Don't be scared to get crafty this Halloween

Decorating your home and getting ready for Halloween is a memorable experience for many children, and don't worry, you don't have to go crazy buying decorations. Instead, get your kids together to participate in some arts and crafts!

With less than a week to go, for families with young kids, there are countless opportunities to get a little creative. You don't have to be a master crafter to bring the spirit of the holiday to your home, whether you want to make your own pregnancy Halloween costume, create spooky ensembles for your little tots or turn your house into a haunted house.

Decorate some pumpkins!
Carving pumpkins may be a bit dangerous for young kids, considering you need some pretty sharp knives for the activity. A safer alternative is to decorate your pumpkins from the outside. For tots, grab some magic markers to make some scary faces or spooky designs. If your children are a little older, embellish the big orange gourds with glitter, jiggly eyes and pom poms. To make it more interesting, you could even use macaroni or the pumpkin seeds (be sure you carve the top of the pumpkin before decking it out).

Make themed baked goods
One of the reasons why kids love this holiday is because it's saturated with chocolate and other sugary treats. Another good activity is to bake cookies or cupcakes with your children. Although you'll probably want to keep your little ones away from the stove, you can let them be in charge of decorating.

A fun option that will delight any group of kids is to make cupcakes decorated to look like spiders. This may sound complicated, but all you need to do is make regular chocolate cupcakes and then put together an assembly line of ingredients needed to make the top of the spider. For instance, frost the cupcakes with chocolate frosting and sprinkle them with chocolate sprinkles - this will give them the appearance of being hairy! Then, use two M&Ms of the same color as eyes and equip the delicious masterpiece with eight 3-inch long pieces of black liquorice as legs. Now there you go! A spooky, yet delicious, treat.

What are some fun activities you have done with your kids to get in the Halloween mood? Do you have any spooky baking ideas? Leave your answers in the comment section!