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Halloween Shadow Puppets

These easy Halloween shadow puppets are sure to please. They are a quick craft for kids of all ages, so let’s get started.

These might be the easiest Halloween craft ever - and the kids absolutely LOVED it! #shadowpuppets #puppets #kidscrafts #halloweencrafts #diyhalloween #rufflesandrainboots

These types of crafts are those we get the most ‘bang for our buck,’ so to speak. We had some stiffened black felt left over from our Olaf dress-up costume and we used those remnants for a set of Halloween shadow puppets.

It was the witching hour and I needed something to get the kiddo to dinner without any fussing in between. A quick, no mess craft like these Halloween shadow puppets was the answer. Elise would shout out something that was Halloween-like to her and I would draw it and get her approval before I cut it out of the felt.

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I found out two things:
1. A witch’s hat doesn’t look like a hat at all when cut from felt.
2. My daughter is quite picky about what a ghost should look like.

We did this activity as a family just before bed time, but shadow puppets are a great activity for the winter months because it gets dark so early. I tried to capture the fun, but my point and shoot camera is inadequate. And no, it is not my lack of photography skills… :)

Halloween Shadow Puppets Supplies

There are only a couple of things you need to whip up your own set of Halloween shadow puppets:

  • black stiffened felt
  • duct tape cut into small pieces
  • hole punch and scissors
  • bamboo skewers / chopsticks / straws / sticks from the yard

I put together a quick printable of some of the puppets we created even though you most likely won’t need it. As you can guess, the instructions are ridiculously simple. Trace the shapes onto stiffened black felt using chalk and cut them out. I used a hole punch for the eyes. Using your choice of stick, tape the felt to the stick and enjoy!

How to Make Easy Halloween Shadow Puppets for the Kids

I had a small, empty meringue powder canister and used that as a holder for these puppets. I lined the top edge in the same red duct tape I used to adhere the felt to the chopsticks. I rifled around in my scraps and found three strips of burlap that fit around the tin, so those won and were Mod-Podged (can I use that as a verb?) to the canister. A few turns of white raffia ribbon and a pair of googly eyes made my mummy Halloween shadow puppets holder complete.

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These might be the easiest Halloween craft ever - and the kids absolutely LOVED it! #shadowpuppets #puppets #kidscrafts #halloweencrafts #diyhalloween #rufflesandrainboots

Noa Ambar Regev

Thursday 13th of August 2015

These look cute and so much fun!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Friday 14th of August 2015

Thanks so much! Our little one and her friends are still playing with these after a year. We put them into toy rotation and use them as story starters.

It's amazing how something so simple can be so lasting. Thanks for stopping by and I love your printables!!

Aimee @ItsOverflowing

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

I love your cute shadow puppets! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee -

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

Wow, thank you so much Aimee! See you tomorrow!

Sarah Marchant

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

These are super cute! As a kid, I would have been enthralled by them!

Sarah Nenni-Daher

Tuesday 28th of October 2014

She really loves them, Sarah. They have been shadow puppets, tea party guests, FROZEN friends and so many more add-ons to her creative days. Thanks for stopping by!

Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

Thursday 23rd of October 2014

I love this super easy and fun Halloween activity! My boys could do this all by themselves! ;)


Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Show Me Saturdays! Hope you will link up again this weekend (Saturday mornings at 7:00am EST).

Happy Halloween! ~ Ashley


Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

Love Love Love!