Storytime & Craft: Haunted House

To tie in with Halloween this week, create your own haunted house out of paper, complete with a cute ghost! We’ve also got suggestions for a few of our favourite haunted house stories.

Materials:

Thin recycled cardboard (example: cracker box or cereal box), construction paper, cardstock, or regular paper, any colour

  • Tape or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Popsicle stick (optional, can substitute folded paper stick)
  • Markers or crayons (optional)
  • Hole punch (optional)

Instructions:

Step 1: Using scissors, cut your cardboard or paper into the following shapes:

  • 1 house front
  • 1 house back
  • 1 roof

You can use your imagination to create your own house, or print, cut out, and trace the template provided in PDF format.

Step 2: Take the house front and fold it on the dotted lines. Then use your scissors to cut out two windows. This is easier if you make your house front out of paper or cardstock, but will still work with thin cardboard.

Step 3: Tape or glue your house front and house back together on the top and bottom, and tape or glue the roof to the top of the house along the front.

Step 4: If you like, use markers or crayons to decorate your house! (You can do this before you cut out the pieces if you prefer).

Step 5: Cut out your very own ghost from white or light-coloured paper (or use the template) and use a hole punch or the point of a pair of scissors to make two eye holes. You can also draw on two large eyes instead of making holes.

Step 6: Attach your popsicle stick to the back of your ghost with tape or glue. If you don’t have a popsicle stick, fold a quarter of a sheet of paper over on itself until you have a paper stick about the size of a popsicle stick, then tape or glue it. Tape or glue this paper stick to the back of the ghost. If you need a longer stick, try using a larger piece of paper.

Step 7: Play with the ghost by sliding it inside the house from the side!

Bonus Activity: While you are making the pieces of the house, discuss the shapes you are using with your child.

Want to learn more about Halloween? Check out this cool link for some interesting facts:

Encyclopedia Britannica – What’s the history of Halloween?

If you liked this Storytime & Craft, here are a few more books about haunted houses you may enjoy. Place the books on hold through our catalogue by clicking the links below.