Classroom Activity Inspired by Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House
by Alana Pedalino and Samantha Slavin
Get your class ready for the Halloween season with this Paper-Bag Creepy House activity inspired by Goosebumps: Welcome to Dead House. Your students will love showing off their creativity…and it’s a fun and artistic way to decorate your classroom for Halloween!
Here’s what your class needs to make Paper-Bag Creepy Houses in your own classroom:
• Paper bags
• Battery-operated tea lights
• Construction paper
• Decorating supplies
This is what we used for our decorating supplies, but you should feel free to have your students use whatever supplies are already in your classroom:
• Popsicle sticks
• Tissue paper
• Pom-poms and/or cotton balls
• Pipe cleaners
• Acrylic paint
First, have your students decorate their Paper-Bag Creepy House.
Second, make the windows and doors! Cut out a rectangle for the door, as well as small squares for the windows.
Now let students create the roofs for their Paper-Bag Creepy Houses using construction paper. They should decorate their roofs however they like! If you want a sloping roof, all you have to do is cut from each corner to the crease at a slight angle.
Fold the paper in half to get a strong crease.
Next, open up the paper bag completely so the bottom is flat. Seal the top of your bag with glue. Wait for it to dry and then attach your roof with some tape or glue!
Then have students carefully put their electric tea light inside through the front door. This gives the house an extra-eerie glow!
The blog team tried out this activity, and here’s how our houses turned out:
That’s it! How did your students like making Paper-Bag Creepy Houses? Please share on social media using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.
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