Halloween Craft Ideas
Activities And Crafts For Kids

If you'd like a change from Halloween craft ideas and activities for kids that are totally ghoulish and yucky, you'll see we choose more wholesome crafts.

Come and join us as we make:

  • Bat mobiles
  • Bat lanterns
  • Animal pumpkins

We love bats in our homeschool, so making bat mobiles and bat lanterns along with the traditional lighted pumpkin makes for great Halloween activities.

Let's start by showing you something Bat-tastic!

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Halloween Activities

Homeschool Halloween crafts in our house are a bit different.

We're not that keen on the modern fashion for Trick or Treat and endless revolting ghoulish over-commercialism, probably because I'm a bit of a softie and find it all a bit yucky.

So our Halloween craft ideas for kids take a different tack.  

We celebrate this festive time of year with homeschool activities centered around the things we love - animals. Bats tick all the Halloween boxes and are great fun for kids craft ideas - in fact by the time I've finished you'll be amazed how many homeschool Halloween activities they star in!

If you do want to add in some halloween crafts for kids that appeal to the Urgh! side, why not learn how to make slime!

Halloween Crafts For Kids

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Make A Bat Halloween Scene

A Halloween bat scene is a great way to start your Halloween craft activities. Bats are also great for kids.

Making animal crafts scenes is something we've had great success with in our homeschool, as you can see from our rainforest scene in our rainforest for kids and our ocean creatures project in homeschool unit studies.

Bats are also great fun for Halloween kids crafts. The thing is to let your Halloween imagination run riot and get the kids running round the house for anything which could become a bat animal part. How about:

  • Red pipe cleaners for the wing fingers
  • Black spider tissue paper to imitate leathery skin (black craft tissue paper works just as well)
  • Black foam packing material for tummy fur (our homeschool craft version had extra sparkly bits in)

What you choose will depend on the age of your kids, but even some black card stock painted with black wing patterns is surprisingly effective and begins to set the scene for Halloween crafts.

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Make A Bat Mobile

Once you've begun to paint and draw bats, it's not too big a step to cut them out and turn them into a bat mobile craft.

Mobiles work really well for Halloween craft ideas for kids. We use bats in our homeschool, but if you insist then you could easily make a Halloween ghost mobile or anything your kids fancy.

You'll need:

  • 1 sheet black construction craft paper
  • Black homeschool thread, cut into 6 different lengths
  • 6 pennies
  • Two twelve inch wooden craft dowels
  • Scissors, glue, etc. and black jewelry cord or yarn

You need to keep your bats simple and symmetrical for this crafts mobile to work.

You could just draw a homeschool template with bat wings folded in half - open it out and you have a flying bat!

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How To Make Your Halloween Bat Mobile

  1. Cut out 6 identical bat shapes. Place a spot of glue onto the center and a piece of black thread into the glue. Press a penny into the glue on top of the thread. Do the same for all 6 bats.
  2. Cut two lengths of jewelry cord, each about 24" long. Tie one end of cord to the center of one of the dowels, and the other end to the center of the second dowel.
  3. With the other piece of jewelry cord, attach it to the center of one of the dowels, leaving the end loose; this will be the end from which you'll hang the mobile.
  4. Attach two hanging bats from the top dowel, on the left and the right.
  5. Attach the other four bats to the bottom dowel. To make them hang properly, the first bat hangs short, the second long, the third short and the fourth long.

What could be nicer than celebrating your Halloween activities and crafts with a bat mobile?

More Halloween Kids Crafts

Bat Lantern

Lanterns are great ideas for Christmas activities for kids.

You can make fantastic homeschool Halloween lanterns using jam jars with tea lights inside. But the finishing touch is to enjoy some kids crafts by sticking some bat shapes on the jar using crepe paper.

It's amazing how magical it is to switch the lights off and watch your Halloween crafts activities pay off as the bats shine through.

Bat Pumpkin


OK so by now you've got the hang of this - but honestly Halloween craft ideas and activities for kids do look really good if you get your kids to carve the pumpkin with bat shapes!

You might need to give some help by marking the bats out first, and we have been known to use other homeschool animal ideas (including cats).  Either way pumpkin lanterns are always one of the best Halloween craft ideas.

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More Batty Halloween Ideas

We've also got ideas for how you can enjoy Halloween crafts for kids in a way which will surprise and horrify some:

You could make a Halloween evening bat watch the highlight of your celebrations!

You'll also find a really good page where you can watch a baby bat and hear a Pipistrelle hunting at Wikipedia - which might get you inspired to try even more batty ideas with your kids!

Either way, I hope our Halloween craft ideas and activities for kids have given you lots of unusual ways to celebrate.


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