We love to craft with paper plates around here. They're cheap, we almost always have them, and they stand up pretty well to the gobs of paint that my kids like to use. Sometimes when they're in the mood for painting, they'll just paint a paper plate. Then when we're in the mood for crafting, we have a stash of them that are already dry. We've already made three different Halloween paper plate crafts so far this year.
All three crafts started with a painted paper plate. My four year old likes to use a sponge because it's faster, but my 2 year old is happy with a paint brush as long as it's applying red paint.
The supplies we used for the spider were a hole punch, pipe cleaners, large google eyes, and white shipping labels cut into triangles to make teeth stickers. Drew only wanted one tooth on his spider because it's a pirate spider. (Don't ask - I don't know either.)
The book: Aaaarrgghh! Spider! A spider admires a family and wants to become their pet, but her dancing ability and cleanliness fail to impress them. When she gives up and does what spiders do best, they admire her webs so much that they make her part of the family. She enjoys her new life so much that she invites all her friends too! This humorous book is not specific to Halloween and could be enjoyed any time of the year.
The supplies for the monster were: lots of large google eyes, a paper punch, pipe cleaners, and some beads.
The book: If You're A Monster And You Know It It's impossible not to have fun while reading this book. It's set to the tune "If You're Happy and You Know It" but instead of clapping your hands, you and your little monsters can do things like snort and growl. Fun at Halloween and the rest of the year too!
For the cat we used construction paper ears, pipe cleaner whiskers, and a combination of white paper and color coding stickers decorated with a sharpie for the eyes.