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6 Creative Uses for Halloween Coloring Pages

Halloween coloring pages offer a fun, simple and inexpensive way to keep children entertained for a few hours. Whimsical ghosts, goblins, and jack-o’-lantern grins can be fun to color or paint, and kids always love coloring activities and craft projects.  It’s possible to find free Halloween-themed coloring pages online, which you can download and print, or you can purchase cheap coloring books from your local dollar store. There are several different ways of using coloring pages at Halloween.   Here are a few ideas of things your kids can create.

1.       Yard Decorations

It’s actually quite easy to print a coloring page to any size that you need. If you will like a six-foot tall black cat guarding your house after dark on October 31st, it is fairly straightforward to create. Many stained-glass or quilt pattern websites offer free pattern enlargers that can send your choice of coloring page to the printer in pieces, which can later be taped together into a very large design. Children can decorate these separate sheets, glue them to poster board, and add a stick to plant in the yard.

2.       Invitations

Halloween party invitations are always fun to make. You could get your kids involved by getting them to color your invites.  Another idea is to ask each guest to decorate their own invite for judging at the party. With each Halloween invitation you send, you can include a coloring page for a mask, a pumpkin, or other Halloween-themed items. When guests arrive with their decorated invitations, they can be displayed as decorations at the party for everybody to enjoy.  You then can ask your guests to vote for their favorite.  Make sure you have some candy or some sort of treat available to give to the winner.

Halloween Pumpkin Cartoon Character coloring page3.       Party Favors

Halloween coloring pages can be made into fun party favors. For instance, there are paper baskets that can be colored and folded into shape to hold fruit or candy treats, which kids will love making. The baskets will hold their shape better if the sheet of paper is glued to a lightweight cardboard backing first.

4.       Fabric Stencils

If you are looking for imaginative ideas for Halloween crafts, many craft stores sell crayons that color in lines that will work as an iron-on transfer for fabric. Children will love the idea of coloring their own Halloween pictures that can then be ironed onto an old T-shirt.

5.       Window-Painting Templates

Coloring pages can be taped to the outside of a window for a child to copy onto the inside of the glass with washable poster paints. This is a fun way to decorate your home for the exciting Halloween season.

6.       Moving Pictures

Young children will enjoy coloring a very simple shape that can be glued to a cardboard backing. This shape can then be cut apart and put together with an office brad that will allow parts to move.

Halloween coloring pages are a great resource to remember for all types of holiday needs. These handy lined drawings can be used with crayons, paint or markers. With our modern printers able to enlarge or shrink these coloring page shapes, they can be used in a wide variety of ways that can add to your yearly Halloween fun.

This article is courtesy of HalloweenPartyIdeas.org, which offers lots more Halloween party ideas for kids, including games, crafts and food.

Cool Halloween Games for Kids

Halloween is a time for giggles and guffaws. A time for kids and former kids to join together in fun appreciation of the autumnal season. With this in mind, here are some easy games for kids both young and old alike.

Word Search

Universally regarded as one of the most fun puzzles around, word search puzzles are now easy to create on your own. There are a number of educational sites like http://puzzlemaker.discoveryeducation.com that allow you to input your words and the site generates a word search puzzle for you. Or grab a Halloween word search book for ideas.

Use a little clip art on your page for added festive fun. There are also sites with ready-made word search puzzles in various themes and for different holidays.

Pumpkin Carving Contest

amazing cat pumpkinFor the older set who safely can use knives, a pumpkin carving contest is a natural. If you have many entrants, break up the awards into different categories, such as Funniest, Most Scary, and Most Unique.

Prizes can be simple items such as loaves of homemade pumpkin bread! Here’s my favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe:

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Ingredients:

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 3-1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin

Method:

  • Combine all ingredients in order, mixing well after each addition, especially the flour.
  • Divide the batter into two 9×5” loaf pans.
  • Bake in preheated 325 degree oven for approximately 1-1/2 hours. Check doneness with a toothpick.
  • Serve warm, cold, with powdered sugar, ice cream, or just plain. DELICIOUS and (obviously) rich!

Scary Pass-Around

One of my favorite memories from Girl Scouts was a spooky game in which all participants sit on the floor with a large blanket, each person tucking their crossed legs under the blanket and holding the blanket down on their laps with hands. The leader, with all story items under the blanket, starts out with dramatic voice and gestures with a story such as this:

One time, not so long ago, on a stormy, dark Halloween night, two children decided to go along a rarely used path near their home. They did it as a dare to one another and it seemed like a good idea at the time. Neither willing to admit fear, the two proceeded down the path, filled with bushes and spider webs…

(pass fake spider webs under the blanket, person to person, then pass a hairy fake spider)

The two went deeper and deeper in, until it was sheer and total darkness.

(turn off the lights in the room)

Very, very slowly – so slowly that the children weren’t sure they were even hearing anything – a sound started to emerge…

(play a recording you’ve made of “whoooooooo…. Whooooooo” along with rustling leaves)

By now, the children had come to the conclusion that they were too far in and that they’d best turn back. Still refusing to admit that they were scared, the two started walking faster… and faster… and faster still.

BAM!!!!! The children tripped. Feeling around on the ground, both children felt a strange object before them.

(more playing of the scary sound)

What could it be? At the top of the figure on the ground before them, they felt something soft, cool, mushy….

(pass around two peeled grapes, the “eyes)

(Talking faster and more breathlessly)… Oh my heavens! They felt just like EYEBALLS! Ewwwww. Surely it was their imagination. Feeling around further, something even slimier was felt…

(pass around cold, boiled spaghetti, the “guts” of the monster)

YUCK! Could it be? Is it? GUTS?!?!? Oh no! The kids wanted to run but then their hands felt something even worse. Could it be brains????????????

(pass around a handful of cold, squishy gelatin)

Turning now, the kids began to run, run, and run. Back through the bushes, through the spider webs….

(pass more spider webs around, this time even more than before)

RUN, KIDS, RUN! They could hear footsteps behind them!

(pat the floor in rhythmic fashion under the blanket)

They must HURRY! Back they go… until —– finally……. (major, scary pause)…. They reach the comfort of home. Phew!

(pass around a teddy bear)

This activity never fails to create a fun, albeit a loud, time! Happy Halloween!