Start this activity
early in October. At the beginning of the month bring in a large
black pot that looks like a witches' pot! Make up or read a story
about witches brew. Inside the pot place a piece of paper with a
note that reads "I am the Witch of the West and I am out gathering ingredients
for a special halloween brew!" Throughout the month, the "witch"
will deposit her special ingredients in the pot for the kids to discover!
Place the ingredients in a sealed plastic bag - and then inside a paper
lunch bag marked "Drops of Blood"; "Owls Eyes"; etc. On Halloween,
the kids can empty all the bags and stir the brew!
1 C. Blood Drops
- Red Hots
1 C. Owl Eyes -
round candy (the ones that are out at halloween (white with orange &
1 C. Cats Eyes
- peanut M & M's
1 C. Chicken Toenails
- orange cone-shaped candy
1 C. Colored Flies
- M & M's
1 C. Butterfly
Wings - dried banana chips
1 C. Earthworms
- gummy worms
1 C. Cat Claws
- sunflower seeds
1 C. Ants - raisins
1 C. Snake Eyes
- chocolate chips
1 C. Monkey Brains
1 C. Lizard Gizzards
- thin red licorice strings
1 C. Bat Bones
- pretzels sticks
Cut out the mask
shape from a plastic milk jug being careful to round corners so that the
edges are not sharp. Cut openings for the eyes - a paper hole punch
works well to start the hole. Allow children a variety of materials
to create their own special work of art. Paint (tempera mixed with
a little dish detergent will allow the paint to stick to the plastic),
stickers, glitter, feathers. You can also use a hole punch to make
holes in which to attach yarn, streamers or fabric strips to create hair,
using white glue, squeeze into saucer and allow to air a while to become
less runny; when thick, popsicle sticks can be used to spread glue.
Have the children
stuff a paper bag with newspaper, tissue paper, or scraps of paper.
Twist the top around real tight to make the stem of the pumpkin.
Children can paint it orange (brown or green for the stump). The
children could also cut out triangles for the eyes, nose and a half circle
for the mouth.
Cut out pumpkin
shapes from paper and let the children paint with orange paint! Let
them add black triangles (with paper or paint).
or Treat Bags
With large paper
bags - let the children color, paint or add stickers to them. Cut
long strips of construction paper, to staple on for handle.
Draw a circle on
black paper. Have the children glue on small cut up squares of orange
paper or small pieces of scrunched tissue paper. Older children could
leave space of the black paper for nose, eyes, etc. Smaller children
could add black triangles, etc.
Help the children
cut out circles for eyes and paint, color, glue on things to make their
very own halloween mask.
Paint a spring
clothespin black. Let dry. Clip a piece of black tissue paper
or coffee filters (dip in diluted black paint) ..in the pin for wings.
Add small black triangles for ears.
Ask each child
to fold a piece of black construction paper in half, then dribble white
paint into the crease. Ask the kids to briefly press the paper back
together, then open it - and a ghost will appear!
an alternative, pour black paint onto orange paper to make creepy bats
Grocery Bag Costume & Mask
paper grocery bags
glue, tape, etc.
scrap paper, scrap
fabric, buttons (and anything else you can imagine!)
Depending on what
you are making, cut holes for eyes, arms, neck, etc. Use your imagination
and design as you want.
orange paint powder
Put the paint powder
in the pie pan. Roll the cotton balls around in the paint and then
set aside. Spread glue onto the brown piece of paper. Put on
the orange cotton balls** (pumpkins) and the green yarn (vines). **or
just use orange pompoms!
black spray paint
black craft foam
small orange or
glitter paint -
gray (or silver glitter glue pen)
crushed pop can
I recommend preparing
the can ahead of time for the kids! Crush the pop can - do NOT crush
hockey puck style, you want the can elongated. The bottom of the
can is crushed back. The top of the can is crushed to the front.
Spray paint the can with black paint. Let dry.
Now the kids can:
Paint on eyes and mouth. Glue on pompom for the nose. Cut out
ears (triangles) and wings from black craft foam. Outline wings with
gray glitter paint. Glue ears and wings to can.
