Halloween Jack-O-Lantern Kids Activity

This Halloween jack-o-lantern craft is filled with surprises. Kids can help the jack-o-lantern choose a special hat for a Halloween disguise! 

jack-o-lantern fun paper craft for kids

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Carving a pumpkin is one of the traditional activities kids love at Halloween time. There is a sense of excitement when a simple orange pumpkin becomes a jolly - or spooky - jack-o-lantern!

In this activity, kids can make a jack-o-lantern craft with different hats to wear for the perfect Halloween costume.


Jack-O-Lantern Paper Craft

Usually a jack-o-lantern has a brown stem on top. In this activity, the paper jack-o-lantern gets to wear a hat in place of a stem. With a turn of the dial, you can place a hat on the jack-o-lantern to depict a Halloween costume.

Kids can help make a cardboard dial which shows jack-o-lanterns trying on a variety of hats for Halloween.


Halloween jack o lantern paper craft


Materials list

  • white and orange card stock or cardboard
  • crayons or markers


Instructions for the jack-o-lantern dial


Cut two circles from white card stock approximately 6 1/4 inches (16 cm) diameter.

Cut one circle from orange card stock measuring approximately 3 3/4 inches (12 cm) diameter.

Attach the three circles through the center with a paper fastener as shown above.


Halloween jack-o-lantern craft for kids


Cut out an opening (window) in the top piece of white card stock. Once you have made the initial window, remove the orange circle and trace the outline of this opening onto the bottom circle.

Rotate the wheel and outline more sections where kids can draw hats for the jack-o-lantern (see below).


Jack o lantern craft paper dial sections


This is how the bottom piece of card stock will look after you rotate the wheel and outline sections where each hat will be drawn. You can make more spaces for hats by putting the sections closer together.


Hats for a jack o lantern paper craft for kids


Add features to the pumpkin by drawing with crayons or markers. Or cut out eyes, nose and mouth from paper and glue them onto the pumpkin.

Once the pumpkin wheel is complete, it's time for kids to create some hats for the jack-o-lantern to wear!

Draw hats in the spaces, or draw and cut out hats from pieces of colored paper and glue them to the spaces.

The green stem was cut from green paper. The witch hat and crown are drawings.

 Jack o lantern preschool paper craft


What different hats will you create?


Preschool cardboard dial craft for Halloween


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