Free Activity E-books for the Kids:
Click on the links below and download them and print them
out for the kids.
Happy Coloring !
& Easy Coloring E-Book - Great
fun for the little ones
Cute & Easy Activity
E-Book - Coloring
Halloween Word Search
E-Book - For
the little bigger kid
Scary & Hard Coloring
E-Book - For
the older kids
E-Book - Frightfully
cute coloring and activities
Some Pretty Hard Halloween
Mazes E-Book - For
the older kids
1 balloon for each child
Orange and green paint
Other paints and/or decorations
Paper towel roll
Mache Recipe 1 balloon for each child Orange and green
paint Other paints and/or decorations Paper towel roll
Instructions Using paper mache recipe, cover inflated,
fat, balloon with paper mache and newspaper. Allow to
dry over night. When covering balloon - cut a 2-inch piece
from the paper towel roll. Place on top of balloon and
paper mache over top to form stem. Sit balloon with stem
side up to dry so that the bottom remains partially flat.
The next day when dry, paint orange with paint. Paint
stem green. Once dry, paint in eyes and other details.
Flower vines can be purchased at craft stores if you wish.
These make nice window ornaments instead of real pumpkins,
however, do not use a candle inside.
bag (lunch or grocery)
String or green yarn Markers, crayons or paints
|For smaller pumpkins use lunch bags with
flat bottoms, for larger pumpkins use grocery bags. Stuff
the bag 3/4 full with scrunched up newspaper. Gather top
of bag and tie with string or yarn to form stem of pumpkin.
Shape bag to look like pumpkin using your hands. Decorate
pumpkin with paints, markers or crayons as you desire.
small pumpkins (you can purchase these at pumpkin patches,
farmers markets and at most markets) to make this great
easy craft project. Simply outline a face on the small
pumpkin with a black permanent marker. Have kids either
paint inside outline or use colored markers to add color
to the little pumpkins. Make lots, these make great decorations!!
Wallpaper paste Balloon Paint (optional) String for
Drop cloth, bowl, scissors
Substitute Paper Mache
Paper Mache Recipe Balloon Paint (optional) String
for hanging Drop cloth, bowl, scissors
strips of newspaper and soak in wallpaper paste. Use
to cover top half or so of blown up balloon. Do just
a few layers and let dry over night. Then add more layers.
Let dry. Remove balloon (burst if necessary) and get
BIG sheets of paper (whole sheets from a newspaper work).
Soak the whole sheet and drape over the shell you have
made, letting it fall in folds. You will have to have
the shell you made held off the surface you are working
on by putting something like a 2-litre soda bottle under
it. Let the sheet dry and maybe add another top. Paint
the finished work white or with luminous paints and
cut out or paint eyes - - there, a ghost!!
Take strips of newspaper and soak in paper mache. Cover
entire balloon and allow to dry over night. You may
do as in the Great Ghost idea and cover entire balloon
in large sheets of paper or instead hang white streamers
from the underside of the balloon.
Warm water Bowl Black and white felt for eyes
Scissors, aluminum foil, small jar or bottle
a mixture of about 2 cups warm water with 1 cup white
sugar. Stir to dissolve. While sugar is dissolving make
a form to make your ghost. I used a small jar covered
with aluminum foil in the shape of a ghost. Once sugar
has completely dissolved soak pieces of cheesecloth in
mixture. Remove and drape over "ghost form". Keep layering
until you have about 3-4 layers of cheesecloth over the
entire form. Allow to dry a minimum of overnight. May
take longer. Once dry remove form from underneath. Your
ghost should be quite firm. Decorate with eyes, nose,
a hat or whatever you choose. These make great Halloween
decorations for dinner tables, at your doorway or on your
Tissue Ghosts - Great craft for the little ones
paper or Kleenex tissues String or thread Black marker
kids wad up balls of tissue to form a ball. Form a full
piece of tissue around the wadded up ball. Tie off with
a string or thread. Draw on eyes with the marker. Voila!!
