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Fun Halloween Crafts To Do With Your Grandchildren

haunted house carved pumpkin

It’s that time of year many of us have been waiting for: Halloween. Whether you are going trick-or-treating with your grandchildren or attending a senior costume party, Halloween is sure to be a great time. Have some spooky fun with your grandchildren this Halloween and spend quality time with your family creating Halloween arts and crafts!

Arts and crafts are the perfect way to spend time with your grandchildren. Share laughs, form memories and be crafty. There are endless crafts and decorations you can purchase, but why buy when you can create? Here at Alert1 we’ve collected Halloween decorations that are affordable and easy to make. You may even have some of the materials lying around in your house. This Halloween, enjoy your golden years by spending time with your grandchildren. Trick or Treat? Well here are some treats for you courtesy of Alert1.

Candy Corn Banner

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Do you love candy corn? Your grandchildren will love using the fun colors to create a candy corn inspired banner to hang up on the wall. Add this sweet touch to your living room, kitchen, or even your front door. If you are having a Halloween party you can show your senior friends how crafty you can be. Be the house trick-or-treaters love the most. While you’re working, play some music and sing along to your grandchildren’s favorite songs. Ready, set, CRAFT!

 Besides your creativity, the materials you will need include:

  • Paper plates
  • Orange and yellow paint
  • A paintbrush
  • Ribbon or yarn
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Step 1: 

Have your grandchild paint the outer section of the plate an orange color. After it’s dry, paint the inner section yellow. Leave a white circle in the center so that the plate looks like a circle of candy corn.

Step 2:

After the paint on the plate is completely dry, cut the paper plate in half, and then cut each piece in half again. You should end up with eight equal slices that look just like candy corn. Punch two holes in the top of each slice, one on each side.

Step 3:

Thread the ribbon or yard through the holes in the candy corn and string each piece up to connect them all together. Now you have a candy corn banner. For even more fun, have each of your grandchildren decorate one of the paper slices. They can sign their names or draw something “spooky” of their choice. Hang up your banner where everyone can see it, and enjoy!

Spooky Bats

cartoon halloween bats

Want to add a little spookiness to your home? Create some bats you can hang around your house to scare your senior friends. These bats are the perfect size and don’t need a lot of space to hang. These Halloween staples are perfect for creating that Halloween vibe.

Materials to make this bat include:

  • Black craft paper or black foam paper
  • Scissors
  • Bat template
  • Glue
  • Googly craft eyes
  • String/ yarn
  • Pencil or pen
  • Tape

Step 1:

Start by grabbing a pencil and use your bat template to trace a bat outline onto a black piece of paper or foam. Once it is traced, go ahead and cut it out.

Step 2:

Time to give your bat some vision! Add some funky googly eyes onto your bat. Let your grandchildren have some fun with this step. You can use different colors, shapes, and sizes to give each bat its own unique look. Be different. Be creative. Have some fun! Don’t forget to add enough glue to hold up each eye.

Step 3:

Tape a piece of string or yarn onto the back of the bat. You can hang the bats facing down so that they look even spookier. Have your grandchildren choose where to hang them. Walk around the house with your grandchildren in search of the perfect location. Search for the most frightening place so you can scare your senior friends as they walk through the door.

Now that you’re in a Halloween mood, are you ready for one more Halloween craft? No need to end your bonding time with your grandchildren just yet – we have one more project to share.

Paper Pumpkins

little girl with paper pumpkins

Give your home that perfect fall touch with some pumpkins. But no need to go anywhere, you can create your own pumpkins out of paper.

This paper pumpkin is easy to make and the final result looks great. These decorations not only work for Halloween, but for Thanksgiving too. Make one decoration for two holidays and keep this pumpkin as decoration throughout fall!

To make this paper pumpkin, you will need the following:

  • Two pieces of orange construction paper
  • One piece of green construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Stapler
  • Hole punch
  • Bonus: green pipe cleaners

It’s time to put some extra fun into your retirement. Gather up your grandchildren and follow the steps below.

Step 1:

Cut the first piece of orange construction paper into eight equal sections, each about an inch wide. You will first cut the orange construction paper vertically into seven pieces. Have your grandchild measure the paper while you cut them out. Use the second piece of orange paper to cut out four additional strips.

Step 2:

Take two strips and staple them together to make an extra-long piece. Do this again so that you have two long strips.  Lay them across each other to create a plus sign.

Next you will use the rest of the short pieces to create what looks like a wagon wheel or a star. Put one end of each piece into the center so that each piece is pointing a different direction around the circle.

Step 3:

Once you have each piece placed, you want to staple them together where they all cross each other. Now let’s put the pumpkin together. Bend the pieces upwards until they touch, and staple them all together. You should have a pumpkin shape!

Step 4:

The finishing touch is the pumpkin’s stem. Cut out a rectangle from the green paper, and roll into a cylinder. Punch a hole at the top of your pumpkin, next to where you stapled it together. Slide the cylinder into the hole and your pumpkin is now complete.

Want to take it a step further? Grab some pipe cleaners to wrap around the stem to be a vine and cut out some green leaves for an extra special touch.

Enjoy Halloween With Your Grandchildren

With these instructions you can create three amazing decorations. They are easy for the whole family to create. Your grandchildren will love them. You will love the bonding time, as well as showing them off to your senior friends.

Whether you go trick-or-treating with your grandchildren or attend your own senior costume party, have a spooooooookTACULAR Halloween!