Posts Tagged "halloween"

Kids’ Halloween Spider Craft

Are you looking for a last-minute Halloween kids’ craft? This spider paint print art activity is super-simple, and fun for children of all ages. Your kids can add to it, making it more elaborate. Or, they can stick with the basic idea. Materials: Card stock paper (or another thick paper) Tempera paint (use black and orange for Halloween-themed spiders, or any other color that your child wants) Sponge (regular kitchen sponges will work) Scissors Optional: Glitter, googley eyes and glue How-to Steps: Cut the sponges into circles. Make them any size that you want. These will be the spiders’ bodies....

Halloween Candy Alternative Ideas

The kids just came home from trick-or-treating with pillowcases filled with candy—literally! Halloween is here and the sweets are totally out of control. Don’t stress. You can celebrate the holiday while still helping the kids stay healthy. How? Check out these Halloween options, activities and ideas that make it easier to stop the candy craze. The Switch Witch She’s kind of like the Tooth Fairy. But, she takes kids’ candy instead of teeth. Your child needs to pick a few pieces of candy (or her whole bag), and leave it out for the Switch Witch. In the morning the candy...

Kids’ Halloween Pumpkin and Ghost Paint Prints

Kids can create cute Halloween paint prints to decorate cards, gift bags, trick-or-treat bags or almost anything else. This is an easy art activity that lets the kids get in on the holiday action, and create their own décor. Add the prints to crepe paper, cardboard, card stock, tissue or even fabric. Make pumpkins or ghosts—or have the kids alternate the two in a spooky pattern! Materials: Paper (any kind your child wants, or fabric) Tempera paint (white for ghost and orange for pumpkins—plus a few accent colors) A thin paintbrush Instructions: Pour the paint onto a palette. You can...

Candy Corn Recipes for Halloween

What says, “Halloween” more than candy corn? The super-sweet fall treat is a holiday staple that kids know and love. Sure, you could serve a bowl of the white, orange and yellow treats for your next Halloween party. Or, you could use the goodies as part of a completely creative holiday recipe. Check out these easy-to-make desserts that all use candy corn! S’mores As if s’mores aren’t ooey and gooey enough on their own, imagine adding candy corn. Sandwich toasted marshmallows (you can warm them in the microwave if you don’t have a campfire handy) and white chocolate in between...

Halloween Pumpkin Picking Tips

Halloween is quickly approaching. That means costumes, candy and picking pumpkins! You’re looking for the perfect pumpkin to put out on the front porch this Halloween. Before heading out the door to the pumpkin patch, check out these pre-picking tips! Select Your Space Are you planning on putting a few pumpkins outside of your front door? Maybe you want one to put out as the centerpiece of your dining room table? Make some measurements before going to the pumpkin patch. Doing so lets you know just how much space you have, and how many pumpkins (of which sizes) you can...

3 Easy No-Carve Pumpkin Crafts for Halloween

Carving pumpkins is a Halloween tradition. That said, your very young child can’t exactly use a knife to make his very own jack o’ lantern. That’s okay. Instead of actually carving away, your preschooler can decorate a pumpkin without having to use anything sharp. How? Check out these no-carve Halloween pumpkin crafts! Glitter and Glue It’s artsy—and, it’s super-sparkly. Give your child a bottle of clear-drying school glue and let him squeeze it over the top of the pumpkin. Make sure to put newspaper or a flattened garbage bag under the pumpkin to catch the excess mess. Let the glue...

Kids’ Halloween Pumpkin Puppet Craft

Celebrate Halloween with a cute kids’ craft! Your child can make pumpkin puppets, and then use them for hours of pretend play. These are easy enough for preschoolers to make—even with minimal help from you. Not only is this an artsy activity, but it also helps your child to develop fine motor skills and learn about math! Use the circle or oval shapes that will turn into pumpkin heads to teach your little learner about basic geometry. Materials: Orange card stock paper (or any other thick paper) Scissors Clear-drying school glue A dark marker Green craft felt Thick craft sticks...

Halloween Pumpkin Print Card for Kids

Halloween is coming, and your family and friends can’t wait to see your child dressed in her super-creative costume. But, grandma lives in another state, Aunt Ethel can’t come over on Halloween night and your sister is out with her own kids. Your child can craft her own Halloween greeting card that features pretty painting print pumpkins! The best part is that you can attach a picture from Halloween night (of your child dressed in her costume) inside. You can also use this kids' craft to celebrate the autumnal equinox (without the picture, as a fall card). Materials: Letter-sized card...

Halloween Candy Recipes

Along with trick-or-treating comes the obligatory mountain of Halloween candy. While letting the kids snack on some of it is part of the celebration, you can also use the sweets to make a few creative goodies! Halloween S’mores You’ve already got the chocolate covered. So, why not add in a marshmallow and two graham crackers? Pop the stack into the microwave for a few seconds or toast the marshmallow outside. If you want to go bold, add a caramel or cookie bar. Candy Surprise Brownies Bake a batch of ooey, gooey chocolate brownies filled with Halloween candy! Chop up a...

Halloween and haunted houses from Spooky Town

Halloween and haunted houses go hand-in-hand. That said, you don’t have to head out into the autumn evening to catch a look at one of these super-spooky attractions! Whether you want to visit the real deal or stay home and set up your own mini version, we’ve got some of the hottest haunted houses for the Halloween holiday! Spooky Town Lemax’s Spooky Town collection takes the haunted hideaway and makes it a mini. The 25th anniversary collection spotlights the Banshee’s Boo-B-Trap miniature house. What’s so special about this creepy creation? In 2013 Lemax ran a social media contest called, “You...