By: Karen Silva
My niece and I are super excited that fall is finally here and Halloween is the cherry on top of the cake for us! Now that she is three she has a lot more opinions on what she wants to be this year and boy let me tell you how she surprised me with her suggestions. Some of her costume ideas were a zombie, cat and a witch. Not your typical little girl asking to dress up like a princess.
Now shopping for a costume this year with her will probably go without a hitch. So I decided to roll up my selves and focus on Halloween art projects to do with her instead.
Here are my top five Halloween art activities that you can do with your children.
*Please use your best judgment on which tasks your child can help you with for each activity, as you may have to do some of the tasks that involve using sharp objects alone.
What you will need: White balloons, Black markers, White mesh sheet, string, tape, and scissors.
- First blow up your balloons (as many as your heart desires).
- Then together with your child draw on your ghost faces.
- Once completed drape over your White mesh sheet over you balloon and with your finger roughly estimate where you should cut a small hole at the top of the sheet (make sure you don’t pop the balloon).
- Then in the small hole on top tape one end of the string and the other end, use it to tie it up somewhere.
- To add a nightly effect to your ghosts you can add a small glow stick into your balloon before blowing it up.
What you will need: Brown recycled boxes, black marker, Ruler, scissors and tape
- Using your ruler draw out wood stake shapes out of your recycled boxes.
- Then with the black marker draw on some lines and fake “nails” to make it look like its pieces of wood.
- Once you have a couple made, tape them to your windows to make it look like a haunted house.
- You can also use the recycled box to make “Keep out” signs or other creative Halloween themed signs.
- Once you have decorated the outside of your home, be sure to add some cob webs and throw in some fake spiders for a creepy look.
Halloween treat bowl
What you will need: A plastic serving bowl, Halloween stickers, fake spiders and a hot glue gun
- Let your child go crazy and decorate the whole bowl with Halloween stickers. I found a box with over 250 Halloween stickers at my local dollar store (we did not use them all).
- Once completed ask your child where they would like the fake spikers to be placed as you hot glue them down.
- Then fill your bowl with Halloween candy and either treat yourselves leading up to the day or use it as your serving bowl for your trick or treaters.
- Another idea is to glue a bunch of fake googly eyes all over your bowl.
Oh my monsters!
What you will need: Construction paper, scissors, tape and markers
- Cut all your construction paper into different shapes (circles, triangles, ovals, squares, etc).
- Then have your child be creative with how they want their monster faces to look using markers.
- Once completed tape them around the house or on your doors and windows for all to see.
*You can also make the faces using other colored construction paper and then gluing them down to add more detail*
What you will need: Clear latex gloves, fake red blood, Pudding, Jell-O or candy
- First make your pudding or Jell-O recipe and fill up your latex gloves (This will give your hand a very squishy and creepy feeling). Remember not to fill it up all the way to the top because you need to tie it so the liquid doesn’t spill out.
- Then using a string or laundry clip hang the gloves in your fridge until the pudding and Jell-O harden.
- Once completed dip or splatter some fake blood on your fake hands and set aside to dry. Once it is dried, place them around your yard or even around your house as a Halloween decoration.
- You can also fill your latex gloves with candy instead and place them around the yard, splattering some fake blood over it. If your little monsters are a little scared of the look of fake blood then just skip that step all together.
I hope this inspired you and your children to be creative this year and create some of your own Halloween decorations instead of buying them. They add a personal touch and create great memories.
Until next time my fellow mombies!
About the Author
Karen graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently joined Momma Braga and has become an expert writer for the blog. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.