costumes, and that party decor has a way of adding up. By the time November rolls around, most of us have barely any money left to spend on Thanksgiving, let alone Christmas! Thankfully, we've come up with a solution: DIY Halloween crafts. By making your own decorations, you can save money and have a great time doing it. Keep reading for some fun and festive Halloween crafts that everyone in the family can participate in making.

Maple Leaf Ghosts

DIY Maple Leaf Ghosts Halloween Crafts

A black marker, white paint, some scissors, and some maple leaves is all you need to create these spooky DIY ghosts. They're festive, they're frugal, and they're simple enough that even the youngest member of your family can make them without a fuss.

A Freaky Frankenstein Flower Pot

DIY Frankenstein Monster Can Halloween Crafts

Want a Halloween centerpiece that's the perfect combination of creepy and classy? Then this DIY Frankenstein flower pot is the Halloween craft for you. With some green paint, a marker, two googly eyes, and a black foam sheet, you can upcycle any old can into your very own Frankenstein's monster.

Monster Mummy Tea Light Holders

Mummy Tea Light Holders Halloween Crafts
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Do you have a few empty mini water bottles lying around? If so, don't recycle them just yet, because they're the perfect base for DIY mummy tea light holders. Just glue some white gauze bandage onto the bottles, add some paper eyes, throw in an electric tea light, and voila: glowing mummies! Use these Halloween crafts to light up your walkway for trick-or-treaters or keep them in the kitchen for a decidedly festive vibe—the choice is yours!

Glowing Milk Jug Ghosts

Milk Jug Ghosts Halloween Crafts
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Prefer ghosts over mummies? Then light up your Halloween night with these spooky milk jug specters instead. Somehow they're even easier to make than the mummy tea light holders; just draw a face on an empty milk jug, throw in a light source of any kind, and your ghost is good to go.

A Brilliant Bat-Shaped Napkin Design

Bat-Shaped Napkin Design Halloween Crafts

Even fancy Halloween parties can be festive. And if you want to darken your dinner table with some spooky decor, look no further than this napkin-folding trick. In just a few easy steps (which are demonstrated by Jen Wold on her YouTube channel), you can turn ordinary black napkins into bewitching bats.

Fun and Festive Painted Rock Creatures

Cartoon Halloween Painted Rocks Halloween Crafts

Rock out this holiday with these painted rock creatures that, though far from scary, are as cute as they come. Whether you prefer ghosts, monsters, cats, or bats, you can turn these Halloween crafts into anything your Halloween-loving heart desires.

Popsicle Stick Scarecrows

DIY Popsicle Scarecrow Halloween Crafts
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Admittedly, this popsicle stick scarecrow couldn't scare off even the most cowardly of crows. However, it's still a cute and creative craft that the kids will love making this Halloween. The best part? All it requires is some popsicle sticks, some paint, some glue, and some hay or string—and if you have little ones at home, then you probably have most (if not all) of those things lying around.

Pretty Paper Pumpkin Centerpieces

Paper Pumpkins Halloween Crafts

These paper pumpkin centerpieces are the ultimate Halloween craft. Not only are they easy to create, but you can use them after Halloween during Thanksgiving dinner and even for other fall festivities. Check out this step-by-step guide from Craftiness Is Not Optional to get started!

Fun Ghost Lollipops

DIY Ghost Lollipops Halloween Crafts
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Give your trick-or-treaters a flavorsome fright this Halloween with these fun ghost lollipops. All you have to do to transform each lollipop is cover it with a tissue, tie a ribbon where the lollipop ends, and draw some eyes!

Toilet Paper Roll Trolls

Toilet Paper Roll Monsters Halloween Crafts
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Odds are that at any given moment, you have at least a handful of empty toilet paper rolls sitting in your recycling bin. And if you're in the market for a Halloween craft that's both cheap and simple, then you can use those rolls as the base for silly, spooky monsters. You can use some gauze to make a mummy, color a roll green and turn it into Frankenstein's monster, or just glue some googly eyes on for a curious little creature. All you really need are the empty rolls, and the rest is up to you.

Flying Paper Towel Roll Bats

Flying Toilet Paper Roll Bats Halloween Crafts
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Another fun way to repurpose empty toilet paper rolls is by turning them into bats. With just some glue, some construction paper, and a pair of scissors, you can easily transform any old roll into this DIY animal—and once you're all finished, you can hang your Halloween crafts from the ceiling with string to scare your guests.

Halloween Holiday Cards

Spider Halloween Holiday Cards

The itsy bitsy spider went up the Halloween card—or it will, if you decide to create this cute craft! The only things you absolutely need for this project are buttons and a marker; the remainder of the card's design is whatever you choose it to be.

Handmade Halloween Envelopes

Halloween Envelopes Halloween Crafts

Once your handmade Halloween cards are complete, go ahead and make these envelopes to send them in. Sure, they're plain, black envelopes on the outside, but when the recipient of your card opens theirs, they'll be greeted by a smiling cat, a chuckling jack-o'-lantern, or a ghastly ghost.

To make each envelope, all you have to do is line the inside of a regular black envelope with the colored paper of your choosing and draw away. If you don't want to spend money on envelopes, you can also use this step-by-step video to fold a piece of paper into a DIY one.

An Autumn Leaf Pumpkin

DIY Leaf Pumpkin Halloween Crafts
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In the fall, the only thing more plentiful than PSLs is leaves. So, why not use nature to your advantage and create an art project out of all of that fallen fall foliage? With just some leaves, a piece of paper, and glue, you and your kids can make a jolly jack-o'-lantern and hang him on the refrigerator or even on the front door to greet trick-or-treaters.

A DIY Halloween Wreath

DIY Halloween Wreath
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Whether you're hosting a Halloween party or just want your house to look good for passersby, this festive wreath is a fun craft that you can create in under an hour. Just pick up a plain wreath at a crafting store like Michael's along with everything you want to decorate it with, and then spend the afternoon crafting with the children. It's fun, festive, and family-friendly!

Painted Gourds With Creepy Crawly Spiders

Painted Gourds For Halloween Halloween Crafts

Grab some paint, some glue, and some mini fake spiders and give your gourds a serious upgrade this season. When people walk by your yard on Halloween night, they'll never be able to tell that those creepy crawly spiders aren't real!

Paper Cup Ghosts

Paper Cup Ghosts Halloween Crafts
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Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? If so, you can both decorate your space and provide liquid vessels with these paper cup ghosts. Simply buy some white paper cups, flip them upside down, and draw some spooky and silly faces on them. When the 31st of October comes around, you can stack these cups in a pyramid and they can serve as a spooky prop while they wait to be used.

DIY Candy Bags

DIY Halloween Candy Bags
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If you want to be the house on your block that every trick-or-treater talks about for months to come, then you need to make these fun DIY treat bags. By decorating mini black and orange gift bags, you can house all those gummy treats and chocolate sweets in cute cats and smiling pumpkins.

Pumpkin Monsters

Mini Pumpkin Monsters Halloween Crafts

Turning your mini pumpkins into alien-esque monsters is easier than you think. Here's how it works: Use a knife to carve a hole in the side of your mini pumpkin the width and length of your vampire teeth. Remove the excess flesh and wedge the vampire teeth into the hole. Finally, use tape, markers, and toothpicks to give your pumpkin monster some eyes!

A Halloween Paper Garland

Halloween Garland Halloween Crafts
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Grab some string, some paper, some markers, and some clothespins and make yourself a Halloween paper garland. You can hang it on your front porch, in your living room, on your kitchen island—the choice is yours.

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