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Need a Halloween craft for 10-year-olds? Here are spookingly great ideas

The best Halloween activities for a hauntingly good time

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The Halloween season comes with the most creative crafts for your pumpkins to do. Halloween activities for kids are the favorite thing to do in October — aside from trick-or-treating. They are also the most convenient, as you probably already have the materials to do them around your house. When you have older kids, like 10-year-olds, it’s more relaxing to get crafting. You could get into more detailed crafts or do them side by side since they don’t need the supervision younger children would, and these Halloween crafts for 10-year-olds are perfect to have a spooktacular season.

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Themed games to play

There is nothing like getting the kids together to play a game. Whether the whole family gets in the fun or the kids play solo, themed games always make things more interesting.

Spooky bingo

What you’ll need

  • Blank papers
  • Markers/crayons
  • Candy for Bingo chips

Any way to play a game to keep kids entertained is encouraged, and Bingo gets the whole family involved. Have your 10-year-old make the boards by printing off blank templates and filling in the spots with Halloween-themed pictures. Once your kiddos finish decorating the cards, use candy as chips and play Bingo with a spooky theme.

Halloween hunt

What you’ll need

  • Scavenger hunt sheet
  • Objects to find

Print a list or take a walk around your neighborhood to see what you could find that’s related to Halloween or fall and write it down. Let the kids pick treats as a prize for the first one done or who finds the most after a certain amount of time. Whatever gets the kids to run around and burn that energy off works the best, plus the fresh air is great for them.

Bobbing for treats

What you’ll need

  • String
  • Candy/donuts/treats

Forget bobbing for apples. Who actually likes sticking their face in water? Let the kids have a blast trying to grab treats with their teeth. Use string to tie around candy bars, donuts, or other candy, and hang them from a tree in your yard or around your house. Get the camera ready for this one, as it will be sure to provide great candid shots.

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Crafts for decorations that also have practical uses

Christmas isn’t the only holiday where the children should make the decor. You’ll love homemade Halloween and autumn decorations when the kids have made it all themselves.

Painting pumpkins

What you’ll need

  • Paints/paintbrushes
  • Pumpkins of various sizes

At 10 years old, a child’s creative ability is good enough to have some real fun with this. Plus, painting pumpkins is a lot less messy than carving pumpkins, and the pumpkins will last longer, as well.

Does your child like Minecraft? Roblox? Disney? Your kiddo will have fun painting their favorite show’s logo on the pumpkin. Adults should paint a pumpkin as well and ask the rest of the family which they like best. Make sure to put these on the porch for the neighbors to enjoy.

To have ones to put out every year, get the blank ones from Target or Hobby Lobby every year and let your ghosts and ghouls add to the pile.

Monster mason jars

What you’ll need

  • Glass mason jars
  • Permanent markers
  • Googly eyes
  • Washi tape
  • Paint/paintbrushes
  • Tape

It’s always best when you make a craft that you’ll actually use. Your kiddo will have fun making a mummy, monster, skeleton, pumpkin, or ghost mason jar. Make one of each or an army of your choosing.

Use them to store pens, your Q-Tips, or the good candy you’ll be snacking on later after the kids are in bed. You could also fill them up with goodies and pass them out to family members as an adorable handmade treat.

Ghoulish bookmarks

What you’ll need

  • Thick car stock
  • Markers
  • Washi tape
  • Googly eyes

Let your kids make bookmarks for everyone. Hand them out in school on Halloween or give them to the neighborhood kids. Cut the card stock up to the size or shape wanted and let your child decorate as many as they want.

Or, if your kid does well with beginner origami, there are plenty of Halloween-themed folding bookmark crafts. You could also cut the card stock into smaller pieces and put a magnet on the back to make fridge magnets.

Day of the dead rocks

What you’ll need

  • Various rocks
  • Paint/paintbrushes

If your kids love the movies Book of Life and Coco, keep that light alive by letting them try their hand at painting rocks in that sugar skull style. You could also get small planters and let them paint those as well. Painting is calming, so maybe the adults should do this one right with the kids. Put Halloween music or a movie on and let everyone enjoy this soothing craft.

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Crafts that use food

The Halloween season is when the candy and goody part of the year starts, anyway. Whether you could eat the craft or use food for the craft, your kids won’t say boo to these Halloween activities.

Pasta bones

What you’ll need

  • Various kinds of pasta/noodles
  • Black and orange paper
  • Glue
  • Paint (optional)

Let them get as spooky or as funny as they want creating their own noodle skeleton scene. Your child will glue the pasta pieces on either black or orange paper. Have them paint the pieces before they glue them down if they want to make the art more colorful. Hang their artwork up around the house to have the spookiest crypt on the block.

Ghostly Oreos

What you’ll need

  • Oreos
  • Melted chocolate
  • Sprinkles
  • Edible glitter
  • Various candies (smashed up)
  • Various small bowls
  • Fork

Get this all set up and let the kids have the most ghoulish time making the treats. Melt chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl, put sprinkles in another bowl, and put any other smashed candy pieces you want to use for decoration in other bowls. Have your child put a fork inside the cream of the Oreo and dip it in the chocolate, sprinkles, or whatever other toppings they want. They do all the work, and you get to taste test.

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Crafts for the ghoulishly talented

If you have an artistic witch or wizard in your house, give them a little harder craft to do and see what they come up with.

Halloween wreath

What you’ll need

  • Craft paper
  • Wire
  • Halloween shapes
  • Hot glue

You should have a themed wreath on your door all year, and a Halloween one is a must. Have your child cut out the wreath from craft paper to put the decorations on, use wire, or make the base out of whatever else you’d like. Your kid could go spooky, fun, cute, or any direction they want the wreath to be. Either buy them Halloween-themed pieces from the craft store to use or have them make and cut them out of colored paper to glue on the wreath base.

Halloween garland

What you’ll need

  • String/twine
  • Halloween-themed shapes
  • Colored construction paper

Similar to the wreath, why does garland always have to be Christmas-themed? Have your child create spooky garland you could hang around the house. Have them cut out various shapes like pumpkins, ghosts, and bats and hole punch them to string along the string or twine.

As your child gets older, the world of activities opens up and becomes so much more interesting. You’ll spend less time showing them how to do a craft and more time watching their mind figure out what they are going to do. And Halloween activities are always the most fun ones for kids to do. You are going to love doing these Halloween crafts for 10-year-olds, and your mini monsters will think they are pretty spooktacular as well. We want you to get into the spirit of celebrating this Halloween season and with these ideas for your little goblins, you’ll be sure to do just that.

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