Halloween Books and Crafts To Match

halloween books with crafts to matchIt’s October and it’s time to plan a few ( or many ) fun Halloween crafts to get excited about the holiday and learn at the same time. Each one of these books has been paired with a great craft or activity that work on a variety of skills in a playful way. Click on the book title and you will be taken to Amazon through and affiliate link to check out the book. Click on the craft and you will be taken to the full craft tutorial so you can see the step by step instructions to make it with your child.

Did we miss one of your favorite Halloween books and crafts ? Add them in comments so we can make this resource even more helpful.

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Frankie Stein Starts Schoolby Lola M. Schaefer and our TP Roll Frankenstein.halloween crafts and books for kids 22

Monster Math by Anne Miranda  and our Monster Math activity. halloween crafts and books 23

Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming is a perfect match for our Dry Erase Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books 24Ghosts in the House! by Kazuno Kohara and our Puffy Paint Ghost.

halloween crafts and books 25The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams  and our Pin and Pound Pumpkins.

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Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson and Potato Print Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books 17Halloween Day by Anne Rockwell and our Touch and Feel Sandpaper Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 14Mouse’s Halloween Party by Jeanne Modesitt and our Halloween party game Ghost Bottle Bowling.

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Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Jane Yolen and super fun Monster Blocks Memory Game.

halloween crafts and books for kids 18Where Is Baby’s Pumpkin?by Karen Katz and Halloween Sensory Bin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 9Peek-a-Boooo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti and our Toddler Texture Ghost Craft.

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Dem Bones by Bob Barner and X-ray X letter Craft.

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Inside a House That Is Haunted by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Magnetic Haunted House.

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Vunce Upon a Time by J. Otto Siebold and Siobhan Vivian and our Sandpaper and Felt Carrot Puzzle.

halloween crafts and books for kids 10AlphaOops: H Is for Halloweenby Althea Kontis and Letter P is for Pumpkin.

halloween crafts and books for kids 410 Trick-or-Treaters by Janet Schulman and Candy Corn Math.

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Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler and Marshmallow Skull Craft.

halloween crafts and books for kids 11In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting and Haunted House Math

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro and Vampire Bat Craft.

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Beneath the Ghost Moon by Jane Yolen and Puffy Paint Moon Craft.

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Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks and our Broccoli Painting.

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Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman and our super simple Pumpkin Glittering.

halloween crafts and books for kids 5It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! (If You Give…) by Laura Numeroff and our Paper Plate Pumpkin craft for toddlers.

halloween crafts and books 2We’re Going On A Ghost Hunt by Marcia Vaughn and our Cookie Cutter Ghosts.

halloween crafts and books for kids 1Maisy’s Halloween by Lucy Cousins and out Witch’s Hat Edible Craft

 

What did we miss? Share your favorite Halloween book or craft in comments!

Despicable Me 2 – Halloween Fun For Kids

One of the best parts of Halloween is getting a chance to dress up in costumes and dressing up shouldn’t just be for kids, it should be for minions too! When I was asked to help spread the word about Despicable Me 2 coming to theaters this summer I knew exactly what sort of activities I wanted to do. These activities are perfect for Halloween parties or to prepare your little ones for all the unusual costumes they might see. They can play with the minion and see that he’s the same under every single costume we made him and on Halloween night there is nothing to be afraid of it’s just a person under that scary costume too.  The simple memory game can be made in a snap and would be a cute quiet game for a Halloween party.

Dress Your Minion For Halloween!

  1. Gather your materials. You will need some yellow , black and white construction paper, yellow, black , brown and metallic markers, double stick tape, contact paper, scissors, heavy card stock ( full page sheet) and dry erase markers in various colors.
  2. Start by drawing and cutting out a minion.
  3. Cut some black construction paper for it’s goggle band.
  4. Cut out a circle of white paper and outline it in the metallic silver. Add a brown eye with a black pupil. Add yellow at the bottom.
  5. Using the double stick tape tape the band and eye on. Color the boots and gloves black.
  6. Tape everything on to the card stock.
  7. Peel the backing off your contact paper and put the minion face down on the sticky side.
  8. Press, fold the sides and trim edges. Now you have a dry erase minion!
  9. Dress him up for Halloween using the dry erase markers.  We turned him into a princess, witch , butterfly, vampire and messy monster.
  10. Everything wipes clean beautifully!

You can also use him for talking about emotions and have your little ones draw his emotions, or dress him up for upcoming holidays too!

Easy Memory Game

I hear from a lot of parents how playing memory with their child is terrible and my first question is always ” Did you play with all the pieces?” When toddlers and young kids are learning games break them down a little and make them more accessible. This is why I love making my own memory games.

