Munchkins and Mayhem

Munchkins & Mayhem

A Kids Crafts Blog

Friday, October 4, 2013

Spooky Paper Chains

Simple and spooky Halloween paper chains are a fun way kids can help dress up the house for Halloween with these cute free printables from kidspot.

Good for ages 4 and up.

Get the instructions here:

Ghost Peanut Butter and Jelly

Cookie cutters turn an ordinary pb & j into an adorable sandwich thanks to better homes and gardens.

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Mummy Wrapped Door

Even the front door can get a costume for Halloween this year thanks to honey and fitz's idea to wrap it in white streamers.

Good for ages 7 and up.

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 My classroom ideas has yellow eyes for her version.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Paper Pumpkin Mask

Pane amore e creativita shares a free pumpkin mask printable for kids to pretend and play Halloween games. 

Good for ages 4 and up.

Get the template here:

Halloween Bracelet

Kids can create a candy corn inspired bracelet using black, orange and white beads.  Older kids can turn it into a charm bracelet adding paper ghosts, pumpkins, bats, skeletons, candy corn, witches and other halloween inspired items.  Find all of the details on

Good for ages 3 and up.

Get the instructions here:

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Paper Bat Treat Holders

Black construction paper turns into cute bat Halloween treat holders courtesy of mega spooky.

*The site is no longer live. Here are the original instructions:

Materials needed:
  • Black Card Stock- One 8.5 x 11 sheet for each bat you'd like to make (If you wanted to make these as a decoration you could use construction paper. To hold treats you'll want the extra thickness that card stock gives you.)
  • White card stock- 1 sheet will be enough for a whole colony of bats
  • Black yarn- cut into 4-6 inch lengths (these will be the loops to hang your bats)
  • Clear envelope sticker seals
  • Googly Eyes (optional)
Other things you'll also need but probably have on hand- a sheet of card stock to use as a template (something the contrasts with black), scissors, stapler and staples, glue and a pencil.

Start by making a template. Make sure to use a bright sheet of paper so it would be easy to see (and trace) against the black card stock.

Rolled the paper into a cone enough to fit a few treats.
Cut a straight line across the top of the cone.

 Don't throw it away the leftover paper.

The cone will need to be trimmed a little more on the sides- marked how far over the edge should go by notching it with a scissors. You'll get rid of some the excess on the sides and smooth out the cut along the top.
Take that leftover piece and fashioned a wing shape. Once cut out this is the second template piece.

The templates can be traced onto your black paper and cut out. (Purple bats would also be really cute)

Now that the pieces are cut out it's time to make a bat.

To make the body fold your large piece of paper into a cone shape. While holding this cone shape secure with one hand, add black yarn by making a loop and resting both yarn ends on the back of the cone where the seams meet. Staple the seam so the cone keeps it's shape and the ends of the loop are secure.
Next attach the wing piece with a staple or glue the wing in place. Staples are speedy but glue gives a nicer finished look.

Now that the bat is mostly built it's time to work on fine details.
Using one blade of the scissor score a curve (sort of half oval shape) on the front and back of the cone. To do this squeeze the cone a little flat- it looks more bat-like a bit flatter.

Scored it so that once it's filled with treats  the top can close like two flaps and seal it.
Next it's time to add a face.
Make a mouth using a black permanent marker. And glue on two little triangles of white paper for fangs. (you could also draw these on with a white paint marker)

Once the bats are filled with treats fold the flaps along the score lines to close and seal with a clear envelope sticker.
Hang them from tree branches and let the kids choose their own.

Good for ages 7 and up.

Tin Can Pumpkins

Tin cans turn into pumpkins with this cute jack o'lantern from craft ideas.  Simply paint a coffee can orange and paint on black triangle eyes and a nose and a cute mouth.  They also top the can a painted green wine cork stem with some fun ribbon to make a bow. 

Good for ages 7 and up.

Get the instructions here:
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