(Not very scary) ghosts for Halloween fun

With the Summer holidays over we have been thinking about the celebrations ahead. Halloween is next month and we were excited to come up with some ideas to celebrate. We created 5 different types of ghosts which were all really simple to do. M decided she wanted to make the ghosts friendly so our ghosts are all happy and fun and suitable for young children.
Title text in front of transparent images showing painted ghost footprints, ghost fairy cakes, ghost cups, paper ghosts and glue ghosts

Footprint Ghosts

Photographs to illustrate how to make footprint ghosts as described below

What you need
Black paper/ card
White paint
A paint brush
Stick on eyes

Maximum Mess Level 8/10 (make sure the paint is washable)
Help Required 0-6/10 (depends on the age of child and how much mess you want)

All the girls (including me) joined in this super simple activity. I recommend having baby wipes or a wet flannel to hand before you start.

1) Put the black card on the floor
2) Paint the bottom of a foot white
3) Step on to the card
4) Take foot off and clean it
5) Give your ghost eyes (their head is the heel of your footprint)

Ghost cakes

Photographs to illustrate how to make ghost cakes as described below

What you need
Any fairy cake recipe should work. We made lemon fairy cakes with 100g butter, 60g sugar, lemon rind from 1 lemon, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 egg, 125g self-raising white flour, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, 3 tablespoons milk.
Silicone cupcake cases (these mean you can get the cake out of the case easily)
Icing sugar
Water or lemon juice

Maximum Mess Level 8/10
Help Required 8/10 (once the cakes are cooked and cooled you can let them do all the rest)

1) Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celcius (or as your recipe advises)
2) Mix cake ingredients together
3) Fill cupcake cases to about a cm from the top
4) Bake until you can stick a skewer in the cake and it comes out clean (about 20 mins)
5) Leave to cool
6) Mix icing sugar with water or lemon juice until it is thick, but will still pour. The thinner the icing the more transparent your ghost will be (and the less icing you'll need to use)
7) Take cupcakes out of case
8) Pour icing on to top of cupcake (sometimes they will look better if upside down). The icing should run down the sides slightly
9) Place 2 equal size raisins on the top for the ghost's eyes

Cuppa Ghoul

Photographs to illustrate how to make Cuppa Ghouls as described below

What you need
White plastic or styrofoam cups
Black paper
A skewer
String or ribbon

Maximum Mess Level 3/10
Help Required 3/10

1) Cut out 2 similar size circles for the eyes and a larger mouth from the black paper
2) Glue on to an upside down cup as a face
3) Use the skewer to carefully make a hole in the base of the cup
4) Push the ribbon/ string through the hole and tie a knot inside the cup
5) The ghosts can be hung from door frames to spook people as they walk through

Paper Ghosts

Photographs to illustrate how to make paper ghosts as described below

What you need
White paper

Maximum Mess Level 1/10
Help Required 6/10 (Requires children to be safe users of scissors)

1) Fold a sheet of paper in half
2) Cut the top corner off in a curve to make the ghosts head
3) Cut triangles out of bottom of paper
4) Fold the sheet of paper longways and cut out a semi circle to make the eyes
5) Open it up and tape to the window or other dark surface

Glue Shadow Ghosts

Photographs to illustrate how to make glue shadow ghosts as described below

What you need
White card (paper will work, but tends to wrinkle)
PVA glue and brush
Black or dark blue water based paint
A sponge

Maximum Mess Level
Help Required 7/10

1) Draw a ghostly outline on a small piece of card
2) Cut the middle out to give you a template
3) Using the template paint glue ghosts on to a piece of white card
4) Let the glue completely dry
5) Mix the white or dark blue paint with some water to thin it
6) Put the sponge into the thinned paint then dab or wipe the sponge on the paper
7) Watch the ghosts appear from behind the paint (if the paint is too thick the ghosts wont appear)

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