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Halloween Craft Projects


Place mats/Counters

Find an appropriate haunted house pattern. Make several copies and color, decorate, and laminate them as place mats. Find white lima beans at the grocery store and turn them into ghost counters. Add eyes and mouth to the beans and you have a great math center for Halloween. Have the kids put the ghosts in the haunted house and count them as they go.


Ghost Callers/Ghost Hunt


Two ghosts; draw them or use two ghost figures.


Cut white construction paper into 4"x5" pieces. Roll and tape to form tubes.

These are the ghost callers. Make one for each child.

1. Go on a ghost hunt. Show everyone the two ghosts. Have children close their eyes. Teacher hides the ghosts.
2. Children open eyes and count 1-2-3 GHOST! On the count of "ghost" the hunt begins.
3. The children who find the two ghosts sit by the teacher. Give them a ghost caller and let them make ghost noises for the next ghost hunt. The noise helps call the ghosts from their hiding places.
4. Continue until all children are making ghost noises.


Handprint ghosts

Have the children paint their hands white and press onto black construction paper. When they dry have the children turn them upside down and add faces.

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Leaf Witches

Have children glue down pressed leaves on construction paper for witches body. Then allow them to fill in their own features on the witch. Perhaps they would like to have the witch riding on her broom or standing next to her brew.


Trick-or-Treat bags

Provide large paper bags. Fold down twice, staple handle on, and let children decorate front and back. I always provide stickers also for the children


Ghost Magnet

Make a ghost cut out of black construction paper and place in an old oatmeal canister with one teaspoon white paint and marbles and shake. Makes a really cute spooky ghost. Mount them on fun foam and add glitter and a magnet for a spooky fridge magnet.


Spooky Spider Webs

Put a paper plate in a pie pan and give the student a small dab of black paint. You can also paint a paper plate black and do the activity with the white paint to look more realistic. After the small dab of paint is placed on the student's plate, drop a marble in and let the child move the pie pan in all different directions to make a spooky spider web. After it has dried, punch a hole in the plate and attach a plastic spider ring or sponge paint a spider in the web.


Rattling Skeletons

Use white paper to form 5 paper chains, and then connect to make a skeleton. Trace children's hands and feet on white paper, cut and glue to the ends of the arms and legs. Cut an oval shape and draw on the face. These work best when made with small groups of children.


Tempera Paint Spider Webs

Using runny black paint, allow the children to use a straw to blow the paint across the page to make a spider's web.


Glue Ghosts

Have the child draw a ghost outline on a piece of waxed paper, and then have them fill in the outline with white school glue. Dry overnight, and then have the child add facial features. Place on a string and you have a spooky ghost necklace.


Giggly Ghosts


Quilt batting Narrow elastic Construction paper Glue


Have the children tear off a wad of the quilt batting. Have the children form the "ghost" any way they want. Next, have the children cut eyes, legs, arms, etc. from the construction paper and glue onto their ghost. Finally, cut some of the elastic and tape to the top of the ghosts and hang them from the ceiling. The kids love to watch them bob up and down.


Halloween Pasta Collage

Check out your local grocery store, Michael's, Trader Joe's, or Ben Franklin craft store to find pasta in Halloween shapes. Let your kids create a cool collage with the pasta and whatever else you decide to add.


Halloween Cookie Cutter Prints

Buy an assortment of Halloween cookie cutters. Let the children dip the cookie cutters into paint and then press onto paper.


Halloween Pasta Necklaces

Find Halloween shaped pasta. Let your children string the pasta shapes on a piece of yarn to create a necklace or bracelet.


Footprint Ghosts

Paint each child's foot with white paint and print it on a black sheet of construction paper. When it dries add eyes to the heel part of the foot.

That will be the ghost's head.



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