If you'd like a change from the usual Halloween craft ideas and activities for kids, you'll see we choose more wholesome crafts.
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Let's start by showing you something Bat-tastic!
There is nothing nicer than Halloween craft ideas that include carving a pumpkin!
I thought I'd start by asking members of the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook Group if they would like to share theirs to give us some inspiration!
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!
Homeschool Halloween crafts in our house are a bit different.
We're not that keen on the modern fashion for endless 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 love bats in our homeschool, so making bat mobiles and bat lanterns along with the traditional lighted pumpkin makes for great Halloween activities.
I know we're not alone in finding a different way to celebrate.
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:
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.
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 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!
What could be nicer than celebrating your Halloween activities and crafts with a bat mobile?
Scarecrows are growing in popularity for Halloween craft ideas and fall-themed decorations.
This page will show you top tips on how to build one.
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.
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.
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.
This lovely post was shared by Simone in our Courageous Homeschooling Group. I am also sharing Monica and Susanne's replies because they are so inspiring:
"Yes, very true. Thank you for sharing! There is always at least one child with an allergy or non verbal, etc. That's why every year I have a sign in front of the door(so if someone is hearing impaired they can read it) in two languages and I prepare candy(chocolate, lollipops, etc.), fruits(apples, bananas,etc.) and small toys(just in case if someone can't have any food, because is fed otherwise). It works well and it takes just 5 min:)
When it comes to Halloween craft ideas it can't just be me who finds the modern Halloween ghouls and ghosties a bit scary ...
Here's an idea from Diana if your kids are not really into Halloween:
"My children don't really like Halloween either so we tend to concentrate on celebrating the harvest and autumn (and) not the scary masks.
We used to take part in a 'trunk or treat' event organised by a local church... Every family decorated the trunk/boot of their car with a little Halloween themed activity and the children walked from car to car trying out the activities and getting a treat at the end. It was actually really nice."