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5 Cheap And Easy Halloween Crafts For Kids

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Walking past our house, you will notice our porch and walkway are decorated with homemade, easy Halloween crafts my family made.

You’ll also find a few pre-made spooky signs that we picked up at second-hand shops or the Dollar Store to compliment our scenery.

We are huge into Halloween decorating as it’s fun for our son, and we love to spruce up the front of the house for a bit of excitement.

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Create Memories Making Easy Halloween Crafts At Home

Typically, we start decorating for Halloween after Thanksgiving Day because there’s something about the crisp breeze, rain and leaves falling that says it’s time.

Purchasing our Halloween decor was an all-year-round adventure, as is any other holiday, as we tend to find the best deals off-season.

Before our son came around, we would decorate the house for Halloween, but nothing like today; the kids love it.

We don’t offer the scariest house on the street, but it’s unique as it’s an art-fest from start to finish.

Easy Halloween Crafts On Pinterest

This year, we are making all of the crafts that I searched on Pinterest and shared with you below, and we will be hanging them all over the front of our property.

Now that our son is in junior kindergarten, he loves crafts more than ever and always asks to paint or use scissors.

One of our observations as parents over the years was that our son would often talk about his crafts that we would hang in the hallway and throughout the kitchen.

They had meaning to him, especially since he created them himself.

This was the premise behind having him work on some easy Halloween crafts that he could be proud of hanging outside.

Decorating Our Front Porch

We did purchase some pre-made fabric ghosts at the Dollar store; however, we plan to make some window ghosts from craft paper and cotton balls with our little guy.

The fabric ghosts will hang from our front tree as they light up.

Our front porch is quite large, so we can hang all sorts from the ceiling and plan a spooky scene for the kids with lots of spiders and spider webs made from stretched cotton.

The two giant planters on the porch have spooky Halloween stands, one of a mummy and the other of a ghost that says Happy Halloween!

The tea table and chairs have black fabric over their chairs, and we will cut out white felt eyes and a nose and glue or tape them to the material to make them spooky.

Some people make ghosts this way using a white bed sheet and hangers, which is another option if you want to create a spooky scene on your property.

Scaring The Ghosts N Goblins

Two years ago, at Shoppers Drug Mart, we picked up an electricity box that makes all kinds of sounds and scares even the parents, haha!!

I hide that in the bush, but when it lights up and makes noise, there is NO missing.

It’s fun to sit in the kitchen and watch everyone jump a bit when they walk up the path.

You might also find plenty of gravestones and body parts strewn around the property, hiding under bushes with lots of blood on them.

Creating memories for the kids in the neighborhood means we take some time to bring our property to life.

We don’t go overboard but like to keep it as frugal as possible.

This weekend, we are going to the park to fill two large bags shaped and colored like pumpkins and ghosts to place on the front lawn.

I’m hoping they don’t get kicked around, but the kids are pretty good everywhere here, and we’ve never had any issues with our Halloween decor.

Easy Halloween Crafts for Kids

Easy Halloween crafts use materials you typically have around the house, such as toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, coffee filters, cotton swabs, and cotton balls.

You can find any craft supplies such as glue, craft paper, paint, paintbrushes, felt, markers, crayons, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners at the Dollar Store, where you can stretch your dollars to fit your monthly budget allowance.

If you have any photos of easy Halloween crafts you’ve made with the kids, I’d love to see them.

Share the photos on my Facebook page!!

Halloween Puffy Ghosts

puffy ghosts Easy Halloween Crafts

Ah, these Halloween Puffy Ghosts are perfect and exactly what we were looking for because we wanted to decorate the front porch with hanging ghosts. 

We did buy a couple of pre-made fabric ghosts to hang on our front tree that lights up, but we wanted a craft for our son to do.

Use cotton balls to create a ghost.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Materials Needed:
  • White Cardstock paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Cotton Balls
  • Black paper

Paper Plate Spiders Halloween Craft

Paper Plate Spiders

We have made the Halloween paper plate spiders for the past two years as they are easy Halloween crafts that almost all kids would love, especially those new to arts and crafts.

Our spiders were not painted; instead, we used markers, but you can decorate them any way you like.

If you go to the Dollar store, you can find Halloween Pipe Cleaners with Googly Eyes down the Halloween aisle.

Supplies You will need

  • Small paper plates(2 per spider)
  • Acrylic paint(any color you choose)
  • Googly eyes(we used varying sizes, 8 per spider)
  • Chenille stems (4 per spider — we used the Kids Craft glitter brand from Walmart to make our spiders extra bright and sparkly)
  • Paintbrush
  • School glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler

Rainbow Paper Tube Bats

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How cute are these Rainbow Tube Bats for Halloween Decor?

We always have toilet paper rolls hanging around for craft projects, and I never would have thought to make bats.

This will undoubtedly be on the craft to-do list this week.

Rainbow Paper Tube Bats – Materials:

  • Paper cardstock or construction paper in rainbow colors, black and white
  • Empty paper tubes
  • Glue, tape, scissors
  • Googly eyes (we like these cute ones that are candy eyes, but you can use any type)

Q-Tip Skeleton Halloween Craft

spooky q-tip halloween craft skeleton

I clean my ears with Q-tips, and others make Halloween crafts with them. I can’t get over how crafty some parents and teachers are, and the more I search on Pinterest for Halloween craft ideas, the more I wonder why I didn’t think of it first.

