13 Halloween Nature Crafts to Make with Your Kids

Forget the cheapo, store-bought decorations. Make these Halloween nature crafts with your kids instead!
Forget the cheapo, store-bought decorations. Make these Halloween nature crafts with your kids instead!

You don’t have to celebrate Halloween with a bunch of cheap-o store-bought crap. It’s perfectly possible to have a silly, spooky, festive, and fun Halloween all with natural materials as your focus.

I mean, pumpkins are natural. Spiderwebs are natural. Black cats are natural.

Mind you, you won’t actually be using any actual spiderwebs or black cats in the following project tutorials, but you get the idea.

So whether you want to try for a completely plastic-free Halloween, or you just want to include a few natural components in your overall Halloween decorations, check out this list for some great Halloween nature crafts!

13 Halloween Nature Crafts

1. apple headsThese are so spooky! You can’t find a scarier decoration than these in any store.

2. apple-stamped Jack-o-lanternStamped onto little drawstring bags, they’re a great way to decorate party favors or treat bags.

3. autumn leaf Jack-o-lanternAlthough this tute still calls for a clear plastic baggie, you can get creative if you don’t have one on hand.

4. eggshell ghost mobileKids will LOVE helping you draw the faces on these eggshell ghosts, and the entire mobile will take you approximately two seconds to toss in the compost on the day after Halloween. No storing a bunch of Halloween junk for a year!

5. Jack-o-lanternsJack-o-lanterns can be harder to make than they look, but trust me–you CAN do these!

6. monster rocksThis project would be a fun activity for a children’s party, or a fun treat for a kid to hand out to friends.

7. pumpkin bowl holderWhether it’s the punch bowl or the candy bowl, pop it into a pumpkin!

Halloween Nature Crafts8. pumpkin poundingIf you’ve got a preschooler, you don’t have to suffer through the onerous, tantrum-filled task of making a Jack-o-lantern “with” them. Instead, give them a pumpkin, a hammer, and some nails, and let them enjoy themselves.

9. roasted pumpkin seedsThey’re a sure-fire sugar-free Halloween treat.

10. smudge stick. This homemade smudge stick makes an excellent hostess gift for all of the Halloween parties that you attend.

11. vegan Halloween treatsBecause a holiday shouldn’t make you feel gross.

Halloween Nature Crafts12. white bonesJust because something is natural doesn’t mean that it can’t be spooky! Here’s how to whiten bones that you’ve found on your hikes; use them to freak. Someone. Out!!!

13. yogurt FrankensteinsThe tutorial calls for pudding, but I’ve made this treat for parties out of yogurt dyed with natural food coloring. It’s another fun treat that doesn’t contain a ton of sugar.

Do you have any other good Halloween nature crafts that I should add to my list? Share them with me in the Comments below!

Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

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