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A Few Easy Halloween Crafts

on October 31, 2012

Are the little ones becoming a little stir crazy?  Here are a few fun and easy crafts using supplies most of us already have in the house.  So break out your craft box and enjoy a craft-filled Halloween!

Balloon Ghosts

A white balloon
2 white plastic grocery bags
A black marker

1. Cut the handles off the white plastic grocery bags. If there are colored markings on the bags, cut them off too.

2.  Leaving the seam at the bottom of the bags intact, cut the bags into strips.

3.  Blow up a white balloon.

4.  Tape the plastic bags around the end of the balloon (tape the bags in a circle a few inches from one end of the balloon). If you plan on hanging the ghost up as a decoration, tape the plastic bags around the plain end, leaving the tied end of the balloon exposed so you can tie a string to the top of the ghost.

5.  Using a black marker, draw two eyes and a mouth on the ballon.  You now have a spooky ghost that you can use as a Halloween decoration or as a toy (but not for very young children). This ghost flies really well!

Egg Carton Bats

1.  Separate 3 cups from an egg carton.

2.  Cut out part of the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.

3.  Add eyes, a mouth, and decorate.

4.  Hang it from a string or a rubber band.

Egg Carton Spiders

1.  Separate one cup from an egg carton.

2.  Using the point of a scissors, an adult should make 8 small holes (4 on each side) at the base of the cup.

3.  Insert a pipe cleaner into each of the holes for legs.

4.  Draw a face and decorate the body.

Pasta Skeleton Craft

A few different types of pasta and dried beans, like spaghetti, macaroni, tiny tube pasta, long tube pasta, wagon wheels, long spirals, tiny shells, wagon wheels
A piece of black construction paper
White glue
A white crayon to write your name (or label the bones)

1.  Glue the pasta to the black paper using white glue. Have the kids arrange the pasta on the paper before gluing (to make sure that they have room for the whole body on the piece of paper).

2.  You can use just about any type of pasta (or dried beans) for the bones. A wagon wheel is nice for the head. Spaghetti makes good fingers and toes. Tiny tubes or dried lentils are good as vertebrae in the spine. Long tubes make collar bones. Longer tubes or long spirals make good arm and leg bones. Small shells or dried white beans are nice for the kneecaps, wrists and ankles. Two dried lima beans make good hips.

3.  Here is a great template to use for the skeleton if needed.



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