Halloween paper crafts for kids are a fun and easy way to help them express their creativity during the spookiest season of the year. Most crafty parents have plenty of colored paper, colored markers, and other craft supplies lying around. You probably already have everything you need to get started on these fun Halloween crafts.
If you're looking for a more detailed craft for older children, these Halloween lanterns are lots of fun. We love that you can make ghosts, bats, vampires, and pumpkins. You can have a variety of these to decorate a window.
8 1/2 x 11 colored paper
Glue or double-sided tape
White marking pencil
Here's an idea: Put these cute little lanterns in your window over some small votive candleholders for spooky window decorations. Be sure to use the battery-operated tea light candles for safety.
What's Halloween without some jack o'lantern crafts? You can't have a list of Halloween paper crafts without Jack! We love these paper plate pumpkins because you don't need a lot of supplies to make them.
Orange paper plates (or white ones that you paint orange)
Green and black construction paper
This Halloween craft project only takes about five minutes, making it one of the easiest Halloween crafts on our list.
According to the tutorial at Mod Podge Rocks, there is no skill level required for this gorgeous craft idea. The kids paint over a special sugar mixture to reveal the unique designs underneath the mixture.
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Watercolors (black, orange, purple)
Spider stickers or cutouts
Mod Podge Gloss (optional)
The ingredients make this project sounds more time-consuming than it is. However, it makes for a memorable Halloween craft for kids.
If you have tons of craft supplies lying around, these silly monster Halloween paper crafts are a great project to use up some of those supplies. The great thing about these monsters is that the sillier they are, the better.
Small paper plates
Large paper plates
Decorations for your silly monsters (googly eyes, pom-poms, tissue paper, paper shreds, glitter, markers)
Challenge your kids to make the silliest monster imaginable. The more eyes the better, of course.
Something about these adorable little paper bag monster puppets is just so cheerful. We love the bright colors.
Paper lunch bags
Colored cardstock paper
Acrylic paint in the colors your kids want to use
Circular hole punches
Fun embellishments you cut out of paper (eyeballs, teeth, pointy ears, horns)
Making these Halloween paper crafts also teaches an important lesson about recycling. You can use this opportunity to explain the difference between using paper bags and plastic bags when shopping, for example.
This Halloween craft project is really cool because it gives you a nice Halloween decor item for your home. After your kids complete these lantern covers, simply wrap them around a glass jar or votive candle holder.
Crayons or markers for decorating
Orange string for witch's hair
Orange paper for bat's eyes
Skin-toned (tan or brown) paper for the witch's face
Purple and orange paper for the witch's hat
For safety, we recommend using battery-operated tea light candles.
Cut your paper into a skull shape and paint using paintbrushes or a sponge. The sponge makes it look more "zombie-like" and textured. You can also tear some paper into pieces to create a "torn skin" look.
Black construction paper (it needs to bend, so you can't use black cardstock for this part)
Pink construction paper or card stock
Scissors or rotary paper cutter
Single hole punch
Googly eyes or wiggly eyes (you can also use sticker eyes)
White colored pencil
Double-sided tape or white school glue
For an educational opportunity, educate your children on the history of black cats and debunk the negative myths behind these sweet creatures. You could read a book like “Five Black Cats” by Patricia Hegarty to make this activity even more fun. Also, October is Black Cat Month.
If you need a last-minute costume for greeting eager trick-or-treaters at your door, you'll love this clever Frankenstein's Monster paper plate mask. The great news is that you can get the template for this mask for free at Red Ted Art.
This cheerful witch is deceptively easy to make. All you need to make this darling (and not at all scary) witch is a black triangle, a few rectangles, and some circles. I Heart Crafty Things sells a pattern to make this adorable witch, but crafty parents can easily make their own.
Orange construction paper (or other lightweight paper)
If you don't use their pattern, you will need to cut out a black rectangle, a large black triangle, and two black rectangles for the witch's arms. Some colored markers and googly eyes finish her off, and you've got the cutest witch ever.
Which of These Halloween Paper Crafts Is Your Favorite?
With so many awesome Halloween paper crafts on this list, it’s hard to know where to start! Let us know in the comments which one is your favorite, and be sure to share with us any great ideas that we may have missed.