Pumpkin Makin' and Creatin'

Basic Activity Info

Activity Type: 

  • Creative Art
Age Group: 
6-9 yrs
9-12 yrs
Time Requirement: 

Group Size: 

  • Individual
  • Large Group
  • Medium Group
  • Small Group

Play Area: 

  • Classroom (small indoor space)

Participants are going to create and make their very own pumpkins.


Construction Paper (orange, green and black preferably)
Pencil Crayons
Other arts and crafts materials: googly eyes, pipe cleaners, cotton balls etc...

Set Up: 

Have the materials prepared for the participants.
Could provide participants an option on what materials to use, or set out the paper and materials they will use.
Have Halloween music set up and ready to play!

Step by Step: 
  1. Participants will be creating their very own pumpkin creations.
  2. Participants will draw the outline of their pumpkin on an orange piece of construction paper. Or they can take a piece of paper, paint or colour it in orange and then draw the outline of their pumpkin.
  3. The leader can have examples of different sized pumpkins that participants can trace.
  4. Participants can create more than one pumpkin, and encourage them to make the pumpkins different shapes and sizes, as each pumpkin is going to be unique (just like snowflakes, but for Halloween)!
  5. There are different types of pumpkins that participants can create:
  6. Jack-O-Lantern
    - Participants cut out the eyes, nose and mouth of a jack-o-lantern using black (or another colour) construction paper or painting/colouring them black or another colour. They can make Jack look happy, scary, scared, goofy or however they wish.
    - Using green construction paper or painting/colouring paper green, participants glue on the stem of their Jack. 
    - Allow participants to be creative when creating their jack-o-lantern. 
  7. Magazine Pumpkin
    - Participants will cut out their outline of a pumpkin that is painted/coloured in orange or on orange construction paper.
    - Participants will then look through magazines and cut out eyes, noses, mouths, ears, stems and so on for their pumpkin.
    - Participants could also use the magazine and cut out the shapes for the parts of their pumpkin, without actually using eyes, noses, mouths or ears. For example, participants could cut out a little football from a magazine for the nose or cut out a picture of the sky in the shape of a mouth. 
    - Participants could also cut out and create legs and arms for their pumpkin.
    - They will then glue those onto their pumpkin and create their magazine pumpkin!
  8. Costume Pumpkin
    - Participants cut out their outline of a pumpkin.
    - Participants are going to dress up their pumpkin like their Halloween costume (or a costume they wore another year or a costume they want to wear).
    - Participants can use construction paper, paper, felt, magazines and other arts and crafts material.
    - The pumpkin could have their typical eyes, but change other aspects of the pumpkin to make the costume.
    - If a participant is a witch, then they can give the pumpkin a witch's hat, a long nose and so on.
    - If a participant is a pirate, then they can give their pumpkin an eye patch and a hook.
    - Participants could also give their pumpkin a speech bubble, which they can glue/tape to the side of the pumpkin. If they are a ghost, then the speech bubble could say "Booooooo!". 
  9. There's no trick to these pumpkins, encourage creativity and imagination and the participants will get their pumpkin treat!
Safety Considerations: 

Remind participants of using the scissors in a safe way.

Adaptations (General): 

Allow participants to choose which pumpkin they wish to create, or only have the participants create one type of the pumpkin creations. 
The leader could have the outline of pumpkins cut out for participants prior to the activity. 
Allow participants to create multiple pumpkins. 
Participants could create a back to their pumpkin. Then glue the bottoms together, or to another piece of paper and then glue/tape/staple the sides together to create a little pumpkin bowl. Participants could put some candy in there or anything the leaders wish to go in there. 


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