Cool Happenings at School: Halloween and Dia de los Muertos

Halloween and Día de los Muertos

I realize that we’re full steam ahead into Holiday Season and talking about Halloween and Día de los Muertos is old hat, but I wasn’t about to miss sharing the Big Side’s awesome day. We were extremely busy, but it was a fun busy. Check out out our craft menu:

Paper Marigolds


The instructions and blackline masters for these paper marigolds can be found in the book Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead by Randel McGee

 Scary Spiders

Scary Spiders

Instructions for this craft are on the blog Kids Craft. However, in the interest of time, we didn’t paint our toilet paper rolls. Instead, we encircled them in construction paper–a genius time-saver of an idea!

Skeletons and Skull Masks

Skeletons and Masks

No available links on these ones. We’ve had them forever and there’s no original source that we can find.

Spooky Paper Bag Trees

Spooky Trees

The kids loved these! Find instructions on Pikadilly Charm. We found that gluing a bit of cardstock to the bottom of the brown paper bag helped the trees to stand up. And those little white ghosts you see there are made with tissue paper and tape. Easy peasy.

Pan de Muerto

Pan de Muerto

I was in charge of the “Bread of the Dead” and it was, fun but hard work. I recommend starting early. We had to eat ours on the Monday following Halloween. I used the recipe from Celebrate Day of the Dead.


Hope these ideas inspire you for the next holiday season!



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