A Disney-Inspired Halloween at Home with Jack Skellington

I don’t know about you all, but my very favorite time of the year is the Fall. It’s been really different for me living in the south because here it is, almost Halloween, and the leaves haven’t even started to change color yet! Speaking of Halloween, which happens to be my absolute favorite holiday, I’ve got a few fun things to share with you courtesy of my friends over at Spoonful.com to help you bring Disney into your home for Halloween!

I’ve been noticing that some of you have already carved your pumpkins. Well, when we lived in Seattle, we would normally have them carved by this time too. The thing is though, it was 83 degrees here today, so if our pumpkins were carved, they’d have cooked outside…so we’ll wait a few more days.

What’s this?! A spooky but fun carving template featuring your favorite skeleton, of course! We’ll be carving this one at our house…but not until next week!

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Do you want one too? Ok, here’s how you can make yours. First, click on the link below to download the template:

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There are two ways to transfer your design onto the pumpkin. One is to copy it freehand onto a clean, dry pumpkin with a water-based marker (mistakes can be easily corrected with a paper towel). The other is to tape your template to the pumpkin, then score the design into the skin by poking holes through the template with a nail or plastic poking tool (available in some pumpkin-carving kits).

Carve by starting at the center of your design and working outward (this avoids putting pressure on areas already carved). Begin with the innermost and smallest details. As each shape loosens up, gently push it out of the pumpkin with a finger or a dull pencil point (a good job for young kids). Tip: If you cut something you didn’t intend to, perform an ad hoc pumpkin surgery by sticking a toothpick through the flesh side of the piece and fit it back into place.

Lastly, put your jack-o’-lantern in a place of honor (away from flamables), and remember to blow out all candles before you go to sleep.

Now, check out this awesome, printable door decoration of Jack Skellington! Isn’t he so awesome? I’m working on getting him printed up because my kiddos completely adore him and will LOVE to see this guy on the inside of our front door!

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He’s REAL easy to make too! Clicking on the link below will take you to the PDF template of Jack, so open that up first. I’ll wait here.

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Ok, now, you can print him out on regular paper or cardstock, I prefer cardstock so he’ll last longer and be more sturdy. Next, you’ll need to punch holes where indicated on the template. Then, using small brads, construct Jack from top to bottom. Start by securing Jack’s head to his torso. When Jack is complete, hang him on a door and put him in any position you like! These poseable figures with brads were my favorite when I was a kid!

How about a great Nightmare Before Christmas Playset?

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All you need to do is print the playset [by clicking on the link below] on regular paper or cardstock and cut out the pieces. Do not cut along the dotted lines — this is where you will fold the paper.

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Next, fold each character in half along the horizontal dotted line. Using glue or double-sided tape, secure each piece so the design is two-sided. Do not glue or tape the tabs at the bottom, these will be used to make your characters stand. Then, butterfly the tabs at the bottom of the characters outward; the characters should stand when finished. Finally, cut out the background and secure to a piece of cardboard or a wall and get playing!

I hope you enjoy these fun activities with your kiddos! Be on the lookout for another post later tonight with some more last-minute ways to bring Disney into your Halloween Home and be sure to follow Spoonful on Twitter and “Like” them on Facebook to stay in the loop with all their fun!