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3 spooky low-mess crafts for Halloween

3 spooky low-mess crafts for Halloween

These three low-mess crafts are fun for the whole family!

1. Painted pumpkins

Younger children who are still developing their fine motor skills may find pumpkin carving to be a boring activity because their parents must do all of the cutting and design work. For a more interactive Halloween craft, decorate the pumpkin with acrylic paint. You can use weather-resistant acrylics to ensure your designs won't melt in the rain.

Make sure to spread newspapers over your workstation or kitchen table for even easier cleanup. Acrylic paint washes off your hands with mild soap and water, so you won't have to worry about messy fingers.

If you'd like to turn this into a longer project, consider buying a dozen mini-pumpkins so your children can express themselves with multiple designs.

Craft time is fun for the whole family.Craft time is fun for the whole family.

2. Paper plate scratch art

Scratch art is a very fun craft that will entertain kids of any age. With the help of a parent, kids can pick out the colors they want to reveal and create unique combinations – no two pieces will ever be the same! Here's what you need to get started:

  • Red, orange, yellow, brown, red and green oil.
  • Paper plates.
  • Foam brush.
  • Black tempera paint.
  • Toothpicks.


  1. Pick a few colors of oil pastels – orange, yellow, brown, red and green are perfect for spooky designs. Swirl the pastels around the surface of a paper plate, applying in a thin layer. If this layer is too thick, it may form an uneven surface.
  2. After the oil pastels have dried, use the foam brush to spread a layer of black tempera paint over the colors. This layer should completely hide the underlying pastels.
  3. Once the paint has dried, use a toothpick to scratch out a Halloween pattern. Consider tracing outlines of jack-o'-lanterns, witches, ghosts or black cats. Let your imagination run wild! As you scratch away the black paint, it will reveal the colors underneath.

3. Coffee filter spider webs

Anyone who has made paper snowflakes will easily understand this project. All you need is a stack of bleached conical coffee filters, a pair of scissors, glue and black felt. This craft is recommended for older children.


  1. To create a spider web, fold the coffee filters into a flat cone shape. Cut off the tip of the cone, then cut horizontal stripes in to the filter, leaving a spine down the middle to keep the filter intact.
  2. When you unfold the coffee filter, it should look like a latticed spider web.
  3. Next, cut out a spider shape from the black felt and attach it to the web with a drop of glue.
  4. Experiment with different web shapes and spider sizes! You can hang these around the house as spooky decorations.

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