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Our Halloween Craft Guide: From 3D Pumpkins to Teal Spiders

From 3D pumpkins to teal spiders and spooky bats,  Allergic Living has created some amazing crafts for Halloween tricksters of all ages.

3D Paper Pumpkin


  • 3 sheets orange construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch
  • 24-inch piece of string, folded in half
  • Tape or glue stick
  • 1 sheet black construction paper
  • 1 sheet green construction paper
  • Pencil


1. Cut 20 1-inch-wide strips from orange construction paper, lengthwise.

2. Using the hole punch, punch a hole on both ends of each strip of construction paper.

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3. Stack your strips together, lining up the holes. Take the folded piece of string and thread it through holes at one end of the stacked paper strips. Tape in place.

4. Thread the string through the holes at the other end of the stack of strips. Pull tight to create a U-shape with the paper. Tape string in place. (See image 1)

5. Gently spread open the strips around the string to create a full 3D pumpkin shape.

6. Cut out eyes, nose and mouth out of black construction paper. Secure these to your pumpkin with glue stick or tape.

7. Cut a thin strip of green construction paper, roll it around a pencil twice and tape it to the top of your pumpkin as a stem.

Craft Note: Swap orange construction paper for teal and create a mess-free teal pumpkin in support of FARE’s Teal Pumpkin Project.


Light-Up Mummy Mason Jars



  • 3 clean Mason jars (any size)
  • 1-inch gauze bandage tape
  • Glue or tape
  • Large googley eyes
  • Flameless votive candles


1. Remove lid from Mason jar.

2. Wrap gauze bandage tape around a Mason jar, leaving small gaps throughout (to help the candle shine through). Tape loose ends to jar.

3. Glue or tape on googley eyes to the top of the jar.

4. Turn on flameless votive candle and place inside jar. Find a safe place to display jars on a counter, a bookcase or in a window for spooky good time.



Black and Teal Spiders

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  • 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.




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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


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  • 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.

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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 2016: Food Allergy-Friendly Candies and Treats

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