Recycled Haunted Houses

recycledhouse A "green" twist on Halloween! Don't throw those milk cartons away; re-use them for a festive "Haunted House" display for your center.


  • "To encourage kids to "reduce, reuse, and recycle," as well as encouraging the use of recycled goods for arts & crafts activities
  • To reinforce fine motor skills
  • To encourage creativity

Before You Start: Collect and clean a milk carton for each student, or have each child bring a clean carton in. Prepare your tables for painting by protecting them with butcher paper. Set out paint trays and containers of gray, black, and brown paints with brushes. Have on hand an assortment of smaller-sized Halloween stickers, such as faces, ghosts, pumpkins, skeletons, etc. Another option is to get stickers that kids can decorate themselves.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Have the children write their names on the bottom of their milk cartons, then, have them choose what colors to paint their houses.

Step 2. The children will then paint every inch of their cartons except for the bottom.

Step 3. Set the houses aside to dry, and set out the stickers for the children to choose from. (You may want to display one haunted house that's already been made.)

Furthermore: This is also a great time to read Halloween books prior to decorating the houses with stickers. Then, once the haunted houses are dry, have everyone stick the Halloween stickers onto their houses for a scary "haunted house" display. Add a string of Christmas lights, and a few fake spiders and spiderwebs to adorn the display. Turn the lights down for a really spooky looking town!

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