You do not have to be an uber crafter to get in the Halloween mood. There are plenty of ways to get crafty with kids–some ideas require a bit more planning or set up (making shadow puppets) and other projects (drawing on pumpkins with markers) are perfect if you are short on time or would rather not make a mess.

To make crafting fun for children, it’s helpful to remember that they often enjoy the process more then then the end result. You may want to choose projects for the experience. For example if you make a pumpkin mosaic the kids may prefer shredding different shades of orange paper more than where they glue them. If you are looking for a finished product, prep things in advance depending on the child’s age or skill level and make your own craft alongside them or work on your project while the kids are sleeping or off at school.

Have a spooky October with this round-up of cool, crafty Halloween projects.

Felt Bats (Living at Home)
Make a flock of bats with a little bit of felt.

Yarn Spider (Kaboose)
A a bit of glue, a ball a yarn, and some go0gly eyes.

Stained Glass Pumpkin Sun Catchers (our big earth)
Collage tissue paper inside a black pumpkin frame to catch the light.

Paper Bats and more (Kidoinfo)
A new twist on cut paper snowflakes.

Little Apple Yarn Favors (Make and Takes)
Use orange yarn and call them pumpkins!

Pumpkin Mosaic (Itty Bitty Love)
A perfect project for Repurposing old magazines, catalogs and greeting cards.

Book Page Pumpkin Tutorial (Creations by Kara)

Halloween Flags (Squirrel Acorns)

Shadow Puppets Buy (Angry Chicken)
Check Angry Chicken for ideas and inspiration, then make your own out of black cardstock paper and attach to chopsticks or dowels.

Pumpkin Fun (Kidoinfo)
Use your own toys or decorations to make your own Halloween scene.

Pumpkin Lantern (Woman’s Day)

Pretty Jeweled Pumpkins (Glorious Treats)

More: Pumpkin Creature (MIY Creations)