Halloween has plenty of symbols and colors to inspire great art. These Halloween arts and crafts activities for kids will bring out their creative “spirits.”
Black Bat Silhouette
This lesson plan, from crayola.com, features dark cutouts over lighter watercolors. The effect is quite stunning. All kids need is a piece of watercolor paper (or construction paper) and a set of watercolors. Then, have kids or students brush colors on so that they resemble a sunset. Colors should be overlapped and well blended. After the sunset picture has dried, students can sketch and then cut out silhouettes of bats, trees or other Halloween symbols. Carefully glue cutouts on the watercolor picture.
Ghosts and Jack-O-‘Lanterns Wreath
This fun paper wreath is good for kids over six years. To do this wreath, one needs toilet paper rolls, a wire coat hanger, white and orange construction paper, tape, glue and scissors. There is an option of using paint to decorate. Adults should help kids bend the hanger into a circle shape. Toilet paper rolls should be slit halfway through and placed on the wire. From that point, simply glue on the ghosts and pumpkins that you made from the construction paper. To see more detailed directions go to dltk-holidays.com.
These fuzzy spiders can be placed all over the house for fun Halloween decorations. For this craft, use four 12-inch-long black bumpy pipe cleaners, tacky glue, one disk-shaped magnet, one 1/2-inch black pom-pom and two googly eyes. After cutting the pipe cleaners in half, glue them onto the magnet. Then, glue the pop-pom on top of the magnet and the googly eyes on the pom-pom. This needs to dry for about two hours. Afterwards, bend the legs to great spider-like limbs. This activity was found on familyfun.go.com. Adult supervision is needed for this project.
Day of the Dead Designs
Whether teaching or celebrating Dia de los Muertos, this crayola.com art lesson will be fun for the kids. If kids aren’t familiar with The Day of the Dead, it would be good to explain it or read a book about it first.
Then, children should draw symbols of this holiday. Use black paper and pens or crayons made especially for black paper. Kids can even use glitter. Crayola makes special Crayola Color Explosion Paper and color-reveal markers that are perfect for this lesson. This is good for kids over three.
For more fun Halloween ideas, try Halloween Poems for Kids.