Thorndyke’s Portal to: Spooktacular Crafting Fun

It’s spooky season, and Thorndyke is excited to make sensory-friendly, Halloween-inspired crafts and treats. Supplies you need can be found at local dollar stores or your favorite grocery and craft stores. These projects are sensory-friendly and fun for all ages and abilities.

Embroidery Hoop Spider Web Wreath

Gather your friends and family around the table for this fun craft to decorate your door for Halloween.


  • Embroidery hoop (any size)
  • Bag of fake spider web including plastic spiders
  • Black spray paint
  • Festive ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun


  1. Cover the surface with either newspaper or paper towels. Separate hoops and lay side-by-side. Spray embroidery hoops with black spray paint. Allow to dry. This works best if sprayed outside.
  2. Once dry, gently stretch the spider web over the hoop, completely covering the empty space in the middle. The wood fibers should help the spider web stick to the edges.
  3. Trim the edges of the excess spider web with scissors.
  4. Add spiders to the web. They should be able to stick easily without any glue.
  5. Measure and cut two pieces of ribbon: a shorter one for a bow and another longer one to hang the wreath on your door.
  6. Using a piece of the long ribbon, wrap it around the hoop. Secure both ends at the top with a knot.
  7. Tie a smaller piece of ribbon into a bow. Use a glue gun to adhere to the front top of your hoop.

That’s it! Hang the wreath on your front door to welcome friendly little ghosts.

Witch’s Broom Treat Bags

Be the house all the trick-or-treaters will want to visit on Halloween with this creative project.


  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Scissors
  • Festive ribbon or orange tulle cut into strips or pipe cleaners
  • Colorful bread ties
  • Tags (optional if given as gifts)
  • Halloween-inspired straws or pretzel sticks
  • Candy corn, bite-sized wrapped candy, stickers, and/or party favors


  1. Start with one paper bag with sides folded in on a flat surface.
  2. Cut thin strips almost down to the base of the bag. Fan out.
  3. Cut a second bag into strips, but only 1-2 inches from the top.
  4. Open a second bag and fill it with treats and party favors.
  5. Stand a straw or pretzel, stick up inside the treat bag and secure the bag with a bread tie.
  6. Gather up shredded paper bag around treat bag to form a broom.
  7. Squeeze the middle together and secure with ribbon, tulle or pipe cleaner.
  8. Add a tag if giving away as a ghoulish gift.

Frankenstein Rice Krispie Treats

Feed your hungry crafting crew with these delicious treats. 


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Rice Krispie cereal
  • Green food coloring
  • Melting chocolate wafers
  • Black frosting pen
  • Silver edible spray paint
  • Edible candy eyes


  1. Melt butter and marshmallows together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  2. Once all lumps are gone, remove the pan from heat and stir in green food coloring.
  3. When the color of the marshmallow/butter mix is to your liking, stir in the Rice Krispie cereal.
  4. Pour cereal/marshmallow mix into a greased 9x13 dish and spread out evenly.
  5. Let set in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from fridge and cut into rectangles. Place on wax paper.
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt half a bag of the melting chocolates in 30-second increments, stirring in between. Continue to cook and stir until the chocolate is smooth.
  8. Dip one of the smaller ends of the treat into chocolate about 1 inch down.
  9. Return to the wax paper and let harden for 2-3 minutes.
  10. Repeat with remaining treats.
  11. Using the black frosting as glue, attach candy eyes just below the chocolate "hair".
  12. Use the black frosting to draw the mouth under the eyes.
  13. Spray marshmallows (two per treat) with silver color mist. Let dry for 3-5 minutes.
  14. Using the black frosting again as glue, attach silver marshmallows to both sides of the treat as bolts.

Enjoy, and have a fun spooky season!