Halloween Shadow Puppets
|Craft and stage a shadow puppet play of your favorite Halloween story or of a Halloween-inspired story you wrote.||
|1.||Find an interesting Halloween-themed book to base your story from or write your own Halloween story. Draw a simple sketch of your characters or you may look for similar pictures in the Internet. We also have these Halloween printables that you might find useful:|
|2.||Cut out the characters.|
|3.||Punch out or cut out the facial and character features that you want to emphasize. Typically these would be the eyes and mouth, but you can cut out other details such as stars on a wizard's hat or perhaps the letter on a superhero's chest.|
|4.||Paint all the characters black.
*If you are drawing your characters, you may actually draw them onto black construction paper in Step 1. This will eliminate the painting step.
|5.||Set your painted characters aside to dry.|
|6.||If you want your character to have colored eyes, cut out a piece of cellophane paper just large enough to cover the eye area. Glue this at the back of your character's eyes.
For the irises, you may either glue on small round paper shapes (use a hole punch) or make dots with black puffy paint.
|7.||Tape a transparent or white drinking straw at the back of each character. If your puppet needs an extra long handle, connect two drinking straws end-to-end.|
|8.||To make the screen, look for a sheet of relatively thin white fabric or any thin white sheet of paper. If you're using paper, cut it to the desired size.|
|9.||Decide if your story setting needs any foreground elements on the screen. If it does, draw them on black construction paper and cut them out. You may add colored items by cutting them out from cellophane paper.|
|10.||Tape the foreground elements onto the screen.|
|11.||Here are some set-up notes and tips, including photos of my set-up from (a.) the audience view point and (b.) the puppeteer's side:
a.) Audience's View
|12.||Finally, turn on the lamp and start your shadow puppet play!|
|After using your puppets for the shadow play, you can use them as stencils. Place the stencil on your paper and paint around it in quick outward strokes. Don't forget to paint inside any holes (e.g. eyes, mouth) on the stencil.
Remove the stencil to reveal a spooky outline of your Halloween character. Try decorating your Halloween posters with these easy stenciled outlines.