Make a Crazy Halloween Pumpkin

Make a Crazy Halloween Pumpkin

Make a Halloween pumpkin this October! A lot of kids are too young to carve a pumpkin, but that doesn’t mean they have to miss out on making a Jack-o’-lantern. This Halloween pumpkin craft is a silly activity that’s a safer version of pumpkin carving. Using a small pumpkin and some fun materials, kids can bring their pumpkins to life. Toothpicks can act as arms, glued-on buttons as eyes, cotton balls can be wacky hair, and clothes can be made of felt! Encourage your kids to write some spooky Halloween stories about their Halloween pumpkin characters. Or, they might even want to act their stories out using their pumpkins on stage!

What You Need:

  • A small pumpkin
  • Toothpicks
  • Cotton balls
  • Felt
  • Buttons
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue

What You Do:

  1. Tell your child that he will turn his small pumpkin into his very own crazy pumpkin character! Show his all the art materials and how he can use them. For example, demonstrate how the toothpicks can serve as arms, how the cotton balls can act as hair or clothing, how buttons make eyes, how the pipe cleaner can represent a mouth and how the felt can be used to create an outfit. Your child might even have his very own ideas of how to creatively use some other materials, such as dried pasta, clay or even glitter. The possibilities are endless!
  2. Now it’s time for you child to name his pumpkin and give it a backstory! Can he write a spooky Halloween story with his crazy pumpkin as the main character. If other kids have been involved in this activity, encourage the entire group to make up a play with their characters and put on their very own crazy character pumpkin show for the neighborhood kids!
  3. Finally, put your child’s Jack-o-Lantern on display on the porch, in the kitchen window, or the entryway of your home—any place that will scare ghost and goblins away!

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Scary Hand Halloween Decoration

Scary Hand Halloween Decoration

Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a creepy paper hand with spider and eyeball rings to help decorate a haunted house! Create your very own scary hand complete with glittery veins and creepy nails.

What You Need:

  • Black, green, white, orange construction paper: 8.5” x 11” each
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue stick
  • Glitter Glue (Red)
  • Red marker
  • Small black pompoms

What You Do:

  1. Have your child trace his hand on black paper. He can elongate the fingers and make them uneven to create a more spooky effect. Cut out the hand.
  2. Cut out triangles from the green paper for the fingernails. Glue each triangle down as they are cut out. To make them more fingernail-like, cut the bottom of the triangle into a slight curve to make a cone shape.
  3. Cut a circle out of the white paper for the eyeball. Glue it to the hand. Cut a smaller circle out of the blue paper and glue it in the center of the white circle. Glue a black pompom right in the middle of the blue circle to finish the eyeball.
  4. Draw a spider shape on orange paper. It will need to be small enough to fit on a finger and large enough so the legs can be cut out. Draw the legs in two parts (a “V” shape). Cut the spider shape out, carefully cutting around the legs. Fold the legs at the joint of the “V” for a 3D effect. Glue the spider on a finger.
  5. Glue two small pompoms for eyes onto the spider.
  6. Draw glitter veins on the hand using red glitter glue.
  7. Add a piece of ripped green construction paper at the bottom of the wrist to finish off the ghoulish hand!

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Scary Ghost

Scary Ghost

Practice counting to five with your child while making this adorably “scary” ghost to celebrate Halloween. The body of the ghost is made from one paper plate. It has two hands, three ovals on it’s face, four streamers and five curled fingers. This is one math-friendly ghost!

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper (2 colors)
  • White tissue paper, pre-cut (4 pieces, each 2″ x 18″)
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

What You Do:

  1. Start with one paper plate. This plate will be the ghost’s face. Ask your child how many faces she has. (Hopefully, only one!)
  2. Help her to trace both of her hands. Ask her to cut them out of the paper. How many hands does the ghost have?
  3. Ask her to glue the hands in place on the bottom of the plate.
  4. Have her fold a sheet of black construction paper in thirds. Help her draw an oval on the top of the paper and cut it out while the paper is folded. She’ll end up with three ovals.
  5. Ask her to count the ovals. Are there more ovals than there are hands?  Have her glue them in place for the eyes and mouth of the ghost.
  6. Help her to glue the streamers from the back of the plate at the bottom, so they hang down. Ask her: How many streamers does the ghost have?
  7. Finally, ask her to find something on the ghost that adds up to five. If she says the digits (not fingers, as the thumb isn’t technically a finger!) on one hand, she’s correct. Help her curl the five digits on each hand using a pencil.
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