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 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.
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.