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 heads. These are so spooky! You can’t find a scarier decoration than these in any store.
2. apple-stamped Jack-o-lantern. Stamped onto little drawstring bags, they’re a great way to decorate party favors or treat bags.
3. autumn leaf Jack-o-lantern. Although this tute still calls for a clear plastic baggie, you can get creative if you don’t have one on hand.
4. eggshell ghost mobile. Kids 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-lanterns. Jack-o-lanterns can be harder to make than they look, but trust me–you CAN do these!
6. monster rocks. This 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 holder. Whether it’s the punch bowl or the candy bowl, pop it into a pumpkin!
8. pumpkin pounding. If 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 seeds. They’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 treats. Because a holiday shouldn’t make you feel gross.
12. white bones. Just 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 Frankensteins. The 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!