34 Spooktacular Halloween Craft Ideas For Toddlers & Preschoolers

Spooktacular Halloween Craft Ideas

Ghosties and ghoulies come out to play! Halloween is the perfect time for little ones to try their hand at some fun crafts and let their imaginations run wild.

We’ve assembled more than 30 ideas for toddler friendly projects for the youngest artists-in-training, from crafts they can handle on their own to projects that might require a bit more supervision.

Many use materials that you might already have on hand, like craft sticks, toilet rolls, coffee filters, and other household finds. We made sure there’s nothing too spooky or too messy—this Halloween haul is all treats and no tricks!

NOTE: If you’re looking for Halloween crafts for older kids (5-9) try this article after you get done here: Halloween Crafts for Older Kids.

Tips For Crafting With Toddlers

Before you get started:

Crafting with toddlers and preschoolers can be stressful. They’re impatient, clumsy, and easily distracted. But they’re also wonderfully creative, curious, and eager to learn. So set yourself up for success and check out these quick tips for kiddie crafting:

  1. Choose the right craft Make sure that you’ve chosen something that’s appropriate for the kids’ ages and abilities, and for the space and time you have available. Nothing’s worse than running out of table space or rushing to finish when time runs short.
  2. Keep mess contained Opt for heavy-bottomed containers for paint brush water rather than easily tipped cups, and keep paint palettes in the center of the table to avoid spills. Cover the table (and the floor!) with a plastic tablecloth or dropcloth, and don’t forget to have every artist tie back hair, roll up sleeves, and don aprons or smocks.
  3. Work in stages Kids get impatient if they have to wait for paint or glue to dry before they can do the next step, so plan to spread those tasks out with breaks in between for other activities. It’s a good way to keep them focused and avoid spills and other accidents.
  4. Encourage exploration and mistakes In a Pinterest-perfect world, it’s easy to feel like your kids’ crooked jack-o-lantern or paint-splattered pumpkin doesn’t measure up, but the truth is, as long as they’re having fun, they’ll have the confidence to explore, learn, and gain skills they need for more complex tasks and projects.

Ready? Let’s get crafting!

38 Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers

1. Craft Stick Critters

These little monsters are a good place to start getting in the Halloween spirit, especially if your kids have fears about monsters under their beds or in their closets. These craft-stick monsters are made up, just like those imaginary ones, and kids can make them as fun and friendly as they want so they’ve always got a monster on their side. Stick them in cups to use as decoration for the Halloween season, or turn them into stick puppets and stage a puppet show!

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Craft sticks (jumbo size works best)
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Washable markers (optional)
  • Add-ons like pompoms, googly eyes or foam shapes (optional)
  • Glue (if using add-ons)

Check out the tutorial: Crafts by Amanda

2. Treat-carrying Bats

treat-carrying bats

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party, bringing treats to the classroom, or just planning what you’re giving to the neighborhood trick-or-treaters, these little bats are the perfect opportunity to get the kids involved. All you need are some toilet rolls to get started. If your kids don’t find the bats particularly appealing, check out this alternate version for mummies instead!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper rolls (one per bat)
  • Colorful paper
  • Black and white paper or cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Treats

Check out the tutorial: Hello Wonderful

3. Painted Mini-pumpkins

painted mini-pumpkins

For the kids too young to carve pumpkins, why not paint instead? Miniature gourds last a long time, especially if they’re not cut into, and all you need is some paint and brushes to get started. Make sure you cover your work space well! This one gets messy. You can use basic paint brushes, or opt for other materials like cotton swabs, sponges, or even fingers to apply the paint!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Miniature gourds
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes or other applicators

Check out the tutorial: Glued to My Crafts

4. Ghost Footprints

Ghost Footprints

Wait a minute, ghosts don’t leave footprints! But in this case, footprints leave ghosts! This adorable project is fun for kids who don’t mind getting their hands and feet a little messy, and since there’s no fine coordination needed, it’s easy for all ages to take part!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Cardstock or construction paper

Check out the tutorial: Pinkie for Pink

5. Halloween Play Dough

halloween play dough

Who doesn’t love play dough? It’s a great way for kids to strengthen the muscles they’ll need to develop fine motor skills, plus you can use it for lessons on shapes and colors, or just let their little imaginations run wild! This homemade recipe requires no cooking and goes together with ingredients you’ve already got on hand.