Hang from ceiling fans and watch
Small square of cardboard
Black pipe cleaners Googly eyes
Red construction paper
yard around and around cardboard square until heavily
covered. Using a small piece of yarn tie securely at the
centre, cut edges and remove the cardboard. Insert three
pipe cleaners into the knotted centre and bend to form
legs. Glue on eyes if desired, or cut out eyes from red
paper. Use thread or yarn to hang spider.
egg carton Black pipe cleaners Black tempera paint, marker
Red construction paper
Thread or yarn
paint, marker or crayons, colour the cup sections of the
egg carton. Cut each egg cup apart. Push pipe cleaner
legs into egg cup and bend to shape legs. Cut red paper
and glue on for eyes. Use thread or yarn to hang.
tissue paper over a cotton ball and secure under ball
with rubber band. Draw eyes on with marker. Tie a string
around neck and hang or use as a finger puppet by hooking
over a finger with rubber band.
||paint, paper mache,
silly putty, clay, paste, glue and more
Pick Your Pattern
a pattern that you would like to carve. There are many
free patterns to choose from here or you can buy a pattern
book, many come with the carving tools. If this is your
first time select a pattern that is fairly simple. You
can always get fancier with the second pumpkin.
Pick Your Pumpkin
your selected pattern in mind when you shop for your pumpkin.
You want to think about the pattern when you select the
size of your pumpkin. When selecting your pumpkin, do
not select one that has soft spots or browning spots,
or dents. Try to get one that stands up straight and small
pumpkins will be too difficult to carve.
your pumpkin pattern is a fairly common rectangular design,
you can probably use an ordinary kitchen knife. However,
with little effort and the right tools fantastic things
that can be done with pumpkin carving. I recommend you
purchase one of the inexpensive pumpkin carving kits that
are sold all over the place during the Halloween season.
If you already have a nice assortment of fine saws for
woodworking or something, then use them.
Cut and Clean the Pumpkin
the the lid first, a hexagonal cut rather than circular
cut helps keep the lid from falling into the pumpkin as
the pumpkin lid begins to dry out and shrink. Always draw
the shape of your lid very lightly with a water based
marker (so you can wash it off later). Begin cutting the
lid at a slight angle with the saw or knife handle titled
slightly toward you as you are cutting to help prevent
the lid from falling in. Cut a piece out of the lid as
a chimney if you are planning to use a candle. Once the
top has been cut off you can begin cleaning out the pumkin
with a large metal spoon or one of the scaping tools supplied
with the carving kits. Clean the pumpkin until the wall
thickness is about 1" all the way around.
Apply and Mark the Pattern
the pattern size against the your pumpkin. If it seems
too large or small, try reducing it on a photocopier.
Once you have the correct size for the pattern, trim away
all of the excess paper leaving about a 1" border on the
paper. Once the pattern fits, tape the pattern to the
pumpkin using any tape. Be sure the pattern is flush against
the surface of the pumpkin and you don't have any creases.
Next take a pointed object such as a pen, poker, tip of
a knife, or even a drill bit and begin to poke holes along
the lines of your pattern, spacing them about a 1/4" to
1/2" apart depending on the number of curves in your pattern.
Once you have completed punching the holes as guides for
the pattern you may pull the pattern off the pumpkin.
Carving the Pumpkin
begin carving your pumpkin, just follow the pattern of
dots that you layed out your pattern. Begin in the middle
of the design and work your way out. This will allow you
to maintain the best strength possible in the walls of
the pumpkin at all times to avoid breaks. It is generally
easiest to sit in a straight backed chair and hold the
pumpkin face up in your lap while you work. To do the
actual cutting VERY CAREFULLY and slowly connect the dots
in short up and down strokes being careful not to pull
the saw or knife too far out or put it too far in. If
you take your time, generally about a half an hour to
1 hour per pumpkin, you will end up with a fine looking
pumpkin in really no time at all.
Insert the Candle
out a area in the base of the pumpkin to insert the candle.
Use a votive size candle. You might want to use some aluminum
foil underneath the candle as added protection. Always
use caution and do not leave lit pumpkins unattended or
easily accessable to children. An alternative is to use
a small flashlight. Be Safe and have a happy halloween!
FREE Pumpkin Patterns
Classic Apple Dunking
A deep pan or a half barrel
Lots of people
You can blindfold the players or not. Put the water and apples
in the barrel. Without using hands the players must pick up
an apple with their teeth! (If you wear glasses then don't
forget to take them off.)