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Halloween is approaching quickly and you may be wracking your brain trying to come up with some fun activity ideas for the kiddos. No need to fret, this adorable Halloween rocks activity is sure to be a huge hit with kiddos of all ages!

One great thing about this rock art activity is that it is very simple to set up. Most of the supplies are items you can probably already have around your home such as pencils, pens, paintbrushes, glue, etc. The other items needed for this activity can be found on sale at any craft store or the Dollar Tree! I’ve also added links to most items on Amazon.

Halloween rocks

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Part of the fun with this activity is picking out the rocks! You and your kiddos can go on a nature walk to find stones that would make great hand-painted rocks. Not only will your kiddos enjoy this part of the activity, but you can get some of your supplies for free! Your kids are sure to have so much fun coming up with festive rock ideas for their Halloween painted rocks!

Halloween rocks

Some materials that you could use for this rock painting activity are orange or black paint pens or glitter. Little spooky Halloween decorations like little pumpkins, ghosts, black cats, would also be super cute. The kids will love coming up will all kinds of original rock painting ideas for their painted stones.

Halloween rocks

Halloween Rocks Craft


Pencil with eraser
Paint brushes
Any fun decor you want to glue onto the rocks


Rocks can be found outside, but they are not taken from protected natural areas.

If you are having trouble finding rocks, purchase them on Amazon, a local garden center, or at a landscaping company. They will usually sell them by the bucket-full.

I don’t recommend purchasing the smooth stones/river rocks from craft stores. They come with a coating on them, making it hard for the paint/pen to stick well.

Halloween rocks


The first step is to make sure your rocks are clean and free of debris before starting your art. To clean them just some simple handsoap and warm water works perfectly. If you needto, you can lightly trace or draw out your design with a pencil first.

If you plan on painting, acrylic paint works best. Remember that acrylic paint doesn’t wash out of clothes, carpet, or the dog so take proper precautions for the kids. If you plan on using a pen to draw, choose paint markers, artist pens, gelly roll pens, or sharpies. I suggest these Posca brand pens from Amazon.

When you’re done decorating your rocks, let them fully dry. Next, seal them with a spray sealer (Rust-oleum and Krylon brands are best) or ModPodge. Once they are dry, you glue decorations to your rocks. I recommend the E6000 brand for it’s holding power. But be very careful how hard you squeeze those tubes. It shoots out so fast and there’s no putting it back. Ask me how I know…

Have fun and let your imagination run wild. When you’re done consider taking a walk and hiding them around the neighborhood or putting them on friends’ porches as a fun treat!

Halloween project

Once your kiddos are done with their Halloween rock painting, consider taking a walk and hiding them around the neighborhood. You can also put them on friends’ porches as a fun treat!

Halloween rocks also make fun decorations. Show them off on the mantle or around the house to add some festive Halloween decorations to your home decor. Use any leftover paint and materials to paint matching pumpkins, jack-o’lanterns, and gourds to add to your decor. Your home will start looking like a perfectly fun and whimsical haunted house in no time!

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