DIY: Halloween Egg Carton Bats and Leaf Ghosts (Kids Craft)


This year I’ve made a few fall themed items – fall wreath, a button tree art, and a swirly pumpkin & leaf garland –  but I realized none of them screamed Halloween. 🙂 It was time to make something. My kids and I recently did two fun Halloween crafts. We made cute bats out of an egg carton and adorable ghosts from leaves. Both projects are easy and kid friendly. I originally saw the bats on Enchanted Learning. I found the leaf ghosts on Disney’s Family Fun website. I thought hanging them together would look spooky cool in a cutesy kind of way. 🙂


The materials used for the bats were an egg carton, scissors, black paint, paintbrush, googly eyes, glue and ribbon.


The materials used for the ghosts were artificial (maple shaped) leaves, white paint, paintbrush, black marker, glue and ribbon.

GhostLeavesMaterials Want to know how to make egg carton bats and leaf ghosts?! Here’s the tutorial? The Bats EggCartonBatsCutCloseup1

I cut out 3 cups from an egg carton. I then cut the bottoms of the 2 outside cups to resemble bat wings.


My two daughters and I painted them black. We painted one coat.


We glued the googly eyes after the paint was dry. I glued ribbon to the top of each bat so we could hang them.


The Ghosts are leaves we used are from my local dollar store. I painted the leaves white on both sides. The leaves needed 2 coats of paint. The kids and I drew ghostly eyes and mouths. Aren’t they cute?! I especially love how my kids insisted the ghosts’ mouths had to look like they were saying “Booo…oooo!”


Have you made any Halloween crafts with your kids?!

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)

Find other similar projects:


Monster Paper Lanterns


Turkey Cups


Paper Owl Rolls


Paper Easter Cones


Swirly Pumpkin Garland


Party Cup Craft


  1. What a great idea, I love it, so simple but really looks good.

  2. I am ALWAYS looking for kid friendly crafts to do, especially as the weather gets a little cooler. Excellent tutorial! Thank you.

  3. valleycat1 says:

    Cute idea. We will do some of the bats from the egg cartons, just to kill some time and practice painting skills. But I realized the leaf shape could be used for both bats and ghosts if you invert them. Use the bottom point of the leaf for the ghost face, and use the base of the leaf for the bat face – you can trim off the bottom point of the leaf if you want a more horizontal bat shape – older kids can do that part themselves.


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