40+ Easy and Creative Halloween Crafts for Kids That You Can Make as a Family

BY AMANDA GARRITY AND MEAGHAN MURPHY for goodhousekeeping.com

The main excitement of Halloween — costumes and candy — might not happen until October 31, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t celebrate right up until the big day. Sure, carving pumpkins is fun and all, but there are so many other ways to encourage your kids to explore their creativity during the spookiest season of the year. Start with these Halloween crafts for kids (okay, the whole family) to get your house in the spooky, scary, or sweet spirit. Whether you’re prepping for a Halloween party, decorating the front porch for trick-or-treaters, or crafting for the fun of it, these simple DIY ideas will make this fall the most creative one yet.

This October, think beyond jack-o’-lanterns and opt for these kid-friendly Halloween crafts, which highlight some of the season’s best including ghosts, bats, spiders, and more creepy-but-cute creatures. To make these quick and easy crafts come to life, check your googly eye inventory ( They’re a Halloween staple!) and then head to Amazon or your local craft store to restock. Your little monsters will love ’em. (And if this inspired you to get crafty, try these Halloween crafts for adults.)

Fruit & Veggie Monsters

Add plastic googly eyes to any veggie or fruit to make it a monster with a dot of royal frosting. Here, we used squashes, ginger, cauliflower, artichokes, eggplants as well as fruits like pomegranate, pears, avocados, kiwis, coconuts, chayote and more. Display on your table or in a bowl, like this one by Sin.

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