Fun Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand

Here’s a fun open-ended Halloween art project for kids! All you’ll need to encourage some Halloween-themed creativity is some colored sand and a large, open space!

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Halloween Process-Based Art- Draw with orange and black sand outside!

Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand

Quite a while back the kids and I created some artwork using salt. We had so much fun with it, I decided to change it up a bit and make the activity into a Halloween art project! What I love about this type of project is it really is perfect for any age. It’s also process based so there’s no real end product in mind~ all the fun is in the creating! (This post contains affiliate links.)


All you need is some colored sand and some plastic squeeze bottles. That’s it! Fill your squeeze bottles up with the colored sand and head outside in search of the perfect canvas to create on.


I decided to use our front porch since it was nice and shady. (It’s actually been super hot here the past few days- definitely not an autumn feel yet.) And since I was offering this activity as an invitation to create, I made sure to have the bottles ready to go and just drew a few simple lines nearby to inspire the kids.


Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand~ Buggy and Buddy


This was so much fun for both Lucy and Theo. (And actually fun for me too~ I just had to join in!) We had lots of black and orange squiggly lines all over our porch canvas.


Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand~ Buggy and Buddy


Theo was very busy making his infamous sand piles.


Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand~ Buggy and Buddy


Lucy even drew a couple of jack-o-lantern friends.


Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand~ Buggy and Buddy


At some points there was even some cooperative artwork. Lucy would draw something and then encourage Theo to color it in with his sand.


Halloween Art for Kids: Drawing with Colored Sand~ Buggy and Buddy


Definitely give this Halloween art activity a try if you are looking for  something easy to set up that’s and fun for any age! I think you may even have fun creating too!




Halloween Process Art: Draw with black and white sand! Fun sensory play activity for outdoors this fall! ~


  1. So cute! Love your kids’ process art. We’ve done sand painting on contact paper but never just on our driveway. I bet my kids would have a blast though!

  2. How fun and adaptable for many ages! Thanks for sharing with Afterschool!

  3. Awesome!! I clearly need some more sqeezy bottles–this looks like so much fun! I’m pinning it to my (CarlaINHouston) Halloween board–thanks for sharing!!

  4. I’ve been meaning to do this since we had an excess of sand after making our sandpit. Thanks for the nudge!

  5. oooh this looks like something my kids would adore!!

  6. This is a great idea! I think I might try some outdoor art fun with colored sand since it seems to not be as messy as other art supplies. Black and orange are a perfect tie in for Halloween too. Thank you for sharing and for linking up this week to the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop.

  7. This is the coolest idea! This is why I love the internet. I never would have thought of an idea like this, but my kids will love it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I never would have thought of this one for sure – thanks for sharing it at After School!

  9. that is a great idea

  10. You can make your own “colored sand” buy taking regular table salt and putting it into a container, add food coloring and shake or mix well. The colors are vibrant and it is a lot cheaper than buying the sand they use above. =)


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