Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Halloween Art

Here are two simple art projects you can do with your kids for Halloween.

The first is one I have done with all elementary grades. You just might want to use templates with the younger ones.

Materials Required:

white paper, paint in sunset colors, paintbrush, black paper, scissors, glue stick

I taped the white paper to an art board to get a nice edge. We started painting in our sunset. Yellow on the bottom, orange, red, purple, blue and some black on the very top. I had Jeff pre moistion the paper a bit to get the colors to blend.

Let background dry completely.

While the background is drying you can cut some Halloween shapes out of the black paper. You can use templates for the little ones so they just have to trace and cut. Jeff did a combination adding some of his own creations. Templates 1 and Templates 2

Using a glue stick stick on your shapes.

You can use a black marker to add some detail to your picture. Jeff added the window panes and a spooky tree.


The second project is one I did with Grade 1 and 2 last year.

We used this pumpkin tower I made a few years ago for inspiration. This is just cut out of 1 inch plywood and then I painted it freehand.

Materials: construction paper, scissors, glue stick

We read this book first in class to get everyone thinking about different facial expressions. I wanted the kids to breakout of the usual Jack o lantern face.

After sketching some faces in our sketch books we used construction paper and glue sticks to make our pumpkin towers. The kids decided to add stars and the moon to the background.

This was done by Ryan, age 7

see you next time



  1. What kind of paint did you use? Watercolors? (do you have a recommendation on which watercolor paints?) I can't wait to try this one!

  2. astrid, we just used the tempura paints I have for the kids. I have the same ones that they have at the school, they kinda look like hockey pucks. You could also use any type of watercolor paint for this.
    Price wise the tempura is your best bet, each color disk runs about $1.75 and then the tray for them is about $5.00. After the initial investment they will last you for a really long time. You can find them at Micheal's and some toy stores. Wal mart has them occasionally.

  3. Hi there,

    I got here through the Crafty crow, admiring your Halloween stuff.
    Am a Portuguese blogger and on the 30th October I will be participating in a Portuguese language group post about Halloween.
    On my survey about the issue, I would like to ask you this simple question: - Why do you like Halloween so much?

    Would you be that kind to email me your answer to this email:
    Or simply leave a comment on my blog:

    Thank you very much and have a fun Halloween!

  4. I love this! I found this when I googled "shadows" for my Shadows Unit. It's such a great Halloween activity, I shared it on my blog, giving you full credit, of course!

    Sally from ElementaryMatters

  5. This looks great. I will give it a go with my year 3 class.


  6. What kind of paper did you use? Did you weight it down to flatten before gluing on silhouettes?

    1. Yes you can weight it down if you wish while drying. A lot of the kids use too much glue so I put a layer of wax paper between the art and the weight or just let it dry on it's own.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas in such detail. I home school my children and I often use your site to teach them art. I'm pretty great at copying, but not so good at coming up with my own ideas. So,thank you again for sharing. My children and I love everything we have done from you page and the step by step directions are marvelous!