Halloween Kids Crafts Project Starters

Now that it’s October, the stores will be extra packed as children begin to narrow down their ideas for Halloween costumes, families dream up spooky Halloween decorations and die-hard ghouls pick up the needed supplies to make one frightening front yard display. As I mentioned last week, this week’s project is actually a compilation of ideas your children can make this weekend after a visit to the Maker’s Halloween section of Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts store. I picked up a few of my favorite project starters that you might like, too.

I saw this wooden pumpkin frame and craft pumpkin that I knew would be perfect for kick-off Halloween crafting.

I actually found this sweet little craft pumpkin at Target in Madison Heights in their Halloween section. Believe it or not, you can actually carve him! Paired with the items above it’s time to get crafting.


  • Spray adhesive
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Orange pom-poms
  • Artificial fall leaves
  • Empty shoebox
  • Googly eyes
  • Glitter (your choice of color)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Acrylic craft paint (your choice of color)
  • Paintbrush

Project No. 1: Glitter Pumpkin

Take a look at the store this weekend – there are glitter pumpkins EVERYWHERE! I gave the little craft pumpkin the glitter treatment by masking off half of the pumpkin with painter’s tape. A quick application of spray adhesive over the area I wanted covered was followed by a heavy coating of glitter over the empty shoebox. Shake off the excess, remove the tape and let dry. You could also you Elmer’s glue to create designs on the pumpkin and then apply the glitter. Drying tip: Place the pumpkin stem down into a drinking glass!

Project No. 2: Selfie Pumpkin Picture Frame

The opening on that wooden pumpkin frame is just right frame your child’s face for an adorable Halloween selfie. Have them start out by painting the frame the color of their choice. Make sure to paint the sides, too! Let the frame dry. Next, add orange fuzzy pom-poms all around the pumpkin outline with your hot glue. Let the glue cool off and they’re ready for their close up.

Project No. 3: Scarecrow Craft Pumpkin

With its bright orange color and fun, lumpy shape, this final craft pumpkin looks like it wanted to become a scarecrow! Using the artificial leaves, make a crown around the pumpkin stem with the larger pieces. Once the glue has cooled, add a second ring around the stem using smaller pieces.

Add googly eyes to the front of the pumpkin and fill in his forehead with additional smaller leaves to create bangs. Add a mouth with puffy paint, if you like!


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