Can you believe Halloween is in 5 days? I can’t. We still haven’t decorated. Two years ago I was due Oct 20th. I was nervous I would have the baby early and not be ready for Halloween, so the house was decorated, costumes laid out and even classroom treats were ready by Oct 1st. I’ll blame an insane amount of nesting. Tommy didn’t arrive until Nov 3rd, so his 1st birthday fell just a few days after Halloween weekend last year. Once again, I prepared early, so the house would be festive and ready to go before the birthday party. This year: well this year things are a little nutty in our house. I’m not prepared but Halloween is a favorite of mine, so we’ll go all out for the next few days. I tried to come up with some super easy kids crafts this year to go along with our much more laid back Halloween season. Along with it is an incredibly easy decor/ gift and some easy ideas for a classroom treat.
10 Really Easy Last Minute Halloween Ideas
1. Mummy Juice Boxes
I’ve had to bring in drinks for class holiday parties the past few years. This year I thought of a way to make our Juicy Juice look a lot more festive. Juice Boxes + masking tape = mummies! I added google eyes. If you don’t have google eyes or if they are for little kids and you are afraid they’ll try and eat the eyes: go with Sharpie eyes instead. When I first thought of making these, I thought it would take a lot of tape and also “how would they get the straw off?” once I wrapped it in tape. The solution to both problems was to just put small pieces of tape (think about 3inches long) across the front. This Juicy Juice is easy and frightfully festive!
2. Jack-O-Lantern Cheese Sticks
All you need for this healthy Halloween treat is a Sharpie & cheddar cheese sticks!
3. Ghost Pudding
This one is SUPER easy: Simply buy vanilla Snack Packs, turn them upside down for a “ghost shape” and add on spooky sticker eyes.
4. Easy decor or gift: Mason Jar of Candy Corn
I know, this is barely a “craft”, but putting a ribbon around a mason jar of candy corn looks pretty cute and festive!
5. Guess the Candy Corn
Use the exact same mason jar, ribbon and candy corn for an easy classroom game. Have the kids guess how many candy corn there are in the jar. I did this at Maggie & Alex’s school last week and the guesses ranged from 10 to 97,000. They kids had fun and couldn’t wait to hear who won.
6. Cotton Ball Ghost
This craft is one of our most popular posts year after year. I think t’s because it’s so easy and good for so many ages. We first made this when Maggie was 2. It was her first Halloween craft. I recently made it again with them and they still like it because they like anything “spooky”. Visit this post for details: Halloween Projects for the Kids.
7. DIY Trick or Treat Bag
I did this today with a group of kids and they came out so cute. It was so easy. We started with plain brown shopping bags. Then I put out on the table: Halloween stickers, washi tape, letters to spell Halloween phrases and then helped them tie ribbons on at the end. They are the perfect size for kids to hold for trick or treating. My girls are so excited about using bags THEY made this year.
8. Halloween Coloring Pages
This is my go to for kids parties, classroom activities, etc: coloring pages. Just Google the holiday/ theme you’re looking for and “free coloring pages”. There are tons.
9. Jack-o-Lantern Paper Plate
This is a really easy one for a classroom party or Halloween party craft. Start with orange paper plates (or white paper plates and let them color them orange). For the face: if they are little, cut out triangles and “mouths” ahead of time and then just let them glue the face on. For older kids, let them cut out the face themselves from black construction paper.
10. Candy Corn Handprints
This is probably the hardest activity on the list, but worth it. These little hands grow way too fast! Use a small sponge paint brush and paint a stripe of orange, yellow and white paint on the child’s hand. Then have them make their handprint on black paper. Take it out next year and see how much your “little candy corn” has grown.
One last Halloween tip: the outfit in the post is from FabKids. While they have great suggested outfits, you can also mix and match to make your own. I wanted something we could use for Halloween but then wear all winter. I love FabKids clothes and this festive Halloween outfit Alex helped me pick out.
Disclosure: This post is part of a partnership with Juicy Juice. As always, all ideas, crafts and opinions are our own.