17 nature-themed Halloween crafts and activities for kids
Halloween: the perfect event for thrillseekers. We've collected our most ghoulish games and hair-raising adventures to ensure you have a spine-tingling time. Read on...if you dare!
Outdoor ideas for Halloween
Go on a spooky woodland walk
Have you ever explored the woods after dark? It feels shockingly different to daylight. Take a torch on a twilight trek and download our spooky bingo sheet. Listen out for hooting owls and cawing crows. Watch for bats darting out of tree hollows and feel silky spider webs against your skin. Can you spot any eerie faces peering down from the trees?
Families or groups can also play torch tag - it's terrific fun as darkness descends!
Remember, if you're exploring after dark make sure you stay close to an adult. Be careful of trip hazards like tree roots and fallen branches, and don’t forget some spare torch batteries.
Weave woodland magic
We've got plenty of ideas for young witches and wizards. Have a go at whittling and transform an ordinary stick into a magic wand! Collect sticks to make a twig broomstick, perfect for a quick game of Quidditch. Whip up a woodland potion using special ingredients gathered from the forest floor. Or write spells on fallen leaves, then toss them into the wind to release their magic.
Cackle round the campfire
If you love storytelling, build a campfire and sit around it telling ghost stories. Try a pass-it-on story where one person starts it off and the next person continues.
And if all the scary stuff hasn’t ruined your appetite, make our delicious campfire bread twists, or toast some marshmallows over the fire.
Make a twig skeleton
You can learn all about bones by making a terrifying twig skeleton. Gather sticks, conkers, acorns and leaves, then create a human, animal or a monster skeleton!
Creepy crafts you can do at home
Create petrifying pumpkins
If you're making a jack o'lantern, why not get inspired by woodland wildlife? Cut the top off your pumpkin, scoop out the flesh, then carve a bat, spider web, owl or spooky tree into the skin. Pop an LED tealight inside and let it glow in the darkness.
Autumn leaves can be turned into pumpkins too. Gather some orange leaves and arrange them in a pumpkin shape on the ground. (Or you can stick them on some card.) Use dark brown leaves to create glaring eyes and a grinning mouth.
Make ghastly decorations
Having a Halloween party? Make a gruesome garland by painting leaves to look like ghosts, monsters and spider webs. Tie the leaves to some ribbon and hang the garland around your haunted house.
Conkers can easily be transformed into mini pumpkins. Just paint them orange and draw on spooky faces.
Scuttling spiders and bizarre bats
If you're looking for Halloween activities for smaller children, have a go at making spider buddies. Simply paint one of your child's hands black (not the thumb) and overlap two handprints to create a not-so scary spider.
Or to make a bat, paint a leaf and a cardboard tube black. Glue the leaf to the back of the tube to give your bat wings, and draw a friendly face on the front.
We'd love to see what you get up to this Halloween. Scare us silly by posting your pictures on our Facebook page, or on Instagram or Twitter using #NatureDetectives.
Help us look after enchanting woods
If you love these activities, join the Woodland Trust as a family for inspiring adventures all year round.
From just £5 a month you can help us look after the UK's trees, woods and wildlife. To say thank you, we'll send you activity packs through the post bursting with crafts, games and nature-spotting. They're great for getting kids active outdoors and learning about the natural world.