by Catherine Nelson-Williams
If you’re anything like me, Halloween will have crept up on you this year, leaving you a little unprepared! After scouring Pinterest (because my daughter has not one but TWO dress up days at nursery and I also need to prepare some spooky yet healthy treats for the class!), I thought it might be helpful to put together a little mini guide of some quick and easy Halloween ideas for your little ones!
Here are my favourite quick and easy Halloween ideas for recipes, crafts, games and last minute DIY outfits!
(All images sourced from Pinterest)
Quick and Easy Halloween Ideas - Recipes
Mandarin Pumpkins & Banana Ghosts
These are super easy to make and super cute to boot! All you need are mandarins, celery stalks, bananas and choc chips (or raisins if you’re feeling extra healthy). The littlies can help make these healthy treats too. Click on the image for full instructions, although you can pretty much just copy the photo it's that easy!
Mini Spider Pizzas
How cute are these? This is another recipe the kids can easily get involved with. You can use premade mini-pizzas and add the olives for an easy timesaving version, or feel free to follow this recipe and make your own sauce and pizza dough!
Silly Apple Bites
These apple bites are super easy to make and will bring a smile to any little one’s face! All you need are green apples, your choice of nut butter butter, sunflower seeds, strawberries and googly eyes! You can even omit the googly eyes if you don’t have them and they would still look fantastic! I’ve also seen plain green apples wrapped in gauze tape with googly eyes that are even easier to make.
Ghostly Hard-boiled eggs
So easy and yet super effective. Boiled eggs, sharpie – DONE.
OK so while these don’t look at all healthy, there is a healthy version you can make here. But Halloween is also about treats so why not let your little one enjoy an Oreo spider cupcake! If I was making these I’d just use a simple cupcake recipe, pop on the Oreos, grab some googly eyes and use a premade icing tube for the legs. You could even buy premade cupcakes or use a packet mix to save more time (no-one need know!)
Quick and Easy Halloween Ideas - Crafts & Games
Potato Stamp Pumpkins
All you need are potatoes, orange paint and paper! Cut your potato in half to start and then you can use a sharp knife to cut out a jack-o-lantern face, or simply let your little one stamp and draw them on later! Full instructions here.
Paper Towel Ghosts
Another easy one – just grab some paper towel and a sharpie! Your little one can help crumple one sheet into a ball and then all you need to do is wrap in another napkin and tie with some wool/yarn/dental floss!
Toilet Roll Spider Craft – 2 ways
Another simple one! Get your little one to do the stamping, and your older child to do the cutting! All you need are toilet rolls, googly eyes, black paint and scissors! Full instructions here.
Ghost Bowling Game
Could this be any easier? White plastic cups, a sharpie and a mandarin dressed up as a jack-o-lantern is all you need to create this fun game that will keep your littlies amused for ages! Best of all it’s no-mess and great for coordination and motor skills! Full instructions here.
Quick and Easy Halloween Ideas - Last minute DIY Costumes
Duct Tape Skeleton Outfit
What could be easier than some black clothes and white duct tape! Even the most pinterest-challenged mum could recreate this look as a last minute effort that is super effective and fun!
DIY Mummy Outfit for Babies & Toddlers
I love this idea because you can make it as simple or complex as you like. All you need are bandages! You can get creative and add colour and facepaint, or keep it super simple like this gorgeous baby Mummy! For DIY Mummy inspo click here
Umbrella Bat Costume
My daughter wants to be a bat this Halloween, and luckily for me a friend is lending us a costume. Otherwise I’d be giving this umbrella DIY costume a go – I love that it’s no sew and cheap to make too!
Have a wonderfully spooky and kooky Halloween with your little loves, and I hope you've enjoyed these last minute quick and easy Halloween Ideas! If you've found this blog useful, feel free to share via the social sharing links at the bottom of the page!
Catherine Nelson-Williams is the author of this article and founder of The Nursery Collective. She is a mum of two and juggles being a WAHM with blogging and running The Nursery Collective - a haven for mamas navigating the early years of motherhood, where you can find unique boutiques and services for Mum, Baby & Kids all in the one place.
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