Halloween Shadow Puppets

I had been wishing we could take the kids to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Halloween concert, but knew it wasn’t in the cards right now, so my husband and I decided we would recreate it at home in our own way.

My husband pulled together CSO’s playlist:

  • Grieg  In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt
  • Saint-Saëns  Danse macabre
  • Berlioz  March to the Scaffold and Dream of a Witches’ Sabbath from Symphonie fantastique
  • Mussorgsky, Orch. Ravel  The Hut on Fowl’s Legs from Pictures from an Exhibition
  • Prokofiev  Midnight from Cinderella
  • Offenbach  Can-Can from Orpheus in the Underworld

I gathered some black poster board and wooden dowels at the craft store. The kids drew their spooky creations onto the board and then we worked together to cut them out. (While listening to the playlist for inspiration of course!)

I have visions of us creating some specific characters some time or possibly purchasing some from Isabella’s Art. (They are incredible!) However, this being our first attempt, (and with three of our children still under the age of 5), we let the kids make their own creations.  I found some inspiration from Andrea Everman at Owly Shadow Puppets and from Bill Woodburn at The Puppetry Home Page. These were awesome resources!

Last night my husband hung a curtain rod in a doorway, draped a white tablecloth over top, pulled out a garage work light, and let the kids do the storytelling.

The kids, (and parents), loved waving their sticks and telling of witches, haunted houses, princesses, and spells.

Sometime I would love to make this puppet theater from Isabella.  As she is no longer selling them, she kindly shared her tutorial and said I could pass it along here.


p.s. Think of the possibilities for Christmas!  My kids would love these ones from Isabella’s Art.

2 comments on “Halloween Shadow Puppets

  1. You gotta love Tyler and Andrea. They’re not only creative, they really make things happen. I wish I was a kid at your house!

  2. So fun! I wish we could have been there to join in the fun!

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