Halloween Play Dough

Need a non-candy small gift item for your kids friends and classrooms this Halloween? Or a fun Halloween Craft?  Why not make some of these mini Halloween Play Dough Characters.

Fill them with some easy to make Play Dough. I love making this Play Dough and shared it with my readers a couple of years ago. It is so soft and smells so good. And you can customize it by just using different packs and flavors of Kool-Aid or any powdered drink mix packet.


To make the Play Dough you will need just a few simple ingredients.


Homemade Play Dough Recipe

1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons
cream of tartar
**1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid or other powdered
fruit drink

(I did not add the Kool-Aid mix to this batch because I wanted to make several different colors of Play Dough)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 cup water

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1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
2. Add water and oil.
3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
5. Knead until smooth.

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I simply took the ball of white Play Dough and separated into four different equal pieces and then colored each section a different color with a couple of drops of food coloring. Then drop some play dough into some small containers. I found mine at my local craft store for really inexpensive, but you could also repurpose some small baby food jars if you have some of laying around too.

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Then I simply decorated each little container to represent some sort of Halloween character with google eyes, pom poms and construction paper.


The possibilities are endless! And you can have a fun little take home goody for a lot of different activities.


Wouldn’t these be fun to give to your kids classrooms for the Halloween class party? Or as a small party favor? Or give to your kids in your church group? Or if you are feeling extra motivated…make them to give to the Trick-Or-Treaters?

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And…because everything is cuter with a label…I have provided a free printable label that can be used to hang on the side of your Halloween Play Dough container or put on the top of it.  Click here for the Halloween Playdough Tags.

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Amy Huntley is the owner/author of The Idea Room. A mother of five, who enjoys sharing her love of all things creative in hopes of inspiring other women and families. Connect with her on Google+, or read more of her posts.


  1. 1

    So Cute! I’m def. making this for my kiddos soon!

  2. 2

    So cute!! And perfect timing for National Play-Doh Day today! :)

  3. 4
    Aimee Bryan says:

    Toooo cute!

  4. 5

    What an awesome idea! Love it. So cute :)

  5. 6
    Kristina Hepworth says:

    What a great idea! Love it!

  6. 7

    Such a fun idea! I love your creativity!

  7. 8

    What a wonderful idea! I hope I can find the time to make these this year!

  8. 9

    That is the cutest idea! Might have to steal that for our playgroup.

  9. 10

    OM they are adorable! My son is watching me on th ecomputer and was VERY excited when I openned your post :)

  10. 12

    SO CUTE!! My favorite is the mummy

  11. 14

    Oh my goodness! These are completely adorable!! How cute.

  12. 15

    SOOOO cute Amy!!
    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/fall-crafts-and-recipes/
    Have a great weekend!

  13. 16

    This is such a fun Halloween idea. It’s great that it’s DIY playdoh (since it can even be made gluten-free) & not candy oriented. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 18

    This is unbelievably cute!!! Where did you find the containers though?

  15. 19

    SUCH a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  16. 20

    I think I have lost my mind. Lol. I am looking for the idea that mentioned Moo.com. Was it on your website and if it was can you resend it to me please? I always think I’ll remember and this proves I can’t and on’t.

    Thank you,

  17. 21

    Oh Amy too cute!! Featured these http://funfamilycrafts.com/halloween-play-dough/

  18. 22

    Adorable.. I am going to be doing this for sure, but I am going to take the lazy route and buy mini playdough :)
    thanks for the free labels! So cute

    • 23

      Not lazy! Mom’s only have a limited amount of time. So it is okay to take a shortcut for things that don’t really matter sometimes! Hope your kids love them!

  19. 24

    Love these! They are SO cute and I know the kiddos I watch are totally going to love getting this for Halloween! I featured you as a favorite find of mine on my blog Copy-Cat-Crafter

  20. 26

    I don’t think I can tell you enough how much I love this idea. It is so stinking adorable Amy. I adore it. I am toooooooooooooooooooooootally doing that for my daughter’s preschool class. Another one of your tutorials that I do.

  21. 28

    Hi Amy,
    These are adorable. What craft store did you get the containers at? And what section of the store were they in?


  22. 30

    Very Cute!

    I just shared it on my FB page ;) Pinning now!

  23. 32

    What a cute idea! am a new follower and have pinned his idea. May attempt it for my kids, try to steer them away from too many sweets!

    • 33

      Thanks for being my newest follower. I hope you enjoy following along. I hear you on the sweets…so many for all the holidays…not that I don’t enjoy sweets :)

  24. 34

    What did you use for the mummy? I just love those! These are too cute and a great gift for our halloween fund raiser

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  26. 36

    I loved this idea but just ran out of time before Halloween. I’m thinking about doing this for the kids in my daughter’s preschool class for Christmas instead fo the gazillion cookies I know will be floating around. Do you happen to have any Christmas craft pics from the past that you have done my chance? I am not that creative and would do much better if I had a picture to go off of. Just curious and thought I would at least ask. If not, hopefully I’ll find some creativity in my little pinky, maybe? LOL!!

  27. 37

    what are the containers that you used to put the play dough in?

  28. 38

    ADORABLE! And I’ll bet I can figure out a way to have the kids make them… easier for me. ;)

  29. 39
    Elaine Yang says:

    These are great. I’m currently putting some together. What did you use for the stem of the pumpkin?

  30. 40

    So adorable! Would like to do for my son’s halloween party at school next week. Where did you get those clear containers? Thanks!

  31. 41
    charmingdate scam says:

    Halloween Play Dough Turn an unassuming pot of play dough into a super cute Halloween character as a playful offering for tiny tots.

  32. 42

    Thanks so much! The mummy is my favorite too and so easy!


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