Half term crafts activities

Halloween: Get Spooky…

…with our fun Halloween DIY Decor ideas

Halloween Decorations

It’s that spooky time of year again – Halloween! We are half way through the Autumn term and Halloween is already around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity for the kids to let loose a little, release some creative energy and have some fun.

Whether you want to host a spooky party, spice up the house a little or fill some rainy days getting creative, these DIY decor designs are super simple to follow and lots of fun to make. They can be re-used every year when you want that Halloween thrill factor.

Hanging Balloon Ghosts

These hanging ghosts are wonderfully easy to make and create a seriously spooky setting.

What do I need?

  • old white sheets / material
  • ballons
  • string
  • marker pens

How do I make it?

  • Blow up the balloons – one balloon for each ghost head.
  • With the balloon tie at the top, cut a small hole in the sheet to go over the tie. This is your ghostly body.
  • Get creative! Giving marker pens to the kids, everyone can draw faces on the sheets, and be as simple or sinister as you like.
  • Tie string to the balloon and hang from the ceiling or trees. The wind outside makes them look especially ghoulish, and if you have clear string, even better…. they will look at if they are floating in mid air.

Halloween Ghosts


Being Batty

Get your drawing and cutting skills ready to make some goggly eyed batty friends.

What do I need?

  • Thick black card. If you’re planning to re-use these decorations consider using a thicker more durable material from your local arts’n’crafts store.
  • Goggly eyes
  • Pencil and scissors
  • String

How do I make it?

  •  Give one piece of black card to each designer and draw batty designs to be cut out. You could pre-make a batty template example, or just let everyone’s imagination run wild.
  • Cut out the bat designs.
  • Stick goggly eyes on our batty friends.
  • Hang from the ceiling, mantlepiece or in the garden…. and remember that these Halloween guests should hang upside down.

Halloween Bat


Classic Pumpkins

Classic pumpkin sculptures never grow old – it’s a great activity for a kids competition (there’s no denying that the adults love to get involved too) and nothing sets the scene more than these moody indoor and outdoor features.

What do I need?

  • Pumpkins
  • Pens
  • Cutting instrument

How do I make it?

  • Give a pumpkin and a pen to each person and let them design away! It’s a great idea to have one or two pre-made examples, or to get stuck in too to show some design ideas. Faces can be scary, funny or just plain silly.
  • Once the faces have been drawn on, the faces should be carved into the pumpkin. You may want to help the younger kids, while the older ones will no doubt want to get in to the scary sculpting themselves.

Making Halloween Pumpkins


Goggly Eyed Spiders

These creations are fun and cute and make a great take-home gift at the end of a party.  Let’s hope you don’t mind spiders!

What do I need?

  • black polystyrene balls, or white if you want to paint them (tennis ball sized).
  • black pipe cleaners (that furry wire stuff found in art stores).
  • goggly eyes (there is a great little website called Hollies Haberdashery where you can buy all these bits and pieces).

How do I make them?

  • Simply push the pipe cleaners into the polystyrene ‘body’ of the spider and glue on the eyes. You choose how many eyes you want for your new dangly pet.
  • If you feel extra creative you can paint the spider body or attach string to hang them from the corners of the room.

Halloween Spiders


So now you have the ideas, it’s time to get making. Remember, if you are planning a Halloween party and are looking for fun activities, you can get the guests involved in the decorations too. It makes a fun and engaging activity, can be made into a thrilling competition, and then everyone gets to take home their creation at the end of the night.

 

Happy Halloween Folks!halloween pumpkins

 

Written by Michelle Long for the Play Experts @ Big Game Hunters