How To Make A Children’s Spooky Halloween Lantern

Get creative with this fun activity for you and your family this Halloween, even tiny hands can help. Create the Halloween lantern using different colours and shapes to create different silhouettes on your jar. Hang them outside to wow the trick-or-treaters, or use this as a spooky decoration inside your home. Fill the jar with sweets, instead of a candle, to store your Halloween treats. You can use these materials to create a lantern to celebrate other events and seasons such as Diwali or Christmas.

This activity develops your child’s fine motor skills, shape recognition, colour recognition, and role-play skills.

For one jar you will need:

  • Plastic Jar
  • Sequins
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Glue
  • Glue Stick


Spooktacular Jokes and facts:

Q: What is a ghost’s favourite food?


 Q: Why did Dracula have no friends?

Because he is a pain in the neck.

 Q:  How do witches style their hair?

They use Scare Spray


Did you know?

  • Original trick-or-treaters mostly got given fruits and nuts, not sweets
  • The first Jack O’ Lanterns were made out of turnips
  • It is believed that if you see a spider on Halloween it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you
  • Pumpkins are not only orange but can grow to be blue, white or green
  • Did you know that over 90% of parents steal their children’s Halloween sweets! Keep the sweets hidden!


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Halloween Countdown- How To Make A Children’s Halloween Lantern

Make your own Halloween lantern for walking around trick-or-treating, a decorative door light to guide the way for other trick-or-treaters or use as a sweets jar to store your uneaten sweets once you’ve had your spooktacular night. We’d love to see what you have done with your Halloween lanterns so share a photo with us on our Facebook page or Tweet us your photos.

If you’re looking for more Halloween fun, check out our Play-Doh Squishy and Squashy Spooky Classes, running across the UK from 17th – 28th October. Find out more by commenting on this blog post, looking up your closest Creation Station on our website, or calling us on 01395 239 700.


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Halloween countdown- Jack-O-Lantern Mask

If you love pumpkins, you’ll love this. It’s a Jack-O-Lantern mask for your child to wear to a Halloween disco or when they’re our trick or treating. Share your mask with us on Facebook or Twitter. We can’t wait to be inspired by your creepy creations.

If you’re looking for more Halloween fun, check out our Play-Doh Squishy and Squashy Spooky Classes, running across the UK. Find out more by commenting on this blog post, looking up your closest Creation Station on our website, emailing us at, or calling us on 01395 239 700.


Download the jack_o_lantern-1 PDF here.



Hanging Bat decorations

Make your own spooky bats to decorate your house at Halloween

hanging bat

You will need:

  • A4 White paper
  • Pencil
  • A4 Black card/sugar paper
  • Wiggly eyes
  • PVA glue
  • Wool/string
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors

Optional extension materials (see below if required):

  • Glitter
  • Paint
  • Clothes peg
  • Double sided tape

All items are available at the Creation Station Store

Step 1 

Using the white A4 paper print out or draw the template of the bat and cut it out.

(If you are drawing it by hand a great way to make sure both sides are the same is to fold a piece of A4 white paper in half like a book and draw half of the bat using the fold as the centre of the bat. Using the scissors cut out this shape and when you open out the piece of paper you will have a complete bat.)

bat template 2

Download the Bat Template

Step 2

Place the template onto your black card or paper and draw around it. Using your scissors cut out your bat. You may have to use your super senses to see the pencil line.

bat template

Step 3

You can then decorate with wiggly eyes. Using the hole punch add a hole at the bottom of its body and tie a piece of wool or string through the hole. You can make this whatever length you want depending on where you are hanging your bat.

bat with eyes and hole

Step 4 (Optional)

If you want you can decorate your bat to make it even spookier!  You could use PVA glue and sprinkle on some glitter or print different patterns or even paint on some vampire fangs!

Your bat is now finished, using an adults help hang the bat in your house or outside your front door ready to scare your friends.

How many bats will you make? Will you try and make them big and small? Try hiding them high and low and see if your friends find them all.


EXTRA: Another option is using double sided tape to attach a clothes peg, it can then be used to display your creepy creations.

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