How to Make Lollipop Ghosts for Halloween
One of my favorite times of year to decorate and make fun craft items is Halloween. As a child, I remember cutting out pumpkin shapes from orange construction paper and decorating with triangle eyes, nose and teeth. It was always so much fun decorating and dressing up in a different costume each year.
As a parent, my all-time favorite treat to make and give out to trick-or-treater’s each year are lollipop ghosts. Year after year, they continue to be hit, especially for the younger trick or treaters.
Supplies You'll Need
- 1 or more bags of any type of lollipops (Toosie Pops, Dum-Dum’s, etc.)
- White napkins (you’ll need 2 for each ghost)
- Scotch tape
- Black magic marker
- Optional: Halloween stickers, yarn or string in orange, black or white
Open the first napkin and place it on a flat surface, then place a second napkin (folded) in the center, as shown here. The second napkin is for extra support, otherwise, the napkin may be too thin around the lollipop (top of ghost) and may tear.
Place lollipop face down in center.
Place scotch tape around the neck to form the ghost and fasten the napkin to the lollipop.
Using a black marker, draw 2 black circles for eyes and one black circle for mouth. Here are some completed ghosts:
That's it...it so easy and fun and kids absolutely love the ghosts!
To make it even more fun and colorful, you can use ribbon or yarn to tie around the neck of the ghost, and even add fun Halloween stickers to the body of the ghosts.
I love to give out the ghosts on Halloween and the little ones are so excited! The best part of Halloween is seeing kids' faces light up when they receive something special. When I hear "Look Mom, I got a ghost!", or "Oh, wow, ghosts!" it makes me so happy. Parents love to see ghosts in their kids' trick or treat bags because they're safe, fat-free and just plain fun!
Positive Comments from Trick or Treaters - Halloween Night
Last night, we had a pretty good turn out for Halloween, although we didn't have as many trick or treaters as previous years. I usually make about 100 ghosts and sometimes I run out. Along with the lollipop ghosts, I usually give out bags or pretzels, or a chocolate or other treat. I had about 20 or so ghosts left. For the ones I gave out...they were a hit! Young kids loved the ghosts more than the chocolate (and mom's too). It was exciting for them to see something different than the same old treat. I also had some older trick or treaters and even one mom that loved the lollipop ghost idea...that's what I look forward to every year...a smile and a happy face!
Fun Halloween Books:
Fun For Kids:
Introducing: Lollipop Witches and Vampires:
By using black napkins, some colored glitter glue (and construction paper for witch hats), you can also make some nifty witches and vampires!
© 2010 Amelia Griggs