Attach magnets to
back of wings for use as a fridge magnet. You could also attach a
string for hanging.
round shape sucker/lollipop
Drape lollies with
a tissue, tie them with string at the base of the lollipop. Decorate
or draw on faces with markers.
white tissues or
cotton balls or
add't tissues rolled into a ball (about 1")
Place cotton ball
in center of tissue, and bring tissue up on all sides and tie with string.
Draw on face with markers. To hang: attach a piece of string
to neck - make a ghostly mobile!!
large plastic soda bottle
sheets of gauze (cheese cloth works great, too!)
wiggly eyes or black felt eyes
Thin down white glue with water. Dip gauze sheets into glue
and drape over the soda bottle. Shape into a ghostly figure.
Let dry. When dry, remove bottle and add eyes. Hang from a
string or display on a shelf for a spooky decoration. You can easily
make a larger one from cheese cloth and hang outside!
white lunch bags
black construction paper or black felt
Children cut out and glue on their black eyes, nose and mouth.
You can add white streamers or gauze from the bag for a more goulish
Children can cut out a simple ghost pattern and glue cotton balls
onto their ghost. Add wiggly eyes and hang with string/fishing line
from the ceiling.
Help the children cut out areas for the eyes, nose and mouth from
the middle of the paper plate. Provide tissue paper, construction
paper, dried pasta, and other materials for them to create their own masks.
Pumpkins (to use with song "Five Little Pumpkins")
Let the children draw and cut out their little pumpkins from orange
construction paper. Use a black marker or pencil crayon andhelp them
draw on faces. Glue to a wooden dowel or popscle stick and recite
the "Five Little Pumpkins".
Have the children use a black non-toxic ink pad to make fingerprints
on a piece of paper. Have the children draw on eight legs on their finger
prints to represent spiders.
Paper Plate Spiders
small paper plate (head)
large paper plate (body)
black streamers (legs)
white construction paper or googly eyes
black tempera paint
Staple the smaller plate to the larger plate. Have the child paint
both sides black. Then add black streamers for legs and white construction
paper for eyes (or goodly eyes). Hang them from the ceiling using fishing
line or string.
Webs With Paint & Marbles
White tempera paint
Black construction paper
Aluminum pie plates
Fill a small bowl with white paint. Drop in the marbles to coat.
Cut circles out of black construction paper that will fit into the pie
plates. Place a couple of marbles on the paper. Roll the marbles around
by tilting the plate. The white paint trails make spider webs. When the
paint is dry, put a spider sticker in the middle.
Use white paper to form 5 paper chains (arms, legs, and body), and
then connect to make a skeleton. Trace children's hands and feet on white
paper, cut and glue to the ends of the arms and legs. Cut an oval shape
and draw on the face. Hang him up!
Make orange playdough using orange flavored koolaid for the color.
Add pumpkin seeds to the dough for textured fun!
Small brown paper bags
Yarn or other decorative materials for hair
Newspaper for stuffing
Crayons, markers, or tempra paint
Construction paper for arms and feet
Scraps of fabric for clothes (optional)
Make a face on one paper bag. Glue on hair. Cut the bag in half and
put newspaper inside the bag for stuffing. Tape or staple bottom to close.
Stuff the second paper bag for the body. Cut construction paper to make
arms and feet. Glue head onto the body. Cut fabric for clothes. Glue onto
the paper bag. Stuff the second bag with newspaper. Tape closed.
Fold a piece of black construction paper in half. Help the children
trace their handprint onto the paper (with the wrist at the fold of the
paper). Cut out & unfold paper. You will have a "double handprint"
that looks like a bat with its wings spread open. Add wiggly eyes and hang
from the ceiling (use fishing line and the bats will appear to "float"!)
Finger Plays & Nursery Rhymes
Five little pumpkins
were sitting on a gate.
The first one said,
"It's getting mighty late."
The second one
said, "There are witches in the air."
The third one said,
"I really don't care."
The fourth one
said, "Let's run, run, run."
The fifth one said,
"It's Halloween fun!"
"Whooo" went the
wind, and out went the light,
And the five little
pumpkins rolled out of sight.
A Little Pumpkin
Sing to the tune of "I'm
A Little Teapot"
I'm a little pumpkin, short and stout,
Packed full of seeds that you can scrape out.
