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Oil Pastel Haunted House Craft For Kids [Free Template]

When Halloween time rolls around, what are the top things you think of? 

For us, it’s ghosts, haunted houses, pumpkins, and bats!

And what do you know, this haunted house craft for kids has all of those rolled up into one super fun art project!

This project blends paper crafting with oil pastels to create a colorful haunted house scene. 

It’s a perfect way to get little kids involved with Halloween in a fun, non-scary way. On top of that, you’ll also allow your child another opportunity to work on creativity, fine motor skills, and more! 

Read or watch the video below to see how to make this Halloween art project with your kids or students! 

Also, if you want more ideas, check out these Halloween crafts for kids!

Haunted House Craft Idea

oil pastel haunted house image collage with the words haunted house craft

Supplies

  • Watercolor paper or White art paper
  • Oil pastels
  • Colored card stock (in black and yellow/orange)
  • White card stock 
  • Baby Oil
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick 
  • Haunted house template (download form below) 

Directions

Download the haunted house template and print it onto the corresponding colored card stock. Cut the pieces out that you want to use. 

Start making the background by using yellow and orange oil pastels to create a large moon in the sky.


Fill in the background with the shade of your choice. In this example, we used a light orange all over the background. Then we went over the light orange with a dark orange around the edges. Finally, we used a dark orange-red at the very edges of the paper.

Blend the oil pastels together by dipping the paintbrush in a tiny bit of baby oil and blending the edges into the center of the art paper.

Wipe the paintbrush clean and blend the moon together with baby oil as well. Let dry completely before moving on. 

Begin building the fence by gluing the thin, black rectangle about 1″ from the bottom of the paper, on either side of the house. 

Glue the fence pickets on top of the black rectangles.

Now it’s time to assemble the haunted house! Use the glue stick to secure the haunted house onto the background.

Glue the windows and doors onto the haunted house.

Add any bats or ghosts you’re using to the scene and glue in place.

That’s it! 

This haunted house art project is such a fun Halloween activity for kids. It’s especially fun for kids who have never experimented with oil pastels before. 

haunted house craft

Oil Pastel Tips

The first thing we learned when doing this craft was that the type of paper you use is so important!

The very first time we did this project we used smooth, white card stock for our background. When we went to blend the oil pastels with the baby oil, it didn’t really work. Instead, the oils sort of separated and had thin spots and chunky spots. It definitely didn’t look great. 

haunted house craft with bat and ghost

The second time we attempted this project we used kids’ art paper. The paper is simply a generic art paper and is much thinner than the card stock we originally used.

The thing that made the oil pastels work better was the tooth of the paper. When we added baby oil we were able to actually get the pastels to blend evenly and create a much smoother gradient than with the card stock. The best paper to use is watercolor paper, but we didn’t have any on hand. 

The moral of the story is to be sure that the paper you use has some texture to it so you are able to blend the pastels after you color them. 

Also remember that if you use too much baby oil, your glue will have a harder time holding the paper to the oil pastel background. Just a bit of baby oil will do the trick! 

Another option to consider when using oil pastels is to skip using the baby oil and instead use your fingers to blend the pastels together. This can be a good option for kids who don’t mind getting messy and like to be hands-on. The downside to this, in my opinion, is that you have to use even more of the oil pastels so there is no white of the paper showing through. 

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More Art Projects For Kids

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Free Haunted House Template 

Oil Pastel Haunted House Craft For Kids

Oil Pastel Haunted House Craft For Kids

Prep Time: 7 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Learn how to make this easy and fun haunted house craft for kids that mixes oil pastels and paper crafting!

Materials

  • White art paper 
  • Oil pastels
  • Colored card stock (in black and yellow/orange)
  • White card stock 
  • Baby Oil
  • Glue stick 
  • Haunted house template

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Download the haunted house template and print onto the corresponding colored card stock. Cut the pieces out that you want to use. 
    2. Start making the background by using yellow and orange oil pastels to create a large moon in the sky. 
    3. Fill in the background with the shade of your choice. In this example, we used a light orange all over the background. Then we went over the light orange with a dark orange around the edges. Finally, we used a dark orange red at the very edges of the paper. 
    4. Blend the oil pastels together by dipping the paintbrush in a tiny bit of baby oil and blending the edges into the center of the art paper.
    5. Wipe the paintbrush clean and blend the moon together with baby oil as well. Let dry completely before moving on. 
    6. Begin building the fence by glueing the thin, black rectangle about 1" from the bottom of the paper, on either side of the house. 
    7. Next glue the fence pickets on top of the black rectangles. 
    8. Now it's time to assemble the haunted house! Use the glue stick to secure the haunted house onto the background. 
    9. Glue the windows and doors onto the haunted house. 
    10. Add any bats or ghosts you're using to the scene and glue in place. 

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Karelle

Thursday 5th of December 2019

Merci pour votre travail.

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