Getting kids excited about Halloween isn’t usually that tricky. Dressing up as your favourite monster, princess or superhero and trick or treating for sweet treats is probably one of the highlights of their year. But if your little ones are more excited about the promise of chocs and candy than anything else, then you might be keen to divert their enthusiasm towards something that’s slightly better for their teeth!
That’s where your printer comes in. That little box of paper, ink and wonder is all you need to keep your kids feeling entertained, as well as super spooky this October 31st. So read on for eight spooktacular printable ideas that will (mostly) keep your kids distracted from all those sweets!
We’re kicking off with a perfect pair of printables for kids who are keen scribblers, note-writers and colour-ers. These little notelets, sporting a slightly goofy-looking pumpkin and a playful black kitty, are a sweet way for kids to share Halloween messages. While the bat pen toppers can be added to colouring pens and pencils for a spot of Halloween colouring. Their pencil cases will be the envy of all their fellow trick or treaters!
Is your little monster struggling to decide what costume to opt for this Halloween? Here’s the answer; simply print out these cut out dolls and outfits and let them mix and match between a pirate, a pumpkin, a skeleton, a fairy and a witch. There are two designs, one of a boy and one of a girl, so either let them choose their favourite, or print both out to fill a whole rainy October afternoon.
Nothing says Halloween like a black cat, so this printable featuring 12 of the furry little guys is perfect for October 31st. Six of the kitty pics are silhouettes, while the other six are sketches, so why not task your kids with finding the matching pairs, while you prep the house for trick or treaters? Then they can colour in the sketches when they’re done.
This pop-up pumpkin is bound to impress even slightly older kids. A bit of cutting, folding and sticking, et voila, you’ve got the spookiest of vegetables and it’s made of nothing but a simple sheet of paper. For bonus points, once you’ve made him, this cheeky little dude can be squashed flat for posting to a friend then, as soon as they open up the envelope, he’ll pop up to wish them a happy Halloween!
Hosting a Halloween party this year? These cards will tell everyone where they’re sat, as well as make the place look that extra bit spooky. There are a few to choose from including a retro devil, a kooky pumpkin and a suave looking vampire, so you’ll be able to choose a character that suits the personality of each of your guests!
If your kids are finding fancy dress for humans a bit predictable this year, then why not flip the script with this dress-up for dogs? Print it out and your kids will be able to perk up a regular pooch to be a witch, a superhero or a ghost. More cute than spooky but sometimes we all need a bit of a break from being spooked at this time of year!
Versatility is the name of the game with these smart little labels. Simply print them out and take it from there. You could use them to make a Halloween collage card, to slick onto Halloween gifts or jars of sweets or – as shown in the picture – stick them to straws to decorate cupcakes and other treats on the Halloween dinner table.
A temporary change of pictures on your walls can make all the difference when you’re keen to transform your place from family home to haunted house. We’ve found two stylish designs ‘Keep Calm and Scary On’ and ‘Eat Drink and Be Scary’, which can be printed off in various sizes, depending on what type of printer you’re equipped with.
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