When you're all finished, then I'll be,
The cutest jack o'lantern you ever did see!
One little, two little, three little witches
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches.
Slide around the moon without any hitches,
Heigh, Ho, Hallowe'en's here!
When goblins prowl
Make fingers walk.
And hoot owls howl,
Make goggles with hands around eyes.
Cup hands around mouth
When witches fly
Flutter hands in air
Boys and girls, don't shake with fear
It just means Hallowe'en is here!
A big black cat with eyes so green
Point to eyes
Went out on the night of Hallowe'en.
He saw a witch.
Bring fingertips in a peak over head.
He saw an owl.
Form circles around eyes with fingers and
And then he began to "Meow, meow, meow."
Make a mask with hands.
See my big and scary eyes,
Thumb and index fingers make owl's eyes.
Get ready for a big surprise.
Turn them upside down backwards, put them
on and peer out.
Five fingers bend down one at a time.
Five little goblins on Hallowe'en night,
Made a very, very spooky sight.
The first one danced on his tippy-tip toes;
The next one tumbled and bumped his nose;
The next one jumped high up in the air;
The next one walked like a fuzzy bear;
The next one sang a Hallowe'en song.
Five little goblins played all night long!
What am I? A face so round,
Form circle with hands.
And eyes so bright,
A nose that glows,
My, what a sight!
A fiery mouth with a jolly grin,
Touch mouth and grin.
No arms, no legs, just head to chin.
Shake arms and legs, touch head and chin.
I Were a Witch
If I were a witch,
I'd ride on a broom
One fist rides on top of other, waving through
And scatter the ghosts
With a zoom, zoom, zoom!
Five little ghostesses,
Sitting on postesses,
Eating buttered toastesses,
Greasing their fistesses,
Up to their wristesses.
Oh, what beastesses,
To make such feastesses.
Bat, bat, come under my hat,
And I'll give you a slice of bacon;
And when I bake, I'll give you a cake,
If I am not mistaken
or shredded cheese
peanut butter or
Round cookie cutter
(or upside down glass)
Using the cookie
cutter, cut out a circle from a slice of bread. Spread peanut butter
or cheese spread over the entire circle. Cut two slices of banana
for eyes. Place a few raisins for nose and mouth. Cut celery
pieces to use for eyebrows and/or ears. Use shredded carrots or cheese
for curly hair. Let the children be as creative as they want.
you can add new ingredients and let the children experiment.
green and red M&M's
Spread the frosting
on the cookie. Place the two green M&M's on as the eyes.
Place the red one on as the nose. Cut the licorice into small pieces
(about an inch) and place them on as whiskers. Put on a small amount
of the frosting on the bottom of (2) candy corns and place them on the
top of the cookie as the ears!
melted butter or margarine
Let the children separate the biscuits and shape each like a ghost.
Roll them in melted butter and then in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Bake
as directed on package.
Bugles Snack food
Spread cheese on crackers. Top each cracker off with a Bugle to complete
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
5 1/4 oz. mini marshmallows
thin licorice strips (black or brown)
With an adults help, melt chocolate in the microwave or double boiler
until melted. Stir until smooth. Add marshmallows. Place by spoonfuls on
waxed paper. Decorate with licorice "legs". Let dry. Nuts and raisins can
be added. Makes about 16 spiders.
two 16 oz containers of nondairy whipped topping
30-oz can of pumpkin pie filling
crumbled graham crackers
3-oz plastic cups
Mix together the whipped topping and the pie filling in a large bowl.
Spoon the mixture into the cups. Top each cup with graham cracker
crumbs and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Sherbet Ice Cream
In a blender, place 1 1/2 ounces of unsweetened frozen orange juice,
1/4 cup unsweetened frozen apple juice concentrate, 1 cup of nonfat milk
and 3 1/2 cups of water. Blend well. Pour mixture into a baking pan and
place in the freezer. Stir thoroughly every hour for 6 to 7 hours. Makes
16-20 small servings.
thin red licorice (mouths)
Give the kids a chunk of velveeta cheese to roll into a ball.
Add the raisins, licorice and parsley features. Serve with crackers
for a nice snack!
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