Before you know it, October will be here. That means it’s time for pumpkins, candy, pumpkin spice, and haunted houses. But maybe your kids aren’t ready for the real haunted house yet. Don’t fret—these haunted house crafts are just as fun! Kids will have a blast making and playing with these haunted house crafts, and they make for wonderfully spooky party decor.
Making haunted house crafts encourages kids to use a variety of different art mediums in their projects. With some of the haunted houses, they’ll even learn a bit about building. STEM and art in a single activity? That’s a winner!
Paper Haunted House Crafts for Kids
Interactive Printable Haunted House from Artsy Momma: If you’re looking for an easy, engaging haunted house craft, we have one right here! We’ve provided a printable template for our interactive haunted house with lift-the-flap windows featuring some not-so-spooky characters inside. Our haunted house is made with simple shapes, so they’re easy for little hands to cut. Kids can either color in the pieces, or you can print the template on colored paper to make things even simpler.
Haunted House and Ghost Paper Weaving from Pink Stripey Socks: Work a little weaving into your Halloween festivities. This super simple paper weaving project is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners. Cut slits into the black paper house, and simply weave the ghosts into the slits. This craft can be done in just a few minutes, which is great when kids are wiggly from all that candy!
Haunted House with Movable Ghost from Our Kid Things: For this craft, you’ll draw your own haunted house using a Sharpie on colored cardstock. It’s easier than it sounds—wonky lines are okay, and symmetry doesn’t matter when it comes to a haunted house. Once your house is done with the two layers of cardstock, you’ll make a craft stick ghost to slide back and forth and up and down inside the house. Make that ghost boo-gie! Get it?
3D Spooky Paper Haunted House from Hello Wonderful: Learn how to fold paper into a haunted house shape, and then embellish it with the printable accessories, which include spooky doors, windows, and more.
Spooky Circuits Haunted House from Science Sparks: This haunted house is made with cardboard on a wooden frame. Colored cellophane covers the windows to give it a beautiful glowy look once the light is on. Set up your simple circuit with a switch, and your light-up haunted house is ready to go. Put it in the windowsill as a spooky display for the season.
Spook-tacular Haunted House Craft Ideas
Popsicle Stick Haunted House from The Best Ideas for Kids: What a terrific craft for a Halloween party for the kids! You can either let the kids assemble the houses themselves or assemble the houses beforehand and just let the kids paint and decorate them. Once you’re finished, add a magnet to the back to decorate the fridge. Alternatively, you could add an extra craft stick to the back at an angle (kind of like a photo frame) to display this upright on a table or mantle.
Paper Bag Haunted House from The Crafting Chicks: Here’s a super simple haunted house for little ones. The bottom of a paper bag makes the perfect rooftop, and the rest of the bag can be embellished with construction paper cutouts and stickers.
Water Bottle Haunted House Craft from Our Kid Things: Recycle a water bottle to make this fun craft with the kids. Wrap tissue paper and construction paper around the house, making windows and doors as you go. Of course, you’ll need some ghosts peeking out from behind the doors and windows to spook-ify it. Add a battery-powered tealight to turn this into a night light or glowing table decoration.
Cardboard Box Haunted House from Crafts by Ria: Turning a cardboard box into something imaginative is a classic way to craft with kids. Here, you’ll use a box and paper roll tubes to make a haunted castle. Kids can use their dolls and action figures inside the haunted castle, or you can use it to store candy for a Halloween party.
Haunted Houses Carton Craft from Sugar Spice and Glitter: Turn milk and juice cartons into haunted houses that kids can draw on over and over again thanks to the chalkboard paint. Once they’re painted with black chalkboard paint, it’s super simple to use chalkboard markers to draw the designs on. When you’re tired of that design, wipe it off to create a fresh, new design.
Birdhouse Haunted Houses from Kids Activities Blog: If you want a simple start on a haunted house, begin with a mini birdhouse. Then, it’s as simple as painting it black and adding a few extra touches, like spider webs or ghosts, to make it look haunted. You could make several of these and put them against a dark blue or orange backdrop to create a fun, spooky scene for a Halloween party.
Halloween Haunted House Art Projects
Haunted House with Pastel Smear Background from Craft Play Learn: The haunted house portion of this craft comes with a printable template, but the real fun is in creating the pastel smear backdrop for the house. Use shades of yellow and orange to create a huge shining moon, and then fill in the page with dark and light blues. Smear the colors together using your fingertips to smooth and soften. Kids will love creating their very own piece of Halloween art!
Oil Pastel Haunted House Craft from Simple Everyday Mom: Here’s another project to try using oil pastels, this time creating either a purple or orange backdrop for your printable haunted house. This spooky scene features bats, spiders, jack-o-lanterns, and a friendly ghost. For this project, kids can either use baby oil and a paintbrush to blend the oil pastels together or use their fingers.
3D Halloween Paper Craft from Little Bins for Little Hands: This 3D craft is a more free-form project. There’s no template; you simply use your eye to cut out shapes and build up the materials (paper and foam frames) until you achieve the 3D effect pictured. This is a terrific STEAM activity to try together as a family since the little ones will need help with the shapes. Tweens and teens will enjoy this project, too.
Shape Haunted House from Happy Toddler Playtime: Cut foam sheets into rectangles, squares, circles, and triangles, to let your little one assemble a house. Then, decorate that haunted house with foam Halloween stickers. This craft couldn’t be easier; preschoolers and kindergarteners will love seeing how simple shapes come together to make houses.
Be sure to pin this list of haunted house crafts so you’ll be ready for a spooktacular October!