The Halloween season is a great time to get crafty, especially if you are working with children. Crafts not only keep them occupied, but they can create their own Halloween-themed items to use as decor, gifts or favors. Here are five kid-friendly Halloween crafts your campers are sure to love.
Paper Plate Ghosts
A paper plate ghost is a simple craft that children can use to decorate their home.
- paper plates
- glue sticks
- black Sharpie or black construction paper
- white construction paper
- white crepe paper
- white yarn or ribbon
- Use a white paper plate as the head.
- Draw eyes and mouth with Sharpie (or cut out eyes and mouth using black construction paper and glue it).
- Outline hands on the white construction paper (or other paper plates) and cut them out.
- Glue hands to paper ghost head.
- Glue white crepe paper streamers from the bottom as the ghost’s body.
- Attach white yarn or ribbon to the back of the plate and hang the ghosts.
Here is a video that is close to how we do it.
Popsicle Stick Pumpkin Frame
Children are sure to love creating a Popsicle stick pumpkin frame for their parents.
- jumbo craft sticks
- orange and green paint or markers
- craft magnets
- Paint or color 6 jumbo popsicle sticks orange and one green.
- Lay the oranges sticks together vertically and glue the green stick behind the orange sticks horizontally so it acts as a backing and keeps all the oranges sticks together. The green stick would pop up over the orange sticks and look like a stem on top of the pumpkin. You may want to glue a couple of half sticks on the back to give the orange sticks more stabilization.
- Wait for the paint to dry before attaching a wallet-size photo of the camper/child to their frame.
- Attach a magnet or two on the back so parents can put them on the fridge.
Click here for another instructional on this craft, though it is a bit different.
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Paper Bag Monsters
If you are looking for Halloween crafts that are very easy, look no further than paper bag monsters.
A paper bag is easy to turn into a puppet because of the design itself. All you have to do is stick your hand inside and move the bottom up and down. For this craft, your campers are going to decorate their paper bags to create monster puppets.
- paper lunch bags
- acrylic paint
- colorful cardstock paper
- circle punch (optional) to cut out eyes from the cardstock paper
- Set out the card stock paper and let the campers choose their colors.
- Have them cut out shapes for the eyes, mouth, teeth, ears and anything else they want to add. Markers can also be used.
- Glue them on the bag.
- Start the puppet show.
Need some inspiration and pictures? Check out this article.
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Lollipop ghosts are one of the easiest Halloween crafts you can work on with your campers. In fact, they work for almost any age group, from school age to tweens.
- rubber bands
- festive ribbons (or black string)
- washable markers
- Start by having your campers cut one tissue into four squares.
- Places those squares in the center of another tissue.
- Wrap all the tissue around the top of the lollipop.
- Tie the festive ribbon around the top of the stick, under the head of the ghost, to secure the tissue. (To make this a little easier, use a rubberband first.)
- The final step is to draw the face on the ghost’s head.
Summer camp and pinecones go hand-in-hand, as you can find pine cones throughout the campgrounds.
- green pipe cleaners
- orange paint
- The first step is to paint the pine cones orange, and remind them that it is okay to not cover the entire pine cone. The natural look is fitting for the Halloween season.
- Next, they are going to break their sticks to three to five inches and paint it green.
- When everything is dry, push the stick (stem) into a spot on the pinecone.
- Take the green pipe cleaner, curl it and attach it near the stick/stem.
This blog post adds wire instead of a pipe cleaner (as seen in the picture below).
There you go, five easy Halloween crafts for kids to try at your summer camp. These Halloween crafts are so easy, your campers may ask to do more than one per project.