Tissue Paper Hanging Ghosts
The ghosts were hung with the skeletons for Halloween. We used a coat hanger to make all different shapes for the ghosts. This is a job for an adult! Then the hanger was placed on top of a full sheet of white tissue paper. A thick line of glue was applied all around the wire of the coat hanger. Then another piece of tissue was placed on top of the coat hanger to "sandwich" the wire coat hanger between two sheets of tissue paper. The children cut eyes from black construction paper and glued on the ghost. Then they traced their hands using orange construction paper. The hands were glued on at different places to make each ghost unique.
Wooden Haunted Houses
This is probably everyone's favorite Halloween project! Parents save these and bring them out each year. I still have children tell me years later that they have their Haunted House.
I start early in October asking parents for scrap wood and someone to help us cut it into small pieces to construct the houses. The triangles and odd shapes really look great, too! A base is needed about 10-12 inches square. I suggest using a very thin piece of wood since they are quite heavy.
The children dip each piece of wood in a bowl of white glue. Then a parent puts a dap of hot glue on the piece and places it where the child instructs them to put it. The hot glue holds the piece until the white glue has a chance to set. If you only use white glue, the house quickly falls apart!
We make these as early in the morning (outside or in a place that they
don't have to be moved.) Just before I leave school, I
bring them inside.
Click on the photo to see a picture of the houses that have not been painted yet.
The pictures below are close up of the ones that we did this year..
Each house is very unique and make cute centerpieces.
Some of the children added some plastic spiders, etc. The nice part is that everyone feels successful.
Haunted House Stories
After making our wooden haunted houses, we like to write stories. This is a combination art and writing activity.
An adult will need to cut these haunted houses out. The windows and doors were either cut out or flaps made to open. Yellow paper was glued behind the open windows and doors for the children to be able to draw their own "characters" for Halloween. Click on picture.
The idea for this quilt was taken from Easy Literature-Based Quilts Around the Year by Mariann Cigrand.
Ghost Art with a Tissue
Ghosts can also be made with a tissue glued down to a piece of black construction paper. We used a paper punch for the eyes and buttons.