Halloween is just around the corner and as well as the usual pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, and toffee apple demolishing that goes on in my house, we usually try and think up some new little craft ideas, which are also especially useful in the half term week leading up to ‘All Hallows Eve’.

So here are two small activities for you to try.

Frankenstein’s Tube

You will need:

  • Toilet roll/kitchen towel tube
  • Scissors
  • Pens, pencils, crayons or paint
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue (PVA or a glue stick)

1. Colour in or paint a black strip all the way around the top of your tube, about 2-3cm thick. This will be Frankenstein’s hair.

2. Colour the rest of the tube green. If you are using a kitchen roll tube you will need to cut it in half so it’s not too long.

3. Make little snips into the black strip for Frankenstein’s hair. You need to go about halfway into the black colour and leave them about 0.5cm apart. Go all the way around the tube and gently push on them to make them stick out a little.

4. Add some googly eyes and leave to dry. If you don’t have them, or would rather leave them off for younger children, colour or paint on some white circles with black dots instead. We use them for spooky decorations, but they are also fabulous role play toys.

You can experiment with different colours, styles and characters. They are so quick and simple, and are easily recycled when finished with.

Ghostly Lanterns

You will need:

  • A clean empty glass jar
  • Tealight candle
  • Bandages, gauze wrap or tissue paper
  • Googly eyes
  • Glue (PVA or a glue stick)

1. Wrap your bandage, gauze or tissue paper strips around the jar. We used old gauze bandages from an out-of-date first aid box the children use for role play. The tension will pin the bandage in place and you can just tuck the excess into the top to pin it down when you are finished.

*If using tissue paper, I would suggest you tear strips to give a ‘mummified’ effect. You will need to stick the strips to one another as you wrap.

2. Glue your googly eyes onto the lantern, near the top to give it a ghoulish look. Add a tealight and you are finished! And you can reuse your jars again too.

Please remember to use candles safely, and do not leave them unattended. If you have any ideas for different characters please share them with us!

We also made spooky biscuits using some themed cutters bought relatively cheaply from the supermarket. We always use a simple shortbread recipe when baking with the children, but I will share that with you next week.

Thanks for reading, and have fun!