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Vegetable oil
  • Cream of tartar
  • Food coloring
  • Add-ins like plastic spiders, straws, and pipe cleaners

Check out the tutorial: Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds

6. Potato Print Monsters

These are too cute! Turn a cut potato into an easy stamp kids can use to create the body of their monsters. Add googly eyes, some arms and legs, and voila! A quick and easy monster craft that’s low on mess and tons of fun.

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Potatoes
  • Sharp knife (for adult use only, of course)
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plate
  • Markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Paper or cardstock

Check out the tutorial: Artsy Craftsy Mom

7. Tie-Dye Coffee Filter Bats

Tie-Dye Coffee Filter Bats

How cute are these?! They’re a little bit more involved and require some basic fine motor skills, so might be better for older kiddos, but even the youngest toddlers can help out with coloring the coffee filters. Stick with blue, black, and purple for dark and spooky bat wings, or let their creativity run wild and create bright tie-dye colors. Even bats like to dress up for Halloween!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Clothes pins
  • Black paint
  • Coffee filters
  • Washable markers
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Black paper
  • White gel pen
  • Paint brush

Check out the tutorial: Darcy and Brian

8. Paper Spider Headbands

paper spider headbands

Part craft, part costume, this is a fantastic party or classroom craft. It only uses a few supplies, and can be quickly assembled, with only a little time for glue to dry. If you’re doing it in a group, it’s probably best for older kids who can handle scissors and glue without too much close supervision

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

Check out the tutorial: Fantastic Fun and Learning

9. Handprint Witch

handprint witch

Handprint crafts are a staple for just about every holiday, and they’re great for helping kids practice fine motor control for tracing and cutting. This fun project turns a green handprint into a spooky witch!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly Eyes
  • Markers
  • Pipe Cleaner

Check out the tutorial: The Best Ideas for Kids

10. Spooky Spud Ghosts

Spooky Spud Ghosts

Another easy stamping craft that even the youngest kids can enjoy! All it takes is a bit of adult help to cut raw potatoes into ghostly stamps and a little bit of white paint and you’ve got an entire graveyard full of ghosts!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Potatoes
  • A sharp knife (for adults only!)
  • White paint
  • Black construction paper

Check out the tutorial: I Heart Crafty Things

11. Drinking Straw Skeletons

drinking straw skeletons

This craft requires scissors, so it’s a good idea to save it for the slightly older preschoolers rather than toddlers. Alternatively, you can pre-cut all your straws and let the younger kids stick to the glueing part only! If you do have little ones using scissors, opt for soft plastic straws as they’re easier and safer to cut than paper straws.

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Plastic drinking straws
  • Black construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • White crayon

Check out the tutorial: Education.com

12. Smiling Skulls

Smiling Skulls

Turn a paper plate into a cute, smiling, snaggle-toothed skull with just a bit of tissue paper and cardstock. Again, this is a craft you can adapt for younger kids by pre-cutting all the pieces and helping them assemble their project, or you can give older kids a little more autonomy by pre-marking shapes for them to cut out themselves.

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • White tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Black cardstock
  • White cardstock
  • Glue

Check out the tutorial: Glued to My Crafts

13. Blown Paint Ghosts

blown paint ghosts

A painting project with minimal mess? Yes, it does exist! This project doesn’t even require brushes, just a drinking straw to blow paint into ghostly shapes. Just in case, though, stick to non-toxic, washable paint, and don’t forget the googly eyes!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Washable white paint
  • Black marker
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue
  • Drinking straw

Check out the tutorial: Crafty Morning

14. Cardboard Tube Creatures

Cardboard Tube Creatures

Aliens and monsters and creatures, oh my! Made with paper, markers, glue, and stickers, this is a super easy craft that’s tons of fun and not messy at all. Crafts like this leave lots of room for self expression, so kids love all things scary can make their creations as spooky as they like, while those who don’t can make theirs friendly and silly instead!

