Spooky Halloween Tree Craft

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This Spooky Halloween Tree Craft is such a fun project for the kids! They’ll love getting to cut out, paint, and assemble their eerie trees. Great for crafting at school, home, or a Halloween party!

finished spooky halloween tree craft

Easy and Adorable Halloween Tree Craft

Halloween is just around the corner, and although our family isn’t “big” into the holiday, we’re excited for the activities nonetheless! At my house, we stay as far away from the really spooky stuff as possible. However, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the holiday without venturing into scary territory!

My go-to list of kid-friendly spooky activities includes trick or treating (of course), making Halloween treats, visiting the pumpkin patch, and carving out some time for cute crafts. I love how crafts can be tailored to suit any occasion or holiday, and I’ve come across some amazing ideas for this upcoming season.

With all of that being said, this Spooky Halloween Tree Craft is so fun for kids to make and so easy for you to set up! All you need is a spooky tree template and some other basic craft supplies. Since the supplies are inexpensive and easy to find, this craft would be great for a Halloween party or classroom activity. Kids will be so excited to bring their creations home and hang them up!


How to make this Halloween Tree Craft

This spooky tree craft is easy enough for young children to recreate and will keep older kids entertained, too! Follow these steps to create your own adorable spooky tree:

  1. First, print out your spooky tree template. Use it to trace a silhouette of a tree on black cardstock. I recommend using a white or graphite pencil to do so — it makes it easier to see what you’ve traced! Once you’re done, cut out the silhouette. 
  2. Next, add a touch of water to your black paint to thin it out slightly. Dip your brush in the paint and dab it on a paper towel a few times so that it’s drier.
  3. Using a light and quick back and forth motion, swish the brush back and forth across your purple paper to create a spooky sky. I used heavier brushstrokes at the top of the paper and went much lighter down near the base of the tree. No need to be perfect here!
  4. Once the paint has dried, glue the silhouette of your spooky black tree to the center of the paper. Finally, glue on several pairs of googly eyes all around the tree and in the sky. I used white, green, and yellow googly eyes, but you could use just white or whatever other colors you have on hand!

Tips for recreating this craft at home:

  • Don’t worry about perfectly cutting along the lines of your traced template. It is a spooky tree after all, so it doesn’t need to look exact! In my opinion, the more rough edges, the better. If you’re worried about the traced lines showing, simply glue that side to the paper to get a cleaner look.
  • Feel free to mix up the colors in your Halloween tree craft! For instance, you could use a piece of dark blue paper in the background. You could also use different colors of googly eyes or brush on different shades of paint. Just try to stick to a spooky, Halloween color palette. Think deep shades of purple, green, orange, yellow, and black.
  • You only need a touch of water to thin out your paint, so add it in slowly. If you add too much, simply add some more paint and mix it up until you get a good consistency. Remember, the brush strokes don’t need to be perfect. It all adds to that spooky vibe!
  • If you want to have a more durable end product, use purple cardstock for the base rather than regular construction paper. Either will work, but cardstock will hold up better and withstand rips and tears.

More Halloween kids crafts

Looking for more spooky crafting inspiration? Check out these other kids activities for Halloween! These ideas will provide endless festive fun during this fall season:

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