I was about to tell a friend recently all about our Halloween nature crafts and she quickly interrupted, ‘We don’t celebrate Halloween.’
‘Oh,’ I said rather sadly, while quickly thinking of another topic before the silence got awkward.
Halloween isn’t celebrated in Australia like other parts of the world. You’d be pressed to find one in every four people who were into it.
We love Halloween though. It’s important for us to have family traditions, we enjoy celebrating and learning about the ‘scary’ animals and we adore making our own Halloween nature crafts. We’re always making other people’s ideas too.
So, this is for people like us who celebrate Halloween whole-heartedly.
So many crafts to try and only a few weeks left until the big day. You’d better get out and collect those natural materials with your kids right away!
Get crafty with natural materials
We have a list of spooky Halloween Nature crafts for you below, but don’t forget to try making your own. Head outside with your kids and collect a whole bunch of natural materials. Collect sticks, leaves, stones, seed pods, pinecones, sand and more.
Once you have all your materials set out on a table, along with some basic craft binding items, let your children create something spooky with them. If they’re not sure what to make, check out below for some incredible inspiration!
Halloween Nature Crafts
- Leaf Ghost Puppets. These leaf puppets are adorable. Ahem, I mean really spooky! If you have similar leaves laying around. They’re perfect!
- Grass and vine spider web. Grass spider web? How cool is this! Time to get the scissors out and collect some really long grass where the lawn mower can’t get to.
- Horse chestnut spiders. Celebrate spiders and show kids they’re not that scary! Kids will love making these ones dance.
- Pinecone Bats. This bat craft is ADORABLE. After you’ve made it, learn all about the only mammal that can fly. They’re so interesting!
- Gumnut Ghosts. If you find gumnuts big enough you can make these gumnut ghosts into finger puppets. So fun!
- Hole punched leaf decorated pumpkin. For a super simple pumpkin craft try this. Perfect for little ones and it will build those fine motor skills quickly too!
- Stick spider web. Here’s a popular craft. All you need is a few sticks and some yarn/wool. You should see them tumbling about in the wind. They’re
lovely, ahem, spine chilling.
- Leaf Pumpkin. If you have any cookie cutters at home use this to cut a silhouette out of a pumpkin.
- Spider and stick rock craft. If you have no chestnuts for the spider craft above, try this one. You’re bound to have access to sticks and rocks!
- Monster Rocks. Bright and colourful, this craft is perfect for little ones who may scare easily. They’re spooky in a fun sort of way. I think we’ll be making these this year!
- Pinecone Spider. This is another one on our crafting list. We just collected a whole heap of pinecones, so we’ll have a number of spiders to add to our decor outside.
- Bat conker craft. These conker bats are really
cute,I mean creepy. Nah, they’re adorable. I can’t say they’re creepy.
- Leaf Zombies. Who would have thought the colours in leaves would work so perfectly for a spooky zombie craft. So fun!
- Pumpkin still-life painting. This is a lovely way to study a pumpkin closely. Kids love painting and they’ll love painting a pumpkin.
- Leaf monsters. Another wonderful way to use leaves in your nature Halloween crafts. Imagine a garland filled with ghosts, zombie and monsters!
- Leaf Ghost Garland. Oooo these creepy ghosts are so wonderful. The leaf like the mask from the Scream movie is my favourite.
- Stamp painting with mini pumpkins. Use mini pumpkins and paint to make this beautiful art and craft project.
- Glow in the dark pumpkins. Kids will love creating this in the daylight and oooing and aaaahing over it at night!
- Pinecone owls. This owl is cranky. I love it’s character so much. Use natural material to recreate your own!
- Spooky stick skeletons. These are perfect for older kids and they’re really creepy hanging up at the front door. They’ll be sure to scare your visiting trick-or-treaters!
- Skull tattoo on a leaf. Another great addition to a Halloween Garland. Make your own!
If you’re not into Halloween, maybe I’ve convinced you to be. Halloween nature crafts have me hooked. I can’t imagine not celebrating Halloween each year.
How do you celebrate Halloween?