Fun Halloween crafts for kids

From apple pie play dough to torn paper pumpkins

HOUSTON – If you are looking for some craft ideas to make with your kids for this Halloween season, mom blogger and co-owner of Houston Moms Blog Meagan Clanahan stopped by our studio with some DIY ideas like apple pie play dough and torn paper pumpkins.

These crafts are great for your little ones to practice their fine motor skills, and also they are not scary.

About the torn paper pumpkins, Clanahan said, "This is really good for kids, especially 2 or 3-year-olds. They need to learn how to tear paper. This actually helps them how to use scissors later."

And even though adults should cook the play dough, you can get your kids involved by having them mix the ingredients for you before cooking. The play dough smells delicious and is “perfect for kids because it's nontoxic," said Clanahan.

With the apple pie play dough, you can make your own fun apples, roll out into pie shapes, or use cookie cutters.


Apple pie playdough

•    1 tbsp cooking oil
•    2 tsp cream of tartar
•    1 cup plain flour
•    1/2 cup salt
•    Red food coloring
•    1 cup water
•    1 tsp apple pie spice mix
•    1 tsp cinnamon

In a large pot, add in the vegetable oil, food coloring and water (add food coloring to water first so it’s easier to mix in), and stir. In a large bowl, combine all dry ingredients and mix well.

Add dry ingredients to your pan for cooking. Cook over medium heat until the dough starts to form and becomes dry. Let your dough cool and knead. If the dough feels sticky, add more flour. If you would like more apple pie scent, you can add more spices.


Torn paper pumpkins

•    1 full sheet of black paper
•    Scraps of orange, blue, black and brown
•    Glue stick

Tear long strips of paper and then tear off the ends.  Make a pile of all your paper bits. Make a glue circle and to lay out your pieces on the outline. Fill everything in with your torn paper. Then add the details:  pumpkin face, pumpkin stem, the sky, the grass.
Great craft for little ones to practice their fine motor skills and it keeps them busy with all of the torn paper, but it isn’t scary.  

Recipe provided by: Meagan Clanahan from Houston Moms Blog.