DIY Halloween Crafts

DIY Halloween Crafts are a ton of fun to make with kids.
Who doesn’t love a good ole pumpkin parked on the front stoop at Halloween?

Jack-o’-lantern History

Did you know that there are all kinds of theories out there regarding the origin of the jack-o’-lantern? Some folks believe the term jack-o’-lantern originated in 17th century Britain, when it was used to refer to a man (the common name for unknown/unfamiliar men was ‘Jack’) with a lantern, or a night watchman.

Another theory purports that the custom of making jack-o’-lanterns goes back to 19th century Ireland. It is said that at this time, the lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits – especially vampires!

Pumpkin crafting

Today, carving pumpkins for Halloween has become a fun family activity. We can make our pumpkin faces cheerful, scary or comical. Or go all artsy with figures, logos, and symbols.

A printed stencil can be used as a guide for you and your child to carve out the family pumpkin. Why not try your hand at our free printable stencil:

10 Crafts to make with our FREE Printable

1.  pumpkins of course!  Miniature pumpkins are cute to decorate, easy for kids to manage and great for decorating indoors.

2.  brown paper bags – use for loot bags,  treats, or to illuminate steps.  I like the idea of adding stickers to the paper bag and add an LED light inside but here’s how Martha does it…  Halloween Lanterns

3. soap dispenser – buy a plastic soap dispenser (Dollars & Cents for $1.25), add refillable white liquid hand soap, and choose a ribbon for fun. Tie a knot and done!

4.  windows and mirrors- can’t go wrong!

5.  glass candy jars or candles

6. gift tags or cards

7. milk containers – recycle your milk jugs, cut a hole in the back and add orange lights. Perfect for the front porch!

8.  photo frames

9.  wood – Have extra wood from left over projects.  Paint them orange, sand to distress  and add add a pumpkin face!  A rustic touch to any mantel.  Here are some ideas from Pinterest

10. Last but not least – a bat wreath!  All Made out of paper.  Add glitter to the FREE Printable cut outs and voila!

Print your FREE Printable 

Enjoy crafting for Halloween!

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Here’s a little pumpkin trivia to get you in the carving mood:

In 2005, the world’s largest pumpkin weighed in at 1469 pounds – from Pennsylvania!

In 2013, Keene, New Hampshire reclaimed the world record for most lit jack-o’-lanterns on display: 30, 581!

 “There is magic in the night when pumpkins glow by moonlight.” Unknown