This halloween activity lets kids make a unique Halloween character out of bats, pumpkins, zombies, vampires, mermaids and more. I call this Halloween activity "My Mutant Creature." I tell the students to imagine that they are a mad scientist like Dr. Frankenstein and they are building a creature out of spare parts. It's fun! You can easily add a writing component to this Halloween activity by having them describe their character in detail on a separate piece of paper.
The heart of this Halloween activity is the more than sixty different mutant "body parts" for students to choose from. Once they have chosen the parts for their mutant, they color, cut and glue them onto construction paper. Then they can add a sidekick and draw some background elements.
Students can create an endless variety of Halloween characters with this creative Halloween activity. The usual suspects are present and accounted for: jack-o-lanterns, zombies, skeletons, Frankenstein, Dracula, witches, werewolves, skeletons, cats, and ghosts. I also included parts for aliens, clowns, owls, and more. Check out the free preview to make sure all the images are appropriate for your students' age range. If there's one or two that you think are too scary, you can white them out before copying.
I have used this Halloween activity with middle school students (6-8). They love it!
Construction paper (one page per student, in Halloween colors)
Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
One copy of the mutant creature bundle per four to six students
I distribute one copy of the mutant parts pages (Heads, Torsos, Wings, and Legs) to each group of four to six students.
I tell them to cut out all the parts first. No detailed cutting, just cutting them out along the dotted lines to separate them. That way they can start experimenting with different arrangements before they color and do the detailed cutting.
Once they get an arrangement of body parts that they like, it’s time to color and cut in detail. I remind them to color before they do the detailed cutting. It’s much easier that way. Detail cutting doesn’t need to be perfect. A little white space between the outline and edge of the paper looks cool.
When a student is finished building the mutant creature, I give them a copy of the sidekicks. They choose, color, cut and glue a sidekick into the scene.
For a finishing touch, they draw some background elements.
The download has detailed step-by-step instructions with photos. I project the instructions onto the screen in the front of the class so I don't have to print them out.