Haunted House Pastel Drawing with Template

Our final haunted house craft for the season, today’s Haunted House Craft for Kids is perfect for those learning how to use oil pastels. They get to experiment with blending to create a pretty night sky background and then rely on the printable haunted house template to create a final polished art project.

An easy Halloween craft with printable haunted house template to teach kids how to use oil pastels to create a vibrant night sky. This easy Halloween craft for kids has so many opportunities for extensions and kids can truly make it their own

Halloween Oil Pastel Craft

Oil pastels can be a bit intimidating to work with, but I personally think they are one of the best craft materials for budding artists.

They offer the ease of crayons while allowing kids to experiment with techniques that will come in handy as they embark on more ambitious painting projects in the future. Oil pastels allow them to learn how how to blend lines, how to manipulate an art medium in a variety of ways, and experiment with different techniques.

Today’s haunted house craft features a night sky created with oil pastels. We use a series of circles in different colors to create a moon with dimension and interest, and then fill the rest of our page with a blend of other colors to create a vibrant night sky. Kids can also add star bursts or shadows of trees, animals, flying witches, etc.

There are so many ways kids can do this craft and bring their own unique touch to it – as you can see below:

How to Clean Oil Pastels

Oil pastels can be messy. I find it best to work on an art tray or put down some newspaper to help contain the oil pastel “dust.” Make sure children know to wash their hands immediately after completing their project so you don’t find colorful fingerprints all over the house.

I also have art smocks and aprons available so the oil pastels don’t get on clothing.

If any oil pastels do manage to get on clothing, first scrap or blot off as much of the oil pastels as possible, then use a bit of dish soap or rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball to remove the stain. I’ve always had luck with the blue Dawn dish soap so I’d try that first as rubbing alcohol may discolor your clothing a bit.

After the craft is done, you may want to laminate it if you want to hang it in your home to prevent any transfer of the oil pastel dust or glue the drawing onto a larger piece of construction paper or cardstock to serve as a barrier between the edges of the drawing and where it may touch a wall. (This is the laminator I use, and I just buy the super cheap packages of laminate sheets from Amazon. It costs about 13 cents a sheet to laminate.)

 

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Materials Needed For this Oil Pastel Craft

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays (we have one in the pictures in this post). I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

How to Make a Haunted House Oil Pastel Craft

Download and print out the haunted house template.

Carefully cut out all the pieces, following which color cardstock to print on:

  • The ghost and house outline on white
  • The doors and windows on yellow
  • Everything else on black

(Alternatively, you can print everything on white and just paint or use your oil pastels to color them.)

On a white piece of construction paper or cardstock, draw a circle (moon) with yellow pastels and then trace that circle with orange.

Use your fingertips to smudge the colors together.

Use shades of pink and purple to finish filling in the paper, darker to lighter.

Blend, blend and blend some more!

Once finished, draw a border around the entire piece of paper with black oil pastel. Blend the black pastel towards the middle of the paper.

Glue the fence towards the bottom of the paper.

Glue the house on top of the fence and the bats over the moon.

Glue the doors and windows onto the house followed by any ghosts you want to add.

Make this project even more unique! Try different color combinations, adding stickers, glitter, etc.

 

 

Pin this Halloween Oil Pastel Craft:

How to make a haunted house craft for kids with a pretty oil pastel night sky - a great first oil pastels art project for kids! Plus tips on how to contain the mess, clean any oil pastel stains, and a free printable haunted house template

Grab your free printable instructions for our oil pastel haunted house craft – and don’t forget to grab your Printable Haunted House Template:

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Haunted House Pastel Drawing with Template

Haunted House Pastel Drawing with Template

An easy Halloween craft with printable haunted house template to teach kids how to use oil pastels to create a vibrant night sky.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • Construction Paper (or card stock)
  • Oil Pastels
  • Glue
  • Printable Haunted House Template

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Art Smock
  • Art Tray

Instructions

  1. Download and print out the haunted house template.
  2. Carefully cut out all the pieces, following which color cardstock to print on:
  3. The ghost and house outline on white
  4. The doors and windows on yellow
  5. Everything else on black
  6. (Alternatively, you can print everything on white and just paint or use your oil pastels to color them.)
  7. On a white piece of construction paper or cardstock, draw a circle (moon) with yellow pastels and then trace that circle with orange.
  8. Use your fingertips to smudge the colors together.
  9. Use shades of pink and purple to finish filling in the paper, darker to lighter.
  10. Blend, blend and blend some more!
  11. Once finished, draw a border around the entire piece of paper with black oil pastel. Blend the black pastel towards the middle of the paper.
  12. Glue the fence towards the bottom of the paper.
  13. Glue the house on top of the fence and the bats over the moon.
  14. Glue the doors and windows onto the house followed by any ghosts you want to add.
  15. Make this project even more unique! Try different color combinations, adding stickers, glitter, etc.

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I hope your kids love the opportunity to experiment with oil pastels in this spooky craft! Please let me know if you figure out any “oil pastel mess containing hacks” that would be good to share with other readers!

For more fun Halloween crafts for kids, check out our Magical Crystal Ball Craft (with video) or our DIY Mickey Pumpkin Headband.

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