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5 FUN WAYS TO MAKE GHOSTS FOR HALLOWEEN 

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It’s pretty terrifying to learn how much people are prepared to spend on Halloween.

From spooky sweets and horrifying health bars to scary spider decorations and magnificent monsters, it was estimated the USA national spend on the spooktacular event topped two billion dollars last year.

Australia is fast catching up too, with a 1.5 million dollar spend on pumpkins alone last year.

If the thought of spending a truckload of money to celebrate sends shivers up your spine, these fun ways to make ghosts for Halloween are just what you need.

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3 OF THE HANDS DOWN CREEPIEST CRAFTS YOU’VE EVER SEEN  

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What is it about hands that is so creepy?

These amazing body parts are the tools that help us do basic tasks – such as eat, create things, communicate, express ourselves and defend ourselves.

The caress of a hand can make us feel loved, safe and put us in ecstasy. That same hand has the power to hurt or even kill us.

We can tell a lot about ourselves and other people from hands. When our own hands become sweaty it can indicate we are nervous. If they shake it can suggest we are scared. When we see someone with balled up hands, it could mean they are angry.

A hand wave or handshake shows friendliness. A pointed finger can mean aggression.

We hold hands with those we care about. We can use our hands to push people away.

Used in the context of a scary movie, a simple hand has the power to send shivers down our backs.

So what makes them so scary?

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EASY SPOOKY ART PROJECT FOR HALLOWEEN

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – spooky art for Halloween.

This is actually a collage and a great project to teach kids how to achieve balance in an artwork.

I cheated when I did this project with my art students, many of whom do not have the fine motor skills for using scissors and cutting out.

Instead of cutting out dozens of scary houses and even more bats, I found some inexpensive spooky stickers to use.

If you are doing this project with just a few people, cutting out the bats and the spooky house is easy. I’ve even provided a template for the house.

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EASY TO MAKE MUMMIES AND MONSTERS FOR HALLOWEEN

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – easy to make mummies and monsters for Halloween.

These fun crafts are the perfect way to help your little ones get into the spirit of Halloween.

The mummies are so easy even the three-year-old Goddess enjoyed the fun.

Who doesn’t like making scary monster faces? This one is made out of a tissue box. Watch out when you put your hand in his big mouth – you may just end up with a handful of treats!

The creepy candle holder takes a bit more skill, but the kids can still help with the glueing.

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HOW TO MAKE APPLE HEAD MONSTERS FOR HALLOWEEN

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making apple head monsters for Halloween.

If you want to create this craft you will need to start really soon to make it in time for Halloween,  as the apples take several weeks to dry.

Other than that, it’s a simple craft that doesn’t require any special skills or tools.

HOW TO MAKE AN APPLE HEAD MONSTER

MATERIALS

  • Apple
  • Wooden skewer
  • Knife
  • Fabric –  optional
  • Wooden chopsticks – optional
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Apple head when first carved.

METHOD

  • Peel the apple
  • Stick a skewer into the bottom of the apple
  • Use a knife to carve out simple facial features – eyes, nose, mouth.
  • Place the apple head in a ventilated area and wait for it to dry – this will take several weeks.

As the apple head dries it will start to crinkle and darken and feel like leather. It took nearly three weeks to get to this stage, which is about how much time is left before Halloween.

 

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Apple head is just starting to brown at the end of week two.

Once it is dry it is up to you how to decorate it.

I crossed two wooden chopsticks and attached them with a rubber band.

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You can cross two wooden sticks to make a ‘body’.

If you choose to ‘dress’ your monster you can use any fabric but I opted for hessian as it was so effective with my Mandrake.

I just cut the hessian to size, poked a stick through the middle of it and then used staples to secure it before trimming it.

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After nearly three weeks my apple head was dry enough to decorate.

When I placed it in a pot it reminded me of a baby version of my Mandrake.

It’s a really easy and fun craft to make and an effective Halloween decoration.

Why not make a whole family of them and add some rope for hair, or wire arms and legs that are bendable?

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Apple monster snacks.

If your taste buds are aching for the crisp taste of apple as you are carving this, why not give them an extra treat with cute apple monster face snacks (pictured above). All you need are apple quarters, mini marshmallows, strawberry halves, and mini chocolate treats.

For more inspiration, check out my Halloween Pinterest board.

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

 

 

MAKING A MANDRAKE – WARNING, THIS PROJECT WILL CREEP YOU OUT.

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making a Mandrake.

Mandrakes are Mediterranean plants of the nightshade family.

They were made famous in the Harry Potter movies because their forked, fleshy roots resemble the human form.

Formerly used in medicine and magic, these remarkable plants are said to shriek when lifted from the ground.

In the Harry Potter movies, the Herbology students studied Mandrakes and how to make their Restorative Draught, which was a cure for those who had been petrified.

I’m going to show you how to make your own but be warned, this project is a bit creepy.

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HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE TO MAKE

HALLOWEEN CRAFT – HOW TO MAKE A CREEPY, SPOOKY, HAUNTED HOUSE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – this time for a Halloween haunted house.

It’s going to be creepy, it’s going to be spooky, but most of all fun and a little bit kooky.

My favourite crafts to do with kids are the ones that really encourage them to use their imagination and come up with their own ideas.

With all the step by step ‘how-tos’ out there it’s easy to get caught up in the instructions and forget the importance of imagination in the creative process.

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