Tabletop Haunt

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Haunted House Centerpeice Halloween Decoration
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages preschooler

Filled with restless and hungry spirits, this spooky abode makes a great centerpiece for a Halloween party buffet table.

What you'll need

  • Pencil and ruler
  • Square tissue box
  • 2 rectangular tissue boxes (ours were about 5 by 9 inches)
  • 2 (5- by 8 1/2-inch) pieces of thin cardboard
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue dots or double-sided tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Black and gray craft paint
  • Orange tissue paper or paper napkins
  • 4 (3-inch) lengths of white pipe cleaner
  • 4 (1-inch-wide) Styrofoam balls
  • White facial tissue, cut into 4 (4-inch) squares
  • Black permanent marker

How to make it

  1. Tabletop Haunt - Step 1

    Draw windows, a door, and a front-porch overhang (a 1 1/4-inch strip that folds out from the floor of the second story) on the tissue boxes. Draw 2 roof pieces on the thin cardboard, as shown.

  2. Tabletop Haunt - Step 2

    With a craft knife, cut the openings in the boxes, leaving one side of each door attached and saving the window cutouts for shutters (for a swinging shutter, leave one side attached). Then cut out the roof pieces with scissors, fold them in half, and assemble them one on top of the other. Attach the roof to the square tissue box with glue dots or double-sided tape.

  3. Paint the boxes and shutters. Once they're dry, stuff the boxes with orange tissue paper or napkins and then glue or tape them together. Glue the shutters in place.

  4. Now conjure up some ghosts. Push one end of a pipe cleaner into each foam ball and glue or tape the white tissue squares to the balls. Pinch the tissue around each ghost's neck and draw on eyes. Glue or tape the ghosts to the house by their pipe cleaners.

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