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Halloween Town

Here is a “green” Halloween craft idea, from TAP Programming Specialist, Florinda Bryant…

Dear teachers and parents,

Don’t throw those milk cartons away; re-use them for a festive “Haunted House” display for your school or home!

Goals and Objectives for the craft:
-To encourage kids to “reduce, reuse, and recycle”, as well as encouraging the use of recycled goods for arts & crafts activities
-To encourage creativity

Before You Start:
Collect and clean a milk carton for each student, or have each child bring a clean carton in. Prepare your tables for painting by protecting them with butcher paper. Set out paint trays and containers of gray, black, and brown paints with brushes. Have on hand an assortment Halloween shapes on construction paper or funky foam, such as faces, ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons, etc.

Let’s Begin:
1. Have the children write their names on the bottom of their milk cartons, then, have them choose what colors to paint their houses.
2. The children will then paint every inch of their cartons except for the bottom.
3. Set the houses aside to dry, and get started on shapes, ghouls and goblins.(You may want to display one haunted house that’s already been made.)

This is also a great time to read Halloween books or telling ghost stories before decorating the houses. Then, once the haunted houses are dry, have everyone stick the Halloween shapes onto their houses for a scary “haunted house” display. Add a string of Christmas lights, and a few fake spiders and spiderwebs to adorn the display. Turn the lights down for a really spooky looking town!

Happy Halloween! Florinda Bryant

About creativeactionaustin

We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

2 responses »

  1. I was about to comment on how clever this costume idea, and I must comment on the comment below! My parents just put the scare crow out as well. Always a joyous time for them and the grand kids love it as well! I am definitely going to set up and activity day with my neice.

  2. Every year my mom still puts out the same homemade scarecrow dressed in my dad’s old flannel shirts and my old suspenders from a childhood Haloween clown costume. Homemade holiday decorations are a tradition in my family. They warm the heart and the home. I love putting a green twist on holiday traditions, and this idea fits the bill perfectly! Keep up the good work!


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