Mommy Blog Expert: HALLOWEEN Fun: BEST OF Frugal Halloween DIY Crafts & Foods for Kids

Friday, October 9, 2009

HALLOWEEN Fun: BEST OF Frugal Halloween DIY Crafts & Foods for Kids


Halloween




Keep checking back here as this list of original ideas grows for making Halloween fun for everyone: kids, adults, and families.  

Lots of creative projects will be posted and I look forward to hearing your comments after you try them. To Left and Below: Homemade costumes for my young kids (Bumblebee w/ our beloved Boxer and The Teletubbies) that I made w/ purchased Simplicity Patterns  & my own Janome New Home Memorycraft Sewing Machine.


Keep scrolling down for links to directions for 20+ Halloween DIY crafts, food, and other fun stuff to make with kids.  I have pooled together a list of the most creative (and inexpensive) ideas from a variety of sources on the Internet for EASY things to make for your kids or with them.


Enjoy some time baking and decorating cookies throughout fall for Halloween and Thanksgiving. I made these cookies (see picture below) with my own children using the basic Sugar Cookie recipe out of my antique 1950s Betty Crocker cookbook that my mom made for me when I was a little girl. I found a similar to old-fashioned sugar cookie recipe you can try here.  Then, we decorated them with Martha Stewart's Royal Icing Recipe which uses meringue power (dry egg whites) that harden like the fancy giant decorated cookies I've seen selling for upwards of $18 each.




Equipment used to make these cookies include my solid maple wood rolling pin that I've had since before I was married.  The pumpkins are made with a large tin vintage cutter from my own collection, while the maple and oak leaves and acorns were cut from the Wilton 9-piece Leaves & Acorns Cookie Cutter Set I bought at a specialty cake decorating store in Los Angeles years ago for $5.99 (pictured at right). I also use a variety of decorating tools like pastry bags, an assortment of tips, and color gels made by Chefmaster and Wilton, as well as sprinkles and confetti by DecACake and CakeMate.

Other Fun Ideas to Make With Kids, Parents, Grandparents, and Great Grandparents:

Cute downloadable print & fold Halloween party favor box
Directions

California Raisins Spooky Spider HEALTHY Snack
Directions

Doughnut Hole Eye Balls
Directions

Make a Working Robot with a REAL Pumpkin
Directions

Face Painting Tips for Kids
Directions

Worm Burgers Snack - No Bake & EASY
Directions

Pumpkin Cupcakes/Cake from Kraft
Directions

Witches Bloody Finger Cookies
Directions

EASY, Kid Costumes from Old Adult Clothes
Directions

Family Fun's Crudite Edible Black Cat
Directions

Monster Brownies & Other Scary Treats
Directions

Pizza Mummy Snacks
Directions

Creepy Monster Milk Jug Craft How To Video from Disney
Directions

Easy Skeleton to Make w/ PVC Pipes
Directions

Lips + Teeth Snack Made w/ Apple and Almonds
Directions

Mouth Clever "Recycled" Kid Scarecrow Costume Using Thrift Store Clothing
Directions

Eco-Friendly Pumpkin Seed Necklace
Directions

An Apple Everything Party
Directions

Salt Dough Ghost Family
Directions

Martha Stewart's Marshmallow Ghost Cake
Directions

Vampire Balloon Bat Party Decoration
Directions

Edible Jello Jiggling Hand Snack
Directions

Severed Cheese "Fingers"
Directions

Tombstone RIP Cupcake
Directions

Freaky Halloween Food Ideas to Make at Home
Directions

Pumpkin Painting (instead of carving - great for little kids)
Directions

Pretend Halloween Lantern Made w/ Milk Carton
Directions

Cute Kids' Pumpkin Shape Fabric Trick or Treat Bag
Directions

Martha Stewart's Glitter Skulls and Bones
Directions

Glittered Pumpkin Centerpiece by Martha Stewart
Directions

Make a cute mini Jack-O-Lantern from an Orange
Directions

Do-it-Yourself (DIY) & EASY Dog Costume made w/ 2 College Pennants
Directions

A quick and inexpensive DIY child (or adult) tongue-in-cheek costume idea
Directions

Beautiful Halloween Moon Cloth Patchwork Trick-or-Treat Bag, Wall Quilt, Placemats
Pattern from Kaye Wood

Add your own Halloween Craft, Sewing or Food Project by leaving a comment below w/ link to the directions. All posts must be G-rated and Family-friendly so please leave appropriate ideas only, otherwise they will be deleted. Hope everyone has the happiest Halloween ever!

Also, don't forget to BOOKMARK this page, as there are many more unique (and cheap) ideas to be posted here between now and October 31st!

6 comments:

FruFrugal said...

How adorable! All great ideas :) Love the pics of the kids and the boxer of course :) Diane

MommyBlogExpert said...

What's your favorite Halloween craft to make with kids? Let me know and I might just add it to this Best of MommyBlogExpert List!

Rebecca said...

those cookies look gr8! i got the recipe. Thx!!

MommyBlogExpert said...

What are you making for (or better, with) your kids for Halloween? Leave a comment here and I might add your idea to my Best of DIY for Halloween List!

MommyBlogExpert said...

Speaking of Halloween, I'd love to hear what YOUR kids want to dress up for this year! Costumes don't have to be expensive, or even store-bought, you can also MAKE some really easy get-ups that are as fun to wear as they are to make together with your child!

Anonymous said...

agree. Cool