Using the Despicable Me 2 Halloween Temporary Tattoo Printables  I made this game in a snap!  *** Please email me for the printables and I will send them to you asap ***

  1. Gather your materials. You will need the printables  ( 2 copies)  from Despicable Me 2. Some orange card stock, black card stock , double stick tape and scissors.
  2. Cut all your images and card stock into squares. Remember that you want the squares progressively larger so the minion paper is the smallest, orange middle and the black paper is the largest.
  3. Tape the minion to the orange paper and then the orange to the black paper.  Make 4 pairs for toddlers, 6-8 for preschoolers and 10 + for school age kids. 
  4. Flip and play!

After you play and learn (kids are always learning) with these adorable Despicable Me Halloween activities don’t forget to mark your calendar because Despicable Me 2 hits the theaters this July!  Check out some other fun FREE Despicable Me Halloween printables including treat bag toppers and pumpkin carving stencils.

 

About the film

Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment’s worldwide blockbuster, Despicable Me, delighted audiences around the globe in 2010, grossing more than $540 million and becoming the 10th-biggest animated motion picture in U.S. history. In Summer 2013, get ready for more minion madness in Despicable Me 2. Chris Meledandri and his acclaimed film making team create an all-new comedy animated adventure featuring the return of Gru (Steve Carell), the girls, the unpredictably hilarious minions…and a host of new and outrageously funny characters.

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I was compensated for my participation in this campaign. The crafts are my own creations.

Potato Print Ghost Garland

potato print ghostsThis is such an easy Halloween craft and you can stop at the painting or continue on to make a simple garland to hang up for Halloween. Potato prints are a fun way to make specific shapes with toddlers. Don’t miss the Halloween themed books after the craft , it’s not too late to grab a few and read before Halloween.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a potato, knife, potato peeler, dish, white paint, black paper, scissors, stapler and orange ribbon.Halloween Garland
  2. Start by cutting the potato in two and cutting the bottom in a zig zag. Use the end of a peeler to make eyes.
  3. Pour the white paint into the dish and add the ghost potato.
  4. Print! She loved the “ghosties”. I was excited they printed so well.
  5. When we filled two sheets we let them dry and then cut them out.
  6. Next we stapled them to the ribbon. My daughter chose the ghosts and handed them to me to staple.
  7. Then we added it to our fall mantle.

Halloween Books

If you are looking for a great ghost themed book check out our review of  our favorite ghost book Ghosts in the House! and 22 other great Halloween books for kids.

Easy Pumpkin & Jack-O-Lantern Crafts

One of the tools I use to see what my readers want ( other than asking on Facebook and looking at their pins on Pinterest) is to see what google searches have been bringing me traffic. pumpkin craft and jack-o-lantern craft have been huge lately. Everyone and their mom is looking for easy crafts to do with their kids before Halloween gets here. So I brought together all my fun and easy jack-o-lantern and easy pumpkin crafts for kids in a round up to make it easy for y’all to find what you need because I know if there are little ones around time is always of the essence.

Feel & Learn Jack-O-Lantern
Dry Erase Jack-o-Lantern
Pumpkin P
Easy Peasy Jack-O-Lantern Stencils
Paper Plate Jack-O-Lantern
Pumpkin Prints
Rock Jack-O-Lanterns
Glittered Pumpkins For Toddlers
Pin & Pound Pumpkins
Pumpkin Playdough
Pumpkin Patch Letter Match

Pin & Pound Pumpkins – Easy Halloween Craft

easy halloween craft I bought these pumpkins at the dollar store with every intention of decoupaging them and adding sparkle but my son vetoed that. I still wanted to make an easy Halloween craft so I quickly looked around the playroom for an idea. That’s when I saw the hammers on the floor, the buttons on the counter and I was pretty sure I had nails too. I am so glad I didn’t press for them to do my original idea, both kids had a lot of fun pinning, hammering as well as pressing the nails in and my upstairs hallway have two very adorable pumpkins in it now.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a foam pumpkin ( at Dollar Tree right now) , some nails, craft buttons and some hammers.
  2. Place your buttons ( I held them for my daughter for the first nail)  my son did his own.
  3. Place a nail in the button hole and press it just far enough to hold and then hammer!
  4. The hammer was ok but both kids also pushed the nails in with their fingers.
  5. Keep going making faces, or simple designs.  My son added nails without any buttons for hair and my daughter methodically placed nails in each hole.

This would be a great craft for a party since there is no drying time for paint or glue.

 

Halloween Books

Check out these great Halloween picture books for kids.

 
The craft buttons were provided for us by craftprojectideas.com.