Forget frightening zombies, spooky spirits, and menacing mummies. Get the whole family into the Halloween mood with 11 projects that are way more sweet than scary. Scroll down to find smiling jack-o’-lanterns and googly-eyed bats that’ll leave you and your crafty little pumpkins cackling with glee.

Bats_BuggyandBuggy_Halloweendecor_National_redtricyclephoto: Buggy and Buddy

1. Crafty Bats
These happy nocturnal creatures are the perfect Halloween decor for your bat cave. You might even have everything you need lying around the house, too! Fly over to the tutorial at Buggy and Buddy.

DIY Kid Handprint Spiders Halloween Keepsakephoto: Fun at Home with Kids

2. Handprint Spiders
Let the kids lend a hand (or two) to create these adorable arachnids from Fun at Home with Kids. Make a new one every year to document growth! Crawl over to the blog for materials and instructions.

rockmagnet_thisheartofmine_Halloween_national_redtricyclephoto: This Heart of Mine

3. Halloween Rock Magnets
This rockin’ craft from This Heart of Mine is perfect for hanging your little monsters artwork on the fridge. Check out the how-to and make a set of your favorite creatures.

Mummy-Pail-5photo: The Everyday Home

4. Mum-pkin
This Mummy Pumpkin from The Everyday Home is hauntingly cute. Perfect for trick-or-treating or outdoor decor, have your mini-mummies create their own faces for a fun pre-candy collecting project by clicking here.

Halloween Footprint Buntingphoto: Mama.Papa.Bubba

5. Footprint Bunting
Put your left (and right) foot in to create this adorable party decor from Mama.Papa.Bubba. From ghosts to cats, candy corn and more, let the kids decorate each footprint as their favorite Halloween characters. Take a stroll over to the blog for the how-to.

Glittery-Halloween-Pumpkin-Jars (2)photo: Life is a Lullaby

6. Glittery Jack-o-Lantern Mason Jars
We love how Life is a Lullaby transformed tiny mason jars into whimsical, shimmering jack-o-lanterns that double as candy holders and decor. The kids will love crafting their own toothy grins.  Find the how-to and materials here.

Plush Toysphoto: Paper and String

7. Plush Ornaments
Perfect for older crafters who love to sew, decorate backpacks or trick-or-treating bags with smiling plush ornaments. Find the how-to and free pattern at Paper and String.

popsicle-stick-witchphoto: This Girl’s Life Blog

8. Popsicle Stick Witch
This googly-eyed witch from This Girl’s Life Blog is wickedly cute. Part of a collection of magnets that includes a festive scarecrow and pumpkin, check out the how-to here.

Spider-Headband-Craftphoto: Fantastic Fun and Learning

9. Spider Headband
Your little arachnids will love accessorizing with this wriggly headpiece from Fantastic Fun and Learning. Crawl over to the blog to find out how to make this easy Halloween craft educational as well as fun.

Stained-Glass-Pumpkin-Craft-for-Kidsphoto: Crafts on Sea

10. Sweet Suncatcher Pumpkin
It’s a Jack O’ Lantern that will glow all day. Decorate the windows with a vibrant “stained-glass” pumpkin. Check out the how-to at Crafts on Sea.

tpcraftphoto: Mommy Savers

11. Halloween Toilet Paper Roll Pals
You knew you saved those toilet paper rolls for a reason, right? Right! Follow the tutorial at Mommy Savers and try crafting these tp roll Halloween pals. With so many characters to choose from, you can create a whole school of friendly-spooky players.

Got an awesome Halloween craft that’s perfect for kids? Share it with us in the comments section below!

— Abigail Matsumoto & Lauren Hill