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16 halloween paper crafts decorations activities

16 Halloween Paper Crafts, Decorations, & Activities

The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner! Whether you’re busy putting together your kids’ Halloween costumes, your own frightening ensemble, or designing this year’s Jack-O-Lantern, there are tons of easy ways for you to decorate the rest of your house – or simply keep your kids busy while you put the finishing touches on everyone’s scary duds.


If your house is always the scariest one on the block, chances are your decorations are already covered. But if you just love Halloween and can’t get enough of the spooky spirit, there are lots of other easy paper crafts you can make at home just for the fun of it. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Tabletop Paper Lanterns

Set the scene with these ghostly paper lanterns by Lia Griffith. They’re perfect for tabletop decorations or centrepieces.

Halloween Paper Lanterns Lia Griffith

Lia used metallic black cardstock and white vellum to create her lanterns. Just be sure to use a battery-powered tea light!

2. Hanging Paper Lanterns

Try hanging these easy paper lanterns in your entryway, from your chandelier, or outdoors on your porch. All you need is black cardstock and translucent orange vellum, plus some simple crafting supplies.

Hanging Paper Lanterns Halloween Martha Stewart

Learn how to make your own hanging lanterns.

3. Cute Paper Skeleton

Halloween Paper SkeletonThis little guy is the perfect addition to your Halloween decorations! Put him on your table, your desk, or build a new buddy for your kids to help get them into the Halloween spirit.

All you need is white cardstock. You can download the template here.

4. Downloadable Embellished Letters

Add some Halloween flair to your scrapbook pages, homemade cards, and other paper crafts with these free downloadable letters.

Halloween Block Letters Paper

Download them here.

5. You’ve Been Boo’d Printable Set

Surprise your friends and loved ones with these cute printables! Simply print out the set, throw some treats into a brown paper bag, and give your loved ones a sweet Halloween treat.

Halloween Paper Printables

Download the printables from Thirty Handmade Days.


No party required! These decorations will add some easy spooky spirit to your home.

6. Paper Mice

No one wants mice in their home – unless they’re made of paper.

Learn how to create your own using this tutorial from Martha Stewart. Try using this black cardstock.

7. Paper Chains

Halloween Paper ChainsThis Christmas classic is getting a Halloween-themed makeover!

Download the templates and get ready to drape these spine-chilling paper chains all over your house. Try using this paper.

8. Halloween Banner

This banner is perfect for any Halloween party.

Halloween Paper Banner

Learn how to create your own. Try using this black and orange cardstock!

Paper Pumpkins

Pumpkins in any form are a Halloween classic. Skip the mess of carving your own, or go pumpkin crazy with these easy paper options.

9. Curly Paper PumpkinsCurly Paper Pumpkin Halloween

These curly paper pumpkins are a little artsy, and they look great hanging from your ceilings or walls.

Here’s how to make them.

10. Rolled Paper Pumpkins

These rolled paper pumpkins are a little more robust than the Curly Paper Pumpkins, but they’re still easy to make using only orange, brown, and green cardstock.

Rolled Paper Pumpkin Halloween

Follow this tutorial to learn how to make your own.

11. 3D Paper Pumpkins

These softball-sized paper pumpkins are perfect for your Halloween tablescape, desktop, or for anywhere you want to add a bit of Halloween spirit! Watch this video to learn how to make your own.

Crafts & Activities for Kids

Whether you need to keep your kids busy while you get your Halloween on, or whether your kids are just as into All Hallow’s Eve as you are, these activities are sure to keep them busy and get them pumped for the festivities to come.

12. Shadow Puppets

There’s nothing creepier than a spooky shadow lurking just around the corner! These shadow puppets may not be as scary, but they are tons of fun.

Halloween Shadow Puppets

Here’s how to make them. This black cardstock is perfect!

13. Paper Lanterns for KidsHalloween Paper Lantern Kids Pumpkin

You can never have too many paper lanterns! Get your kids in on the action with this easy option.

They’re super simple to make – here’s how.

14. Halloween Mad Libs

Who doesn’t love mad libs? These Halloween-themed mad libs are fun for the whole family.

Download the mad libs.

5. Printable Masks

You don’t need to wait till the 31st to dress up! These easy printable masks are the perfect way to get into the dress-up spirit.

Free Printable Halloween Masks

Download over 100 free printable masks here.

16. Haunted House Cut Out

Get creepy and creative this Halloween – let your kids create their own haunted house with this cute cut out.

Halloween Haunted House Cut Out Kids Paper

Follow this tutorial and set your kids loose!


These easy DIY crafts, decorations, and activities are a great way to get your whole family into the Halloween spirit – not that the promise of candy, costumes, and revelry isn’t enough.

Steph Schinkel

Steph is an avid crafter, DIY enthusiast, and regular contributor to The Paper who loves to handmake all of her cards. Above all else, Steph is a die-hard foodie with a massive sweet tooth and a deep, soul-consuming love for chocolate.