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.

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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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    1. 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!!

    1. 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!

  1. 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!
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  2. Sarah, these are totally awesome! Love them! Thanks so much for linking at On Display Thursday. I’m featuring you tonight! – Bre @ Average But Inspired

    1. Love the Flamingo Toes party, Kyla! Thanks for stopping by today and have a great time with the puppets – we sure are.

  3. These are really cute! I am going to show this to my eight year old daughter…for she would probably love to create something like this for her younger brother. Thanks for the idea!

    1. Oh, what a sweet girl to be thinking of her younger brother. You’re welcome for the idea, Kim, and thank you for stopping by today!

  4. G’day! How cute and thanks for sharing at our #SayGdayParty
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  5. This is brilliant and easy and so dang cute!

    It seems like there is that hour in between diner and bedtime where you just plain need something to do. I have oodles of black felt in my craft cabinet and we are so making these tonight.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. That witching hour can be brutal, Jen. I’m sure the kids will love it (and we love it because it gets the lights turned off and the mood calmed down a bit before bed).

  6. These could make great alternatives to sweets for trick or treaters. The look awesomely scary (no, not really)!

    1. Haha – Elise had a tea party with her ‘shadow friends’ yesterday. Each of them got cups, saucers, spoons and even pretend ‘pasties.’ I am laughing so hard I’m crying, even when I think about it a day later! :)

      We actually are still using these as shadow puppets which is nice, too.

    1. Right, Heather?! I didn’t know how well these were going to go over with her, but she is loving them. We’ve used them quite a few times before bed and it really helps to calm down at the end of a long day. I will be making some winter friends for her, I’m sure.