Pumpkin Mask

Pumpkin Mask

Get ready for Halloween with a pumpkin mask! Your child will practice drawing and cutting out triangles when he’s making his half-face mask. As soon as he dons the finished mask, he can surprise his friends, ensuring Halloween-y delight for all.

What You Need:

  • Orange construction paper
  • Black marker
  • Green paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic cord

What You Do:

  1. Help your child draw and cut out half of a pumpkin shape on the orange paper.
  2. Ask your child to point out where he would put the eyes and nose on the jack-o’-lantern.
  3. Have him draw two upright triangles for the eyes and one upside-down triangle for the nose.
  4. Help poke a tiny hole in one of the eyes and have him cut along the line to cut out the triangle. Repeat for all three triangles.
  5. Ask him to outline the three triangles and then draw curved lines for the pumpkin.
  6. Have him paint the stem of his mask green.
  7. Help him punch one hole on either side of the mask.
  8. Encourage him to tie the cord through both holes so the band fits comfortably over his head.

This mask is especially great because it won’t cover your child’s entire face. He’ll be able to see quite easily and you’ll be able to see most of his face, so it’ll be easier to keep track of him.

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Make Mummy Mug Party Favors

Make Mummy Mug Party Favors

If you’re short on time but want to find a creative way to decorate your Halloween table, try this cute and spooky party favor mug with matching mummy napkin rings. These mugs take but a moment to make, but are sure to make a big impression on guests. Fill the mug with tricks like plastic spiders and treats like mini boxes of raisins and fruit leather, as well as homemade items such as mini muffins or trail mix.

What You Need:

  • Muslin (an old white t-shirt will work, too)
  • Scissors
  • Medium sized wiggly eyes
  • Cute coffee mugs with a Halloween motif
  • Double-sided tape
  • Treats to fill the mug
  • 4 toilet paper rolls cut in half
  • Small wiggly eyes
  • 8 orange, black, or Halloween motif linen napkins

What You Do:

  1. Parents, cut the muslin into 4 1”x36” strips for the Mummy Mug.
  2. Show your child how to tack the wiggly eyes in place on the mug using a small piece of double-stick tape. The nice thing about using double-stick tape is that it won’t damage the coffee mug when your guests remove the muslin so they can use the mugs after the party.
  3. Next, demonstrate how to wrap the muslin strips around the mug until it is completely covered, allowing just the wiggly eyes to peek through.
  4. Make one for each guest to take home after the party.
  5. To make the coordinating Mummy Napkin Rings, simply tack the small pair of googly eyes onto each toilet paper roll half, then wrap a thin strip or two of muslin around them, just as you did with the mug.
  6. Carefully insert your linen napkins through the decorated rings and set them out on your table along with place settings and your Mummy Mugs.
  7. If you’d like to make sure the kids don’t get into the treats in their Mummy Mugs before the party is over, wrap each one in cellophane and secure with ribbon. For a personal touch, write each person’s name on a small tag, punch a little hole at the corner, and slide it onto the ribbon before tying a bow.

Let the spooky fun begin!

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