While we love sharing Halloween craft ideas for our preschoolers and little ones, our tweens and older kids want to get in on the fun too. So with my own Halloween-loving older kid in mind, I searched around for some cool Halloween craft projects and ideas just for teens.
These are all officially tween- and teen-approved, parents! I mean, I’ve looked around the web for Halloween crafts for teens and found lots of “stick googly eyes on a painted mason jar” or “make an owl puppet from a paper bag” and…no. Just, no. (Do those people even have teens?)
This is the cool stuff, right here. Promise.
-Liz with Caroline
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Leave it to Elsie at A Beautiful Mess (man, she is talented!) to come up with the perfect Halloween for my skull-loving teen, in this Halloween skull string art craft. It will definitely take a run to Michael’s and some time this weekend, but I know my daughter would keep it up on her wall long after the 31st is over.
These Halloween air-dry clay planters by Jennifer Perkins at DIY Network are a clever craft for tweens and teens to DIY, and they’re really not as hard as they look. Air-dry clay is easy to find at Target or even at your supermarket, and it’s easy enough for kids as young as about 8 to work on their own. Especially that mummy.
Kitchen crafts are always a great place for independent tweens and teens to get creative. For ideas, look no further than Cool Mom Eats and our entire Halloween category. You might start with our roundup of easy Halloween treats for kids that was designed for parents, but doubles as a list of treat ideas easy enough for older kids to DIY. And at the top of my own kids’ list: these Pretzel Mummies from Sheri Silvert. Because salty + sweet + edible googly eyes is a winning combo.
Okay so this totally falls under Advanced Crafting but — mind blown by the Stranger Things pumpkin diorama at Brit + Co. My younger daughter is still all-in on Stranger Things everything, which is why she’s going a Nancy for Halloween. (And yes, it’s impossible. I tried to convince her to go as Dustin but no dice.)
If your tween has moved on from DIY slime (or at least have added a few other interests into the mix) they’re probably now into bath bombs. So this DIY Monster Eye bath bombs craft at The Makeup Dummy is right up their alley for Halloween crafting. They do need a few special supplies for these, but if they’re already into DIY bath bombs, you may already have them on hand.
I am obsessed with this DIY Halloween spider web jewelry tutorial from Lia Griffith which blend jewelry making with paper craft. It does require a Martha Stewart spider web craft punch (at least if you aren’t an X-Acto knife master) but her instructions are so simple that I’m really excited for this one!
Think tweens and teens are too old for Halloween coloring pages? Try some adult coloring pages. Believe it or not, I found this fantastic adult Day of the Dead sugar skull coloring page from Crayola. Just toss in some sharp, high quality colored pencils or felt-tips and they’re set. There are a few more good options at DayoftheDead.com too or check out our own wonderful ideas for printable sugar skull coloring page right here.
Speaking of Dio de Los Muerto, while it’s definitely an important holiday in its own right separate from Halloween, they do overlap. For cool craft ideas for tweens and teens, take a look at these 12 cool Day of the Dead sugar skull craft ideas for kids, that range from painted planters to t-shirt design to these remarkable 3D paper mâché sugar skull masks from Made by Toya. She’s got a free skull mask template for download and printing on her site.
For more inspiration, I’m also blown away by these intricate daisy-eyed sugar skull planters at Plaid Online which in an amazing Halloween craft for tweens and teens who are steady with a harpieor a paint brush. Wow.
This year, my kids want to try their hand at pumpkin carving themselves (yikes!) so we’ve been poring through this post I wrote on nearly 100 free, geeky pumpkin carving templates. They love the Totoro stencils, and the Marvel characters are definitely on our list of possibilities, but the force is strong with this Kylo Ren pumpkin carving template from Anthony Herrera Designs, so we’re likely to end up on the dark side.
For the pumpkins we don’t carve, we’ve shared so many creative no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas over the years and I love them all. But a new one to add to our list: This gorgeous galaxy pumpkin decorating craft idea from Dream A Little Bigger, which is like the perfect Halloween craft for artistic tweens and teens.