Ghost Projects

I’m all about ghosts right now. They’re silly and sweet and I can’t get enough. Here’s a quick round-up of my very favorite not-too-spooky ghost projects this Halloween.

BooedThe Neighborhood Ghost: My kids get so excited for someone to “boo” us each year. They check the doorstep the minute they arrive home after school, and multiple times throughout the evening. But we’ve never been the first to start the Boo. Until this year. My only real issue with the neighborhood boo is a petty one – I can never find a cute sign. I made my own this year. Why have I never thought of this before? Pretty sure I’m getting  smarter with age.

This little guy is clean-cut and well-mannered, and promises not to be an eyesore hanging on your door for an entire month. His name is Frederick. He’s shy and thoughtful and enjoys root beer floats and claymation movies. He’s more than happy to deliver goodies to your neighbors, and if you ask him really nicely, he may even throw in a batch or two of laundry.

Booed Printables

I made a free printable for you. Click on the photo above to download and print.

Ghost FootprintsThe Footprint Ghost: It’s a real classic at my house. I think we started doing this six or seven years ago. We’ve never been able to pull off annual family photos where we’re all frolicking in a golden meadow in matching shirts. But slather my children’s extremities in paint? Now that I can do. Their entire childhood will be well-documeted in black and white footprints. Who needs a family photo anyway? Just kidding. I’m looking for matching plaid shirts as we speak.

Simply paint your child’s foot with acrylic paint. It’s non-toxic and washes off skin easily. Help them “stamp” their foot on the paper. After it dries, use a sharpie to draw on eyes and a mouth. I highly recommend doing this activity outside, with newspapers on the ground. Just in case.

Squash GhostsThe Squash Ghost: Why eat your veggies when you can paint them? Or is squash a fruit? Whatever it is, this make for a fun afternoon activity and a great centerpiece. Charlotte and I spotted this activity in a magazine last week while hanging out in the waiting room at the car repair shop. (But upon further research, it appears that Butternut Squash ghosts have been all over the internet for years: blogs, pinterest, etc. 2012 was their big year. Where have I been? Living under a rock, apparently.)  All I’m saying is we definitely did not invent the squash ghost. But we’re thankful for whomever did.

And there you have it. I’ve got a couple other fun Halloween projects in the works, but that should get you off to a good start. Happy Haunting!

Halloween Game: Roll A Haunted House

Haunted House 5A couple years ago I took on the entire first grade Halloween party at the last minute. I struggled to find activities that would be easy to explain, fun for everyone and inexpensive. In math that year, the kids had been working with dice – as a visual of how to add two numbers together. I used the dice as the starting point for my Halloween party game. As I was wandered hopelessly through the craft store late one night, a tub full of foam Halloween stickers caught my eye. That’s when I knew what to do. I grabbed a pack of black construction paper, some chalk and I was set.

One of the best parts about this game is that it takes very little advance preparation, so it’s perfect for classroom parties and family activities. Here’s how to play:

Haunted House3 copyGather your supplies:

  • Black construction paper – the tall kind allows for a two-story, extra spooky haunted house
  • Foam stickers – I stock up at the craft stores right after Halloween when they’re 70% off
  • Dice
  • White chalk

Haunted House 1 Step 1. Use the chalk to draw a house on the construction paper. It doesn’t have to be perfect. After all, haunted houses are more creepy if they’re crooked and crumbly, right?

Haunted Houses 2 Step 2: Make a quick guide numbered 1-6 for what each number on the die represents. 1 = spider, 2 = ghost, etc. (or better yet: do this beforehand).

Step 3: Start playing. Roll the die and earn the corresponding sticker. Use the sticker to decorate your haunted house. My two-year-old especially loved this part. Each time he got a sticker he fist pumped, then cheered “I won!”

Haunted House 4Step 4: Pass the die and keep going. For larger groups I like to have at least two dice going at once so there’s not a lull in the action. By the time they peel the backing off their sticker the die should be almost back around to them.

And there you have it. Probably the easiest Halloween game in the history of Halloween games. Happy haunted house building!