Ghost crafts perfect for Halloween

I always mean to make some fun ghost themed projects for Halloween and every year I get stuck on making things with pumpkins. So this year, I decided I would try to start early and collect ghost ideas. So I want to share with you what I’ve found. If you have any favorite ghost theme crafts, art projects or activities, I ‘d love to hear about them – we can compare boo ideas! Some of the ideas I’m sharing are my own brainstorming that I haven’t yet made.

Ghost crafts for kids
Ghost crafts for kids

If you want to find out how to make each of the projects below, click on the image and you’ll be taken to the website that originally created the ghost craft. I’ve tried to find projects that use basic materials that you can find around the house. If you don’t have a specific supply, get creative and make your own version of a ghost craft with whatever materials you have. I’d love to see what you come up with!


Cottonball Ghost
Cottonball Ghost from The Letter 4 (more cute Halloween projects here)

 I love the tactile aspect of this cottonball ghost project.
Adding interesting textures to crafts is a great way to encourage kids to try something new.

Paper Plate Ghost
Paper Plate Ghost from Pink Peppermint Blogger

You can make paper cutouts your preschooler can glue on, or use a black marker to make this kid friendly spooky face.


Sparkly handprint ghosts
Sparkly handprint ghosts from The Craft Chicks

Instead of simply making a ghost handprint, add some glitter for a fantastic Halloween look.

milk jug ghosts
Milk jug ghosts from Family Fun

I’m going to try really hard to remember to save milk jugs to make these cool ghosts this year. I think lighting up the walkway with milk jug ghosts would be awesome.


Ghost Garland
Ghost Garland from The Long Thread

This ghost garland tutorial offers free printables for the letters too.


Pudding cup ghosts
Pudding cup ghosts from Three Ghost Friends

I love this recycled craft project. Using pudding cups to make cute ghosts is such a brilliant idea. This website also has some cute preschool books featuring the Three Ghost Friends.


glowing ghosts with plastic cups
Glowing ghosts with plastic cups from Projects for Preschoolers

This is my own project we made last year and the kids absolutely love it. It’s an easy, no messy activity that you can do in a time crunch.


Paper shoe print ghosts
Paper shoe print ghosts from Family Crafts at

I think making shoe print ghosts could be a fun tradition we could do and compare how the ghosts “grow” every year along with how their expressions changes as the kids get older and more elaborate with their ghost face decorating.


Styrofoam cup ghosts
Styrofoam cup ghosts from Craft Elf

Simple, draw faces on the cups. I think if you use tempera paint, this would be a fun project too.

Handprint ghost
Handprint ghosts from Projects for Preschoolers

Here’s another ghost project we made here at Projects for Preschoolers. It’s been around for a while, but we loved the idea so much we had to make it ourselves. It’s fun to see how the face adds for much character to each handprint.


Paper collage ghost
Paper collage ghost from Because Babies Grow Up


The kids really have a great time using their own imagination to make something that is uniquely there own, so I really love this paper ghost art.


White lunch sack ghost puppet
White lunch sack ghost puppet from Fab Mums

Use a white paper back and some spooky creativity to make your own paper bag ghost puppet. Simple and perfect for Halloween!


Marshmallow Ghost
Marshmallow Ghost from No Time for Flash Cards

Food crafts are always a favorite, so I had to share this cute marshmallow ghost. I love that it has 3 eyes!

Now I just need to find the time to make all these ghost projects before Halloween. Do you have a favorite ghost craft? Some of my favorites for older kids include lollipop ghosts, cheese cloth ghosts and hanging ghosts you put in the tree. I think we’ll try to use a little more glitter this year too, our ghosts need to sparkle!

11 thoughts on “Ghost crafts perfect for Halloween”

  1. What a great collection of ghost crafts. Thanks for including our paper collage ghost. We made ours with foam sheets. I just love the way they squish.

  2. Eric, thanks so much. I really love your cute ghosts and all the great ghost activities you’ve shared!

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