There is something about October that gives us extra permission to get exceptionally gooey, ooey, sticky, crafty, and glittery.
That said, we saw no problem with gathering some of the messiest, most colorful and awe-inspiring holiday crafts for your to try at home. As a disclaimer, some of these are more suited for parents to do alone and to use to decorate their homes instead, but others can done with children under a high level of supervision.
See which crafts topped our list below.
Cardboard Haunted House
This cute cardboard house is a take on what would be a traditional haunted house, except it’s toned down, there’s not a spook or a goblin in sight, and your children can use it through out the month of October for pre-tend play, or for creating stories should they have some small figurines laying around the house. This project might take a few hours, so we recommend calling a friend over to help you cut, glue and piece it together.
Although this was originally featured on the Parents website, we spotted it over at Project Kid. Check it out here.
Image Credit: Project Kid & Parents
Tissue Box Monsters
These cute tissue box monsters are a great way to repurpose old tissue boxes! Kids will love designing their own monster. And we love that every box can be unique! If you don’t have tissue boxes you can also do this with shoe boxes, you’ll just need to adapt the tutorial to cut out the mouth.
This craft was spotted at TheBestIdeasforKids.com.
Image Credit: TheBestIdeasForKids.Com
Black Cat Candy Dish
Black cats may be unlucky around Halloween, but what about a cat dish? This DIY black cat candy bowl, is exceptionally cute, and can be used as decor around your home, at your office, or even for a small Halloween party.
We spotted this cute cat here.
Image credit: Project Kid.
Halloween Party Poppers
Aren’t they sweet? Like – literally, like cute on the outside, but filled with small candies and chocolate on the inside. All you’ll need is empty toilet paper rolls, tissue, colorful pipe cleaners, some decorations for the faces and candy of course. You can stuff them with sweets and pop them open on Halloween.
This was spotted online at Onion Rings and Things.
Colorful Monster Headbands
The best thing about this craft is that kids can let their imagination go wild with different materials, papers, strings and ribbon. You can even add eyes or scrap book materials to bring your monster to life. This project can be done all month, and children will love it each time. If you intend to use really small scraps for this, we encourage you to keep a watchful eye on kiddos under 5 while they create this.
Get the tutorial at Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Walnut Pumpkin Craft
We know what you’re thinking, and yes, those are small faces painted onto walnuts. And they are oh-so adorable!
We spotted this on Instagram, from crafty mom influencer Amanda Kingloff.
The tutorial appears here on here website.
Image Credit: Instagram and Project Kid.
Paper Bag Monster Puppets
Fill your house with monsters — the good kind, obviously — this Halloween by making these colorful creatures out of paper bags and cut-outs.
We spotted this tutorial on Good Housekeeping, but the original tutorial is here on the IHeartCraftyThings website.
Drip Painted Pumpkins
Drip painted pumpkins are an oldie but goodie, and we love it because no matter how old it gets, it’s also a great way to use all of those broken crayons that have been accumulating around your home all year. For this project you’ll need crayons, pumpkins, and a hair dryer, or an appliance that has a low setting for heat. This project is not recommended for small kids or youth, but may be more appropriate for a skilled teen (with supervision) or an adult.
This particular photo and tutorial was spotted at momdot.com. Check it out here.
Halloween Spooky Eyeball Slime
Kids love slime. They love to make it, feel it, and play with it year-round. But if there was an “appropriate” time to let them create this sticky solution, Halloween would be it.
This eyeball slime is Borax free, and is fairly easy to do.
Checkout the slime recipe from Good Housekeeping here.
Image credit: Good Housekeeping
Haunted Halloween Cookie House
What if we told you, that you could create a gingerbread house, but with a spooky twist? This two-story monster mansion is decorated with everything from candy corn to Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. With it’s cocoa cookie walls and frosting details, this haunted house frightfully delicious.
Check out this sweet treat over at Woman’s Day here.
Image credit: Emily Kate Roemer