Last week I talked about decorating my house on a boo-get. Get it? Boo-get?? I kill myself.
Anyway, I promised you that I would show you a couple crafts to put up on your walls so that it looks festive but doesn’t break the bank. Doesn’t hurt that it is fun for the kids too!
But first, I want to talk Boo-Baskets. A Boo-Basket is a way to get your friends or neighbours into the Halloween spirit. It’s very easy to make.
Boo – Baskets
|Eye Balls and Witch Hats|
First you need to get something to put the goodies in. I like to get small disposible cake pans from the dollar store and then use a hot glue gun to attach spooky garlands around the top. I then cut a peice of halloween paper and put it on the bottom of the basket (you can also glue this down).
From this point you can put whatever you want in the basket. We made eye-ball cookies and put in little erases, pencils, spider rings, ghost puppets, halloween themed stickers, and a colouring sheet. We finished it off by printing out the door hanger from Skip To My Lou.
|Boo Basket from a Friend|
Take your Boo-Baskets and place them on your friends, family or even a neighbours door. We hid behind trees and cars to watch the kids shout with glee and look around to see who had left the basket of treats.
If you are lucky – someone may just return the favour!
Paper Plate Skeletons
This is one of those crafts that are so easy and look awesome when finished. I found this great tutorial on how to make paper plate skeletons on Nap Time Crafters, we actually had everything that we needed in the house to make them that day!
I put them up outside on Halloween night to add to the spooky effect outside. It was so great how they just blew in the wind.
Right now I have them hanging right inside my front door. It instantly transforms my foyer into a Halloween themed delight!
Boo – Box
Last but not least, I almost forgot to share one of my favourite things that I do each holiday (it’s not just for Halloween!)
|Diaper Box and Construction Paper|
I have another type of Boo-Basket, but this time it is a Boo-Box.
My kids are voracious readers, or lookers, if we are talking the little guys. I think this is because my husband and I like books so much that we tend to collect them. We actually have a dedicated room in our house that we turned into a library (instead of an office). We admit that we are a little book obsessed. So why would this end during the holidays?
Every October the kids come home with Scholastic order forms that have Halloween Packs (and Easter, and Christmas), for a ridiculously cheap price. I buy a couple of the packs and save them to put into our Boo-Box for the next year.
Every night the kids get to choose a book from the box that they like to read – it’s a nice way to keep them interested in reading and to keep the Halloween spirit every single day!
Please feel free to share any links that you may have for other fun Halloween crafts for kids in comments!