Giant pop-up haunted castleOne day we created the main piece of our Halloween decoration for home: a giant pop-up castle. Lollo was intrigued by a pop-up Halloween card as seen on his book 365 things to make and do, Parragon 2012. “Why do not we make it giant?” I suggested, thinking of a maxi box that was in the garage. Lollo and his friend who was with us that day were immediately enthusiastic. We searched the garage for that box, we found it. We started opening it, flattening, cutting, painting with ready-mixed tempera paint. Fortunately, the not-too-bad weather allowed us to work outside in the garden. My little girl helped me to paint the grass (the patio is still emerald green!). A light breeze was providential to let the paint dry quickly. Once dried, we pushed the tower forward and decorated it. The decorations, toilet-roll mummies and 3D pen spider webs are entirely children’s creations. The mummies are made of toilet-roll tubes, white tissue paper, adhesive gauze bandage and string (from the book The toilet roll activity book. Over 30 wonderful things to create. Buster Books, 2015). Cobwebs and spiders were an original creation by my “crafty messy son” made with his amazing 3D printing pen and clear/black filaments.
Pumpkin carving ideasWe also invariably dedicate a day of Autumn half-term to pumpkin carving to create creepy Jack-o-lanterns for the forthcoming “trick or treat”. Last year we were inspired by pumpkins in different sizes. And this year? I would like to challenge myself with a more elaborate design, or a geometric pattern. For little hands an idea can be to use Halloween cookie cutters. Pumpkin carving tools at the ready and have fun!
Related posts: Halloween Sweet and Savoury Treats and Halloween costumes for all the family.