Growing up in Australia, we never celebrated Halloween (my Birthday is 30th October so I was more focused on my birthday party!), however over recent years we as a country are slowly starting to embrace it. We have noticed each year there appears to be more and more kids dressing up and knocking on our door with baskets out shouting “Trick or Treat”! Wether you like it or not it appears to be here to stay and as such why not try a few quick and easy Halloween craft projects get you in the spirit of the day.
Before we get into the crafts, here are a few fun facts about Halloween.
1. The first Jack O’Lanterns were actually made from turnips.
2. Halloween is the second highest grossing commercial holiday after Christmas.
3. The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.
4. Trick-or-treating evolved from the ancient Celtic tradition of putting out treats and food to placate spirits who roamed the streets at Samhain, a sacred festival that marked the end of the Celtic calendar year.
5. Black and orange are typically associated with Halloween. Orange is a symbol of strength and endurance and, along with brown and gold, stands for the harvest and autumn. Black is typically a symbol of death and darkness and acts as a reminder that Halloween once was a festival that marked the boundaries between life and death.
6. Ireland is typically believed to be the birthplace of Halloween.
7. According to tradition, if a person wears his or her clothes inside out and then walks backwards on Halloween, he or she will see a witch at midnight.
8. Halloween is thought to have originated around 4000 B.C., which means Halloween has been around for over 6,000 years.
9. When trick-or-treating first became popular in the United States in the 1800s, more children played mischievous pranks than asked for candy. By the 1950s, though, the focus had switched to good old family fun, with sugar-hyped children dressed in costumes.
10. Black cats were once believed to be witch’s assistants who protected their powers.
Now onto the crafts……
PAPER PLATE GHOST
Supplies : White paper plate
Toilet paper (around 2 sets of four squares)
String to tie if hanging
Draw arms and hands on your blank paper and carefully cut out
Attach the cutout arms to the back of the plate using sticky tape
Carefully separate the ply layers of the toilet paper so it is nice and thin and then stick these to the back at varying lengths.
Draw your Ghost face on the front of the paper plate and put a hole at top and tie string if you are going to hang.
Your paper plate ghost is now finished and ready to be played with……
PAPER HALLOWEEN PUPPETS
Supplies : Orange and Green Paper or card
Paddle Pop Stick
Cut out face shapes (I just did freehand) and cut 6 x strips of paper, as shown below. Draw faces on with texta and fold the strips of paper zig zag style (back and forth) to create arms and legs. Attach the arms, legs and paddle pop sticks to the backs of faces.
You are now ready to play!
Supplies : Banana cut in half in the middle
Paddle pop sticks
White melting chocolate
Lollies for eyes ( I used MM’s)
Dip the banana in the melted chocolate and ensure all covered (use a spoon to spoon it over if your container is not deep enough) and carefully place down on greased paper so it won’t stick while hardening. Place your eyes while chocolate still melted and then wait until set and enjoy…….
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