Decorating For Halloween Does Not Have To Cost an Arm and a Leg!

There was very little "trick" to creating these party pumpkins, but we certainly were "treated"
to some entertaining artwork when this project was completed. The "trick" came about when
the kids thought they were making just another Halloween pumpkin, but instead were "treated"
to a lesson on shading with pastels and creating an artistic collage.

First, they drew pumpkins on 12" x 18" orange construction paper. They were encouraged to
use the entire sheet of paper as each student created his or her own unique pumpkin shape.

Next came the "treat." Looking through the chalk pastels, kids selected shades of orange that
would give the pumpkins a realistic appearance. They began blending and experimenting with
the pastels. The base orange color of the construction paper made the shading process less
intimidating. When the pastel drawings were finished, they were sprayed with a workable

Next, we began to put the "party" into our pumpkins by cutting them out and mounting them
onto 12" x 18" black construction paper. Each child was "treated" to a mask for his or her
pumpkin, made from three-inch-wide Halloween ribbon, donated by a supportive parent or

The kids were also given stacks of old magazines. The "trick" now was to use collage technique
and put together a face and personality for their pumpkins. The youngsters searched through
the magazines for eyes, noses, mouths, ears, hair and other accessories to make their pumpkins
come to life. This process was like a "party" as students shared ideas and put the pumpkins

The children wrote their pumpkin stories and copied them onto decorative "Halloween" writing

The stories were displayed with each child's artwork and, as a final "treat," some even added
arms and hands so the pumpkins could actually hold the stories.

This made for an eye-catching Halloween display. The children were doubly proud of their
artistic and their written masterpieces.

Make Skeleton Decorations
With Halloween right around the corner, a fun session of making spooky skeletons for
Halloween will excite any adult or child.

At home, you can dig around your closet to find some perfect parts for your skeleton: plastic
permanent-hair-curlers, spoons, forks, knives, and blocks of polystyrene foam.

The curlers make perfect arms and legs. Their rotating sockets really made the skeletons seem
life-like. We used the handles of the plastic knives for the backbones and the tines of the forks
made great rib bones. The hip bones were made by overlapping two spoons, minus their

The heads were carved from small blocks of polypyrene foam, using a real skull as a model. The
eye sockets, nasal cavity and mouth were made from construction paper.

You can help kids glue everything together with a hot-glue gun. Next, you can add any clothing,
hats, or implements you can think of. The resulting skeletons are fantastic and hilarious!