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Toilet paper tubes (one for each creature)
  • Glue
  • Colorful paper
  • Scissors
  • Washable markers
  • Stickers

Check out the tutorial:  Easy Peasy and Fun

15. Handprint Bats

handprint bats

This is a great project to tie in with a lesson on bats, since bats’ wings have the same structure as hands. Kids can use their own handprints to trace out bat shapes, then cut and decorate with googly eyes and toothy smiles. For a fun version for younger kids that’s focused on assembly instead of tracing and cutting, try this project that requires a bit more parent prep-work, but turns out super cute!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Googly eyes
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • White paint

Check out the tutorial: Kids Craft Room

16. Craft Stick Monsters

Craft Stick Monsters

This project, like the Craft Stick Critters above, uses simple materials to give kids a chance to let their imaginations run wild! This one might be even better for the youngest crafters, since this one uses pre-colored craft sticks—no paint required! It does take a bit of prep work, though, since it’s best to have an adult in charge of the scissors. Pre-cut shapes to use for the monsters’ faces from cardstock or construction paper, then all your little one will need is a glue stick to create a silly or spooky monster friend!

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Colored craft sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue stick

Check out the tutorial:  I Heart Arts N Crafts

17. Black Cat Handprints

black cat handprints

Turn a handprint cut out into a cute black cat! There’s no bad luck associated with this cute little craft. All you need is some construction paper, scissors, stickers, and gel pens to put this craft together. No muss, no fuss.

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Gel pens
  • Eye stickers
  • Scissors

Check out the tutorial: Easy Peasy and Fun

18. Yarn Mummies

Yarn Mummies

A super simple project with just a little prep work that’s perfect for toddlers. All it takes is a cardboard cutout and a bit of yarn to make a simple mummy that’s not too spooky for these little crafters.

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Cardstock cutouts
  • White yarn
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes

Check out the tutorial: I Heart Crafty Things

19. 3D Paper Pumpkins

3D Paper Pumpkins

Kids branching out from 2D drawing and painting will love the “pop up” nature of this 3D pumpkin craft, and with simple scissor work, it’s a great project for beginners to get started using these tools…with supervision, of course

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper or cardstock
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper Fasteners

Check out the tutorial: Nuture Store

20. Paper Plate Spiders

Paper Plate Spiders

Colorful creepy crawlies that make a great addition to a Halloween lesson in counting. Kids can paint their spider’s paper-plate body, then add all eight googly eyes and all eight pipe cleaner legs! Display them on a wall, or use them as decorations for kids’ Halloween festivities.

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners

Check out the tutorial: I Heart Crafty Things

21. Pumpkin Mummies

pumpkin mummies

When it comes to Halloween crafting, it doesn’t get much easier than this! All you’ll need is some gauze or cheesecloth to turn a plain pumpkin into a cute and spooky mummy! Of course, the googly eyes add the finishing touch.

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Gauze or cheesecloth
  • Pumpkins (real or faux)
  • Hot glue (for adults only)
  • Googly eyes

Check out the tutorial: Mother’s Niche

22. Owl Pumpkin

owl pumpkin

Whooo’s that on the front porch? Why, it’s the Great Owl Pumpkin, of course! This one lasts best if you use a faux pumpkin, since natural gourds hold moisture that makes gluing on additions tricky.

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Small pumpkin (real or faux)
  • Tissue paper
  • Black paint
  • Paint brush
  • Chalk markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Large googly eyes
  • Orange cardstock

Check out the tutorial: I Heart Crafty Things

23. Monster Mobiles

monster mobiles

This is a great project for using up bits and pieces left over from other crafts. It’s also the perfect craft for a classroom, Halloween party, or other get-together with lots of little ones, since that means you can assemble the mobile using everyone’s own individual monsters. The more the merrier for this monster mobile!

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Toilet rolls (one for each monster)
  • Washable paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Craft foam
  • Googly eyes
  • Yarn
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue

Check out the tutorial: Happy Hooligans

24. Handprint Ghouls

Handprint Ghouls

Another great project for a family or classroom full of kids. Everyone gets to turn his or her handprint into a sweet or spooky ghoul to add to the banner, so make sure to have lots of materials on hand to allow for personalization. You can tailor this to be age appropriate: from crayons and stickers to paint and glitter, depending on the group of kids at hand!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Add-ons like pom poms, googly eyes, etc.
  • Markers
  • Stickers

Check out the tutorial: Crafts by Amanda

25. Sparkling Spiders’ Webs

sparkling spiders' webs

This craft has a strong potential for mess, but it’s also a total winner even for kids who don’t usually like craft time. Plain glue and glitter combine to form fantastic spider web shapes that peel right off the wax paper!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Wax paper
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Marker

Check out the tutorial: Woo! Jr.

