Updated: Oct 26

These five Halloween crafts are great to do with kids in the holidays. They're cheap, cheerful and simple. They all use things you might have lying round your house, in your recycling bin or that can easily be bought for not much money.

Dancing skeleton cards

You will need (per card)

3 paper straws

1 piece black a4 card



White paint

Black sharpie pen

  1. Fold the piece of black card in half.

  2. To make the legs - Take one of the straws and cut it into 5 pieces, two will make the thighs, two the shins and one the hip bone. Make the thigh pieces slightly longer than the shins.

  3. To make the arms - take another straw and again cut into 5 pieces for the hands and forearms, upper arms and shoulders. The hand and forearm sections will be longer than the upper arms.

  4. Take the third straw and cut a 6cm backbone, then three shorter pieces for the ribs.

  5. Pinch the two feet pieces about 1cm from one end so they bend, this makes the ankles, repeat with the two forearms to create the hands and wrists.

  6. Pinch the ribs and hips in the middle to flatten them slightly.

  7. Arrange the pieces onto the piece of card into the shape of a dancing skeleton. Then glue in place.

  8. Make the head by dabbing your thumb into some white paint and then pressing it onto the paper. Repeat till you build up a skull shape. You could also use a piece of white paper cut into a skull shape.

  9. When the pain is dry use the black sharpie to draw on eye sockets, nose and teeth.

Milk bottle ghoul lanterns

You will need (per ghost)

1 led nightlight

1 clean empty plastic milk carton

Coloured tissue, crepe or sugar paper


Black sharpie pen

  1. Carefully cut the bottom from the milk carton (you may need to get an adult to help you)

  2. Draw two eye sockets onto the carton either side of the handle. Colour in. To make the black extra black, leave to dry for a minute or two and then go over the area again.

  3. Draw a mouth and fill in as above.

  4. To make the hair. Cut a rectangle of paper approximately 20x15cm. Carefully cut slits along the long side about 1cm apart and about 10cm deep. Roll the rectangle up and twist the bottom so it stays rolled. Drop it into the top opening of the carton.

  5. Turn the nightlight on and place the ghoul on top.

note! if you use a larger 4 or 6 pint cartons you may need to use a string of battery operated fairy lights instead of the tea light.

Ghost tassels

You will need

Ball of white wool

Length of coloured wool or string to hang the ghosts by.

Googly eyes



Piece of card approximately 14cm by 8cm

  1. To make one ghost. Take the piece of card and wrap the wool around the short side approximately 70 times then cut the wool. (Don’t pull the wool too tight when wrapping.)

  2. Cut two pieces of wool each approximately 25cm long.

  3. Slip one of the pieces of wool under the bundle on one side and tie a tight double knot. (to make the knot really tight, tie one knot then wrap the wool around the bundle again, pull tight and tie a double knot.)

  4. Slip the bundle from the piece of card.

  5. Take the second piece of wool and wrap it around the bundle approximately 2cm down from where the bundle is tied. Wrap it a few times then tie a tight double knot.

  6. Cut the bottom of the bundle to release all the strands of wool.

  7. Glue a pair of googly eyes to the ghosts head.

  8. Repeat steps 1-7 to make more ghosts.

  9. Hang all the ghost from a piece of wool as a garland or hang individually around the house.

Kitchen roll tube bat treat boxes

You will need

Kitchen (or toilet) roll tube

Black paint