Upside-Down Bats

I love open-ended projects for children. It’s fun to see where their ideas will take them.

So, this year for our Halloween decorations, I pulled out some basic stencils, good-quality colored pencils and card stock.

See last year’s Halloween decorations here.

We started with a basic bat stencil. Then ev decided the bats should hang upside down, wings tucked.IMG_5431

I thought that was so much more interesting than my original vision of upright bats, wingspan spread across a string!IMG_5430

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The books in the photo I checked out from our local library; I discovered the titles from this great Halloween booklist.

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DIY Halloween With Children

decor 100% by children, save my eyeball

decor 100% by children, save my eyeball

 

Pumpkin Monster. Ev goes for creepy every time!

DIY suits me more than ever come Halloween.What a night for creepy decorations and outlandish costumes, driven by the child’s creativity and imagination.

Admittedly, I am the mom who avoids store-ready Halloween costumes. There’s something about the creativity and satisfaction of children when left, mostly to themselves, to come up with trick-or-treat night’s merriment.

After a rummage together through ev’s trunk and a compilation of costumes, she was smiling and proud to put together her costume telling me to close my eyes as she tied up the details.

p.s. If you must, do the pinterest perfect decor yourself. I did! Especially these spider webs