Halloween Scratch Art for Kids
Kids Arts and Crafts Activities

Halloween Scratch Art :: Spider Webs, Jack-O’-Lanterns & More

Halloween Scratch Art for Kids
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We’ve been doing Halloween scratch art on a variety of surfaces, including paper plates (perfect for spider webs!) and even pumpkins.

We like our scratch art and always have.

Before we figured out how easy it was to do it ourselves, we bought ready-made scratch art sheets (and frankly, still do, especially the awesome mini scratch art notes by Melissa & Doug). But now we mostly DIY it.

I’ve posted about our scratch art here:

Here’s a video showing Scratch Art in action! But today I’m going to share our Halloween scratch art…

Halloween Scratch Art Examples

Halloween Scratch Art on Paper Plates


  • Paper plates (the inexpensive, flimsy kind works well)*
  • Oil pastels or crayons, especially in lighter colors or autumn colors
  • Black paint (we used BioColor paints but tempera works, too)
  • Foam brush
  • Toothpicks for scratching (Q-tips work, too, if you want a broader line)

*If you don’t have paper plates on hand, no worries. Just use a sturdy paper or card stock. Index cards work quite well!

Halloween Scratch Art - The Oil Pastel Layer


First, cover the inner circle of your paper plate with an even layer of oil pastels.

(One of the nice things about using paper plates is that you have a built in frame around your artwork!)

Halloween Scratch Art - Paint Over the Oil Pastel Layer

Then, use a foam brush to paint an even layer of black paint over the oil pastels.

Halloween Scratch Art - Paint Over the Oil Pastel Layer

Until the color layer is covered up.

Halloween Scratch Art Spider Webs

Next, use a toothpick to scratch your design through the wet paint layer.

(If you get a build up of paint on the end of your toothpick, wipe it off on a cloth or paper towel periodically.)

Halloween Scratch Art Spider Webs

Continue working until your Halloween scratch art design is complete. Daphne is working on her spider web above.

DIY Scratch Art Pictures with Kids

When you are finished with your artwork, set it aside to dry and start another! The kids made some Halloweeny spider webs, but then they also made flowers, spirals, and abstract designs.

Halloween Scratch Art Ideas

You could try this with cats, witches, spiders, spider webs, haunted houses, owls, ghosts, pumpkins, Jack-o’-lanterns, bats, skeletons, sugar skulls, monsters, or any Halloween theme you can think of!

Have you tried making your own scratch art papers? Give this fun activity a try with Halloween scratch art!

Variation: Another fun way to try this would be to do a layer of dark oil pastels first (black, purple, maroon, gray, etc) then add a layer of orange paint (or another lighter, Halloween-y color) and add your scratch art design.

Autumn Arts & Crafts Ideas & Supplies

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See our FALL family fun list on my Amazon storefront!

It includes supplies for fall arts & crafts (including the best paper leaves for painting!), autumn toys, Halloween ideas, and picture books about autumn.

Plus, we have lists of the best kids art supplies, open-ended toys, children’s games, and more!

Get our new Halloween Arts & Crafts for Kids workshop! 

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Plus a bonus of 10 Halloween-themed drawing prompts!

31 Halloween Activities for Kids Free Printable Graphic

Download our FREE printable idea list of 31 Halloween activities for kids & families!

Or just check out the blog post with the links… So many fun ideas for Halloween!

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Halloween Scratch Art for Kids
Halloween Scratch Art :: Spider Webs, Jack-O\'-Lanterns & More


  • Reply
    Anonymous Anonymous
    October 29, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    A little complicated but AWESOME!

  • Reply
    November 16, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    My 4 year old daughter loved this and now wants to do scratch art in every free moment we have!

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