Harry Potter – The sorting hat scene

Harry Potter – Sorting hat scene


Halloween crafts – Halloween Shadow Puppets

Halloween Shadow Puppets and Free Printable Template

Download our free template to make these fun Halloween shadow puppets. They take just minutes to make and will encourage imaginative play and story telling.

Halloween shadow puppets printable

There is something so magical about shadow puppets, isn’t there? I was always mesmerised by them as a child, the way the silhouettes danced across a wall or behind a screen. R loves to play with torches, light and shadow, so I knew he would have fun with some Halloween shadow puppets.

Halloween shadow puppet play

My drawing skills leave a lot to be desired but R didn’t seem to mind – with the exception of the bubbling cauldron. What’s that? You don’t see a cauldron in our collection? It’s that small round thing that looks like it is having a bad hair day.

Halloween shadow puppets free download

We have been having so much fun with our puppets. They are a wonderful tool for language development and for encouraging imagination. We have been making up lots of silly stories to go along with them and they have generated plenty of pre-bedtime giggles. They have also been a wonderful teaching tool as R experiments with shadow and light. He really loves moving his torch close to the wall and then further away again, noticing how this affects the size of the shadows.

Would you like to make your own Halloween shadow puppets? I’ve created a free printable template so you can do just that!

printable Halloween shadow puppets

How to make your own Halloween Shadow Puppets

You will need:
1. Halloween Shadow Puppets template. (Click the highlighted text to download or click on the photo above)
2. Black paper
3. Bamboo skewers, popsicle sticks, straws or a similar item to use as the handles fo
4. Adhesive tape
5. Glue
6. Scissors

How to make shadow puppets

To make:
1. Download and print the template. The templates are simply an outline printed on white paper, rather than an entirely black image. I designed it this way to save you using up a whole lot of printer ink. This means you’ll need to glue the templates to black paper.

2. Cut out each puppet’s template (just roughly, no need to be perfectly accurate at this stage) and glue them on to the black paper.

3. Cut each puppet again, exactly on the template outline this time.

4. Attach a handle using adhesive tape. We used bamboo skewers for our handles.

5. Start playing!

Halloween crafts – Halloween Spider Pizza

Halloween Spider Pizza

We were very busy the other night & needed a quick dinner so we decided to make Pizzas.  The garlic bread is our favorite & my 7 year old wanted to decorate one of them for Halloween. He made this fun Halloween Spider Pizza using olives & turkey pepperoni.  Super easy & so much fun for the kids to make themselves!
Halloween Spider Pizza
1 Cheese Pizza
Black & Green Olives
Turkey Pepperoni
All you do is cut the olives in half. Place some of the halves on the pizza. Take the other halves & cut them into slices to make the spider legs.  Also place on pepperoni slices & cut a few other pepperoni into slices for the legs.
How simple is that & kids love this!!
Here is my 7 year old making this fun Spider Pizza….

Hocus Pocus

Come little children

I put a spell on you

I put a spell on you
And now you’re mine
You can’t stop the things I do
I ain’t lyin’

It’s been three hundred years
Right down to the day
Now the witch is back
And there’s hell to pay

I put a spell on you
And now you’re mine!

Hello, Salem!
My name’s Winifred!
What’s yours?

I put a spell on you
And now you’re gone
(Gone gone gone, so long!)
My whammy fell on you
And it was strong
(So strong, so strong, so strong!)

Your wretched little lives
Have all been cursed
‘Cause of all the witches working
I’m the worst

I put a spell on you
And now you’re mine

(Watch out! Watch out! Watch out! Watch out!)

If you don’t believe
You better get superstitious
Ask my sisters
“Ooh, she’s vicious!”

I put a spell on you…
I put a spell on you…

Ah say ento pi alpha mabi upendi
Ah say ento pi alpha mabi upendi
In comma coriyama
In comma coriyama
Hey, hey, high, high
Say bye-bye!
Bye bye!

The nightmare before Christmas – This is Halloween

Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn’t you like to see something strange?

Come with us and you will see
This, our town of Halloween

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbours gonna die of fright
It’s our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

I am the one hiding under your bed
Teeth ground sharp and eyes glowing red

I am the one hiding under your stairs
Fingers like snakes and spiders in my hair

This is Halloween, this is Halloween

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

In this town, don’t we love it now?
Everybody’s waiting for the next surprise

Round that corner, man hiding in the trash can
Something’s waiting now to pounce, and how you’ll scream

Scream! This is Halloween
Red ‘n’ black, slimy green

Aren’t you scared?

Well, that’s just fine
Say it once, say it twice
Take the chance and roll the dice
Ride with the moon in the dead of night

Everybody scream, everybody scream

In our town of Halloween

I am the clown with the tear-away face
Here in a flash and gone without a trace

I am the “who” when you call, “Who’s there?”
I am the wind blowing through your hair

I am the shadow on the moon at night
Filling your dreams to the brim with fright

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!
Halloween! Halloween!

Tender lumplings everywhere
Life’s no fun without a good scare

That’s our job, but we’re not mean
In our town of Halloween

In this town

Don’t we love it now?

Everyone’s waiting for the next surprise

Skeleton Jack might catch you in the back
And scream like a banshee
Make you jump out of your skin
This is Halloween, everyone scream
Won’t ya please make way for a very special guy

Our man Jack is king of the pumpkin patch
Everyone hail to the Pumpkin King now

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween!

In this town we call home
Everyone hail to the pumpkin song

La la-la la, Halloween! Halloween! (etc.)

From The Nightmare Before Christmas (Musical)

The nightmare before Christmas – Jack’s lament

There are few who’d deny, at what I do I am the best
For my talents are renowned far and wide
When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying
With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms
I have seen grown men give out a shriek
With the wave of my hand, and a well-placed moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet

Yet year after year, it’s the same routine
And I grow so weary of the sound of screams
And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King
Have grown so tired of the same old thing

Oh, somewhere deep inside of these bones
An emptiness began to grow
There’s something out there, far from my home
A longing that I’ve never known

I’m a master of fright, and a demon of light
And I’ll scare you right out of your pants
To a guy in Kentucky, I’m Mister Unlucky
And I’m known throughout England and France

And since I am dead, I can take off my head
To recite Shakespearean quotations
No animal nor man can scream like I can
With the fury of my recitations

But who here would ever understand
That the Pumpkin King with the skeleton grin
Would tire of his crown, if they only understood
He’d give it all up if he only could

Oh, there’s an empty place in my bones
That calls out for something unknown
The fame and praise come year after year
Does nothing for these empty tears

From The Nightmare Before Christmas (Musical)