Halloween is a ‘spooky’ and fun holiday Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities can enjoy. But the celebration doesn’t have to wait for the trick or treating to begin, because half of the fun is in the preparation—things like decorating, pumpkin picking and carving, arts and crafts, buying candy, etc. Even better, many Halloween-themed activities are easy and can be done in the comfort of home, which makes the following craft ideas perfect for your clients and their families to enjoy. Not only will they create some pretty awesome spooky (and not-so-spooky) Halloween crafts, they’ll also make memories that will last a lifetime.

5 Easy and Fun Halloween Crafts to Do With Children

Yummy Fruit MummiesAn orange, apple, banana, and pear wrapped to look like mummies with colorful googly eyes on a wood grain background

Yummy Fruit Mummies Supplies:

  • Assorted fruits
    (apples, oranges, bananas, pears, peaches)
  • Roll of medical gauze
  • Self-adhesive googly eyes
    (googly eyes can be added with glue, too)
  • Tape (optional)

Yummy Fruit Mummy Instructions:

1. Wrap the gauze around the fruit, being sure to not hold it too tightly.

2. Tuck the last piece under to secure (or use non-toxic tape, if needed).

3. Adhere googly eyes in pairs on one side and enjoy!

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Not-So-Spooky Kitty Halloween Face Masks

Kitty Face Mask Supplies:

  • Cloth face mask (recommend black or orange)
  • Small Pink pompom
  • White or silver chenille stems
  • White yarn
  • Hot glue / hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Kitty Face Mask Instructions:

1. Mark the spot for the kitty nose with a pen or your finger.

2. Fold and overlap the stems into the shape of whiskers and use hot glue to adhere to the mask where the nose mark is. Use scissors to trim to the desired size.

3. Hot glue the pompom in the middle of the whiskers to add the kitty nose.

4. Use hot glue to adhere two pieces of yarn, curved beneath the nose to look like a mouth.

Not-So-Spooky Butterfly Halloween Face Masks

Butterfly Face Mask Supplies:

  • Cloth face mask
  • Small decorative fabric butterflies
  • Hot glue / hot glue gun

Butterfly Face Mask Instructions:

1. Lay the mask on a flat surface.

2. Use hot glue to adhere decorative butterflies all over the mask.

Not-So-Spooky Monster Halloween Face Masks

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Monster Face Mask Supplies:

  • Cloth face mask (recommend black)
  • 2 felt sheets, one white and one pink
  • Fluffy boa
  • Hot glue / hot glue gun
  • Scissors

Monster Face Mask Instructions:

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1. Cut a tongue shape out of pink felt (about 5” long and 2” wide).

2. Cut a 1” slit in the base of the tongue and overlap the tabs slightly to give a 3D look.

3. Use hot glue to adhere the tongue to the bottom edge of the mask so it curls up and then down.

4. Cut several small triangles out of the white felt for teeth and glue them around the top and bottom edges of the mask with the points facing inward.

5. Cut lengths of fluffy boa long enough to go around the outside of the mask. Make sure to glue the entire length of the boa onto the edges, stretching the mask as you glue to ensure that it won’t keep the mask from fitting properly as it’s worn. Keep in mind that hot glue is not flexible when dried, so only add a dab every inch or so to keep the mask flexible.

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Puffy Ghost Supplies:

  • White card stock paper
  • Scissors
  • School glue
  • Cotton Balls
  • Black construction paper
  • Yarn or string (optional)

Puffy Ghost Decoration Instructions:

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1. Cut your stock paper into a ghost shape. You can just free hand your own. Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, you’ll be covering it anyway in later steps.

2. Kids love going crazy with glue! Glue cotton balls on the paper until the entire ghost shape is covered.

3. Cut out eyes and a mouth shape on black paper. Cut several shape options so the kids can pick if they want a spooky or friendly ghost.

4. Once the glue is dry, you can tape some yarn or string to the back of the stock paper and hang your ghosts up around the house.

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Can’t get enough of these fun Halloween crafts? The American Autism Association has some great sensory-friendly fun Halloween crafts for kids here as well!

Unmask the fun for your clients and families!

Once your clients and their families make these spooky Halloween crafts, they’ll be in the Halloween spirit for sure. Best of all, once they get the hang of it, they can get even more creative by putting their own unique spin on these items—or be inspired to make something completely different. Regardless of whether they stick to the instructions or experiment, these easy Halloween crafts are a great way to stay engaged and to be a part of the holiday fun!

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