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Halloween Craft Ideas For Seniors


With Halloween just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to resurrect your craft skills and create a fun and spooky atmosphere for the holiday. Not only do Halloween decorations help get you into the spirit of the season — fashioning a fun setting for you and your loved ones — crafts are a great way to keep your mind and body active, especially going into the colder months. Creative activities such as these are known to exercise your brain and help you maintain mental health. Also, the physical aspect of making crafts is an excellent way to maintain dexterity and practice your fine motor skills. These four Halloween crafts are fun and easy to do without breaking the bank.

Frankenstein’s Monster Mug

Not to be mistaken with Dr. Frankenstein himself, these mugs are a marvelous craft for anyone who feels a little ghoulish in the morning until they get their coffee or tea. This craft is perfect for people who feel like they’re not particularly artsy, but want to get into the holiday spirit. A monster’s face isn’t supposed to be perfect! Don’t be afraid to make it messy and put your own stamp on it. Let your inner monster shine. 

Another wonderful thing about this craft is that it only requires five supplies (plus an oven). These are a terrific gift for friends and family, or are a great way to create a collection of holiday-themed mugs you’ve designed yourself. 

Mummy Luminaries

Lighting can dramatically impact the tone of an atmosphere and there’s something about that warm, orange glow of candlelight that really sets the mood for Halloween.

With that being said, what greater way to usher in Halloween candlelight than a mummy mason jar luminary? This craft is super easy to do, and you may already have half the materials in your home. All you need is a mason jar, gauze, googly eyes, hot glue, and candles. The instructions call for flameless votive candles here, but you can use whichever candles you might have on hand, so long as they fit and you’re taking the proper safety precautions. 

This is an especially fun project to do with children, but they’re also a fun way to spruce up your home with lighthearted decorations. They don’t take long and look fantastic. If candles aren’t your thing, these also make a great candy jar.

Spooky Spiderweb Hoop Art

For those of us who like a bit more of a challenge, or enjoy embroidering, this spooky spiderweb hoop art project is perfect. This craft looks great and allows you to stretch your imagination and use your creativity. It takes a little more dexterity than some of the other crafts, but if you’re an experienced stitcher, you’ll probably find this craft fun and easy to do. 

You can decorate them however you want, and they really stand out hanging on a wall. Ambitious folks can even create a whole series of hoops to take up an entire wall, a giant connecting web of Halloween spirit. Don’t be afraid to personalize them and add your own touches. You’re only limited by your imagination. 

Spooky Candles

As we mentioned earlier, we love candles and the mood-setting light they provide. There’s something special about its glow that awakens our Halloween spirit, our human spirit and the spirits within (and they can smell nice as well). So why not make and design your own candles?

We love this project because it can work for all levels of artists and creativity. As such, you can scale this to any level of ease or difficulty. You can make your own candles or buy some at the store, you can print off your favorite designs or you can use rubber stamps. If you love drawing, you can create your own designs. You can add personal flares (see what we did there?), curate a collage, or make it as intricate or as simple as you like. 

You’ll need a few special tools for this craft, like a very hot blow dryer or a heat gun (be careful!), but they’re easy enough to find at craft or housewares store. The rewards are well worth the effort.

We’re big fans of crafts here. They are good for the mind and soul, and a delightful way to spend a day. An additional great thing about doing crafts is that there’s always something at the end to show for it. Something that shows you’ve accomplished something, whether to keep for yourself or to offer as a gift. You can do them alone or with a group of people. It’s something you created and can share with others, and that just feels good, inside and out. 

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