Fall Craft: Ghost(boredom)Busters!

Sing it with me: Well, your husband's gone. And you're all alone (with the kids). Who ya gonna call? Ghost(boredom)Busters Craft!   

Ok, messing with those lyrics was a terrible idea. Apologies. 

The POINT is, I have a fall craft for you and your kids. And it's easy. E-Z. I needed a simple Halloween craft our 1st-grade Daisy troop could manage mostly on their own and this ghost craft fit the bill. It takes about 15 minutes per ghost and there’s no scary clean up. (I'm looking at you, glitter.)

Does your neighborhood play the "You've been boo-ed" game? These ghosts are perfect for that game. Just hang these on neighbors' doors with a small bag of candy and a "You've been boo-ed" note telling them it's their turn to surprise or "boo" someone else with their own bag of treats.

What you’ll need:

Half sheets of cardstock


Cotton balls


Googly eyes

Pipecleaners or yarn


Here’s how to make your ghost:

1.      Cut the cardstock into a ghost shape.  Confession:  My original plan was to pre-cut the cardstock into ghost shapes but I ran out of time. I’m so glad I never got around to it because all the different shapes helped make each ghost fun and unique. Our group of first graders had no problem cutting the paper themselves. (Note to self: Perhaps I can stop cutting up grapes for my kids now, too.) 

2.     Glue cotton balls on the ghost shape. I purposely didn’t give a lot of direction on this step. Some girls used a lot of cotton balls, some just used the cotton balls to outline their shape, some tore the cotton balls and gave their ghost a thinner layer of cotton balls. When it comes to art, there are no right or wrong ways to do things.

3.     Glue on the googly eyes. Offer an assortment and let the girls have fun mixing and matching the different shapes and colors of the eyes.

4.     Create a hanging hook.  Tape a pipe cleaner or yarn loop on the back so the ghost can hang.


The art of conversation.  After the ghosts are made, get your kids to do a little creative thinking and ask them some questions like:

What’s your ghost’s full name? 

Is your ghost friendly, mean or scary? Why?

How old is your ghost?

What’s your ghost’s favorite thing to eat?

What’s your ghost favorite thing to do on Halloween?


For the overachievers:   Before you give you ghosts away, hand out small awards to “The Scariest Ghost,” “The Silliest Ghost,” “The Craziest Ghost,” etc. Or better yet, let the kids vote.