Halloween is a wonderful time of year.  The harvest is complete, fresh corn is being sold in stands on the side of the road, and the holidays are just around the corner.  People busy themselves by going to pumpkin patches, wandering through corn stalk mazes, and perhaps, making some costumes.  Once these activities are complete and football begins to bore you, what else is there to do?  We have the answer….. Do some crafting!  Yes, its true, Pat Catans stores are slowly disappearing.  So, how about you do some crafty things on your own on the cheap?  We have collected some wonderful craft ideas that require paper and listed the sites and summaries of the crafts below.  

The PaperMill Store has listed 16 paper crafts on their blog that are great for decorations.  Some of these projects are:

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Tabletop Paper Lanterns

Hanging Paper Lanterns

Paper Skeletons

Paper Mice
Paper Chains

Halloween Banners

Rolled Paper Pumpkins

Shadow Puppets

Masks

Haunted House Cut-outs

For a longer list of crafts and decorations, visit their site at:

https://blog.thepapermillstore.com/16-halloween-paper-crafts-decorations-activities/

Many of you may be familiar with Pinterest and its never ending smorgasbord of fun things to do.  Lucky for you, this also includes a huge amount of easy and fun Halloween crafts.  Many of these crafts do not require a large amount of materials.  While looking for fun ideas, we stumbled upon a collection by Tonya Dewitt and Usborne books.  There are literally over a thousand spooky crafts in this collection.  Coloring pages, paper roll crafts, cards, paper cut-outs, and paper dolls are just a fraction of the collection available to you.  Follow the link below and browse through the great ideas!  Go here: https://www.pinterest.com/misstonya81/halloween-paper-crafts/

We can’t forget about YouTube!  Below you will find links to several videos that lay out the steps for you to complete more fun Halloween crafts!

Black Cat Paper Craft: https://www.pinterest.com/misstonya81/halloween-paper-crafts/

Paper Pumpkin Craft: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3fIcPLWCDg

4 Easy Halloween DIY Crafts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd9DDNa80cw

5 Spooky DIY Halloween Crafts (Decorations): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEgvSmnVyJ4

If you are looking for some easy crafts for you and the kids to complete, The Best Ideas For Kids site is a nice resource.  There, you can find ideas that go beyond simple paper projects like:

1. Paper Strip Pumpkins

2. Build your own Jack-O-Lantern 

3. Halloween Pumpkin Slime

4. Paper Plate Pumpkin Strips Craft

5. Jack-O-Lantern Jars 

6. Handprint Clay Pumpkins

7. Paper Pumpkin Craft

Click on the project above and go directly to the site.  For a list of over 50 projects for you and the kids, go to: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/halloween-crafts-for-kids/

There you have it.  The internet contains a treasure trove of resources when it comes to creating a great craft project for you or the entire family.  So, when the weather drives you inside as you are preparing for Halloween, browse through the above crafts and pick your favorite!