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Craft: Little Trick-or-Treater

Craft: Little Trick-or-Treater

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

For those of you who don't have enough money to hire a professional ghost to haunt your Halloween hideaway, just make this great Little Trick-or-Treater to haunt your porch. Plus, he'll work for free!


  • 2 dowels, each 24 inches long and 1 inch in diameter (or use pieces of an old broom handle--just be sure it's not your best flying broom!)
  • 1 pair of old children's sneakers (size 12 or larger)
  • Electric drill and drill bit
  • Two 3/4-inch screws
  • 1 pair of tube socks
  • Sand
  • Duct tape
  • 1 pair of child's pants (size 4 or larger)
  • 1 shoe box
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Stapler
  • 7-inch lightweight ball
  • Circle of white material, about 40 inches in diameter. Buy fabric or recycle an old sheet, tablecloth, or ghost. Use a double layer if fabric is see-through.
  • Black permanent marker
  • Paper bag with handle (for goody bag)
  • Binder clip (optional)


  1. Fit a dowel inside and up against the center back of one sneaker. Drill through the back of the sneaker into the dowel to make a screw hole. Screw the sneaker and the dowel together. Repeat to make the other leg.
  2. Fill each tube sock with enough sand to fill the shoe and knot the top. Stuff the sand-filled socks deep into the shoes and tie the shoes tightly. Duct-tape the tops of the socks to the dowel legs.
  3. Fit the pants over the tops of the dowel legs and let them rest at the ankles.
  4. Tape a shoe box between the dowel legs so that the tops of the legs are about halfway up the sides of the box. Pull up the pants and secure them with staples, tape, or a ribbon strung through the belt loops and knotted.
  5. Tape the ball to the top of the shoe box as shown. Drape the circle of white material over the ball and secure it by stapling the cloth to the pants in back.
  6. Use the marker to draw black eyes and a mouth on the fabric. Decorate the goody bag if you like, then staple the material around the handle or fasten it with a binder clip so it looks as though the Little Trick-or-Treater is holding the bag.