23 EASY AND COOL DIY HALLOWEEN DECOR IDEAS

23 EASY AND COOL DIY HALLOWEEN DECOR IDEAS

There are many different Halloween school activities that can be used along the way to Halloween. The good news is that many of them are also educational Halloween activities so that children can learn and have fun at the same time.

One of the most popular Halloween school activities is of course Halloween crafting. Children can make things at school that can be used to decorate the classroom, or they can take them home to complement the Halloween decorations at home. There are many simple Halloween crafts that make very effective decorations.

Halloween Crafting

Transparent ghosts are effective decoration. You need wax paper, glitter, black construction paper, string, and newspaper. First, take two large pieces of wax paper and put them together. Trace a large ghost shape and then cut it out of the wax paper. Next, cut the eyes out of the black paper and a ghostly mouth out of the construction.

Place a ghost wax paper on a piece of newspaper. Then put on the eyes and mouth and sprinkle glitter on it. Place the second ghost wax paper over the first, aligning the edges. Then place another piece of newspaper over it and iron it with iron at medium heat until both pieces of waxed paper are glued together. Your spirit is then ready to be hung.

Writing a Halloween Story

Instead of arts and crafts, you might want to try out various Halloween activities at school. Writing Halloween stories is often a child’s favorite writing style. It is their chance to write about macabre things, blood, and guts, and this is the only time of the year when these topics are really acceptable.

Children can write their own story or they can write a story in collaboration with people who take turns writing one sentence after another or starting a sentence and then letting the next person complete it.

When all the children have made up their own Halloween story, they can read it to the class, and the children take turns reading someone else’s story. After each reading, the class must guess who wrote the story.

Halloween word games

If you are looking for quick and easy to organize Halloween school activities, you might want to try some Halloween word games. The traditional hangman’s spelling game can become a Halloween game when played with Halloween words.

Another simple Halloween word game is Halloween Jumble. Simply write the Halloween words mixed with the letters on the board. Then it’s up to the kids to mix up the letters to find the original words. This game can be even more attractive if the letters of each word are written on a card in a cut-out pumpkin shape. Make it a game by winning a prize for the first person to find each of the words.

There is an endless list of Halloween school activities that can be done in the classroom on Halloween. If you choose carefully, you will also get an educational Halloween activity that children can learn from.

 

HALLOWEEN DECOR IDEAS

When I was a little girl, my dad had a couple of these cute ghosts on our piano during Halloween. I remember thinking they really floated not knowing that it was starch that held them up. This year, I decided it was time to make some for my friends to experience. I used liquid starch, which is kind of hard to come by. Plus, it’s a lot of money to spend on a ghost or two. So, I found a better and cheaper way to make these. Here’s what you need:

Cheesecloth (I just found mine in the baking section of the grocery store and it was about $3. I used the whole package for one ghost. I cut it in half and used 2 layers to make it sturdier)
Black felt
Cornstarch
Water
Any kind of “make-shift” stand to support the cheesecloth while it dries out.

First, you start by making homemade liquid starch.
Pour 2 cups of water into a microwave-safe container. Then, add one cup of cornstarch and mix it really well.
Microwave in 30-second increments, stirring in-between until it gets thick. Mine took about 2 minutes in total. This is kind of what you’re going for:
Set that aside and let it cool off a little bit. You don’t want it to get cold, though.

Meanwhile, set up your “make-shift” stand. You can use cups, balloons, Styrofoam balls. Whatever you can find to make the right shape and size. You just want to make sure you can pull it out from under the cheesecloth once it’s dry. Balloons are nice because you can pop them. I didn’t have any balloons on hand, so here’s what I used:

I put some freezer paper on the table so that the ghost would have something to sit on (besides the table) while it dried.
Next, I cut the cheesecloth in half. I wanted to make my ghost a little sturdier. Coat each piece of cheesecloth with the cornstarch. It took a little bit of working it in. You want to make sure it is completely coated.

Drape the pieces of cheesecloth one at a time over your make-shift stand and make sure you arrange it how you want it. Once it’s dry, you can’t really change anything.

Once you’ve got it perfect, allow it to completely dry. Mine took overnight. When it’s stiff, carefully remove the cheesecloth from the mold and glue on two felt eyes.

It’s really hard to capture on camera, but the ghost is completely see-through and looks like it’s just floating!

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