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Our Halloween Craft Guide: From Teal Spiders to Hanging Bats

From teal spiders to spooky bats, Allergic Living‘s website coordinator Courtney Born has created some amazing crafts and activities for Halloween tricksters of all ages:

Black and Teal Spiders

CSC_0588Photo: Airryn Dupuis


  • Toothpicks
  • Empty tissue box
  • Large foam balls
  • Black and teal non-toxic paint
  • Paint brush
  • Googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Black pipe cleaners


1. With parents’ help, punch 4 toothpicks through top of the empty tissue box on all 4 corners, and place 1 Styrofoam ball on each toothpick.

2. Alternating colors, paint each styrofoam ball either teal or black. Set aside until stryrofoam balls are dry. These will be the bodies of your spiders.12067385_735329090354_315773332_n

3. When balls are dry, apply a small dab of craft glue to the googly eyes and attach eyes to front of the painted ball.

4. Bend 4 pipe cleaners in half and cut on the fold. These will be your spider’s legs.

5. Poke 4 of the cut pipe cleaners into one side of the styrofoam ball and repeat on the other side with 4 more. Bend your spider’s legs however you wish to give them a creepy-crawly look.




DSC_0671Photo: Airryn Dupuis

Hanging Bats



1. Print off a copy of the template (download here), and fold it in half. Then cut out the bat outline.

2. Fold piece of black craft foam and place the bat template on top. Using a white crayon, trace around the template.

3. With the craft foam still folded in half, cut along bat outline using safety scissors.

4. Open up bat. Attach googly eyes to its head with a small dab of craft glue.

5. Using a hole punch, create a hole at the bottom of the bat’s body for hanging. Slide 6-12 inches of fishing line or string through the hole and knot it.

6. Hang your finished bats from low tree limbs or around the house as spooky decor.


Felt Jack-o-Lanterns


CSC_0599Photo: Airryn Dupuis
  • 1 sheet of orange felt
  • 1 sheet of green felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
  • 1-2 sheets of black felt


1. Draw a pumpkin shape on the piece of orange felt and cut it out.

2. Draw a stem shape on the green felt and cut it out.

CSC_0597Photo: Airryn Dupuis

3. Apply a small dab of craft glue to bottom side of stem and attach to top of pumpkin. Set aside to dry for about 5 minutes.

4. Cut various eye, nose and mouth shapes out of black felt.

5. Have fun mixing and matching shapes to create a felt jack-o-lantern of your own – without any of the mess.


Allergy-Friendly Halloween Resources:
More Allergy-Friendly Crafts
Food-Free Halloween Party Ideas
Halloween 2015: Food Allergy-Friendly Candies and Treats

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