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Kids love Halloween! While they may be after a big bag of candy this year, you can also keep them festive by dishing up some of these kid-friendly fall and Halloween craft ideas. These Halloween craft ideas are sure to keep your little ones entertained and excited for the spooky season. The best part? They will be busy for hours!

Americans spent around $10.14 billion on Halloween in 2021, including costumes, treats, and crafts. These fall and Halloween craft ideas for 2022 might be a little easier on your wallet:

Paper Plate Masks

Paper plate masks are a seasonal craft staple. They are easy to make and you probably have everything you need to create them already in your house. What you will need are paper plates, scissors, cardstock paper, string to attach the mask and any other decorations you can think of. This could include pipe cleaners, pom pom balls, glitter, or stickers. Your child’s paper plate can be turned into a bat, a pumpkin, or even a scarecrow. If you have multiple children or if you want to get in on all the fun too, consider having a play centered around the masks to keep your children entertained for longer.

Pet Ghost

Kids love when they can have a “pet” anything. So, in the spirit of the season, why not let them create their very own pet ghost? The only supplies you will need are tiny mason jars (large ones work too), large white pom poms and googly eyes. Then, allow each child to attach their googly eyes and put their pet ghost inside its home. You might want to consider providing additional materials, such as moss, sticks, cardstock, or stickers to help make the mason jar more of a terrarium. The options are virtually endless!

Finger-Painted Pumpkins

Everyone loves painted pumpkins, but put a little twist on it this year by letting your little one use their fingers as their paintbrush! All you need are some pumpkins and some paint. Acrylic paints generally work better, but you could also use paint pens if you have some on hand. Since children love to be able to make a mess, encourage them to get creative and lay down some newspapers or something else to protect your counters. Even better, take this craft outside if the fall weather allows for it. Fingers are the perfect size for making little ghosts or some spooky bats easily.

Paper Bag Puppets

Looking for some comic-relief? Consider some funky Halloween paper bag puppets. They are very easy to make and you might have everything you need already in your home. All you really need are some brown paper bags. You can utilize markers, stickers, glitter, and cardstock to make an entire spooky crew. In order to decorate the paper bags, you will want to turn the bags upside down. This makes it so the flap on the bottom of the bag becomes the puppet’s mouth. If you have or want to get a large cardboard box, cutting out the bottom of it makes an excellent “stage” for the completed puppets to put on a show.

Halloween Silly Slime

Kids love slime! Slime feels icky, but typically doesn’t make a huge mess. This is a win-win for kids and their parents. To make slime, you will need the following ingredients:

  •  ½ Tbsp of baking soda
  • 1 ½ Tbsp of contact lens solution
  • 6 fluid ounces of Elmer’s glitter glue

Of course, you can add other items to the slime as well. Then, mix it all together. Consider setting up a slime table, especially if you have multiple children, so they can pick and choose what they would like to go in their slime. Consider fake spiders or glitter. The add-ins are truly endless.

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Halloween is an exciting and fun time for both children and their parents. When the cool weather hits, it is a great opportunity to spend quality time together enjoying crafts. However, being able to afford the supplies to do all the crafts that you want with your children can be difficult. While the ideas above are some affordable options, everyone’s own spending budget and financial wellness situation can vary.

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