Your toddler is probably just beginning to understand the meaning of Halloween. Spooky jack-o-lanterns, skeletons, and Halloween treats are enough to excite even the calmest toddler.
At this point, your littles is probably old enough that they enjoy creative activities, such as crafts and cooking. Take this opportunity to find some great Halloween crafts for toddlers so your family can start getting a little more jazzed up about the holiday.
I remember taking my then almost two-year-old trick-or-treating for the first time. We dressed her as a Dalek (from Dr. Who) and she LOVED it. She wasn’t really old enough to understand it very well, but she knew that there were lots of little kids walking around in funny outfits getting candy.
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It was a success, and we are definitely looking forward to this year. Because our toddler is a little bit older, we plan on doing some crafts, as she loves anything with paint or coloring. We wanted to collect some of the best Halloween crafts for toddlers so that you can hopefully share this experience with us.
Halloween Crafts for your Toddler
Potato Stamp Ghost
This Potato Stamp Craft probably one of the simplest toddler crafts I have seen–which simple is GOOD at this age. All you need to do it is cardstock paper, some paint, and a potato, so this is a craft you could probably do sporadically. Toddlers love stamps, so your littles is sure to enjoy it.
This black cat craft is definitely a classic, and great for those of you who have littles that love cats! We are a cat family, and so my daughter will love this simple and quick activity. Make sure you put some smocks on and have fun.
These cute Halloween Monster Marshmallow Treats are super easy to make and only contain five ingredients. Although your toddler may not be able to make them as pretty as the picture, they will surely have a lot of fun with it.
It never occurred to me to make shapes out of buttons. I really like these Pumpkin Buttons because it’s easy to do, and you can let your toddler be creative with it. This craft is good for your toddler’s development because they have to practice keeping the buttons in the lines that are created by your shape cutout.
We liked this Simple Accordion Fold Paper Bat Craft because it’s something that kids of various ages will enjoy. It’s easy enough that your toddler can participate, but an older child would have fun with it as well.
My toddler is obsessed with spiders. It’s bad–she picks them up off the ground when she sees them. These little DIY Spider Rings are adorable and easy to make, and I am really excited to do this with her this year. If you are a somewhat crafty mom, you probably already have the supplies at home.
This Glow in the Dark Spider Web was one of the most creative crafts for toddlers that I have found! If your littles isn’t a fan of getting sticky (my toddler freaks out and has to wash her hands), this activity may not be for you. It looks like a LOT of fun, and the process allows your toddler to be really creative with it.
This Spider Craft for Kids Using Mini Pumpkins an adorable use of a little pumpkin, and it’s an easy craft for your toddler. This is another one of those activities that your older children will enjoy as well, so definitely involve them!
This Mini Ghost Pinata may be a little too advanced for your toddler–but they can definitely play with it once it is finished. Fill it with candy and use it as a pinata for a Halloween party, or give them away as a decorative Halloween treat. Either way, it’s something your little one will enjoy.
This cute little Stuffed Paper Bag Black Cat Craft will not only be fun for your toddler, but it will also be a functioning bag for them (my toddler LOVES bags.) Keep in mind that although this craft is shaped to look like a cat, you use the same idea to fashion a pumpkin, ghost, or whatever your child wants.
I don’t know if you have ever read the five little pumpkins book, but it’s an excellent Halloween story that can help your child work through learning numbers and rhythm. Remember, understanding what “rhyming words” are is a Kindergarten readiness skill, so it’s definitely important to work on. I love activities that go along with children’s books such as this Jack-O-Lanterns and 5 Little Pumpkins, as they really help solidify your child’s understanding of the concepts taught.
Playing with felt boards is an excellent activity as it allows your child to role-play and inspires creativity in them. This DIY Halloween-Themed Felt Boards Activity is even better as it is a great Halloween-inspired craft to get your child excited for Halloween. Your child may still be too young to draw their own Halloween shapes to cut out, but you can find some free printable Halloween templates here.
This Halloween Pumpkin Salt Painting puts a fun twist on regular salt painting. If you haven’t done salt painting with your toddler, it’s definitely something you should add to your list. It can be pretty messy, but it’s a fun alternative to regular painting and it’s relatively easy to set up and do.
I liked this Magnet Ghost Craft because it gives your little toddler something that they can play with, versus something that just looks nice. You will be creating a ghost magnet for the fridge, and you will be cutting out different facial expressions for the ghost. This gives you the perfect opportunity to have a lesson on emotion in relation to facial expressions.
This Ghost & Bat Halloween Bunting craft is great for the youngest toddler, as the majority of your time will be spent painting. Toddlers LOVE painting. The garland part of this craft is fairly easy to do and makes for a great DIY Halloween decoration.
This Mummy Lantern Mason Jar Craft is pretty adorable, but it may be better suited to older toddlers. It’s definitely something I want to try with my littles, but I may decide to wait until next year since I can just SEE her getting frustrated with trying to wrap the gauze around the jar.
This cute Ghost Sensory Bottle craft will fascinate your toddler and can be a lot of fun for babies to look at. You can experiment and make this craft your own by choosing other elements to put in the bottle, such as small sequins or beads. Be careful with the glitter, because I promise it is IMPOSSIBLE to get rid of once it spills.
You know this Halloween Spider Craft will be quick and easy by looking at the photo. It’s a good idea because it’s simple and allows your child to interact with aluminum foil, which they may not have done in the past.
What was your favorite craft? Which one did your toddler have the most fun with? I would LOVE for you to let me know in the comments below!