Monday, October 31, 2016

Pumpkin Seed Ghosts in the House

My children carved their pumpkins yesterday. Very spooky!
There were so many seeds! I collected a few, washed them, and let them dry overnight.
The seeds gave me an idea for craft to accompany Ghosts in the House by Kazuno Koharaone of our favorite Halloween books this year. The book is illustrated in orange and black. I grabbed a few pieces of orange and black construction paper and cut a house shape out of an orange piece.
I used an X-acto knife to cut window and door flaps.
Then, I used a glue stick to paste the house to a black piece of construction paper.
My daughter used a black marker to add details to the windows and doors. She used Ghosts in the House for inspiration.
Next, she used the black marker to draw ghost faces on the pumpkin seeds.
She dipped the back of the seeds in white glue and pasted them behind the flaps.
She added a few ghost pumpkin seeds to the outside too.
This was my haunted house.
Boo! Boo!
Try using a white colored pencil or white crayon to add more ghosts to the background.
Ghosts in the House is available on Amazon:

Monday, October 24, 2016

In a Dark, Dark Room...

My kids love the slightly scary, IN A DARK, DARK ROOM structured story. I have come across many variations (two of our favorite are IN A DARK, DARK ROOM by Alvin Schwartz and A BEASTY STORY by Bill Martin Jr. and Steven Kellogg). I thought there needed to be one that featured THREE GHOST FRIENDS. Enjoy the images below or download the PDF. Enjoy!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Ghost Apples!

Can you make Apple Ghosts?

I found a tombstone cookie cutter.
First, I cut around the core.
Then, we poured lemon juice on a plate and placed the apple slices in the juice. This will keep your apple ghosts from browning.
I cut a thin slice of apple and then used the cookie cutter to make the ghost shapes.
Mini-chocolate chips made the perfect eyes and mouth.
My daughter enjoyed putting on the eyes.

Put the apple ghosts on a stick and dip in caramel! Delicious!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Easy Thumbprint Ghost Craft + Other Halloween Thumbprints!

Today is Ed Emberley's Birthday (October 19). My daughter and I got out all of his drawing books including ED EMBERLEY'S COMPLETE FUNPRINT DRAWING BOOK. We started making thumbprint animals when I remembered I had a white stamp pad from our ghost stamping activity.

My daughter pushed her finger on the stamp pad.
She said, "Look, Dad! They are saying BOO!"
I guess the ghosts invited more friends because she stamped more!
She added ghost faces with a black Sharpie.
I experimented too. If I inked half of my thumb it made a nice ghost shape. For a few ghosts I inked the tip of my finger to add bumps to the bottom of the ghosts.
Thumbprint ghosts would be a fun way to make a Halloween card for a friend.
I made a few Thumbprint BATTLE BOOS too. I used a white colored pencil to add the antenna and zoomers!
Ed Emberley's books kept us busy all morning.
Try making other thumbprint Halloween creatures too!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Ghosts and Halloween Characters Made from Coffee Filters

My mother-in-law bought the wrong size cone-style coffee filters for her coffee pot and then two weeks later I bought the wrong size filters too. We both needed size #4 but we bought size #6 and #2. She gave me her #6 filters thinking I could create a craft with them. I accepted her challenge and below are directions to make Coffee Filter Halloween Characters that stand up on their own!

The #6 cone-style coffee filter would become the halloween character, but I used the smaller #2 size filter to prevent black marker from bleeding through to the other side. I just slipped the smaller filter inside the bigger one.
The first character I made was a Frankenstein Monster. I cut parts of the edge to create the bolts in his neck. Be careful not to cut too much of the edge. You want your filter to stay intact.
I used permanent Sharpie markers to draw the face.
I made a jack o'lantern, vampire, ghost, and werewolf too.
I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture of how I colored the filters. I used a washable Crayola markers and colored the coffee filter where I wanted color. I just put a little bit of red for the vampire's teeth!
Then, I took the filters outside and sprayed them with Niagara spray starch. The filters rested on Solo cups to dry.

I am the author of THREE GHOST FRIENDS: LEARN ABOUT COLORS. A fun non-scary ghost book for younger children. I thought this craft would be perfect for my book too. 

All you need is the book (paperback or eBook), three coffee filters with ghost faces, and red/blue/yellow Crayola markers to begin.
Later, you will need the Solo cups and Niagara spray starch.
This proved to be a fun way to act out the book too. My daughter stacked the THREE GHOST FRIENDS just like the book.
Early in the story the ghosts see a banana, a blueberry, and a strawberry. The ghost that eats the banana turns yellow. The ghost that eats blueberry turns blue and the ghost that eats the strawberry turns red. My daughter immediately wanted to color the coffee filters.
Red ghost!
She quickly colored both sides of the filters.
She was able to act out the ghosts dancing just like the book!
After the book, she sprayed the colored coffee filters with the starch. Make sure you have newspaper down because they will drip.
It took a few hours to dry.
Here are our Halloween Characters once they were ready. 
They turned out awesome! My daughter thought they would be cool puppets!
The THREE GHOST FRIENDS turned out great too!
Check out all the THREE GHOST FRIENDS books on Amazon! If you can't wait for paperback and want to try it the ebooks for Kindle or iPad/iPhone!