Have a look at this simple-to-make Q-Tip Skeleton Halloween Craft.

It looks like a skeleton, and you can make it at home with your child for pennies.

What You Need to Make These Q-Tip Skeleton Easy Halloween Crafts

  • Q-Tips
  • Scissors
  • Black construction paper
  • White paper
  • Glue
  • Marker (not pictured)

Handprint Witch Craft For Kids

handprint witch Halloween craft

Michelle over at Crafty Morning created this cute Handprint Witch Craft for kids to make for Halloween.

Not all kids like to use craft paper, so paint, and stickers might be a better option.

Our son LOVES putting paint on his hands and feet, so this is one of those easy Halloween Crafts to add to your list.

Coffee Filter Ghost Lollipops

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Simple. Budget-Friendly Easy Halloween Crafts or Treats

Coffee Filter Ghost Lollipops are great to hand out to the kids for Halloween, Halloween parties, or to decorate with.

Sometimes, doing something different when handing stuff out to the kids is nice.

You don’t have to buy an expensive box of chocolates if you can’t afford them.

Take Halloween to a fun level without the extra costs.

We made these with tissue paper two years ago and hung them from our hallway light with yarn along with the paper plate spiders.

The kids thought they were excellent when they came to the door.

I did, however, notice that this blogger used the Tootsie Roll Lollipops, which I think is a brilliant idea.

You can use the cheaper ones as we did, but the Tootsie Roll Lollipops make a far better ghost head.

Supplies Needed:

  • Rounded Lollipops (we used Tootsie Pops, but Original Gourmet lollipops would be great, too.)
  • Coffee Filters
  • Small Rubber Bands
  • Thin Ribbon or Baker’s Twine
  • Black Sharpie Marker

I hope you try some of these easy Halloween crafts at home with your kids, and remember that not everything has to be bought.

Take the time to create those lasting memories with your kids, as they will never forget them and perhaps pass them on to their kids.


CBB Home and Blog Update

Hey Everyone,

We finally finished soccer this week, which is probably best since our son has had good and bad days since starting school, mainly with being tired or overstimulated.

Going to school has been overwhelming since he never went to daycare until the end of one day a week.

Looking back, we might have started daycare a bit earlier, but even then, we don’t know if that would have solved some of the issues we are dealing with today.

As promised, we ventured to the pumpkin patch last weekend to pick out our pumpkins for carving this weekend.

Our son loves getting his hands all messy, and Mrs. CBB loves to roast pumpkin seeds, so it’s a win-win.

We picked up some pumpkin stencils in cheap bags from Value Village a month back, so we will use them this year to see what we can create.

Mrs. CBB bought a pumpkin pie pumpkin for $0.99 from Zehrs, so that will be her pumpkin mush for the year so she can make her recipes.

The keto pumpkin cheesecake bars were pretty spooktacular, if I must say so myself.

Last night, we made a mad dash to Value Village again and bought our son his costume.

He picked it out; however, I’m curious to see if he will go around this year.

Last year, he had no interest at all, so we returned home, and he helped hand out candy.

He’s not a candy kid, but he does like his chocolate.

Yard Clean-Up

Lastly, I’m still getting the Fall clean-up done around the house.

I have a week off, so I’ll be sorting out a few bits put on the back burner with our vehicle and tidying up for winter.

All I have left is to cover the back table, roll up the deck carpet to store, and cover our son’s toy structure.

I will also be working on preparing the hostas for winter, as you will read below.

There is much work to get done this week, along with the dentist and doctor.

I forgot to tell you I’m working on a secret restoration project in the garage that only cost me $10. I can’t wait until it’s done.

That’s all for this week, folks.

Have a happy and safe Halloween!!

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Budget Recipe

Scary Witches Fingers

This weekend, I wanted to showcase these must-make Halloween Witches Fingers we prepare yearly.

They are simple, inexpensive cookies that everyone loves.

The buttery texture is like shortbread, and the almond flavor lingers from the extract used in the recipe.

Although you can swap that out with whatever you like or leave it out altogether.

Bring these to your work function bake sale, or make for friends and family to snack on!!

We buy our almonds at The Bulk Barn as you won’t need many, so it’s the perfect shop to pick up a few dozen.

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Fall is when yard clean-up becomes a big job whether you have a small property or not, especially if you have plants, as we do.

One of our problems is that pests tend to eat the foliage of our hostas later in the season.

Not all gardeners clean up their Hosta in the fall-some leave the foliage to decompose over the winter.

I do not. I prefer to remove the debris and as I said-I really think it does help to reduce the issues that occur with Hosta.

If you have pest and disease issues with your Hosta give this a try and maybe next spring you won’t have an issue with slugs or with nematodes.

You might be surprised at much it helps.

Our back garden is loaded with gorgeous hostas that need to be tended to each Fall.

I found this brilliant Fall Cleanup of Hostas blog post that shares a step-by-step guide on preparing your Hosta for the winter so they come back bigger and just as beautiful the following season.

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