26. Decorated Witches’ Hats

decorated witches' hats

Regular party hats get a spooky makeover with the addition of paper plates, some black paint, and plenty of fun add ons, like glitter, ribbon, feathers, yarn, and pretty much any other crafty leftovers you’ve got stashed around the house. This one does take some prep-work from adults to turn the hats into their witchy shape, and some materials (like glitter!) aren’t great for the littlest crafters, so be prepared to adapt based on your audience.

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Party hats
  • Paper plates
  • Black paint
  • Glue
  • Add ons (googly eyes, gems, feathers, ribbons, yarn, etc.

Check out the tutorial: 4 Crazy Kings

27. Zombie Collages

Zombie Collages

Collage crafts are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers because you can get a great result without having to stay inside the lines. These zombies are sponge painted (perfect for little hands!) and include lots of fun leftover materials like buttons and yarn to make their faces.

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sponges
  • Washable paint
  • Glue
  • Add-ons (like yarn, buttons, cardboard shapes, etc)

Check out the tutorial: Arty Crafty Kids

28. Woven Paper Pumpkins

Woven Paper Pumpkins

This is such a cute craft that’s great for little ones working on fine motor skills, and you can repurpose it for all kinds of different holidays by cutting out different shapes from the finished woven mat. Even better, it’s easy and mess-free!

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cardstock

Check out the tutorial: What Can We Do With Paper and Glue?

29. Not-so-Spooky Spiders

not-so-spooky spiders

These are the cutest spiders you’ll ever see! Made with pre-colored craft sticks, pom poms, and googly eyes, it’s a quick and easy low mess craft that gives great results for kids of all ages. This version uses a hot-glue gun, so make sure that’s handled by adults only!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Craft sticks
  • Pom poms
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue

Check out the tutorial: My Home Based Life

30. Pumpkin Stamps

pumpkin stamps

Stamping crafts are great, and it’s fun to show kids how everyday items, like apples, can be turned into a tool for crafting. Simply slice an apple in half, and you’ve got the perfect pumpkin shape! Pipe cleaners added on for stems and vines, and some googly eyes just for fun, and your little ones can grow their own paper pumpkin patch!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Apples
  • Sharp knife (for adults only)
  • Orange paint
  • Glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Pipe cleaners

Check out the tutorial: Made to Be a Momma

31. Spooky Salt Ghosts

spooky salt ghosts

This is a great project for kids who aren’t ready for glitter yet. There’s all the fun of tracing out shapes in glue, pouring on the salt, and seeing the shape revealed, but without the endless mess of glitter afterward! This one isn’t best for the youngest kids who aren’t ready to wield a bottle of liquid glue yet, but older kids will have tons of fun!

Best for ages 4 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Black construction paper
  • Liquid glue
  • Salt
  • Black paint
  • Paintbrush

Check out the tutorial:  Crafty Morning

32. Paper Plate Bats

paper plate bats

Paper plate crafts are great—with just a little paint and some googly eyes, your little ones can turn a plate into a friendly bat! Older kids can handle cutting the shapes themselves, while younger ones should leave the scissors to adults.

Best for ages 3 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Paper plates
  • Washable black paint
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brushes
  • Black construction paper

Check out the tutorial: A Dab of Glue Will Do

33. Handprint Pumpkins

Handprint Pumpkins

This project is an adorable keepsake, and would make a great annual Halloween tradition with your little ones. The project does require quite a bit of adult prep-work and assistance, though, so if you’re doing this for a group, make sure to plan ahead and have everything ready.

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Clay (air dry or oven baked)
  • Craft stick
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Drinking straw
  • Green ribbon

Check out the tutorial: Non-Toy Gifts

34. Marshmallow Ghost Stamps

Marshmallow Ghost Stamps

Halloween is all about tricks and treats, and this craft has both! Store-bought square marshmallows (the kind designed for making s’mores) become the perfect squishy stamps to make ghostly faces on black construction paper. Just make sure the kids know which marshmallows are for eating, and which are for crafting!

Best for ages 2 and up

Supplies you’ll need:

  • Square marshmallows
  • White paint
  • Toothpicks
  • Drinking straw
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper

Check out the tutorial: Coffee Cups and Crayons

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