Autumn is very much in the air now and with it comes one of the most fun holidays ever, Halloween! Here in the UK Halloween is barely celebrated, which is a crying shame. Some years we don’t see a single kid out trick-or-treating and a lot of the costumes are woeful in their quality.

Just because the country as a whole tends to ignore this super fun day, it doesn’t mean that we have to. I’ve been excited about introducing Buddy to all things Halloween since I began blogging. This year, he is finally old enough to begin to get into the spirit, yay! Of course, being two, some of the more scary aspects of Halloween are a bit too advanced for him to understand, so this year we are sticking to friendly Jack-O-Lanterns.

Buddy is really interested in the concept of family at the moment, so it was the perfect opportunity to create a Jack-O-Lantern family with some Pumpkin Suncatchers. We had a baby pumpkin, toddler pumpkin and mummy and daddy pumpkins, too. Making the activity relevant to his interests is a great way to keep him focussed and engaged, and it’s a wonderful way to work on his vocabulary as well!

To make our Suncatchers, I simply drew pumpkins on contact paper and then stuck them to our window. I then cut up some orange and yellow tissue paper for Buddy to stick to his family. It doesn’t get much easier than that!

Normally when we do a contact paper activity, Buddy goes for it with toddler style gusto. Handfuls of materials are flung at the sticky paper with glee. This time, however, he was meticulous in his actions. He spent ages straightening each piece of tissue paper to cover the pumpkin. It was also a great opportunity to work on colour recognition (usually Buddy thinks everything is pink). He was able to identify yellow and orange and he had fun choosing each piece of tissue paper based on its colour.

If you're looking for Halloween crafts for kids to get your little ones in the spirit for ghosts and goblins, check out these pumpkin suncatchers! They make the perfect Halloween decorations, and are fabulous boredom busters for bad weather days!

Buddy loved talking about each of the pumpkins and the family members they represented. It really kept the activity engaging for him and he loved filling in his “family members” one by one. The finished result was pretty impressive.

If you're looking for Halloween crafts for kids to get your little ones in the spirit for ghosts and goblins, check out these pumpkin suncatchers! They make the perfect Halloween decorations, and are fabulous boredom busters for bad weather days!

Of course, you’re not restricted to pumpkins. You could create a witches hat, black cats and bats, a cauldron, Frankenstein or any type of monster to get your home into the Halloween spirit. And don’t forget to check out these other fabulous Halloween Activities for Kids to really get into the Spooky spirit!

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If you're looking for Halloween crafts for kids to get your little ones in the spirit for ghosts and goblins, check out these pumpkin suncatchers! They make the perfect Halloween decorations, and are fabulous boredom busters for bad weather days!

And if you’re looking for more ways to have fun with your kids, please check out our Kids board!

Kyla is a stay at home mom to an awesome toddler and a permanently attached baby. She dreams of being the Perfect Housewife but is more often found playing on the floor with her kids. You can find her on her blog, The Train Driver’s Wife, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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