Halloween Puppets for Preschool Pretend Play

Wooden spoon puppets are easy to make for a Halloween theme with preschoolers. Kids can make traditional characters like a witch or a ghost, or create new spooky characters. These Halloween puppets are ready for a puppet show! 

Halloween puppet craft with wooden spoons

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Kids have fun dressing up as ghosts, witches and other silly or spooky characters on Halloween night. Role playing a traditional or story-book character is part of the Halloween fun.

Puppets can be as effective as costumes for promoting pretend play. The options for homemade puppets are as varied as hand puppets made from pieces of craft foam and string puppets made from burlap.

Kids will love creating their own unique characters like these simple wooden spoon puppets. You can even make a puppet theater for their pretend play!

Related: Homemade Puppet Theater

These Halloween themed puppets are easy to make and will inspire imaginative play as soon as they are completed!


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Supplies for Ghost Puppet


Supplies for a ghost puppet for Halloween

  • white fabric
  • white chenille stem or pipe cleaner
  • black felt
  • glue
  • pinking shears
  • wooden spoon
Instructions for Ghost Puppet

Ghost puppet kids craft for Halloween made with a wooden spoon


1. Cut a 20 inch (51 cm) square from white fabric with pinking shears.

2. Drape the cloth over the wooden spoon.

3. Wrap a chenille stem around the wooden spoon and twist to secure. Shape the ends to form arms.

4. Cut out two oval-shaped eyes and a mouth (optional) from felt and glue to the face.

If you don't want the ghost to have arms you can trim the ends of the chenille stem or place them at the back of the puppet.

Supplies for Witch Puppet

Supplies for a Halloween witch puppet

  • black fabric
  • orange chenille stem
  • craft eyes
  • pinking shears
  • wooden spoon


Instructions for Witch


Trim black fabric with pinking shears to make a costume for a witch puppet


1. Cut a 20 inch (51 cm) square from black fabric.

2. Cut around the perimeter of the square with pinking shears to form a jagged edge.

3. Snip a small hole in the middle to insert the handle of the spoon.

4. Wrap a chenille stem around the spoon and twist to secure; shape the ends to form arms.

5. Cut a triangle from the fabric for a hat.

6. Cut a few narrow strips of fabric for hair and glue the hair to the hat.

7. Glue the hat and craft eyes by to the head.


 Wooden spoon puppets kids can make for Halloween pretend play


Your puppets are ready for a puppet show. Raise the curtain and let the show begin!

When we provide a variety of interesting materials we give kids opportunities to discover, create and play. Set out the materials for wooden spoon puppets and see what kids will come up with!

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