We may be nearing the end of “spooky season,” but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still carve out some time for Halloween fun! Nannies and parents, if the kids are begging for some thematic crafting, we have great ideas for you! Here are some fang-tastic, simple activities to really take advantage of this last week of October–and the best part is that all of these projects are versatile and can be adapted for any season or holiday!

Did you skip the pumpkin patch this year, but still want to decorate the porch? Try painting rocks!  

Keep an eye out for smooth rocks, approximately the size of your child’s palm. Non-toxic acrylic paint will stick the best, but you can experiment with other options. Just keep in mind that acrylic is water-resistant and difficult to remove once dry, so protect your work surface with newspaper or a disposable table cloth for easy cleanup, and bring the art smocks out for this one. 

For extra fun, consider bringing the personalized rocks to a park or other public area and leaving them as a treasure for someone else to find, or playing rock hide-and-seek! 

Are you limited on craft supplies, or are you looking for something to do with that produce you forgot about in the fridge? Fruits and vegetables make great stamps!

Cut potatoes, peppers, celery, apples, citrus, or any firm fruit or vegetable you have available in half. Skip the onions–they’re a great texture for stamping, but they’re probably not going to be much fun for little eyes! Pat the produce dry, and you have your stamps! Simply use regular stamp pads or tempera paint for your ink, and encourage the kids to create Halloween designs with their stamps! Can that apple become a pumpkin? Can you use the lemon to make some spooky monster eyes? Maybe that pepper can be turned into the face of a screechy bat! Let those imaginations soar!

Want some outdoor time? Get out the trick-or-treat buckets and collect some Fall treasures for a nature collage!

Create a list of fall items that can be found easily in nature: colorful leaves, acorns, pinecones, seed pods, flowers, twigs, pebbles. Make sure your list contains items that can be brought home. Then, for older kids, challenge them to arrange their collected items into the shape of their favorite Halloween representation, and for younger kids, provide them with an outline to fill with their treasures. Ghosts, jack-o-lanterns, spiders, and cats are all simple ideas for fun Halloween nature collage shapes!

Bay Area nannies, what simple crafts and projects are you working on with your charges for Halloween this year? Let us know in the comments!